Awesome Stories 1.54 gives you a peek into restorative justice, dancing, super solar, achieving goals and much more. #inspiration
Here’s the first solar home to create more energy than it uses. The home was designed by architect Ralph Disch to take full advantage of the sun with rotating solar panels, solar tubes for hot water and lots of triple pane glass. Heliotrope not only achieves net zero status, but actually generates 5 times as much energy as it uses! Image source: inhabit.com.
Learning to See More Completely
This is a very thoughtful and touching post about a photographer who lost the use of his right eye and his journey to Awaken Sight on a much broader scale. I’m amazed at David Ulrich’s acceptance of his loss as an opportunity to let go, prepare for loss and change, and then embrace a much broader way of living in general. I’m not sure that I would be as brave or insightful. David profoundly writes that “learning to see, learning to be, and learning to come into accord with the deeper sources within, and without—these are, undoubtedly, the greatest challenges given us, the most potent tests of our creative aspirations and capabilities.”
People and scientists have talked about plant intelligence for years, but this new science called plant neurobiology seems to be showing much more range of awareness, sensing and intelligence than you might think. This podcast with Michael Pollan talks about the latest research on plant intelligence. Listen to the podcast or look at the video for an amazing look at plant behavior.
Say Goodbye to Goals!
James Clear suggests that we can be more effective by focusing on systems instead of goals. He shows how using systems tends to get us where we want, while goals often become counter- productive. I can see how the times I’ve been most effective have been while having and working a good process or system, so I agree with his approach, what about you?
Here is an approach to justice that really speaks to my heart. I love how the young men in this story were helped to face the consequences for their actions in a responsible way, given a chance to learn from their choices and make reparations. I was touched how officer Greg Ruprecht has become a champion for this refreshing approach to crime. And communities like Longmont have created programs to involve the community, offenders and victims in the process of justice. I believe this approach could dramatically change our crimminal justice system by saving lives and money.
More Dancing Fun!
Here is a great post offering tips to face and conquer our fears. Carolyn Gregoire offers 6 practical, science-based, steps to overcome our fears. Science has found demonstrable ways that we can build our courage and overcome our fears. For most of us, fear doesn’t go away, but courage and success come from learning to take action in spite of the fears. Being authentic and having a process to lean on would seem to help too. How do you deal with fear in your life?