This week Awesome Stories brings you emotional agility, El Silbo, seaweed solutions and the inner game of politics.
Positive Thinking Trap
Unless we can process, navigate and be comfortable with the full range of our emotions, we won’t learn to be resilient. ~ Susan David
The latest research suggests that positive thinking does not lead to happiness. Trying to force ourselves to think positively denies our true feelings and the valuable signals they provide. When we pay attention and respect our feelings they can provide valuable insight into our values, enabling us to act on our values and evolve into our best selves. Harvard Medical School professor and psychologist Susan David shows how to use our emotions as valuable teachers in her book called Emotional Agility. She explains how to build emotional agility in a process of acceptance, observing, knowing your why and conscious choice. Building emotional agility creates a capacity to engage the world in a way that is courageous, curious and compassionate.
Whistling in the Wind
This is a fun discovery. El Silbo is a whistled communication used in the remote areas of La Gomera, one of Spain’s Canary Islands. While very few people currently use this language, it has been recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity and will be taught in the islands’ schools. Watch this fascinating look at a simpler way of living and communicating.
Eat Your Seaweed
Besides being a great source of minerals for humans, scientists have just discovered some amazing benefits to feeding seaweed to cows and sheep. Adding a mere 2% seaweed to the feed for cattle can reduce the methane they produce by 70%. Wow! This could be a game changer for the environment. Livestock is a huge contributor (44%) to the earths’ methane gas which is actually worse (36 times as harmful) for the environment than carbon dioxide. Researchers estimate that adding 2% seaweed could reduce the methane produced by livestock by 2.1 tons, which is the total CO2 produced by the EU or India each year. Remember to eat your seaweed. 🙂
With the US Presidential election hysterics heating up, Danielle Egnew offers a helpful view on politics for how to make an epic shift. She reminds us that the changes we want in the world won’t happen by the President or our leaders, but by what comes out of our mouth and heart each day. We project our prejudices onto our leaders and expect them to make everything better. Yet, how we behave daily lays the foundation for the world. I choose peace, love, compassion and earth care. Will you join me?
We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. ~ Mahatma Gandi
Let us remember that we are the revolution or as Gandhi suggested, be the change you wish to see in the world.