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Tapping the source

posted by omphalina

For my responsible consumption month pledge, I am not using any take-out beverages – soda, water, coffee, etc… I have found my reusable aluminum bottle to be one of the best purchases I have made so that I can have […]

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A month of Responsible Consumption practice

posted by omphalina

Starting this Friday – April 17, 2009,  the Interdependence Project is going to be practicing 30 days of responsible consumption. (If you are in the NYC area, please come to our Kick Off Party – see here for more info.) […]

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Symbolic gestures – earth hour 2009

posted by omphalina

Maybe I am just a crab, but I found the whole concept of “Earth Hour” to be ridiculous. For those of you who may have missed it, Earth Hour was an event that happened March 28, 2009 where businesses, governments, […]

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Rolling waves

posted by omphalina

Growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan, I am a water person. So, it is helpful to me to think about my breath as similar to waves on the shore. Just as the waves are only the tip of […]

Can corporations be ethical?

posted by omphalina

Research by the Ethisphere Institute featured on the Miller-McCune website has recently shown that the banks that are asking for money to bail them out were also the banks that have the lowest scores on measures of business ethics. In […]

Don’t read this blog

posted by omphalina

For the last two weeks I have been in self-imposed internet exile while I worked on finishing my first complete draft of my dissertation proposal. I set my personal email address to its vacation setting, letting everyone know that I […]

Please put your conflict away

posted by omphalina

I don’t particularly like conflict. It makes me all sorts of uncomfortable. I was thinking about what Ellen Scordato wrote about sitting with her uncomfortableness in response to Emily Herzlin’s post this week. I have a very hard time sitting […]

Marriages take work

posted by omphalina

I’m getting married in June. I have therefore been doing a lot of stuff in regards to planning the wedding. However, when it comes down to it, the wedding is one day, and really what I should be preparing for […]

No wait

posted by omphalina

We often have to wait for others to show up.  Or wait for our turn. Or wait to get to where we are going. In this situation, I was waiting for someone to meet me – we had agreed to […]

You are not your khakis

posted by omphalina

“I’m breaking my attachment to physical power and possessions because only through destroying myself can I discover the greater power of my spirit” ~Tyler Durden – Fight Club While I chastise myself not being more imaginative than quoting Fight Club, […]

Asking ourselves questions

posted by omphalina

I am going to start out this post with some questions we ask ourselves: What is my intention? What is my behavior? What is my role in the problem/suffering? What is my attachment to the goal? How much do I […]

Seeing what happens when you upgrade to the latest flat screen

posted by omphalina

Tell me about your life

posted by omphalina

Like many of the people I know, my life is excessively busy. I am always talking about how I don’t have time for things. I have a long list of things to do, emails to respond to, people to call […]

Practicing awareness: Minding my plastics

posted by omphalina

Plastic is made to be very durable. While physical structure of plastic breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, it is unclear when, if ever, that plastic biodegrades – which basically is another way of saying that plastic may last […]

What makes us change?

posted by omphalina

One of my good friends may be losing her job due to lay-offs. She will find out in the next few weeks. She has said that if she just makes it through this (economic crisis) and pays off her debt, […]

Back to the Sack Success!

posted by omphalina

Wonderful news!  Gov. Paterson has passed the statewide plastic bag recycling bill with an amendment which leaves New York City’s more progressive law in effect. As City Council Speaker Christine Quinn states: “This is a truly great win for our […]

What’s wrong with just recycling?

posted by omphalina

I remember about 7 years ago when one of my friends first said to me “why bother recycling? It’s not going to fix anything.” I was flabbergasted. What do you mean? I’ve been told for most of my life to […]

Back to the Sack – Deadline Dec. 12th

posted by omphalina

Plastic bags are a hot topic of discussion this week. The Wonkster column in the Gotham Gazette reports that Gov. Patterson has until Dec. 12th to sign or veto New York State’s plastic bag recycling bill (which undermines the stronger […]

