Standing Up for the Planet by Bob Purdy
I have been paddling every day to “Change the Way we live on the Planet” for nearly four years now. When I first started it was a challenge to fit a daily paddle into the rest of my life. As time went on things like attending events, speaking engagements and interviews started to find their way into my schedule. At this point the paddles are a breeze, and compose by far the smallest amount of the time I commit to “Paddle for the Planet”.
Somewhere along the way I have been labeled an environmentalist, and activist. Often these labels are used in a non-flattering sort of way, which I find very interesting. I actually had a prominent politician tell me one time that he wished we environmentalists would just go away, and he followed that sentiment up with, “In fact, I am going to get in my car and drive an extra 50 miles home so that global warming will come quicker, I hate cold weather”.
Last time I checked we all need air to breathe in order to survive, the cleaner the better. Ditto for water, we would not last long without water. And food. There are very few absolute truths in the World, I’m pretty sure there isn’t a person on the Planet who would argue this one. We all need air, water and food to survive! If there is, these absolute truths are easy to prove, just plug your nose and see how long you can go without air, stop putting water into your body and see what happens, or how long you would survive without food.
If air, water and food are accepted as absolutes in order to survive, then it would follow that we need a healthy environment that supports clean air, clean water, and fertile land to produce food. Wouldn’t that make every one of us an environmentalist, as in we all need to make sure we have clean air, clean water, and fertile land? Wouldn’t that make us all activists, taking whatever steps necessary to make sure we have clean air, clean water and fertile land for ourselves, and for future generations? You would think, right?
Unfortunately many of us are disconnected from this basic fact of survival. We willingly sacrifice clean air, clean water and fertile land to the money culture we have created. When I came aboard this Planet there were about a billion people, now some 60 years later, there are nearly nine billion. Every single one of us needs air, water and land to survive. Somehow we have placed our need for stuff above the basic need for air, water and land. With the number of people here now we are placing demands on the environment that the environment cannot cope with. The environment that gives us all life is beginning to buckle, sometimes in spectacular ways.
Christmas is nearly upon us, and our need for stuff really gets heightened at this time of year. This is a time of year to give! How about instead of stuff we give a gift to “Mother Earth”? How about we make a commitment to scale back and cut “Mother Earth” a break? How about we commit to park our cars for half a day a week, or turn our thermostats down a couple of degrees to help clean up the air? How about we look below the surface of the water in our neighborhoods to see how healthy our water really is? Or isn’t. How about we plant a tree to replace one of the trees we clear cut that ended up building our house? How about we all become environmentalists and stop to consider the effect of our decisions and actions to the environment before we move ahead? At the very least, how about we say thank you to “Mother Earth” for selflessly giving us everything we need to survive here?
I am profoundly grateful to be called an environmentalist and an activist. Life is a precious gift, and I am grateful every day for mine. All life is sacred, and I am grateful for this interconnected web that I share time and space with. “Mother Earth” plays host to us all, and I commit to carrying on as an environmentalist and activist, care to join me?
Hey there I wanted to repost this interview I did with Drew Tillman back on September 12, 2014, the day after I first heard him perform in The Listening Living Room at Grayt Coffee House. I’m thrilled that I am now doing Leslie Kolovich Live and Drew is returning to The Living Room tonight (12-9-14)! The show will be brought to you via webcast on www.hounddogradio.net 6pm central time til 9:00, but in the meantime, have a listen as Drew tells us a little about the inspiration behind his songs of which he plays two I’m sure you will enjoy. If your lucky enough to be at the beach tonight, join us at Grayt Coffee House in The Listening Living Room, Chef Blake has created a wonderful dinner menu, and Drew Tillman is in the house, need I say more? It’s going to be a fantastic night!
Enjoy the Podcast now: :
Standing Up for the Planet by Bob Purdy
Space. What comes to mind when you pause to reflect on the word Space? The Cosmos, Stars, Planets, Galaxies, Black Holes, the color Black, Asteroids, Comets? Space in that context is a vast place full of infinite possibilities and potential.
