by Thich Nhat Hanh
A talk by the Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on Mindful Consumption
All things need food to be alive and to grow, including our love or our hate. Love is a living thing, hate is a living thing. If you do not nourish your love, it will die. If you cut the source of nutriment for your violence, your violence will also die. That is why the path shown by the Buddha is the path of mindful consumption.
The Buddha told the following story. There was a couple who wanted to cross the desert to go to another country in order to seek freedom. They brought with them their little boy and a quantity of food and water. But they did not calculate well, and that is why halfway through the desert they ran out of food, and they knew that they were going to die. So after a lot of anguish, they decided to eat the little boy so that they could survive and go to the other country, and that's what they did. And every time they ate a piece of flesh from their son, they cried.
On Guardians of Being
A Celebration of the Gift of Our Companion Animals
By Patrick McDonnell
“Everything natural, every flower or tree, and every animal have important lessons to teach us…” - Eckhart Tolle
Guardians of Being (words by Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now and A New Earth and art by Patrick McDonnell, creator of MUTTS) celebrates the reason we love our companion animals. It illuminates for us their divine purpose. While we are lost in our thoughts and busyness of everyday life, they have become our guardians of being. They can bring us into the present moment and reconnect us to the one source of all life.
Guardians of Being is a collaboration of Eckhart’s teachings and my cartoon illustrations. As does all of Eckhart Tolle’s work, Guardians of Being teaches us about finding inner peace by living in the now, the transformation of our consciousness, and the arising of a more enlightened humanity. The primary signposts in this new book are all of nature and, in particular, our beloved dogs and cats.
By Mike Schwager
A bottomline “nuts and bolts” handbook is now available, designed to first restore people to normal health and then onward to maximum wellness and longevity, in the face of a population that is overmedicated, undernourished with overprocessed foods, and underexercised.
BORN A CHAMPION: The Master Strategy for Maximum Health and Lasting Success [Outskirts Press.com, 145 pp] is a blueprint for optimum health, a contrarian view opposed to those of today’s medical norms which the author contends reflect a greed-driven pharmaceutical industry, medical doctors who are virtually ensnared by pharmaceutical and health insurance industry domination, a non-health conscious corporate food industry flooding the market with products that are overprocessed with refined carbohydrates, sugar and hydrogenated fats, and an underexercised population.
By John Robbins
[NOTE: Mr. Robbins' column items will appear regularly in Enrichment.com. A number of articles emanate from Mr. Robbins' websites: FoodRevolution.org and Healthyat100.org, and are given through Mr. Robbins' permission].
One day in Iowa I met a particular gentleman—and I use that term, gentleman, frankly, only because I am trying to be polite, for that is certainly not how I saw him at the time. He owned and ran what he called a “pork production facility.” I, on the other hand, would have called it a pig Auschwitz.
The conditions were brutal. The pigs were confined in cages that were barely larger than their own bodies, with the cages stacked on top of each other in tiers, three high. The sides and the bottoms of the cages were steel slats, so that excrement from the animals in the upper and middle tiers dropped through the slats on to the animals below.
The aforementioned owner of this nightmare weighed, I am sure, at least 240 pounds, but what was even more impressive about his appearance was that he seemed to be made out of concrete. His movements had all the fluidity and grace of a brick wall. Read More...
John Robbins, author of the international bestseller DIET FOR A NEW AMERICA and founder of the non-profit EARTHSAVE, will be featured as a columnist on Enrichment.com. John is considered to be one of the most eloquent and powerful spokespersons in the world for a sane, ethical and sustainable future,
Robbins is also the author of THE FOOD REVOLUTION -- How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World, THE AWAKENED HEART -- Meditations on Finding Harmony in a Changing World, and the widely acclaimed RECLAIMING OUR HEALTH -- Exploding the Medical Myth and Embracing the Source of True Healing.
Widely considered to be one of the world's leading experts on the dietary link with the environment and health, John's work has been the subject of cover stories and feature articles in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Life, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and many of the nation's other major newspapers and magazines. His life and work have also been featured in an hour long PBS special titled Diet For A New America.
