Posted by: Dr Churchill | May 3, 2021

Pain can be the lesson and a friend too…

Everyone experiences pain…

Everyone has a cross to bear.

Indeed, each and everyone of us suffers pain and anguish from daily hurt, or form life’s miseries and yet we also suffer from life patterns that continue to make our life miserable, unless something or someone intervenes.

The pain we feel comes from the cross-wise energies that keep curving back and cancelling the wise self and the good word that wait to be expressed from within us.

Persistent pain is usually the indication that we have become trapped in a life too small for our true nature.

That is the usual human fate and the common predicament where the little-self obscures the greater nature behind it.

Until people realize what harms them and limits them from within, they are unlikely to call out for someone to help stop the pain.

The remedy may be nearby, but until the pain becomes unbearable most remain caught in the agony of one form or another of self-inflicted wounds.

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

“The cure for the pain is in the pain.”

–Jalaluddin Rumi (13th-century Persian mystic poet & founder of Sufism)

Posted by: Dr Churchill | May 3, 2021

Destiny

Destiny is purpose seen from the other end of life.

When engaged with the true aim of one’s life, looking back can be revelatory.

In the end, very little is lost to chance or unimportant pursuits.

Once the key of your destiny is found and the door of perception opens — everything starts making sense…

The ascents, the descents, the zig-zag of the road, and the path you follow, even the tragedies and all your failures can be now seen as necessary pursuits in the wheel of life.

Because when the door of perception between the worlds begins to open and the values of time and place are altered — everything gains meaning and the puzzle of life is revealed as quite complete…

So do not despair my friends, because this too shall pass and we shall be able to regain our perspective for the vistas of our journey once again.

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

And when we feel our destiny calling — it is nothing sort of a revelation for us to understand our purpose and the real reason for being on this earth…

That is all.

Posted by: Dr Churchill | May 3, 2021

Be present now…

“This life of yours which you are living is not merely a piece of the entire existence, but is in a certain sense the whole; only this whole is not so constituted that it can be surveyed in one single glance. This, as we know, is what the Brahmins express in that sacred, mystic formula which is yet really so simple and so clear: Tat tvam asi, this is you. Or, again, in such words as ‘I am in the east and in the west, I am below and above, I am this whole world’.

Thus you can throw yourself flat on the ground, stretched out upon Mother Earth, with the certain conviction that you are one with her and she with you. You are as firmly established, as invulnerable as she, indeed a thousand times firmer and more invulnerable. As surely she will engulf you tomorrow, so surely will she bring you forth anew to new striving and suffering.

And not merely ‘some day’: now, today, every day she is bringing you forth, not once but thousands upon thousands of times, just as every day she engulfs you a thousand times over. For eternally and always there is only now, one and the same now; the present is the only thing that has no end.”

― Erwin Schrödinger,
My View of the World

Yours,

Dr Churchill

Posted by: Dr Churchill | May 1, 2021

Three little big things…

I have just three things to teach:

Simplicity,

Patience,

Compassion.

These three are your greatest treasures.

–Lao Tzu

Yours,

Dr Churchill

Posted by: Dr Churchill | May 1, 2021

Be still…

Bringing the mind to stillness is not easy…

Well — you know,

Meditation is never easy…

Yet it can be done and it might just save you form your own fears, demons, uncertainties and doubts too…

You need to only do one thing:

You’ve got to pay attention to only one thing, and that is your own breath, your pulse, your own tempo..

As the willy monk and buddhist meditation teacher Thich Nhat Hanh says:

You’ve got to make sure to focus on something constant, like the drip-drip-drip sound of the rain, because as long as your mind is listening to the rain drop by drop — you are not thinking about anything else.

You don’t need to try to still your mind.

Because you need only to relax and continue listening to the rain.

The longer you are able to sit still and listen , the more still your mind becomes.

Sitting in stillness like this allows us to see things as they truly are.

When the body is relaxed and the mind comes to rest, we can see clearly.

And then all becomes simple and the world makes complete sense all over again.

Simple as that.

