All this with a BIG vision for Sydney to be the KINDNESS CAPITAL of the world.
I recently heard about this new Tribe through a friend of the founder and was invited to a film night to see 'Finding Joe'.
My whole experience with Wake Up Sydney has been amazing!
From booking my ticket and subscribing to be a member of the Tribe.
I received free Kindness cards in the mail with a personal handwritten note by Jono
The show was SOLD OUT with 800 seats within about 7 days
We meditated as a group of 800 for 10-15 minutes and thanked the world for our gifts before the film started- in a beautiful large cinema in Randwick, Sydney. Everyone clapped at the end of the film.
Finding Joe was a documentary/fairytale story told by world leaders about being the HERO in your your own life by finding your BLISS.
Jono explains how kindness cards came about:
This is a great inspiring group to be a part of!
If you are looking to be a part of a positive, inspired group of people who are leading acts of kindness around the world then
Join the tribe today to hear about when great films and events are on or when FREE inspirational videos are uploaded to to the Wake UP Sydney site
Anyone can join the WAKE UP Festival in the Rocky Mountains in Canada Aug 22-26, 2012( Hosted by Sounds True- the promo video is amazing! See Below)
Perform a random act of kindness and feel amazing E.g. Drop a movie voucher in your neighbors letter box, bake a cake and leave it at work, pay for someone's meal, arrange a yoga pass for a friend, buy an eco or fair trade present, leave groceries on someone's doorstep
It doesn't really matter where you live. Anyone can receive the gift of this movement simply by joining the tribe and being part of creating a POSITIVE world!
Wishing you much love and kindness for the coming week.
P.S "The World can only Change from within" Eckhart Tolle
P.P.S If you are looking for a meaningful holiday and not sure where to go the Wake UP Festival would ROCK!
The Blog post is about GOOD People Doing GOOD things.
Click HERE to share the goods and spread the giving! in Australia
Click HERE to share the goods and spread the giving! in Hong Kong
"The problem is that we are not eating food any more we are eating FOOD 'LIKE" PRODUCTS and they are made to look better and smell better so that people are ATTRACTED to them"
The only problem with these FOOD LIKE products is they make you LESS ATTRACTIVE. "The marketing essentially LIES to you, because it presents you with the promise 'You are going to be sexy and popular and cool but in reality you're going to be OBESE and MISERABLE and SICK"
Care about your health?
Care about your well being not only now but the for the future?
Want to maintain your ZING?
It might be my age, that mid thirty bracket where you have a couple of kids and life is busy, or crazy sometimes. With little mini me's demanding more more more attention and love every second of your day. And you notice that your ZING isnt quite the zing it used to be. Everything is done quick these days, just to stop the crying or "Mummy can I have?' You are already sleep deprived with little ones waking you up at night anyway and you just relate it to being a parent. You tell yourself "This is what it must be like for ALL parents?"
UNTIL you hit the wall! Or in my case are brought right back to reality of what life is meant to be about by watching FOOD MATTERS.
It is FREE to view until March 31st! Get instant access to watch it on the FOOD MATTERS website.
For me this movement has been life-changing, a slap to wake up and really LOOK AFTER myself.
In terms of :
Sleep!!!! In bed by 10.30pm latest!
Healthy habits : Tea and Coffee is now herbal teas or an occasional brewed Chai tea
We have bought the Food Mattters Cookbook by Mark Bittman and cook or prepare raw food from it religiously. Preparing nutritious food is now FUN and EASY!
The kids temperaments have made a change for the better.
We have implemented many healthy snack rituals including:
parsley and coriander in the kids morning fresh juices
broccoli Tuesdays - as my daughter Chloe calls it- we just tell her it is Tuesday at least 3-4 nights a week
This 2nd Food Matters Film turns to the people and their personal stories with experts including Jamie Oliver who is seen pouring a WHEELBARROW OF SUGAR onto the stage at a TED TALK to indicate how much sugar children are consuming drinking flavored milk each day.
"We might as well be rolling up the kids sleeve and putting in heroin because it is the same"
says best selling women's health author, Dr Christiane Northrup.
