Health Boundaries

Health Boundaries – “Did barbed wire ever tear into you? Health boundaries are worse. Health boundaries can permanently impair and range from misdiagnoses to stress. Luckily our fingernails reflect our health and show us warning signs.

When you look at the Health Boundaries Bite picture you see planted hills and a barbed wire fence. The barbed wire “health boundary” is a small part of the picture, but a health boundary can dominate. For instance, a prescription drug may keep us from pain, but also addict or do other unforeseen damage. 

For many of us stress dominates. Unemployment, foreclosure, loss of love ~~ we feel the affect on our health, on our nerves.

Not just our nerves, of course. Many of us associate stress w/ stomach ulcers. What isn’t commonly known is that many stomach ulcers are caused by h.pylori, a bacteria that thrives when our stomachs aren’t working properly, often due to stress.

Because h.pylori reduces stomach acid production it is associated with malabsorption of nutrients, like vitamin B12 and magnesium. Both need stomach acid for release from food.

As digestion problems emerge we may begin taking antacids. This can cause hypochlorhydria, (low stomach acid levels), often below what’s needed to get any vitamin B12 or magnesium from our food.

So, here we are thinking we have stomach problems, without realizing that our stomachs are vitally connected to our nerves and the amount of vitamin B12 they get. Insufficient B12 leads to nerve damage resulting in pain, balance problems, loss of memory, mood disorders and other health issues.

My site focuses on improving health through awareness of the vital link between vitamin B12 and the health of our nerves and blood. Below are illustrations of some of the pages on my site about how to regain the unlimited, boundless health you were meant to have.”

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Xander The Blind Therapy Pug

A blind pug has found a new calling in life after taking up a role as a therapy dog…

Daily Mail – “Xander from Klamath Falls in Oregon, U.S., went blind in an accident when he was just one year old and was subsequently put up for adoption. However, volunteers at Klamath Animal Shelter, fell for the pug, and decided to take Xander home with them.

Marcie and Rodney Beedy say they soon realised their new dog’s ability to boost the spirits of those around him.The Beedy’s decided to enrol Xander in the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program. Three weeks later, Xander became a certified Pet Partner’s Therapy Dog  and now spends his days greeting young and old at the likes of hospitals, nursing homes, animal shelters and schools.” Read More On Daily Mail

How We Can Address Sexual Violence With Language Alone

Lucia Lorenzi speaks passionately about the import role words play in addressing sexual violence. Drawing on both personal and professional knowledge, Lucia explores ideas surrounding the use of language both as a weapon and as a way of healing and showing support…”

A really fantastic talk; well worth the listen time.  ~Reb

 

The Griefwalker

“Grief is not a feeling; grief is a skill. And the twin of grief as a skill of life, is the skill of being able to praise or to love life…which means where ever you find one authentically done, the other is close at hand. Grief…and praise of life…side by side…” – Stephen Jenkinson

I am still learning to embrace grief as a life skill. In the process, I’m beginning to understand that Western culture tends to treat grief as some huge monster to fear, to battle…to try to ‘overcome’ without getting the crap knocked out of us. We are removed from death here. People die away from us, either mentally via pain pills or physically in hospitals…it’s all the same in the end. We view – and therefore treat – death as something to be done at a distance. Stephen points out that our modern way of dying makes even our own death seem like a rumor to us. Our experiences are second-hand, removed…we try to stand just a few steps back from the actual process of dying and in doing so, we cheat ourselves out of fully experiencing death…and in turn, we dim the experience of life itself.

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Diary of a Disgraced Soldier

Through Diary of a Disgraced Soldier  Martin uses his creative energies to work through the nightmares he brought back from Iraq.

My Life as a ‘Disgraced Soldier’

You may not know who I am but you may have heard my voice on TV a few years ago. It was 2006 when a video spread around the world of British soldiers beating Iraqi youth in Al Amara, Iraq, during Operation Telic 3. A corporal in Her Majesty’s 1st Light Infantry Battalion, I was behind the camera, filming the 2004 incident.

 HuffPo- “Those two minutes of video ruined my life. I still have a tough time watching it today and can’t believe what I said. I was a different person. I’m not trying to excuse my comments — they were inappropriate and regrettable — but I want to explain them. During the riots on the streets of Al Amara, we soldiers didn’t have food. We didn’t have water. We were working non-stop. Going through these conditions brought out the worst in me. I wouldn’t wish that situation on anyone.