You ought to try it sometime…

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

Pray, meditate, focus on the rain or on your own breath — because this is a good way to let go of your monkey mind’s control of your head of your life and consequently of your happiness…

Try this trick in Seattle where it rains often, and you shall find out that your mind does become as still and clear as the water in a mountain lake, whose tranquil surface reflects the blue sky above, the clouds, and the surrounding rocky peaks just as they are.

Just as they are and not as you might have imagined them to be.

Be still my heart… be still.

Posted by: Dr Churchill | May 1, 2021

Ten ways to leave your Lover and reduce your carbon junk.

Or maybe a few dozen ways to reduce your love of carbon.

Here are some cool & nifty tips, tricks & services you can use to reduce your environmental footprint…

Annually on Earth Day, lots of people proudly share on Facebook and Social Media how cool they are by being “Carbon Neutral” after having bought a few carbon credits through some NGOs donations and others, where in reality they allow polluters to keep on polluting and being rewarded for doing just that…

Of course there is nothing bad about planting a tree once a year for Earth Day, but this week, without talking about cash investments in carbon credits, climate tech or regeneration of our Earth’s green living skin through forest planting — let us look at how we can do a little bit more because we ought to be responsible for the whole year, and not just for EARTH DAY.

And here is how we can do this through some rather simple actions.

For starters:

Methinks that you will need to do far more than to just greenwash your t-shirt

The simplest way to define ecological footprint is the amount of the environment necessary to produce the goods and services necessary to support a particular lifestyle.

The real cost of a single T-shirt is around 2,700 liters of water to produce the cotton needed. I have 20 of them. One t-shirt would generate 4.07 kg of CO2 over the course of its life. Interestingly, about 60% of that environmental impact is accounted for by post-consumer care – things like washing and drying (we’ve seen that percentage range from 40% to 70% in other studies). On the other hand, Data shows that overall, 75 percent of the Earth’s land surface is experiencing human impacts, putting millions of species at definitive extinctions.

How planting 1 tree for Earth day could really make an impact on my past 29 years of life, the trash produced, water consumed, become alleviated so easily? Got me thinking and do some researches.

So, how to do a little bit more than spending 10$ on a tree planting NGO once a year, while not making myself look like a clown to my surrounding? Here is what I got so far, feel free to comment and suggest other ideas you may have. We might get a good plan for next year Earth Day. Or even take these actions the whole year, maybe…

First, calculate your own carbon footprint

Your carbon footprint is the number of greenhouse gases—including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, fluorinated gases, and others—that you produce as you live your life. The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project determined that in order to hold the global temperature rise to 2˚C or less, everyone on earth will need to average an annual carbon footprint of 1.87 tons by 2050. Currently, the average U.S. per capita carbon footprint is 18.3 tons, basically for 1 US citizen. By comparison, China’s per capita carbon emissions are 8.2 tons. All humans on this planet all have a ways to go to get to 1.87 tons.

Graphic listing top 10 ways to reduce carbon footprint from getting rid of your car to installing a heat pump

Calculate your carbon footprint at carbonfootprint.com to find out how you’re doing. The EPA’s carbon footprint calculator can show how much carbon and money you will save by taking some of these steps.

Now, here are some of the easiest ways you can start to shrink your carbon footprint, without making yourself a clown to your friends, family, and co-workers.

Food

Globally, emissions are linked to what we put on our plates. 

Reduce the amount of food you throw away. Average Americans throw away about 40% of the food they buy. It’s bad. Don’t do that.

Get creative. Reuse leftovers instead of tossing them. C’mon, you got all the time in the world to learn to cook during the global lockdowns.

Doggie bag. Take home half of oversized restaurant servings. That can reduce your food monthly spending by half.

If you love meat like me, try to be a vegan hybrid for a while ( it would get your six-packs). Mix some meals with vegan meals once in a while, this is not gonna kill you.

Eat less land stuff and more sea stuff. Fishes and crustaceans have incredible energy to protein conversion ratios compared to beef, chicken, or pork. Check out my precedent article about aquaculture to get more info.

Shopping

Buying less is the first step. Beyond that, there are simple ways to reduce the impact of your purchases. 

Look for a fairtrade, or similar logo. This indicates your clothes were made sustainably. Take a look at this transparency index from the organization Fashion Revolution. 

