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Truth and Revolution

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“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won.

There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall.

Think of it…always.”

Mahatma Gandhi

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Actions speak louder than words…that has always been my mantra.

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I look for actions in all the talkers and see the real person.

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The truth can be seen in the planting of a tree, care for the Earth, care for other human beings, compassion for animals…

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Each morning I walk in the gardens to see and listen, seeing and hearing the truth as it manifests all around me in birdsong, changing colours, rain, sun…

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“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
George Orwell 

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We have passed “Peak Oil,” but if our governments told us this and began making preparations for dealing with the consequences, that would be considered revolutionary!

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Most times the truth is not palatable in the short term and much of our living is lived in “short termism!”

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The generations to come are not considered…there is no seventh generation, at least not in the mindset of those we trust to govern us, or should I say, entrust to govern us!

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I live in the mindset of “Edge of Empire.”

My truth is very different from ‘short term truth that suits!’

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I have no savings in any bank, but have long term investments in Mother Earth.

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When was the last time you heard any government representative refer to “Mother Earth”?

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What are we being told about Peak Oil?

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Is anyone in government talking about what kind of world we are building, or planting, for our grandchildren? 

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If the answer is in the negative, then what manner of “truth,” are we being peddled?

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Time to find our own truth and deal with it as best we can. 

 

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Eight Ways To Live a Better Life

This is not a check-list.

It is not about ways to recycle or buy greener energy.

There is enough advice out there for you to check out.

Lists are good for remembering things in a hurry and ensuring everything is done, completed, bought…

This is simpler and permanent.

It is what I have learned about living as lightly as possible on this beautiful Earth.

These small bits of advice are not in any particular order, but as I think of them and how they have made a difference to my life…


*** Re-claim and nurture knowledge.

Talk with older, wiser people.

Keep a notebook of knowledge.

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I have tapes I recorded of my grandmother talking to me about her life and feelings on so many different and intriguing things.

I talked lots with my mother,  pictured above at Bealtaine Cottage.

Mum learned from me too…we exchanged ideas a lot.

Staying at Bealtaine enabled Mum to develop her love for Earth too.

***Develop a close and binding relationship with Mother Earth, through a closer contact with Nature.

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We are of the Earth and we will return to the Earth and are as much a part of the cycle of life as the seasons.

***Turn off the television, or even get rid of it, and nurture silence, peace, communicating, reading, listening…for all these will allow YOU to live instead of living life through a screen.


***Sow and plant food, flowers, trees…whatever your space allows and if space is limited, rent an allotment.

If allotments are in short supply or non-existent, pester your local council to provide them!

***Re-learn to love food!

Cooking, baking, tasting, canning, making wine and cordials, sharing…food is the one part of living everyone shares.

It is a great common denominator.

Food brings people together…it certainly used to!

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Banish TV dinners!

Decorate your dining table, no matter how small, with a vase of seasonal greenery.

Use table mats and fine crockery for the beautiful food you make.

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Light a candle on your table…celebrate the fruits of the Earth and reject the poisonous, tasteless garbage of the corporation!

***Practice kindness.

Kindness towards others and oneself.

I love the concept of “Random Acts of Kindness.”

***Our grandparents used their acquired skills to make their living environments easier and more beautiful…sewing, carpentry, kitting, painting…whatever you are good at, keep at it and teach others!

I have recently learnt to make willow baskets and will be able to pass this skill on.

***De-clutter your life!

This is a mantra I say to myself.

Less really is more.

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