By Alanna Ketler, Collective Evolution
I think it’s safe to say that most teenagers have tried and/or abused alcohol or illegal drugs, yet teen substance abuse rarely gets the attention it needs. Drugs and alcohol have a more detrimental effect on the underdeveloped brain, particularly since teens lack the ability to adequately assess risk, making them more likely to overindulge in substances.
It’s this same lack that explains why people tend to be braver and more open to trying new experiences as teens than as adults. But this courage comes at a cost, as teens cannot adequately assess the risks of the substances they are taking. And schools aren’t doing nearly enough to educate them. Continue reading Iceland Knows How To Stop Teen Substance Abuse But The Rest Of The World Isn’t Listening
By Steve Beckow, Golden Age of Gaia
I hypothesize that: When tension goes up, awareness goes down.
Moreover, our awareness that our awareness has gone down also diminishes.
I ask us to keep these two notions in mind.
Long ago I was in a situation that so triggered me that I couldn’t see or hear a man shouting at me from a few feet in front of me.
My mother died in a housefire. When a fire broke out in a planetarium, I didn’t see or hear the man shouting at me to sit down until I awoke from my fear-paralyzed awareness. I’d left my seat, with no recollection of having done so. Continue reading Note in a Bottle: Steve, Keep Focusing on the Heart
Positive Vibrations by Cedella Marley, A Nice Time
The higher you aim, the higher you will reach. When you begin to feel comfortable in your current task, push yourself harder. You will discover more about yourself and learn new skills.
While it is important to be proud and grateful for what you have achieved thus far, it is more important to use those accomplishments as a beginning point to achieve more. Continue to reach beyond what you know and learn more about yourself and the world around you.
By Vidya Frazier, Body Mind Soul Spirit
Indeed, some are saying a new species of human being is emerging, and a new earth is being born.
This can be hard to believe if we simply focus on what’s happening on the mainstream news: the same tired, negative scenarios that have always plagued the human race continue to play out over and over again. And yet, there is something else happening, as well, if you look closely. Continue reading What Is the Shift?
By Jess Murray, True Activist
Indonesia is currently the second largest contributor of plastic pollution in the world.
Indonesia have just announced plans to invest $1 billion every single year in a huge attempt to reduce ocean pollution by 70% by 2025. The decision comes following statistics showing that Indonesia currently unloads more plastic into the oceans than any other country except China. They will spend the entire $1 billion a year sum on tackling plastic pollution, together with other waste that is constantly dumped into the ocean, according to reports. Each of the 250 million residents of Indonesia currently contributes from 0.8 to one kilogram (around 1.7 to 2.2 pounds) of plastic waste every year, according to the World Bank. These statistics make Indonesia the second largest plastic polluter in the world, according to a 2015 Science article. Continue reading Indonesia Commits To $1 Billion A Year Investment To Tackle Plastic Pollution
By Jack Adam Weber, Wake Up World
Self-honesty is the most important kind of honesty because true change and healing cannot happen without it.
When we are emotionally triggered or challenged by something someone says, logic and honest self-reflection have a hard time sinking in. When in a dispute or disagreement with someone who will not see the facts, and who keeps shooting down your logic, we can feel helpless to get them to reckon with reality.
After years of meditating on this dynamic and trying just about everything to get through someone’s defenses, the best way I know to approach such an impasse, is to ask them: “When you vulnerably look into your heart with an honest mind, what truth do you find there?” Continue reading Self-Honesty: Where All Healing Begins
By Jay Syrmopoulos via The Free Thought Project, Thanks to Truth Theory
Washington, D.C. – In an effort to push back against repressive federal control of marijuana policy, bipartisan legislation was introduced in Congress by representatives Tom Garrett (R-VA) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) to exclude cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which absurdly lists marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance — a classification that denotes a substance being dangerous and having no known medicinal value.
Passage of this legislation would provide states with the exclusive authority to regulate marijuana how they see fit – without the ominous threat of federal criminalization. In a prepared statement, Rep. Garrett explained that states are “more than capable” of deciding what policies best benefit their own citizens – without the need for federal oversight. If passed, this bill would take marijuana off the federal controlled substances list – joining other industries such as alcohol and tobacco. Continue reading Landmark Bill Introduced In Congress Would Legalize Cannabis On Federal Level