How to Dress Sustainably? Explore buying vintage or recycled clothing, vintage is trendy.

Donate old clothes. Better yet, use those too old to be donated for other purposes, like sewing projects or cleaning rags. Some animal shelters will take old sheets and towels for bedding material as well. 

Wash your clothing in cold water. The enzymes in cold water detergent are designed to clean better in cold water. Doing two loads of laundry weekly in cold water instead of hot or warm water can save up to 500 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.

Bring your own reusable bag when you shop.

Try to avoid items with excess packaging – particularly for food delivery

If you’re in the market for a new computer, opt for a laptop instead of a desktop. Laptops require less energy to charge and operate than desktops.

If shopping for appliances, lighting, office equipment, or electronics, look for Energy Star products, which are certified to be more energy efficient.

Support and buy from companies that are environmentally responsible and sustainable. Here is a list of companies to buy from and not to buy from

HOME

There are simple changes you can make at home that will save you energy, and money. 

Do an energy audit of your home. This will show how you use or waste energy and help identify ways to be more energy-efficient.

Avoid cleaning products with harmful chemicals. Consider using EPA Safer Choice or other certified green cleaning products that are biodegradable and non-toxic. These products will not only deep clean your laundry but will also remove residue you didn’t know was there.

Line-Dry Your Clothes. One dryer load uses 5 times more electricity than washing – by simply line-drying your clothes, you can save 1/3 of their carbon footprint.

Change incandescent light bulbs (which waste 90 percent of their energy as heat) to light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Though LEDs cost more, they use a quarter of the energy and last up to 25 times longer. They are also preferable to compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs, which emit 80 percent of their energy as heat and contain mercury.

Switch lights off when you leave the room and unplug your electronic devices when they are not in use. Pull the plug of your chargers & TVs when going on holiday.

Turn your water heater down to 120˚F. This can save about 550 pounds of CO2 a year, and also, you will save a lot of money

Keep taking long showers, just Installing a low-flow showerhead to reduce hot water use can save 350 pounds of CO2. 

If you have a garden, install a water recycler for your shower/baths to water the plants in your garden. You will feel much better seeing your plants grow after taking a relaxing bath.

This is an actual picture of my garden in my home. These plants have been watered with a simple water pump recycling the water of my bath last 12 months. *** They look ok so far and don’t smell bad, yet ***

Find ways to beat the heat without air conditioning. A simple fan can sometimes do the job. Lower your thermostat in winter and raise it in summer. Use less air conditioning in the summer; instead opt for fans, which require less electricity. And check out these other ways too.

Invest in solar energy for your home. Going solar has been proven to reduce your carbon footprint, and is an investment that will pay itself back over time. With millionsn of super cheap Solar Panels arriving from China. now is the perfect opportunity for everyone to make an impact by saving our planet.

Sign up to get your electricity from clean energy through your local utility or a certified renewable energy provider. Green-e.org can help you find certified green energy providers.

Stream movies through your smart TV, not your game console. Smart TVs and their plugins use just a few watts to stream movies, Mr. Horowitz said, but if you use your game console, energy use is about 10 times higher, because they aren’t optimized to play films.

Don’t set your fridge and freezer temperatures lower than necessary. The United States Department of Energy recommends around 35 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit for the fresh food compartment and 0 degrees for freezers. (And unplug that old fridge in the garage when you don’t need it to chill anything.)

Consider growing your own garden for simple things (Salad, Tomato, Onions, Carrots) you eat every day. The ecological footprint of transporting your South American tomatoes can be several tons.

Recycle, Americans generate roughly 258 million tons of trash a year, 169 million tons of which end up in landfills and incinerators, according to a 2014 report from the E.P.A. That year, American’s recycled and composted 89 million tons of municipal solid waste — this saved the same amount of energy as generated by 25 million homes. But much of the waste that can be recycled still ends up in landfills. Recycle paper. Recycle paper and steel and tin cans. Before throwing it away, ask: Can I re-use or repair this? Donate working electronics. Recycle broken electronics. Some advertising here for one of the startups in Atlas Society doing great stuff…

Discover new ways to live a sustainable lifestyle. Separating and composting your food scraps can be the first step into a world of sustainability. When you begin to separate your waste into three categories–compost, recycling, and landfill, you become more mindful about what is in all three categories. 