Back to the Sack: New Yorkers reactions to a plastic bag fee

posted by omphalina

In the last couple of weeks, there have been quite a few articles documenting the reaction New Yorkers have had to the proposed plastic bag fee. I thought it would be interesting to sit with these differing points of views. […]

Back to the Sack: Exciting news

posted by omphalina

There was a lot of excitement this past week in the Integral Activism/Back to the Sack community! We had a great time at the OneCity walk this past Saturday. Even though I walk around Manhattan and Brooklyn all the time, […]

Happy Election Day!!!

posted by omphalina

Wishing you an enjoyable and rewarding voting experience! If you have any problems voting: http://www.866ourvote.org/ or 1-866-OUR-VOTE For example, if this happens: After all that has happened in the last couple of elections, it is important that we have these […]

Integral Activism / Back to the Sack Meeting Round Up

posted by omphalina

Hi everyone, We had a great integral activism/back to the sack meeting this past Sunday. Along with our normal meditation practice and status updates, we did a talking and listening exercise around the discussion of term limits in NYC. It […]

Integral Activism/Back to the Sack Meeting this Sunday!

posted by omphalina

Quick Reminder: We are going to have our monthly Integral Activism/Back to Sack meeting this Sunday October 26, 2008 from 12 to 2pm at the Lila Center (302 Bowery, 3rd Floor). We are going to be talking about some of […]

Back to the Sack: Does banning plastic bags lose American jobs?

posted by omphalina

In doing research for the Back to the Sack project, I have been running across a wide variety of arguments against banning plastic bags. The Wall Street Journal recently posted an article about the dangers of reusable shopping bags. And […]

Back to the Sack: Plastic Bag News

posted by omphalina

Just a reminder that we are not alone in our quest: “As of October 1, 2008, IKEA will no longer be offering plastic or paper bags at any of its US stores. The offering will only be reusable. With the […]

Integral Activism – Meeting this Sunday Sept. 28th

posted by omphalina

Hey Everyone! Please come to our Integral Activism meeting this Sunday September 28th, 2008 from 12 to 2pm. We have an exciting agenda planned including walking meditation around the neighborhood to pick up plastic bag trash and a tutorial on […]

Integral Activism – Start thinking about we

posted by omphalina

Quick reminder: There is still time to contact NY government officials to urge them to keep NYC plastic bag recycling law in effect – see here for more details. Now to our regular scheduled post: Sen. Eric Schneiderman has been […]

Integral Activism – the “I”, the “you and I”, and the “we”

posted by omphalina

Let’s start of the post with some fun clips of the Day-long Arts Retreat on August 23rd, 2008:

Discuss the Integral Activism Meeting before it happens. Right here. Right now.

posted by omphalina

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday…That’s right – this coming Sunday, August 24th, 2008 from 12 to 2pm, we will be having the one and only Integral Activism Meeting at the Lila Center. Come one, come all. There is an exciting agenda planned […]

Progress towards going back to the sack

posted by omphalina

Hello all. I am a new blogger here on OneCity. My name is Kirsten (aka rewriteable). I am going to be regularly writing about topics and updates related to IDP’s Integral Activism project. As Stillman Brown recently posted, the Integral […]

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Wisdom 2.0
If a zen master were sitting next to the chief technical officer of Twitter, what would they talk about? That sounds like a hypothetical overheared at a bar in San Francisco. But this weekend I saw the very thing at Soren Gordhamer's Wisdom 2.0 ...

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The Buddha at Work - "All we are is dust in the wind, dude."
"The only true wisdom consists of knowing that you know nothing." - Alex Winter, as Bill S. Preston, Esq. in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure"That's us, dude!" - Keanu Reeves, as Ted "Theodore" LoganWhoa! Excellent! I've had ...

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Sometimes You Find Enlightenment by Punching People in the Face
This week I'm curating a guest post from Jonathan Mead, a friend who inspires by living life on his own terms and sharing what he can with others.  To quote from Jonathan's own site, Illuminated Mind: "The reason for everything: To create a ...

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