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Newsletter 39

Newsletter 39

Hello all.  The kids are alright. Life and 5 things that interested me this week and may offer you some enjoyment too. 

1.Kids and mindfulness, this could help at anytime but is especially helpful during these unprecedented times. “Mindfulness is not a Chrystal Ball” .

S.T.O.P

Another helpful mindful technique is to remember the acronym STOP. Take one minute and simply stop and take stock.

2. Lu Yao the author of Life, a book I am currently reading, wrote about what he knew, a life of change. He died in 1992 at the age of forty-two, having published only two works, both considered masterpieces. Despite how well known Lu Yao is within China, he has remained untranslated until now. Life is the first translation of Lu Yao’s work to appear in English.

3. My sonic explorations have taken me to Austin Texas and the band Black Pumas. Where did these guys come from? Oh yea Texas!

I really enjoy this bands music, reminiscent of the soul music I loved when I was young. Ottis Redding, Ben E. king and Donny Hathaway  all come to mind. 

4. My visual stimulation this week has been by way of beauty, the beauty that surrounds us in nature. Travelling to other countries on my great escape via Netflix documentaries. A few of my favourites “Fishpeople”, Described as ‘a film about lives transformed by the sea’,  this one resonates with me as I have a deep connection with the open water. Not just being near the water but losing myself in the water, I feel my greatest sense of freedom.

Jane  A feel-good film about the life and work of primatologist, Jane Goodall. This one was recommended to me by my martial arts training partner Dr. Wayne Rhodes – a PHD in Primatology. 

Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance”, is a 1982 film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke. The film consists primarily of slow motion and time-lapse photography of cities and many natural landscapes.  

Food For Thought

5. Is any good coming from our present world in crisis? As an environmentalist, a supporter of Greenpeace and the David Suzuki Foundation, I was called to action to ensure that some of the good that is happening in our world continues into our recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic. I have put together a few thoughts on what a sustainable future could look like.

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