Installing automation technology provides an easy way for homeowners to monitor their device usage, which can save you money and wasted energy, and also reduce your carbon footprint. 

Transportation

One of the most effective ways to begin thinking about how to reduce your carbon footprint is to reconsider how much, and how often, you travel.

Why do you need your own car in a crowded city? Take Uber, Walk, take public transportation, carpool, rideshare, or bike to your destination when possible. This not only reduces CO2 emissions but also lessens traffic congestion and the idling of engines that accompanies it.

If you must driveavoid unnecessary braking and acceleration. Some studies found that aggressive driving can result in 40 percent more fuel consumption than consistent, calm driving.

Remove any extra weight from the carAn additional 100 pounds in your car can reduce gas mileage by up to 2%. That’s a min. 2% decrease in your yearly spending.

Be a bit more strategic with your errands. When doing errands, try to combine them to reduce your driving, and also save a lot of personal time to play video games and watching Netflix.

Use traffic apps like Waze to help avoid getting stuck in traffic jams.

On longer trips, turn on the cruise control, which can save gas.

If you’re shopping for a new car, consider purchasing a hybrid or electric vehicle. But do factor in the greenhouse gas emissions from the production of the car as well as its operation. Some electric vehicles are initially responsible for more emissions than internal combustion engine vehicles because of manufacturing impacts, but they make up for it after three years. This app rates cars based on their mileage, fuel type, and emissions from both the production of the car and, if they are EVs, from generating the electricity to run them.

If you fly for work, then do a Zoom call instead if possible. air travel is probably responsible for the largest part of your carbon footprint. 

Fly economy class. Business-class is responsible for almost three times as many emissions as economy because, in the economy, the flight’s carbon emissions are shared among more passengers; first-class can result in nine times more carbon emissions than the economy class.

If you can’t avoid flying, offset the carbon emissions of your travel. That’s minimum a 1.5 Tons of carbon that you won’t have to offset and a 43$ win… See how below.

Carbon offsets

In addition to changing your day-to-day habits, exercising your rights as a citizen is one of the most significant things you can do to help the planet. 

Offset your carbon before Earth Day: A carbon offset is an amount of money you can pay for a project that reduces greenhouse gases somewhere else. If you offset one ton of carbon, the offset will help capture or destroy one ton of greenhouse gases that would otherwise have been released into the atmosphere. Offsets also promote sustainable development and increase the use of renewable energy.

This calculator estimates the carbon emissions of your flight and the amount of money needed to offset them. For example, flying economy roundtrip from New York to Los Angeles produces 1.5 tons of CO2; it costs $43 to offset this carbon footprint.

You can purchase carbon offsets to compensate for any or all of your other carbon emissions as well.

Get politically active

Finally—and perhaps most importantly since the most effective solutions to climate change require governmental action—vote! Become politically active and find representatives who think like you, then let them know you want them to take action to phase out fossil fuel use and decarbonize the country as fast as possible.

  • Know your facts. Understanding the science of climate change will help you talk to your family, friends, and local representatives about the issue with confidence. 
  • Find local climate action groups or meetups in your area. Attending these meetings will help to keep you abreast of the way you can help in your community. 
  • Speak to your local representative. Suggest things your city or town can do to reduce its carbon footprint, like developing a town action plan, improving recycling, and adopting green energy policies. 
  • Vote on policies that protect the environment. 
  • Use your vote to curb climate change. 

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

Maybe you can also join my Campaign here because we need volunteers to help us usher the new leadership that will help us all and our planet wither this storm…

So come out and play with us at the Senatorial Campaign of Dr Churchill for 2022.

Visit and register the Churchill website here at http://www.Churchill2020.com

Looking forward to see you on the other side.

Posted by: Dr Churchill | April 30, 2021

The American Dream Redux…

What is the American Dream for us today?

