This week Awesome Stories brings you mushroom remedies, soul truths, BloomBars, and sacred life.
If Paul Stamets has his way, we might not need Monsanto, GMOs, or pesticides. He’s created several natural remedies using mushroom spores in proprietary formulas to address environmental problems like pest control, toxic cleanup, and more. After years of testing, Paul is currently seeking EPA approval for his proprietary mushroom spore strains. His MycoPesticide uses a fungus that produces a chemical attractant in the mycelial state. The spores attach to the insect pests, gradually killing them and their nest mates. This solution kills only the pest insects without harming the crops, water, land or other insects. Paul has created a company called Fungi Perfecti to promote his books, ideas, and health products, all made from mushrooms.
Elizabeth Lesser shares some truths learned from her years as a midwife and later helping her sister deal with cancer. Being a midwife taught her that when you open to pain, the world works to support you. Helping her sister deal with the challenges of cancer and treatment, led them both to explore deep soul truths that come from listening, opening to vulnerability, seeking to understand the other and sharing from the heart. In her compassionate TED Talk, Elizabeth reminds us to repair our relationships with the people we care about now, and not wait for a life or death situation like she did.
I love this idea for a neighborhood venue that uses art to help people bloom and create social change. John Chambers started a local neighborhood bar with the idea to serve a variety of things that nurture our growth; art, food, music, conversation, dance and more. This interview with John is long but interesting to hear the journey John has taken from growing up in New England, going to school at Howard University, enjoying a career in PR and activism, then finding a passion for social change. BloomBars is a place to inspire people to live more consciously and cooperatively. It also is based on the pay it forward model. There are no set fees to enter, attend performances or classes. Personally, I love the idea and everything John stands for, but feel he needs to focus this project more. I wish him well and may visit on my next visit to see family in the Washington DC area.
All Life is Sacred
John Malloy is committed to a path of service. After a troubled youth with fighting and jail time, he found a sense of purpose to clean up his act and help others. John lives according to Native American principals and the idea that all life is sacred and interconnected. It helped ground him and his approach to helping the at-risk kids. At first, he was helping kids in the school district, later he started his own school called The Foundry based on Native American principals. He helps troubled kids find a way forward based on integrity, reverence for life, and interconnection.
May you find your own sacred life path based on love and connection.