The Impossible Hamster

The New Economics FoundationOne Hundred Months,  and  Wake Up, Freak Out have joined forces to produce this poignant video called The Impossible Hamster.  I really felt this and think it is probably the most adept illustration of the senselessness of unbridled economic growth anyone could hope to make in 1 minute 10 seconds:

World Change, Permaculture, and Sustainability

If the world is to be healed through Human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear!

~ Joanna Macy

I recently received an e-mail update on the World Change Conference being sponsored by Common Circle Education in Berkeley, California.  As someone interested in the intentional communities movement and intentional, sustainable lifestyles, I have followed Common Circle for years.  I deeply appreciate that they share the skills that ultimately build healthy communities.  And I love this formula that they offer on their site:


Anyhow.  Aforementioned e-mail led me to many links I thought were worthy of passing on here…

The Earth Precepts

Video: Permaculture 101

Permaculture Principles

The Northwest Institute

Transition Culture

Gaia Trust

The Great Turning


Regenerative Design Institute

Ecocity Builders

The Great Turning Times

Living Mandala

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

Permaculture Magazine

Aranya Gardens

Friends of Earth

And a few videos… enjoy!

Food Patterns in the Body

Sister Amy sent me this to post.  She says, “Just give me 3 minutes and 16 seconds of your day and I guarantee you will not look at fresh fruits and veggies again in the same way!”  While I’ve read of some of these correlations before (i.e. a walnut looks like the brain, the organ best served by the walnut) what I really love is the greater implications of this idea…  Not only does our beloved Earth-Garden produce all that we need to thrive, everything is “coded” in accord to the energy it correlates to and serves!

The Amazing Social Organization of Ants

Evolution will almost inevitably take us in the direction of species that have arrived at superior forms of organization before us.

~R. Meredith Belbin

In reviewing a journal I once kept on the site formally known as Zaadz, I came across my post on this most amazing video.  As the video is still available, I was compelled to share it here.  This is a beautiful, stunning example of collective consciousness!!

The Wounded Healer

“When I stand before thee at the days end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds, and also my healing.”

~Rabindranath Tagore

A friend shared this video with me a few days ago and I’ve been contemplating it ever since.  What I really love is that it spreads the understanding of Healing as a process, and the suffering perceived in that process, as a transmutation.

And when guidance is sought in that process – who do you want to lead you through it?  Someone who has never taken the path, or someone who has worked their way through the same experience?

Vegan Radio Shows Scheduled for February

Have you heard of Spiritual Awakening Radio?  It’s producer is James Bean, the SantMat Mystic – a man who has taught me so much across the years simply through his generous sharing of “the world of spirituality”.

Thus I was excited to see that every week during February he’ll be interviewing guests about vegetarianism, the vegan diet, and raw foods.  The theme will be:  Be Veg, Go Green, Save the Planet!

Check out his broadcast at every Friday between 10-11 am, Pacific Time!

Mahavira Jain