Political activism during the tumultuous 1960s saw the rise of the civil rights movement, which sought to fulfill the American promise of freedom and equality under the law, because most all Americans prefer the idea of improving their country to that of overthrowing its government and its institutions…

The vision of FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, Martin Luther King, Lyndon Johnson, along with Ronald Reagan and all of the American People’s pursuit of the goals of a Great Society through limited & benevolent government, as well as the wish for Peace, Human Rights & the Restoration of law and order — defined the post-1960s American political consensus.

That was all well defined and fairly useful — up until the George Floyd assassination, where the Police state was proven to be racist, resilient and enduring.

And that is why race theory comes to be in vogue today… 

Race theory is an academic discipline, formulated in the 1950s, built on the intellectual framework of the post slavery America, and it is used to describe critical race components, including employment, police profiling and bias, white supremacist, equity, social justice, diversity, inclusion, and language…

Concepts like White Supremacy, Systemic Racism, Inequity & Police Brutality, naked murder by Police and bureaucratic racism — should never be confused with the freedoms derived form the basic American principles of personal liberty and equality in front of the Law.

A clear distinction should be made, because the difference is vast and important, as indeed, equality, the principle proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, defended in the Civil War, and finally codified into law with the 14th and 15th Amendments, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — represents explicitly the principle of nondiscrimination and because of that it now provides the necessary ammunition for the Federal Law Enforcement to fight white supremacy, Police racial bias, white murder & brutality and systemic racist oppression across all sectors of our benevolent and largely multicultural “E PLURIBUS UNUM” American Dream Society. 

In contrast to classical Constitutional equality — today’s political ascendancy of the voices speaking out for racial equity as defined through an equity based government, equality under the law and freedom of speech, as well as a strong dose of social justice.

This evolutionary cultural progressivism, would not only support the principles of our Declaration of Independence & resolve Racial conflicts, but it would simultaneously buttress the structure of the American Constitution and thus improve its viability, vitality and usefulness, for today, for tomorrow, as well as for the centuries laying ahead of us, and even for the long Millennia to come… 

That is why race inclusive equality, is a worthy dogma to be included in our founding cannon, and in our DNA, as a vital part of the true American Revolution.

And that is the simplest change that we want to see in our Republic.

This is a revolutionary change, because when originally established, these government institutions were presented as neutral, technocratic, and oriented towards broadly held perceptions of service to the Public Good.

Yet, today, under the increasing sway of systemic racism and biased policing and related failed supremacy ideologies — these governmental institutions are being turned against the very American people they were designed to protect and support — namely the minorities and the dispossessed.  

Political engagement and sustained political activism is the only way to governmental action, grassroots mobilization, and our appeal to principles laid out clearly by the Founding Fathers in our blueprints for the construction of our Republic, as seen in the binding documents, known to all of us as our draft agreements, namely the Declaration of Independence and our living Constitution and our basic Bill of Rights.

This year, several state legislatures have introduced bills to achieve the goals of preventing public institutions from conducting programs that stereotype, scapegoat, or demean people on the basis of race.

Indeed, the Lincoln party and I have organized a coalition of organizations, schools and government agencies, in order to create racial inclusion programs based on the grounds of the First Amendment (which protects citizens from compelled speech), the Fourteenth Amendment which provides equal protection under the law, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits public institutions from discriminating on the basis of race.

On the grassroots level, a multiracial and bipartisan coalition is emerging to do battle against white supremacist, as even little schools and communities are mobilizing against racially divisive curricula in public schools and employees are increasingly speaking out against what they see as happening — when ordinary Americans are killed in broad daylight under the knee of the Police murderers who put their full body weight on the neck of an unarmed and handcuffed person laid face-down on the tarmac of the downtown for a whole nine and a half minutes until the life had left the body of this simple citizen who fell to the clutches of the effed up white supremacist police of the city of Minneapolis…

Naturally we are all outraged that race, collective punishment, and segregation, which violate the basic principles of equality and justice in terms of principles — and we now need to employ our own moral language rather than allow ourselves to be confined by the categories of white V black theory of hatred amongst the races.

