Any real vegetarian would laugh at the concept of no meat only five days a week. Still, it’s a practice I have lived by since last April. Consider it a healthier lifestyle to reduce my carbon footprint. Why do such a funny thing? Well, I have three primary reasons. First, the impact meat raised for human consumption makes on the environment is substantial. Lamb, beef and pork all have a tremendous carbon tax on the environment, not only for the amount of grain necessary to feed these animals, but also the methane they produce.
Image by alshepmcr It’s a strange world we live in online. Delusions of grandeur call, singing like that sweet Siren in the midst of the sea. To win, we must appear like we are Doing Important Things, but in the end we find our lives dashed on the rocks. I’m speaking about the competitive rat race to see who can get the most social media rock star badges; keynotes, books, followings, awards, blog mentions, yeah! I have to admit, I got caught up in this hooplah again during the past year. Then I looked at my real life (the one I physically walk around in), and my toddler clinging to my pants leg crying every time I moved to the […]
by Benson Hendrix Image by moonlightbulb “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki, “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” One of the concepts in Zen Buddhist philosophy is the idea of the “beginner’s mind.” This is the idea that people should approach a subject with excitement, an open mind, and no preconceptions, regardless of how much knowledge they have gained about a subject. When someone gains experience and a certain comfort level with that expertise, they might run into the “expert trap.” Starting to think of themselves as “experts,” or “guru-ninja-superjedi-badasses.” Experience is a wonderful thing to have, and is necessary in both personal and professional growth. When it […]
While in France, I had the opportunity to meet and have a brief conversation with zen master Thich Nhat Hanh (nicknamed Thay by his sangha). After telling him about my hopes of affecting change and awareness with the environment and to a larger extent Zoetica, Thay said to me, “You must be part warrior, part artist, and part yogi.” Then he simply smiled at me. Of course, like any novice, my unvoiced mental response to such a statement was, “Huh?” But I think over the past weekend I finally understood the full impact of Thay’s words. The launch of Zoetica really drove it home. Warrior: I got this part right off the bat. This is easy for me. Anyone who […]
Bodhisattva: Term for the historical Buddha Gautama prior to his enlightenment as well as for other individuals destined to become buddhas. In Mahayana Buddhism the bodhisattva postpones attainment of nirvana in order to alleviate the suffering of others. The number of bodhisattvas is theoretically limitless, and the title has been applied to great scholars, teachers, and Buddhist kings. Today is Beth Kanter’s 53rd birthday. In an effort to honor one of our great leaders with a surprise, Tweetsgiving Founder Stacey Monk enlisted 53 bloggers to blog about the impact she has made in our lives. I was honored to be included in the group. Why? Because Beth has made a tremendous impression on me over the past two years! I […]
There’s so much focus on the “right way” to Tweet, one could get lost figuring out the social network for oneself or their company. While generally helpful, there are so many right ways for Twitter I feel sorry for the newcomer, who must delineate amongst the many disparate unofficial Rules of 140 Etiquette. Which brings to mind the old cliché, “Rules are made to be broken.” Proper methodology be damned. Really, what matters? Be true to yourself. An authentic, genuine and valuable presence will ring through the clutter of proper tweets following so called rules. Noise is noise. Authentic conversation and real personality always seem to stand out in my feed. I laughed when I read popular tweeter Ed Shahzade‘s […]