I was a disgraced soldier in the public eye, thanks to the British tabloids and the British government, which used me as a scapegoat. But I was not a disgraceful soldier. I loved the army and would have done anything for my country, having served honorably for about 12 years. Shortly after the military cleared me of any wrongdoing in 2007, I left the military. I had served two tours in Northern Ireland and a tour in Sierra Leone; I had seen enough of war.

And especially that war, I felt like I had been put in an unacceptable situation in Iraq. I shouldn’t have been in Iraq. No foreign troops (British, American, etc.) should have been in that country. I didn’t join the Army to fight against children but that’s what I did. It’s not something you often hear about in the media, but the enemy in Iraq uses women and children to fight for them. The youth in Al Amara were throwing grenades at us. It’s sickening and I felt shame and guilt for having to fight children.

After the scandal broke, I decided to leave the Army. I approached some filmmakers in my hometown in Cornwall to help document what I went through. They followed me for 18 months, from the time I got out of the military. During this time I kept video diaries to chart my thoughts and feelings, and through this process my emotional frustrations came across -I would be fine one minute and then red with anger the next. In November 2009, they released a 68-minute documentary titled Diary of a Disgraced Soldier. It was greatly received at the 2009 Cornwall Film Festival. Making the documentary has been a cathartic process that may well have saved my life…” Full Article

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END:CIV – What Would You Fight For?

Based in part on Endgame, the best-selling book by Derrick Jensen, END:CIV asks: “If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?”

“A fierce critique of systematic violence and industrial civilization, End:Civ is not intended for garden-variety environmentalists. If you are anywhere below, say, an 8 on that sliding scale of pissed off, then this film is going to scare you…which means you should watch it.”

-Eugene Weekly

1aquote-derrick-jensen“There are very sober people talking about the possible death of entire oceans. The end of fish. If that’s not worth fighting for, what is?” Activist and author Derrick Jensen asserts that industrial civilization is murdering the planet and it must be stopped. We need to decolonize our hearts and minds. As soon as our allegiance is to the real world and not industrial capitalism, things become more clear. His books include A Language Older Than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, What We Leave Behind and Endgame.”

END:CIV- “The causes underlying the collapse of civilizations are usually traced to overuse of resources. As we write this, the world is reeling from economic chaos, peak oil, climate change, environmental degradation, and political turmoil. Every day, the headlines re-hash stories of scandal and betrayal of the public trust. We don?t have to make outraged demands for the end of the current global system – it seems to be coming apart already. 

But acts of courage, compassion and altruism abound, even in the most damaged places. By documenting the resilience of the people hit hardest by war and repression, and the heroism of those coming forward to confront the crisis head-on, END:CIV illuminates a way out of this all-consuming madness and into a saner future.

Backed by Jensen’s narrative, the film calls on us to act as if we truly love this land. The film trips along at a brisk pace, using music, archival footage, motion graphics, animation, slapstick and satire to deconstruct the global economic system, even as it implodes around us. END:CIV illustrates first-person stories of sacrifice and heroism with intense, emotionally-charged images that match Jensen’s poetic and intuitive approach. Scenes shot in the back country provide interludes of breathtaking natural beauty alongside clearcut evidence of horrific but commonplace destruction.”

Scilla Elworthy: Fighting With Non-Violence

How do you deal with a bully without becoming a thug? In this wise and soulful talk, peace activist Scilla Elworthy maps out the skills we need — as nations and individuals — to fight extreme force without using force in return. To answer the question of why and how non-violence works, she evokes historical heroes — Aung San Suu Kyi, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela — and the personal philosophies that powered their peaceful protests. 

Biography – From 1970-1976 Scilla Elworthy chaired Kupugani, a South African nutrition education organisation, where she set up an initiative which involved the sale of nutritious Christmas hampers to industrial employees thereby providing annual self-financing for the charity of R6million.

In 1976 she helped organise the building and launch of the Market Theatre, South Africa’s first multiracial theatre. Then in 1977 she established the Minority Rights Group in France and in 1978 she researched and delivered their report on female genital mutilation, leading to the World Health Organisation campaign to eradicate the practice. From 1979-81 she became a consultant on women’s issues to UNESCO  and it was during this time she researched and wrote UNESCO’s contribution to the 1980 United Nations Mid-decade Conference on Women: “The role of women in peace research, peace education and the improvement of relations between nations”.