I love the controversial issues surrounding our nutrition, there is constantly more and more great information linking ALL of today's modern diseases back to our food. And the best bit is, the CHOICE is completely up to you to take on board or to dismiss it.
To me it is a bit like saving for the future. If you do something now you will never have a drought. If you choose not to you will wish you had.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, its not." - Dr. Seuss, The Lorax.
I have loved this quotation from this amazing book by Dr. Seuss for as long as I can remember. I used it on my yearbook page for my senior year of high school and its one of the first books that I read to my daughter. I was super excited to find out that it was turned into a movie in celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday and this past weekend, I went with my family to check it out. (Note that this was also my daughter's first movie theater experience ever too!)
The movie is about Ted, a love struck boy who wants to give a real tree to Audrey, the cute girl next door in order to win her adoration. You see, In Thneedville, everything is made of plastic, including trees. It is the future world after the original story of The Lorax and The Once-ler ended in mass destruction of the environment and the killing of all trees from the over production of Thneeds, "a thing that everyone needs." The boy, Ted, goes to visit The Once-ler, who tells him the beloved story of The Lorax in exchange for the last EVER seed of a Truffula tree. I won't tell you how it ends, though you can probably guess it has a happy ending, or it just wouldn't be Dr. Seuss.
Apart from appreciating how the filmmakers brought the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss to life, complete with singing fish, cute brown barbaloots (think living teddy bears that you just want to squeeze) and beautiful truffala trees (imagine trees with cotton candy tuffs that feel like silk and produce the sweetest berries), this movie has a message that needs to be shared. It inspires both young and old that they can make a difference in the world just by doing small actions. And it reminds us to respect our earth and each other in order to embrace the beauty of life. By the end of the movie I was bouncing along in my seat to the theme song, "Let it Grow" singing along with Ester Dean ... "Come on and celebrate the world.. Let it grow!"
So get yourself and your family, especially your children!, to movies to see this gem as soon as you can! For the meantime, here is a little teaser of the movie's theme song.
Isn't surfing all about absorbing the beauty, the sound of the crashing waves, the negative ions and getting fully recharged. Isn't it ALL about receiving not giving?
Saltmotion based in Manly, Australia LOVE the ocean and surfing SO MUCH they want to share it with the local people of the Solomon Islands by hosting an appeal for people to donate ALL old surfboards taking up room in their garages, gardens, apartments, houses. Boards that were once loved but have been upgraded or are no longer used.
All boards donated will be shipped to the Solomon Islands to help the local people, 'natural water people' who 'have an amazing ability to take to the waves' learn how to surf which will create new opportunities of surf based tourism for the local people .
Saltmotion star photographer and founder Joel Coleman says "in 2011 a group of friends from Saltmotion went on a surf trip to the Solomons. The trip turned out to be the most amazing, eye-opening, experiences of our lives(we also scored perfect surf)."
Coleman believes that the 'wave rich' Solomon's' 'has the potential to become the perfect example of properly managed surf tourism where locals benefit from traveling surfers'. He writes a detailed article of the local culture and local laws for development which explains WHY surfing tourism would be empowering and well managed for the local people.
Saltmotion will be screening the EPIC SURF FILM 180degrees South on a date to be confirmed at the old theatre in St. Matt's on the Corso, Manly to help raise the $5000 shipping costs for the surf boards and some much needed stationary and school books for the local people.
You can HELP by:
Clearing your space and DONATING unused surf boards (Dates : 10th to 18th of Feb at Saltmotion Gallery and Patagonia Manly) Board collection and film DETAILS
Coming to an UNFORGETTABLE FILM night with raffles, prizes, live music and great cheer ( Place: St. Matt's on the Corso- Manly. Time: 7pm for a 7.15 start, 27th of March) minimum $10 donation.
In 2008 a group of Saltmotion friends donated a collection of surfboards to the people of PNG- this was a HUGE SUCCESS so here it is again- this time for the people of the Solomons.