What about personal Space, that invisible sphere of comfort between a person and the rest of the World? The exploration of personal Space may indeed be the final frontier. Proxemics is the scientific word used to describe and explain “Personal Space”. Proxemics refers to the distance between people as they interact. Proxemics recognizes four spheres of “Personal Space”, intimate, personal, social and public. A high level of comfort with a person will get that person closer to your actual self.
This is where it gets interesting. A high level of comfort with a person will get that person closer to your actual self. Loud, obnoxious people will be kept at a distance. People who are not known to you will be kept at a distance, at least at first. Members of the opposite sex will be given the key to closeness based on the laws of attraction. Proxemics postulates that more distance will be kept in social and public situations. Interestingly, Proxemics lists the spheres as 6 to 18 inches for intimate, 1.5 to 4 feet for personal, 4 to 12 feet for social and 12 to 25 feet for public. No wonder intimacy is so hard to achieve, there is no category based on actual touch. How social can a person get from 4 to 12 feet?
Space is indeed the final frontier. The Space we put between each other is inversely proportional to our own personal level of comfort, the less comfortable we feel, the more Space we will put between ourselves and the object of our discomfort. What would happen if we raised our own personal level of comfort, thereby creating a more open invitation for people to get close to us? Proxemics suggests we would let family get closer to us than strangers. What is it that prevents us from welcoming a stranger into our Space at the same level as a family member? Could it be conditioning based on fear, “Don’t talk to strangers”? Could it be innate, based on survival of the fittest, “Don’t trust anything, it might eat you”? Could it be familiarity with the known and comfortable, after all we grew up with our families, and we don’t know this stranger? Caution getting to know strangers is probably wise, could we not do it in closer proximity than 4 to 12 feet? Unless the stranger is carrying a weapon, in which case our internal radar would most likely give off a warning, then it might be wise to head for the hills!
The Space we put between each other is inversely proportional to our own personal level of comfort. In our exploration of Space, the question has to be asked, do we really want to get all that close to people? If the answer is yes, then it appears it might be worth increasing our personal levels of comfort. Instead of creating Space, distancing ourselves from others, this scenario would require the shrinking of Space, welcoming others to us. Instead of creating distance from others we might be able to connect to others simply by increasing our own personal levels of comfort. How cool would that be? Instead of putting up another wall or creating another mask, we could simply be ourselves.
Could it be that Space is key to our personal levels of comfort, a long lost secret to the act of getting along with others? If connection is the key to getting along with others, shrinking the Space between us, what of the connections within our own selves? We humans have brains and hearts, could it be that our challenges and struggles are directly related to the Space that separates our minds from our hearts? If so, the greater the disconnect between mind and heart, the more space between these two, the greater our personal challenges? I have seen happy, well rounded people in my lifetime, and I have also seen unhappy, miserable people. The difference me thinks is the connection between mind and heart. As we shrink the Space between our minds and hearts, it appears to me that an actual and true self is given permission to present itself. As we increase the Space between our minds and hearts, it appears to me that a false self, living behind walls and masks rears its own set of consequences.
Can we create Space? If not create it, maybe control it? What if we all actively created a Space where a person who is not fully themselves might feel comfortable enough to take steps to find their real selves? What if we all developed a level of tolerance that recognized the Space that a person currently occupies, regardless of what that looks like? What would the Planet look like if we acknowledge that we all live in Space, a Space called Earth? What would the Planet look like if we all accepted our individual right to be here, and recognized our responsibility to take care it? What would Mother Earth look like in that Space, that vast place full of infinite possibilities and potential?