The only son of the founder of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire, John Robbins was groomed to follow in his father's footsteps, but chose to walk away from Baskin-Robbins and the immense wealth it represented to "...pursue the deeper American Dream...the dream of a society at peace with its conscience because it respects and lives in harmony with all life forms. A dream of a society that is truly healthy, practicing a wise and compassionate stewardship of a balanced ecosystem."
John has been a featured and keynote speaker at major conferences sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility, Beyond War, Oxfam, the Sierra Club, the Humane Society of the United States, the United Nations Environmental Program, UNICEF, and many other organizations dedicated to creating a healthy, just, and sustainable way of life. He is the recipient of the Rachel Carson Award, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, and the Peace Abbey's Courage of Conscience Award. The widespread media attention he has received has included numerous appearances on national shows including Oprah, Donahue and Geraldo. When John spoke at the United Nations, he received a standing ovation. Read More...
Dr. Amit Goswami is the author of the new book, Creative Evolution: A Physicist’s Resolution between Darwinism and Intelligent Design [Quest Books]. Dr. Goswami is a pioneer in using quantum physics to articulate the paradigm shift from a materialist to a consciousness-based worldview. He earned his doctorate from Calcutta University in theoretical nuclear physics. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Oregon, where he taught physics from 1968 to 2003.
Mike Schwager, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Enrichment.com, had the pleasure to recently interview television talk show host and author Dennis Wholey. Here is that conversation:
Enrichment.com will feature EarthSave TV, a series of video programs hosted by Caryn Hartglass, Executive Director of EarthSave International. By clicking on this link - www.earthsavetv.com - or clicking on the permanent EarthSaveTV box featured under "Sacred Places" in the lower left column of Enrichment.com, visitors will be able to watch a series of video programs focusing on stories about delicious vegan eating places and vegan recipes.
In the left column of EarthSaveTV, watch programs such as Breakfast With Oats, Power Lunch (Parts I and II) featuring great vegan lunches, the Going Green Travel Journal featuring great vegan restaurants in South Florida and San Francisco, Zen Burger Restaurant, Fast Food & The Environment. In the right column, watch recipe segments such as Tofu Club Sandwich, Portobello Mushroom Steak Sandwich, Veggie Burger, Chinese Coleslaw.
EarthSave was founded by the great John Robbins, author of the revolutionary book, Diet For A New America. Read more...
Angel Animals Book of Inspiration
[New World Library]
Interview with authors Allen & Linda Anderson
How did you get started collecting and publishing stories about the spiritual connection between people and animals? Why do you call yourselves a “golden team”?
In 1996, we were walking around Lake Harriet in Minneapolis with our yellow Labrador Taylor. She had a big grin on her face. People kept stopping to ask if we knew our dog was smiling. We thought about how much joy she and our other animals were bringing to us. We started listing spiritual qualities we were gaining by observing and living with our pets – love, gratitude, creativity, joy. We wondered if other people felt they were learning spiritual lessons from animals. After the walk, we went home and made up a flyer to put around town and we posted questions on Internet animal chat groups. We asked: Are you learning spiritual lessons from animals? Have you ever had a dream with an animal? Do you think animals go to heaven? Within 60 days we had hundreds of responses from all over the world. We knew we had to share these wonderfully inspiring stories of animals as spiritual beings.
Desmond Tutu to receive Spiritual Leadership Award
[from Religion Press Release Service]
PRETORIA, South Africa -- South African Desmond Tutu will receive an international award recognizing his "vision, understanding and building of bridges," a global spiritual group said.
The Nobel Peace laureate and retired Anglican archbishop of Cape Town will receive the Spiritual Leadership Award from Humanity's Team, a global movement "awakening the world to oneness," the group said. Read more...
YouTube video of spiritual/scientific synthesizer and author Gregg Braden on "The Matrix of Life".
