If you know what the word limerence means then please forgive me while I explain for everyone else. Limerence is the psychological term for that dreamy state we float around in when we first fall in love with someone. The early stages of attraction and infatuation where we continually think about the object of our desire, we see none of their short comings, we believe we’ve found our ‘soul mate’ and no one can convince us otherwise. Admit it, we’ve all been there. Only to find out a few months down the track that this person is not perfect, they’re human with faults and frailties.
This is the day that you might feel another shift in the Universe. Just like when The Stern Report was published, Al Gore released ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ and Tim Flannery was named Australian of the Year. This is another major event that will ensure that environmental issues have a loud and very mainstream voice.
Climate Change is still the issue that affects us the most right now but I think that gets enough press and we all pretty much know what we need to do in our own lives to make the necessary changes. The concept of Reusing and Recycling is one we also need to embrace to slow down our dependence on resources.
Reuse & Recycle Tips
Firstly, congratulations on the Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I’d say he’s pretty damn happy he didn’t win that election now – I know I’d certainly rather be remembered for a Nobel Prize than Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
#2 in the Blog Action Day Environmental Issues Series
In the lead up to Blog Action Day this is the first of our posts on Environmental Issues.
Last year’s Stern Report on the economic cost of Climate Change gave many world leaders a whole new position on environmental issues. The realisation that they were not just talking to a bunch of treehuggers about the environment, but in fact most of the developed world was asking how they as leaders were planning to tackle the issues. The release of Al Gore’s film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ added to public awareness of the disastrous implications of Global Warming. I don’t know if you felt it too but there was a massive shift – it was almost like you could feel our collective consciousness heave and all of a sudden Climate Change was everywhere.
I’ve purposely used two terms to describe the one thing in the above paragraph. Global Warming and Climate Change mean the same thing but they have two very different implications. Global Warming is a scary concept that brings to mind melting icebergs, Hurricane Katrina and Manhattan becoming Atlantis. Climate Change doesn’t really have that kind of emotional impact – not all of us like change but it’s often a gradual thing and we don’t always notice it. Seems to me this is why our leaders and the media use the term Climate Change when they want us to listen and act rationally and Global Warming when they want us to run for the hills in fear.
Having the theme of Environmental Awareness made it a no-brainer for Gorgeous Things to be involved. We hope you’ll join us and add to the 7,500 blogs already involved.
Over the next few days we’ll be posting some original and highly topical articles here on the Gorgeous Things blog that you may like to use as content for Blog Action Day. So if you’re not sure what to write about on the day or it’s just not really your thing then all we ask if you do is that you credit us for the article and link back to us. Help us spread great content throughout the web and give people the chance to be aware and take action on environmental issues.
A few years ago I went along to a talk by Ajahn Brahmavamso on ‘Buddhism and Science’ at my meditation centre Bodhikusuma in Sydney. I’d been attending the meditation centre on and off for about a year or so at the time but was lacking a little on my focus towards practising my meditation. I listened to Ajahn Brahm speak and it was like a light was turned on inside me…as far as I’m concerned…he’s the man when it comes to making meditation and mindfulness in daily life attainable for anyone with even just a flicker of desire to try it out.
We’ll donate 50c from every product purchased at Gorgeous Things Girls Night Ins in October to help towards your total.
It was great to see Toxicologist Dr Peter Dingle talking to Mel and Koshie this morning on channel 7′s Sunrise show.