We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto! Space, the Final Frontier!…
I am thrilled to be doing live radio once again! I’m webcasting on a really cool station out of Savannah Georgia called HoundDog Radio! Frank Coon is the GM, owner and passionate independent music lover who brought me on board with my show called, Leslie Kolovich Live! I’d also like to thank my friend and fellow DJ (Wednesday night Studio 30A Live) Bobby Rains for opening this door for me! But wait it gets even better! I’m doing the show from The Listening Living Room at the Grayt Coffee House here in Grayton Beach, Florida! The show is Live twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings from 6-9pm central time on www.hounddogradio.net. The show focuses on singer/songwriters with lots of original music. Cheri Peebles owner of the coffee house is a huge supporter of the arts especially songwriters. It was a perfect match for all of us. I’m so happy to share this unique music experience with you. You can view 10 minute “highlight” reels on the coffee house site under The Listening Living Room and view the unedited entire 3 hour video webcast on SUP Radio Show Youtube.
Enjoy this show with Kelsey Anna, Chris Alvarado, and Matt Miller recorded on November 25, 2014.
Standing Up for the Planet by Bob Purdy
Louder, harder, faster!!!
More, more, more!!!
As a society we have been living this mantra for a long time now. These words are literally killing us, and the Planet in the bargain.
We have learned things that are negative. We have learned how to kill and abuse each other. We have learned how to consume. We have learned to turn a blind eye. We have learned to numb our pain with addiction. We have learned road rage. We have learned how to worry, stress, make ourselves sick. We have learned how to cower in the face of power. We have learned to be silent.
We have learned things that are positive. We have learned how to love, to create, to care, to lend a hand, to cultivate, to nurture, to be courageous, to speak out, to stand up.
We are bombarded with expectations from the time we are born, often from before we are born. We are bombarded with externally imposed thoughts, commands, feelings, beliefs and actions from the time we are born. Over time we willingly or unwillingly assimilate these externally imposed conditions as our own, and live our lives accordingly.
Positive or negative, externally imposed conditions block the person we are truly meant to be. There are entire industries built on recovering the person we were meant to be in the first place. Counselling, therapy groups, pharmaceuticals, all rooted in getting a person removed from the cultural straight jacket that prevents us from being who we are.
Who we think we are is not who we really are.
Stress displays itself in many creative ways. Stress is the most frequently used modern buzzword we have, and it is also the most misunderstood buzzword we use. More correctly the source of stress is the most misunderstood condition we face in today’s World. Let’s look at road rage for example. Road rage is the pinnacle of externally imposed conditions boiled over. The rage itself is almost never about the driving incident. Road rage is almost always rooted in an earlier stressful event that is more than likely preceded by another earlier condition that was externally imposed and has reared its ugly head because the volcano can no longer be contained. That driver cut you off! How dare anyone cut you off, violate your personal space that way! Road rage is an expression of violation, expressed with anger. That driver invaded my personal space! No way am I going to let anyone invade my personal space. What started out intentionally, or unintentionally as a driver simply cutting you off is blown out of all proportion because your personal space has been invaded one too many times. Somebody externally imposed their will on you once too often.
When someone imposes their worldview, positive or negative, it exacts a price. The result is that we learn to behave and survive in a world that is not of our own making. We learn to become people that we really are not. Parents, friends, religions, governments, corporations, media, TV, electronic devices, and more all have a profound influence in shaping us.
Many of the things we learn needs to be unlearned. When we learn to numb the nonbeing of ourselves with alcohol and drugs, it is imperative to unlearn those habits. When we have been fed a diet of fat and sugar in the name of convenience and taste, inevitably we will gain weight. To lose the weight and regain our health we need to unlearn unhealthy dietary habits and replace them with healthy ones. When we expend a great deal of energy to become a doctor when we really want to be a carpenter, we create the perfect storm of unlearning.
Questions. Questions are the beacon that will lead us to the road of unlearning and the discovery of who we really are. Whose life are we living? Such is the power of externally imposed conditioning that voices who are no longer in our lives still have a profound effect on our daily lives. Unlearning is the key to discovery, to self-discovery. Question everything and especially ask, is there something I need to unlearn here?
The “Louder, faster, harder, more, more, more” mantra might be a good place to start!…