In 1982 she founded the Oxford Research Group (ORG) an NGO which independently researched decision-making on security in the five major nuclear nations during and after the Cold War and brought together policy-makers, academics, the military and civil society to engage in dialogue. Elworthy has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with ORG and in 2003 she was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize. She remained the executive director of ORG until 2003 and continues to be on their board of trustees.

In 2003 Elworthy stepped down as executive director of ORG in order to found a new charity, Peace Direct, which supports local peace-builders in conflict areas. Peace Direct was named “Best New Charity” at the London Charity Awards 2005 and, although she is not involved in the day to day running, Elworthy remains on the board of trustees.

In 2002 she launched a production at the Royal Opera House theatre in London entitled Transforming September 11th. In 2004 she provided the basic material for Max Stafford Clark’s production of Talking to Terrorists at the Royal Court Theatre in London; and in 2007 her case study on the siege of Fallujah in Iraq was used as the basis for Jonathan Holmes’ production of Fallujah at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane.

Although she has lectured extensively around the world and appeared on television and radio throughout the last 20 years, her work has been less in the public eye recently as she has been advising Richard Branson, Desmond Tutu and Peter Gabriel on the creation of The Elders, “an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.”

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BBoy For Life

via Nadus Films – “BBOY for LIFE is the story of gang life and break-dancing in Guatemala. How can someone born into a world of violence and death find hope for a better world? Risking their own lives, a growing community of dancers ban together to survive the blood stained streets of the ghetto where they live. Their bond and inspiration brings hope to a woman haunted by her past sins as she flees the very gang that she once called her family.”

“BBoy for Life is a human interest story that exposes not only the threat Guatemalans face on a day to day basis, but also the journey toward a life where peace and hope shine more brightly.” 

 

“Cheez & Gato are 2 of the best B-boy’s in all of Central America. Together, they and the Poker Crew battle in the streets and on stage to compete against other dancers who are battling to be the best in Central America.

Being a B-boy in Guatemala City carries with it a heavy burden and risk due to a plague of gangs throughout the ghettos. Gato’s brother was shot and killed by a gang for not giving the names of other Bboys in his neighborhood, including Gato’s.

Leidy is an active gang member who is only 3 days out of prison. Leidy spent 3.5 years in prison for extortion. Despite Leidy being a mother of 2 boys, she continued her destructive streak until she met the B-boy community.

BBOY for Life documents the struggles of not only break dancers but gangsters as well, specifically Leidy. Throughout the film, Leidy struggles with the implications of leaving the gang. Leidy understands what threat this would bring on not only herself, but her entire family.

Despite this threat, Leidy chooses the path of peace and digs in deeper with the B-boy community. Leidy’s son Gerald who is 10 years old desires to learn to break dance after seeing Cheez & Gato perform at a street battle. Leidy and Gerald together seek a sense of renewal through their new found friendships.” Learn More

The Grandfathers And Common Humanity

 “What we do to each other as human beings can be very inhuman. This story explores that on several levels.” 

Jesse Saint searches for his identity deep in the Amazon jungle while living among the tribe that murdered his grandfather decades earlier. 

“The Grandfathers” is a motion-graphics documentary completing Jim Hanon’s inspiring trilogy that started with “Beyond the Gates of Splendor” and was followed by “End of the Spear.” These films were produced by Mart Green. Jesse struggles to find his place in a world alive with the memories of a famous grandfather he never knew and a heroic father he could not understand.

Years spent living among the Waodani and befriending the three old men who took part in the murder teach him the healing power of dignity, respect and forgiveness. In the jungle, Jesse must confront his family’s past as he determines his own future. This documentary is a moving tribute to a young boy’s quest for significance and wholeness, and its imprint on three old men, who, unwittingly, are on a quest of their own…”

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Beyond the Gates of Splendor: The History -

Jesse’s Grandfather, Nathanael “Nate” Saint (August 30, 1923 – January 8, 1956) was an evangelical Christian missionary pilot to Ecuador who, along with four others, was killed while attempting to evangelize the Huaorani people through efforts known as Operation Auca.

