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On it you shall not do any work. Be helpful if they ask, but the best way to teach is by example. Know that however dire things may sound or look, if you are willing to live with a green heart, one small green heart action taken each day will make a positive impact toward personal and environmental healing. As more of us are willing to jump on the green bandwagon, the greater our collective impact will be. To echo the famous words of Gandhi, Be the change you want to see in the world. Greenopia's original mission has pivoted beyond eco-friendly businesses to include access to information that encompasses every aspect of living an environmentally safe life. Our original logo was a green leaf, but it has now been replaced with a green heart. The kind of change needed to improve our environmental health and heal the planet starts with an open heart. My hope is that the passion I have for living my life with a green heart will inspire you to lead your life that way too. I choose to breathe healthy air, drink clean water, and spend time away from my devices every day. EVERY LIVING HUMAN BEING and animal on the planet needs air, water, food, and shelter to survive. For example, when we are learning how to read as small children, we're under a certain amount of pressure to learn, and we might even have been subjected to criticism for not learning fast enough (I don't know why you're so slow! This kind of pressure can be too much for the current life stage in which we find ourselves, so the new information is placed in the subconscious, where it is not directly accessible. Each function and skill we can control today we could not control right off the bat. Let's look at a child who is taking her first steps. How many steps have to be mastered, how often does she fall down and get up, over and over again, until she has learned fine motor control, orientation, and the control of individual muscle groups? The same is true with hearing. As a rule, we are born with a very fine ear attuned to the world, but we must first learn how to process sounds and assign meaning to them. Children do this automatically. Among other ways, through one of their favorite games, hide-and-seek.

This, incidentally, is a very good exercise for adults as well. Reflect at the end of the day on what you notice: We usually focus on what is wrong and the constant negativity of the media can drag down our mood. Counterbalance this by noticing our own good news stories that are happening in our neighborhood and workplace, to family, friends, and coworkers. Celebrate what is right with us and those we care about. Pay attention to your face when you smile. What happens around the mouth and the eyes? How do you feel inside--perhaps lighter, softer? Practice smiling internally--a soft, relaxed smile. How does it make you feel? What do you notice in others? It took me leaving to finally realize that I had always put myself last and took care of everyone else's needs, and that I am worth much more than what he said I was. I started seeing things for what they really were and started seeing the things that should have been a warning sign for me. I had sacrificed so much that it was hard to ask for help, but once I started asking for help I found myself in the process. The hard work that Carly has committed herself to has already paid off for her in a big way. Her relationships with her family, which had suffered considerable damage as the abuse she was suffering went on, are now getting back on track. She's even managed to forgive the man who was so responsible for her misery. For the first time in my life, I'm in a much happier place. I've cut the negative people out of my life and I'm focusing on the positive. I've had a rough life.

But now I feel better about myself and know that any issues that come along I will handle with my head held high and confidence in my stride. Like the Sabbath of the Bible, observing a digital sabbath means reserving one full day each week for taking a break: in this case, a break from digital technology. That means no phones, computers, television, video games, e-readers, or smartwatches. A digital sabbath is partly about getting away from work and partly about getting away from screens. But mostly, it's about changing your relationship to time. When we're distracted, shifting our focus quickly from one thing to another to another, we're effectively breaking up our time into smaller and smaller pieces. As a result, time seems to fly by. What if, instead of trying to beat time, we slowed it down? The scholar Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel has called the Sabbath a palace in time. Just like a palace, the Sabbath is meant to be spacious and beautiful, a space where different rituals and rules apply. Inside the palace in time, Rabbi Heschel teaches that we should practice divine rest--rest that isn't just about recharging for more work later, but about reminding ourselves that work is not an end in itself and that our lives are about more than what we do. The quality of and access to all of these requirements for life will decide how long and in what condition we will live. These shared elements are part of what's called the global commons, the Earth's shared natural resources. These resources have been heavily taxed over the past century due to industrial innovation and a growth in population. For all of us to survive and thrive on the planet, it is critical that we stop thinking just about ourselves and think about the others in our community, and how we can better share these resources without further depleting them to the point of exhaustion. Living this way requires us to raise our level of consciousness and develop the self-discipline to act less selfishly. Without slowing our consumption way down, the quality of life as we know it will drastically change. I choose to inhale and exhale clean air. have always suffered with asthma. As a child, my asthma attacks terrified me.

I can remember being cradled in the arms of my parents all night long, each of them taking turns sitting in the rocking chair as they tried to calm me, encouraging me to take sips of water because they had given me all the asthma medication I was allowed for the day. This exercise is fun and can be played indoors or outdoors, in any weather. It's the familiar childhood game of hide-and-seek: Where are you? I hear you . I'm coming. So you playfully learn to locate sounds in space. If we have lost an ability or we have not learned it yet, regardless of what kind of ability, we can relearn it step-by-step. We can train. In relearning a skill it's important to follow proper procedure so you can regain the desired capability in successive, consecutive steps. This is true of hearing. Training is the main way we work on regenerating our sense of hearing. Experiments have shown that when two groups watched the same cartoons, with one group holding a pencil in the mouth in such a way as to activate the smiling muscles, the other holding a pencil to activate the frowning muscles, the former rated the cartoons funnier than the latter. Explore for yourself the strong link between the body and emotions. Do a random act of kindness for a stranger or a person you know. It could be as simple as holding a door open for someone struggling with bags, helping someone with a task, giving up your seat on the train. Act without any expectation of a reward. What do you notice? When we do an act of kindness for someone else, it makes us feel good. Of course, that should not be the motivation for the practice, but it's a nice perk! Notice how you behave toward other people, and notice if there is an internal commentary on how they look and behave.

When you notice any, acknowledge it (even if you don't like what you are thinking or think it inappropriate). Carly was facing a huge roadblock in her life because of her friends' and family's opinion that she was the luckiest woman in the world to be with the man who was abusing her. And she convinced herself for a long time that their opinion was right. But when she faced the reality that their opinion was deeply wrong, she was able to get past that roadblock, to discover that she'd been surviving in an unacceptable situation, and to move on to a much, much better place. All of us need to move forward in our lives. If you aren't moving forward--if you aren't doing more to reach your goals, setting new ones for yourself, and trying your best to live in fulfillment of your purpose (which we'll talk about a lot in the next article)--then I'll be honest with you: you're dying. If you stay stuck in the same bad situation indefinitely, then you're letting your life waste away. On the other hand, if you take even a tiny step forward every day--even if you have to crawl--you're making progress toward becoming the best version of yourself, to being the greatest you. There's only one way you can take these steps, though: you have to be real with yourself. Let's work on this together. I want you to take some time right now to make an honest assessment of where you are in your life. The Sabbath was made for humankind, reads the Gospel of Mark 2:27. It's an opportunity to appreciate not only our own existence but time with family, friends, and community. The food writer Mark Bittman began observing a weekly digital sabbath in 2008. As he reported for The New York Times, at first his tech-free day made him feel jumpy, twitchy, and uneven. But over time, he became more comfortable, especially when he realized that nothing bad has happened while I've been offline. He started taking pleasure from his long walks, naps, and uninterrupted stretches of reading. I experienced what, if I wasn't such a skeptic, I would call a lightness of being, he writes. I felt connected to myself rather than my computer. I had time to think, and distance from normal demands.