Bhutan Creates Gross National Happiness Metrics to Gauge a Nation’s Well Being

Hey y’all! I took a hiatus from posting here due to new beginnings elsewhere, but I’m back!

I began writing for the Soul Doctors blog, Ctenidium (‘ti-NID-ee-um’), about a year after my release from the hospital, and it’s been an amazing experience for my personal and business growth. I love writing for Ctenidium and hope people enjoy the blog’s focus on Psychology, mental health, and health in general. I wrote about Bhutan’s unique standards for measuring Gross National Happiness (as opposed to GDP), and you can see the article here.

Bhutan Creates GNH Metrics to Gauge the Nation's Well BeingThis article was originally published on Ctenidium.

A bit about Souldoctors.com (launching in July 2016)

Are you interested in a sophisticated directory of health specialists that seek to improve and enrich the lives of others? Have you been looking for a practical and effective way to find new clients and manage the ones you already have? 

Souldoctors.com is the answer you’re looking for! The health directory launches in July 2016 (that’s next month!!) so sign up early and be first in line for listings or info.

 

Noosa Biosphere: Sustainable Luxury

Here’s an article I wrote for The Karmic Press! It is wonderful working with Cheyenne Burroughs, and I look forward to my next venture with TKP. In case anyone’s wondering, I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus lately (more on that later) – but I’m working on getting back in the groove of things, and this is a great way to begin! Hope you enjoy!


Floating Land Festival

Photo courtesy of David Shipton. http://www.morninggloryphotography.wordpress.com

Imagine a place where everyone, together as one human race, walks through life with a mind to educate the world community about depletion of natural resources. Each person mindful of their carbon footprint and seeing a relationship with environment as a precious connection. A community who plans together for long-term conservation in order to indulge in the resources necessary for putting on awesome cultural events: Floating Land Festival, Noosa Biosphere FestivalGreen Art awards that celebrate community engagement with sustainability, and sustainable surfing (just to name a few).

This is how people in Noosa Biosphere Ltd. (NBL) live: beautifully and, more importantly, mindfully. They are especially mindful of the three biosphere principles:

                  Conservation                      Sustainability                       Learning

These three principles are the backbone of any biosphere, which can be termed as “the zone of life on earth, a closed system (apart from solar and cosmic radiation and heat from the interior of the Earth), and largely self-regulating.” [Wikipedia] There are over 550 UNESCO-recognized biospheres worldwide, designated as such in efforts to reassess human relationship to environment.

NBL is one such site. But it’s more than just a site – it’s a living community of folks who stand above the crowd through commitment to social accountability – e.g., helping humans understand how their footprint affects nature through eco-conscious industry, or getting involved on one of six community sector boards, which support civilian participation in government of the region. NBL residents see the long-term benefits of society working together to improve conservation status and sustainable practices. While Yosemite National Park upholds civic engagement and historic preservation, and the Golden Gate Biosphere Reserve (GGBR) provides easy access to nature recreation/education – which are great resources necessary to encourage research on sustainable economic development – it falls under local responsibility to demonstrate a balanced relationship between themselves and nature. I am proud to say that Port of Richmond (part of GGBR) has wonderful city officials whistleblowing Chevron Refinery’s corner-cutting, but we still don’t have the same widespread organic forging of community guided by sustainable development. In Noosa, the community are part and parcel to the nature. Their government only shut down once in its history, and, thankfully, they didn’t think it necessary to “shut down” nature on public land.

The US Govt. shut down from October 1-16 2013 prevented access to public land. If it's public land...why can't I access it?

No, America! NO Muir Woods for YOU. You’ve had enough already.

Imagine if you lived in a habitat like Muir Woods or Yosemite. Let me tell ya, the native Aussies and their lucky visitors are living that dream. Everyday they work, learn, and live on – excuse me – in harmony with a UNESCO site. By communing in and with nature, these people learn the ins and outs of their habitat and, thus, are able to understand the biological and cultural processes that lead to depletion of the earth’s resources.

And just in case you still believe that climate change is a hoax, NEWSFLASH – human-produced greenhouse gases and forestry are two of the biggest contributors to our aquifers being depleted here in CA and desertification the world over. Don’t want draughts? Then quit the unsustainable land management: we cut down our forests and use the land for grazing animals, then overgraze the land due to human demand for beef. In grasping habits which ruin the earth’s hydrological cycle, we prevent the earth from naturally filling our taken-for-granted aquifers and reserving water year-round. We can do better, and we know so because NBL manages to integrate sustainable practice and economic feasibility. Some don’t think luxury and sustainability can co-exist, but NBL prove otherwise.

Tourism Noosa, the premier tourism organization of northern AU, commit to their own Sustainable Destination Action Plan (SDAP). Guided by a vision to redefine sustainable luxury, they take responsibility by leading redefinition of what tourism means for a community: “working together to achieve economic, social and environmental sustainability for tourism in the Noosa region.” [SDAP] While there are many discrete organizations dedicated to sustainability in Northern CA, there exists no such staunch, organized consideration of ecotourism in any region of the state. We’ve got our work cut out for us! And it will only become more necessary to integrate sustainable practices in all parts of society as time goes on: we (and our #1 biosphere, planet earth!) aren’t gettin’ any younger! There will be no earth for our future young’ins to sustain if the environment keeps showing signs of what could be the 6th Mass Extinction.

Let us end with an inspirational quote from Phillip Moran, NBL Honorary Fellow and General Mgr. of Noosa & District Landcare:

“It’s a celebration of community, is a simple way of putting it. The interaction of man and environment. So it’s not just locking it up like a national park, it’s encouraging businesses to adopt sustainable practices and work together to try and keep this land in as good a possible condition as we can for our kids.”

27 Days of Change and Social Justice

This June is packed with so many events, and I so look forward to it all!

But what I’m most excited about is the CXC’s (Center for Transformative Change’s) 27 Days of Change.

CXC’s 27 Days of Change is an opportunity to mindfully develop sustainable, healthy habits that will help you in all areas of your life.  You practice these new habits alongside your virtual “sangha” (a sanskrit term, one meaning of which is ‘practice community’) through weekly phone calls, daily quotes and talks via email, and access to an online forum among other things. You fill out a 360-degree, 6-point intention agreement modeled on traditional Buddhist paramitas (aka ‘transcendental virtues’) that affect change not only in your life, but others’ (an important angle here is to create social justice in an integrated way, creating a healthier and more sustainable existence for all).

I don’t have much time for a long post this week, but I wanted to make sure I spread word about this – I love volunteering at CXC because it has enriched my life and personality, and I only want others to benefit from it as well!

The website is a bit outdated, so please ask me questions if you have them, or call (888) 976-2426.

For FAQs and details, please see http://27daysofchange.com/

Peace!