Jesse’s father, Steve Saint was born in Quito, Ecuador at a mission hospital. He was the second of Nate and Marj Saint’s three children. He has an older sister, Kathy, and a younger brother, Philip. The family lived in Shell Mera, Ecuador where his father was a missionary pilot with Mission Aviation Fellowship. In 1956, his father and four other missionaries were killed by Huaorani Indians during Operation Auca, in an effort to make peaceful contact with them.

After the death of Saint’s father, the family moved to Quito where Saint attended school. It was during this time that his aunt, Rachel Saint, and Elisabeth Elliotsuccessfully made peaceful contact with the Huaorani and were living with them in the jungle. At 10 years of age, Saint first went to live with the Huaorani, staying with them during the summers. He learned about living in the jungle, and also developed relationships with many members of the tribe. In June 1965, “Babae”, as he was called by the tribe, was baptized in the Curaray River by Kimo and Dyuwi, two of his father’s killers who had since converted to Christianity.

End Of The Spear – 

“Is it possible to forgive those who have taken from you what you most love? Can a people controlled by violence and murder be transformed? Based on the true story of five missionaries killed at the hands of the world’s most violent tribe, End of the Spear proves that sometimes the greatest tragedy can be the catalyst for the most resilient hope. From director Jim Hanon and producer Mart Green, this feature film offers a fresh, sometimes raw, cinematic journey deep into the Amazon jungle and even deeper into the human condition. It weaves together the story of a bereaved son and the tribal leader who murdered this young boy’s father. As their lives intersect three decades later, painful revelations force a life-or-death decision. The choices made will heal profound wounds; transform destructive practices, and bring hope for a new life to many.”

 

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Director Jim Hanon on Mincaye, Jesse, and Reconciliation

Jim Hanon on The Grandfathers and Common Humanity

Voices of Nonviolence: Little Town of Bethlehem

Source – “Little Town of Bethlehem examines the struggle to promote equality through nonviolent engagement in the midst of incredible violence that has dehumanized all sides. Sami’s story begins as a young boy living in the Israeli-occupied West Bank; Yonatan’s starts on an Israeli military base; and Ahmad’s begins in a Palestinian refugee camp. 

Their three stories are interwoven through the major events of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, starting with the 1972 massacre at the Munich Olympics and following through the first Intifada, suicide bombings in Israel, the Oslo Accords, the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin, and the second Intifada. Sami, Yonatan, and Ahmad each describe the events from their unique perspective, interjecting personal reflections and explaining how these events led them to become involved in the nonviolence movement.

In Bethlehem, the city where it is said that God became man, Sami just wants to be seen as human. First learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a teen, he began lecturing about nonviolence in high school. Later, Sami traveled to India to learn more about Gandhi. As the result of his discoveries, he founded the organization Holy Land Trust to promote nonviolence in the Palestinian community.

“When you struggle together, you change the paradigm. There’s still struggle…but it’s not This Side or That Side. You are struggling together to find the solution. And in that, there is very real HOPE…”

Yonatan embraced his father’s legacy as a pilot in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and fulfilled his own dream of becoming an IDF helicopter pilot. However, his journey led him to the astonishing decision to join with 26 other IDF pilots who publicly refused to participate in missions that would lead to civilian casualties. Co-founding the organization Combatants for Peace, made up of former Israeli and Palestinian combatants, Yonatan struggles to reconcile his love for his country with his growing opposition to the Israeli occupation.

After studying in Spain, Ahmad returned to Bethlehem to become a nonviolence trainer. Despite the daily challenges of living in a refugee camp, Ahmad remains committed to his community and risks his life and livelihood in nonviolent actions to bring an end to oppression.

For their work, Sami and Ahmad have been labeled as “Israeli collaborators” by some within the Palestinian community, and are seen as a threat to security by the Israeli military. By refusing to participate in offensive military actions against Palestinian civilians, Yonatan has been branded a traitor by some Israelis and can no longer work in his homeland.

All three men have had their lives threatened by members of their own communities as a result of their work. Sami, Yonatan, and Ahmad continue to embrace their common humanity and equality for all, daring to have the hope that peace in the Holy Land can be achieved through nonviolent struggle…

“They did it by discovering common ground in the nonviolence movement…”

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The Square

I watched the documentary, “The Square” on Netflix today and was absolutely blown away by it.  It is a very complex documentary and it touches on issues that every one fighting to make a change in this world can probably relate to: Disorganization, facing overwhelming odds, risk of imprisonment, death…renewal and hope for a better world. I will give fair warning tho – this isn’t for the faint of heart or those who can’t focus on subtitles. It is POWERFUL in so many ways...it is sickening, discouraging, harsh, beautiful, terrifying uplifting, inspiring…what an emotional roller-coaster. I get chills all over again even now as I am sifting through the YT clips to share.

