Happy New Year!
As you may have noticed, I didn’t keep completely away from my blog and the digital world. 🙂 But I found peace, fun and an urge to keep the connections alive within our blogging community. This week Awesome Stories brings you meditation, wind trees, compassion, magic bubbles, nature to the rescue and sustainable happiness.
Many of us meditate and enjoy benefits like reduced stress, increased relaxation and mental clarity. Plus the ability to tap into our deeper potentials like creativity, intuition, and spirit. Science and traditional medicine have begun to catch on. A new study by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona, Spain, demonstrate rapid changes in gene expressions. The study showed changes that could aid in the treatment of Alzheimers and chronic inflammation.
Actually, these are New Wind turbines designed to look like trees. They have interesting features like no noise, slow moving blades and the ability to generate electricity with as little as 4.5 mph wind speeds. This would make them very attractive for use in urban centers. My only hesitation is wondering if we wouldn’t be better off with real trees in the ground areas, and use wind turbines and solar panels on roofs and buildings. What do you think?
This story touched me deeply. Chad’s father gave his son and basketball teammates a lesson that may have changed their lives. After hearing them talking poorly about a handicapped girl at school, Chad’s father decided to take action in a most compelling way. He asked his son and teammates to follow him over to talk to Jenny. Read the story to see how beautifully and compassionately he handled the situation. His great parenting and leadership dramatically changed the way they viewed and interacted with Jenny. Way to go Dad!
Nature to the Rescue
Thankfully, we continue to learn the many benefits of nature to do things better than our man-made solutions. Milkweed fibers are highly absorbent and repellent to water so they can be used to clean up oil spills. A Quebec company has created a kit with milkweed fibers in a sock to simplify the clean up process. Early testing shows the milkweed is far more absorbent than man-made materials, cheaper and has the super side effect of being a great habitat for Monarch butterflies. 🙂 I hope many more farmers decide to grow milkweed.
If you haven’t seen Ana Yang, you are in for a treat. Watch this fun and magic bubble show!
I couldn’t resist the silly headline, but this Chevy dealership in Canada is inspiring. Over 35% of their sales are hybrid electric cars! They are so committed to selling fuel efficiency and hybrid electric cars that they do a number of unusual things. They keep large a large inventory of used Volts to supplement the small supply of new ones from Chevy. They feature only two hybrid cars on their website homepage and extensively train their staff on Volts and hybrids, resulting in the highest percentage of hybrid car sales for any dealership in North America!
I like this article by Sarah van Gelder. She talks about everything from compassion to embracing diversity to happiness and sustainability. Four of my favorite topics! She writes about the need to be more inclusive in our views of happiness, justice and economy by considering the impact of our choices on community and the planet. I agree that we live in a connected world and need to consider how our life impacts others. Sustainable Happiness sounds like a good book. Have any of you read it?
Let’s start the new year with sustainable goals. For me, that means stronger action to support and anchor my goals for growing love, peace and more financial stability this year.