Friday, February 12, 2016

The 7 Guiding Principles of Transition

(As adapted from Transition United States available here.  )

1. Create Positive Visions.  Our primary focus is on creating positive, empowering possibilities and opportunities that go beyond dependence on fossil fuels. 

2. Provide People Good Information and Trust Them.  We raise awareness of peak oil, climate change, the downfalls of economic growth, and related issues in an enthusiastic, empowering, and honest way.  We respect each person’s ability to make a response that is appropriate to their situation.

3. Foster Inclusion and Openness.  We appreciate diversity and welcome all community members to join us. 

4. Enable Sharing and Networking.  We share our personal and communal successes, failures, insights abilities, and connections to build a collective body of experience.

5. Build Resilience.  We work towards increasing the capacity of our communities (which includes our ecosystem) to withstand and adapt to shock, and change as needed – in particular as it relates to our food, economy, and energy uses. 

6. Be Aware of Inner and Outer Transition.  We become more aware that the challenges we face are not just caused by our technologies but are a direct result of our world view and belief systems.  We journey together through the fear, grief, and denial that this awareness can create by following our passions. 

7. Encourage self‐organization.  Decision making is allowed to occur at the most appropriate, practical and empowering level, and in such a way that it models the ability of natural systems to self-organize.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Love to eat, eat to love

I absolutely LOVE to eat. Anything spicy, sweet, umami, salty, sour, maybe not always bitter, pretty much anything. Love to eat, eat to love, right? Food is our life source and food has life. Love is life, Life is love. Eat, Live, Love. Repeat.

I have a big flock of food in my backyard that I just love so much. My flock of ducks bring me so much joy and happiness, just to watch them waddle and splash around. When they beg for treats, I provide for them. In the dead of winter, I provide a bath for them. What a pleasure! They also provide me with delicious eggs and yes, a roast duck from culling. I recently learned how to render their fat! I respect and honor them by using every bit of "life" they can provide for me. I provide them with the best life I can give and in return I receive life.

Relaxing with my ducks this past summer.

Circle of life. Yes, I heard that mentioned in the Lion King. I get it, or so I thought. I heard the concept, I could understand it, but only to an extent. I was and am still not entirely aware of my circle of life and how I fit in, but now that I am trying to be a part of that circle, I am understanding much more. I  have been on a journey to understand and know my life source. To raise it, care for it, process it, and continue its circle of life. If I want to live to the fullest, what better way to understand life than to know your source of it? What gives me life? What gives you life?

Bones from stock drying to become bone meal for my garden, finished stock ready to be canned,
rendering fat in the small pot.

I once read Wendell Berry's poetic essay about the pleasures of eating. Beautifully written about what we can do. I highly recommend reading it if you haven't already. It is a very short 4 page essay with some pictures, so not really 4 pages.