The one thing that struck me more than anything as I was watching, was just how right the ideas behind the Common Ground movement are. No matter what some of our differences may be, it is absolutely imperative that we start learning to look past them and turn our focus to what we have in common with each other. The whole world seems to be edging towards a roaring, revolutionary period as more of US, the peons of the world, get fed up with being stomped on by more and more of THEM – the current power-system holders. As things stand worldwide, THEY can stomp us with sheer force in 2 heartbeats…WE can only stand strong and “win” if we stand arm in arm, tight…Together…

“The Square movie is a documentary about the Egyptian revolution behind the headlines. Follow a group of activists in Tahrir Square, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience…”

“If you take out people & put people just like them from the same circle, from the same regime, then you didn’t take down the regime, you took down people…”

“Our main problem as revolutionaries, most of the time we only object and say, “No” and we never offer alternatives…”

Filming “The Square”

Redefining Family

“You see so many people left alone. Why? Because of our concept of family.”

- Guruji Sri Vast

Sustainable Man -  “There are other ways of doing things. In this video, Guruju Sri Vast argues that it’s our concept of family that is destroying the world. “By only seeing those inside your house as your family, naturally, you must take from those outside of your house to take care of those inside of your house.” This view puts all families in competition with one another. Sri Vast points towards a new concept of family.

What does family mean to you? For Sri Vast, it is anywhere where he feels love and accepted for who he is. Using this definition of family – love and acceptance – could we not all be one big human family? 

“No one needs to be alone.” 

Introducing An Urban Renaissance Towards Living Neighbouhoods

Elke Miedema is an ambitious architect. She is part of Except, a multi disciplinary co-operation of sustainability professionals. She explains Urban Renaissance: a new way to re-develop our living environment, using the existing strengths to enable transformation, leaving room for innovation and stakeholder responsibility. 

Except is a worldwide cooperative of about 30 sustainability strategists, researchers and designers. Together we innovate for those organizations that wish to lead the way in sustainable development.

Polydome

Polydome is a revolutionary approach to greenhouse agriculture that offers the possibility of commercial scale, net-zero-impact food production. The Polydome system strategically interweaves a wide variety of crops and animals, taking advantage of every inch of the greenhouse while eliminating the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.

With its high yields (60 – 90 kg per square meter), and diverse outputs (over 50 crops, two mushroom varieties, chickens, eggs, fish, and honey), even a small Polydome system can provide a richly varied food supply for a large population.

Sustainable Schiebroek-Zuid

Except developed a sustainable conversion and development plan for the post-war social housing area Schiebroek-Zuid in Rotterdam.

The project provides a flexible and exemplary roadmap for converting the neighborhood into a self-sufficient and sustainable area. It applies innovative energy solutions, various urban farming methods, social and economic programmes, secondary currencies, and adaptive redevelopment strategies.

Social housing conversion
As a first of its kind, the Sustainable Schiebroek-Zuid project provides a template approach to converting a commonly problematic housing typology into a beautiful, equitable and resilient sustainable community. The neighborhood uses proven, common technologies in smart ways, in combination with ‘biological engines’ to provide the neighborhood with its own water, electricity, heat, waste processing and 70% of its own food production.

Closed loop metabolism
The plan combines socio-economic programs and proven technologies to create a closed-loop urban metabolism. All energy and water are locally provided and most wastes are handled on site. Local agriculture is the “biological engine” that drives many aspects of the plan, such as energy generation, nutrition, education, recreation, social programs, and local economic activities.

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Waste Land: 99 Is Not 100

We watched this documentary yesterday afternoon…if you are looking for a bit of inspiration and beauty, take time to watch this. Once again, I am blown away by the incredible acts of kindness that people are capable of…and by the capacity for love and hope in the midst of…a garbage heap. ~Reb 

This is an extract from the documentary “Waste Land”.

“Waste Land” is an award winning documentary by director Lucy Walker – An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves.

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