Braden addresses his perception of a unifying matrix underlying physical reality - a "living pulsating essence" - a quantum field, a conscious and intelligent substance - that speaks to our Hearts as well as our minds. Read more...
[Editor's Note: "The God Code" is not a brand new book, but a powerful book we thought worth posting on Enrichment. We cannot scientifically verify that author Greg Braden is 100% accurate from a scientifically objective place - but our sense is, from an intuitive place, that the message is meaningful and worth contemplating and reflecting upon.]
"The God Code: The Secret of Our Past, The Promise of Our Future" - a book by Gregg Braden
"Human misery is more often caused not so much by stupidity as by ignor ance, particularly our own ignorance about ourselves." –Carl Sagan
What would it mean to discover an ancient language—a literal message—hidden within the DNA of life itself? What we once believed of our past is about to change…Read more...
(NaturalNews) People's stress level these days seems to be directly related to their jobs and their workplaces. There are many factors that directly contribute to the amount of stress that people feel. Job insecurity, unnatural lighting, lack of natural sun, computers, chemicals, and job pressures are only a few of the many situations that people have to deal with on a daily basis. Many of these situations also seem beyond a person's control and that can lead to even more stress. Read more...
Recent News/Feature Stories
One of the cornerstones of the mission of Enrichment.com is to encourage dialogue between the great religions and cultures of the world. In 1990, when the vision of this site was first put on paper, what came through was that as the world undergoes globalization through technology, and as peoples and ideas would of necessity converge through the instruments of communication heightened by technology, that it would be vital for true mutual understanding and empathy to be fostered between peoples of different faiths and cultures. From the dialogue that convergence can encourage, a new opportunity and hope emerges on our planet enabling people of goodwill to find common ground - to realize that which unites rather than that which divides.
The Tony Blair Faith Foundation reflects this vision, and Enrichment.com wishes to enthusiastically support the former Prime Minister's great new humanitarian enterprise, and all of its various activities guided by this overarching spirit. - [Mike Schwager, Editor-in-Chief]. Read More....
Editor's note: In July 2007, I arranged an online debate on FT.com (Financial Times) between microfinance expert Eric Thurman, co-author of A Billion Bootstraps: Microcredit, Barefoot Banking, and the Business Solution for Ending Poverty, and Professor Aneel Karnani of the University of Michigan. This was a lively polemic between two humanitarians with opposing views on the efficacy of microcredit (or microfinance as it is also known) - and the best ways to reduce poverty in the developing world. It was important enough to earn another posting here on Enrichment.com. It is posted here in "Breakthrough News" - as well as in our "Cross-Pollinate" section - and again in our "Humanitarian Issues" section. - Mike Schwager, Editor-in-Chief, Enrichment.com. Read more...
First came an "Open Letter From Muslims to Jews," signed by dozens of leading Muslim scholars and intellectuals in the West, calling for "Peace, Dialogue and Understanding Between Muslims and Jews." Read more...
Washington DC / Los Angeles - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent declaration that Israel should be "wiped off the map"-- far from being an isolated case -- underscores the reality that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be viewed in the context of global tension between Muslims and Jews, tension that is exacerbated by hostilities in the region and that simultaneously helps fuel those hostilities by inflaming fear and mistrust between the two sides. Read more...
Recent Cross-Pollinate Stories
People Who Enrich Our Lives
When the Dalai Lama Accepted the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on global human rights -- particularly for his ceaseless efforts to free his country from Chinese rule -- he referred to himself as "a simple monk from Tibet." But His Holiness is also the spiritual and political leader of 6 million Tibetans, who believe him to be the 14th earthly incarnation of the heavenly deity of compassion and mercy. Like his 13 predecessors, he works for the regeneration and continuation of the Tibetan Vajrayana branch of Buddhist tradition. Read more ...
I know a lot of you may have seen Whoopi Goldberg’s movies, but do you know what she went through before becoming a famous actress, show host, author etc etc?
Let this story reveal the journey of a survivor. A real survivor that stands true to the test of life. Read more...