Diversity as most of us understand it, is generally good, and of great value, when we talk about excellence through EQUALITY & EQUITY, which is a common standard that challenges and supports people of all backgrounds, ethnic as well as racial minorities, because if we are to achieve our greatest potential as a Society — this is what can bring out the best potential and grow the total benefits for our National Growth, Common Progress and Democracy’s Longevity, through the emergence of the collective and personal Genius of the mosaic that makes up our Nation. 

And because we do not know where the next Einstein will emerge from — I can assure you that similarly to the past — he might very well be an immigrant, a ghetto born child or an underachiever in school…

And that is why we must promote the true story of America, in words and deeds that pay homage to the honest truth about past injustices in American history, as well as our cardinal sins, and in that way we can foster the recognition of all of our wrongs and rights.

Further — we must present these past wrongs, through the lens of education in such a way that places them in the context of our nation’s past as a springboard for our high ideals and the progress we have made towards realizing them.

Because the genuine American history is rich with stories of achievements and sacrifices that will move the hearts of Americans, in stark contrast to the grim and pessimistic narrative pressed by the harpies and the Cassandras who tend to forget that it was American courage that fought the Civil War and forged the Victory and the Peace that enshrined the Great Emancipation of the World’s Slavery in the roots of the Tree of Liberty that was watered sufficiently through the blood of the fallen patriots in that bloody carnage and its resultant reconstruction that continues to this day… 

Yet if we are to uphold that American Dream today — we must have courage, which is the fundamental virtue required above all else in this time of trials and tribulations.

Because we need to have and exhibit the necessary courage in order to stand up and speak the truth.

And also because it is courage that we need to exhibit if we are to withstand the inimical white supremacists hiding in all of our churches, schools, governments and police departments.

We need plenty of courage to face the mob of our white supremacist attackers.

Ww need courage to shrug off the scorn of the class, race and community we naturally seem to belong and instead we find ourselves shunned because we speak up for Black Lives Matter and for Racial and Social Justice.

Yet it is inevitable that when enough of us overcome the fear that currently prevents so many from speaking out, and as you shall soon find out — courage begets courage, and that is why it’s far easier to stand up together for the principles that constitute the Dream of America to come instead of that trite trope commonly called the American Dream. 

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

Truth and justice are on our side, and with a serious helping of courage — we can muster the faith in our dreams and the sincere desire to do what is right, and that is how we will push the wheel of History uphill and in the right direction, for the benefit of all concerned.

And that by the way, might be the only way for all of us to collectively find again, the New World that our inner explorers are still looking for in our cultural and social explorations today…

So let this small manuscript be the map that will guide us to find the New World that America represents for all of our children as well as for the children of people all around the world.

Good Luck and Godspeed.

The “HOPE” Experiment:

During a brutal study at John Hopkins University in the 1950s, the Hope experiment was enacted in the following way:

Dr. Curt Richter placed rats in a pool of water to test how long they could tread water.

On average they’d give up and sink after 15 minutes.

But right before they gave up due to exhaustion, the researchers would pluck them out, dry them off, let them rest for a few minutes – and put them back in for a second round.

In this second try – how long do you think they lasted?

Remember – they had just swam until failure only a few short minutes ago…

How long do you think?

Another 15 minutes?

10 minutes?

5 minutes?

No!

40 hours!

That’s not an error.

That is right!

40 hours of swimming.

The conclusion drawn was this:

That is amazing:

Yet, since the rats BELIEVED that they would eventually be rescued, they could push their bodies way past what they previously thought impossible.

Hope of rescue made them resilient and ever lasting till they were rescued after a very long time.

Forty hours long…

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

I will leave you with this thought:

If hope can cause exhausted rats to swim for that long, what could a belief in yourself in your abilities and in the benevolent kindness of God, can do for you?

Keep on hoping my friends, because that is what will truly save your Life.

Remember that…

Posted by: Dr Churchill | April 24, 2021

Stones…

People will throw stones at you…

Please do not throw them back.

Instead,

Go ahead and collect them all,

and then use them all as building blocks in order to built your own Palace & Empire…

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

According to the ancient philosopher Aristotle — if you do not want people to criticize you, then you should say nothing, do nothing and be nothing.

That should do it…

Posted by: Dr Churchill | April 24, 2021

Wealth…

The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires.

~Seneca

Yours,

Dr Churchill

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