Saturday, November 24, 2012

There is No "One Right Way" to Live

Many of the problems facing our world today stem from our cultural myths.  Unlike the cultural differences such as "the East and the West" the cultural differences of which I speak are shared between all "civilized" societies.  These myths (the stories our culture believes and lives) are so embedded that like fish to water we are unaware of them.  One cultural myth that is driving our species to extinction is "There is only one right way to live."  Think about it for a second- how many religions think they are the "only way," how many people look at other people like they are crazy if they stand outside what they consider norm, how many houses do you see that are REALLY different (they all use the same basic building ideas,) all children must learn the same things in schools that look pretty much the same at the same rate, etc.  The more one looks at society the more one can see.....this is part of our cultural myth.

But, why is this a problem?  It goes against the Laws of Nature.  One law of nature is "Life thrives from diversity."  Although some may look the "cultural diversity" programs and say, "Hey, we support diversity."  But how many people go home to similar homes, do relatively similar things, watch the relatively similar television shows?

How many movies are about the one person who stands outside the boundaries and does something "against the odds"?  A lot.  And those movies are usually hugely popular.  But how many times are we on the side of the person who is going "against the odds" in our lives.............probably not very many.  Our cultural myth makes us believe "we all need to be the same."  So if anyone tries to go outside of that myth we get scared, we may ridicule them, we may fight them, and if they go far enough we may put them in jail or have them killed.  This one cultural myth is leading us to extinction.

Before civilization many tribes were scattered throughout the world- they were very diverse in their clothing, rituals, housing, languages, food, belief systems.  Part of their cultural myths was, "There is no 'one right way' to live."  While they may have thought their neighbors were weird, they did not think that their neighbors should live, think, or behave like they did- it lead the way for great diversity.

How can we change change our path to destruction?  I think part of it is realizing that there is no "one right way" to live, not condemning people when they try new, "weird" things, trying new things ourselves, and passing the word that until we change our ways we are heading down a slipper slope of extinction.  There is hope and we are it!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Four Agreements

by
Don Miguel Ruiz

This book is a wonderful read.  It is so simple and has sage yet common sense advice.  This book has been read aloud once in my family and I believe a re-visit is in order.  It is so easy to forget the most important things in life. . . how is that even possible?


Thanks to my friend Andrea Shay for inspiring this post.



Saturday, November 17, 2012

3mules.com


As pictured on Root Simple's blog.  A poetic message if you follow the white rabbit. . . or in this case the three mules.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Gluten

At home we've been toying with the idea of going gluten free.  We are very non committal about these changes because it could mean real change and that means work.  Needless to say with work, school, and kids, that feels like a daunting task.  But with one of us having Irrital Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and all of us being vegetarian and learning about the damage that excessive amounts of gluten can do to the body, we've been eating gluten free (for the most part).  Unfortunately, this past week we had a couple of slip ups.  Namely, pizza, and cheese crackers.  After consuming both--stomach aches abound.  It felt like I had eaten a rock.  Bloating and sluggish and green, oh my!

Here's a blog that I've just discovered and it seems pretty straight forward.  This family is experiencing very similar challenges.  The blog is Strawberries are Gluten Free.  In the introduction Cathy Tibbles mentions a book that changed her life and way of thinking about diet.  The book is called Eat to Live written by Dr. Fuhrman.  I have not read this book myself but will be doing so soon.  Read the About section for Strawberries are Gluten Free.  If you are thinking about going gluten free you will be inspired.  I know I was (especially about the loosing 40lbs in 8 weeks).  We'll have to see if it's all it's cracked up to be.

My family has been on the verge of becoming Vegan for quite a while.  The documentary Forks over Knives has brought us closer than ever to this truth.  If we could just climb over that hill of uncertainty and acknowledge that we are worth the effort (which I believe is happening as I type) we will be successful.

I hope you will too. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Tiny Houses

In a few of this blog's previous posts I have mentioned tiny houses.  I have not, however, mentioned the inspiring subculture out there that is in support of more sustainable living through tiny houses.  Nor have I mentioned the romance inspired by the beauty of the design and the simplicity of  living the lifestyle of "Tiny".

There aren't enough words in our collective vernacular to express my excitement about this culture, or to express my great desire to be counted as a tiny house dweller.  So, in my inability to express the fervor of my  interests in this movement, this blog will now be accepting stories, pictures, and  links on the subject.  If you or anyone you know is living the life tiny. . . send them to this blog.  My desire is to post a weekly entry on tiny houses.  It's this blogs way of contributing to the excitement of this movement.

Here are some great sites that I frequent to spark your interest.

Lloyd's Blog

Tiny House Blog

Tiny House Swoon

Cabin Porn

I Love Cob

Entries may be sent to emberlight22@gmail.com subject "Tiny House".  Be sure to attain permission for use of materials if you are sending along photos from a web site so that they may be credited.