P.S. If you have any interest in the beach or surfing whatsoever- DO your yourself a favor and subscribe to the saltmotion newsletter. Joel personally captures amazing photographs of local and international waves, surfers, beaches, people on a daily basis. Very invigorating to welcome you to your computer each morning!
This blog post is about Good for Giving and Good for Communities
First of all I just have to share this uplifting video which portrays our similarities so well.
In this Stop the Pity and Unlock the potential campaign, non profit organization Mama Hope manages to tap into the energy that the African and American communities exude.
They highlight the absolute opposite of helplessness and hopelessness which traditional Aid organizations promote and focus on capable individuals full of potential.
This is positive Aid work!
Mama Hope began in 2006. When founder Nyla Rogers lost her mother, suddenly to cancer.
Lost and 'struggling to know with what to do with that left over love' Nyla travelled to Kenya to meet with a child her mother had sponsored.
Nyla had an amazing welcoming party sing her Amazing Grace as she stepped out of the car. She learnt that her mother had also sponsored a women's project which had helped hundreds of people. And they were awaiting Nyla's arrival.
Nyla says 'grief is just love' and "It became clear to me that I wanted to give that left over love to these people"
And thus the non profit Mama Hope sprouted. See their story below.
Since launching in 2006 they have already:
Unlocked the potential of 76,000 people in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana.
Funded the completion of schools, health clinics, children's centres, clean water systems and food security projects.
Created close working partnerships with local African organizations to ensure project sustainability.
This is an inspiring movement which shares the true joy and potential of under privileged communities.
Empowering people with skills and resources to help themselves rather than relying on Aid handouts.
You can help to stop the Pity and Unlock the Potential by:
Do you want to help make the world a better place?!
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you MUST get a ticket for the Sydney premier screening of YOGAWOMAN!
Not only will you get to see this amazing new film that will literally TURN YOUR WORLD UP-SIDE-DOWN, but the proceeds of the cost of your ticket will go to benefit 1 Million Women, a campaign of daughters, mothers, sisters grandmother inspiring climate change. (Read more on our earlier post)
Yoga was brought to the West from India by a lineage of male teachers. Now there's a generation of women who are leading the way. They're strong they're inspiring and they're radically changing people's lives. To the busy streets of Manhattan to the dusty slums of Kenya YOGAWOMAN uncovers the phenomenon that has changed the face of yoga forever.
So if you have had your life changed by yoga or you are wondering what all of the fuss is about, here's what you do:
Q: What do Steve Jobs, Johnny the grocery bagger, and a 2-legged dog named Faith have in common?
A: Good karma and the beautiful gift of inspiration.
With Steve Jobs’ passing, we have been reminded of and reflect on his gifts to humanity...not only the beautiful and intricately well crafted machine that I’m writing this post on, but more so his messages of courage, innovation and passion. He has been mourned by millions and will be remembered by millions upon millions more for all that he has created, achieved and inspired.
But how can you compare a 2-legged dog and a retired circus elephant with Steve Jobs???
Find out for yourself at KarmaTube, a site dedicated to using the power of online video to bring about more acts of kindness, beauty and generosity.
Beautiful, isn’t it?
KarmaTube tells the video story of Johnny the grocery store bagger and a Down Syndrom individual, who gives customer service from the heart. Johnny creates community and love in the local grocery through his little thoughts for the day.
But you aren’t left with just a little snippet of inspiration, KarmaTube asks you to “be the change” with simple suggestions on how you can bring about more kindness, beauty and generosity in the world in the spirit of the video you just watched.
Their program for a better life and a better world is so simple...
Step 1) Watch. Step 2) Be inspired.
Step 3) Act.
So if you need a little pick me up or want new ways to spread good karma around your community, just head on over to KarmaTube and soak up the good karma, let it fill your heart, then spread it around.
But watch out....you just might make the world a better place!
Have a weekend full of kindness, beauty and generosity,
Your GoodieDo Do-Good Reporter :)
P.S. "Stay hungry, stay foolish." Steve Jobs
P.P.S. Put love into your interactions with strangers. Inspire them like Johnny.
P.P.S. "Woof life nobody is watching," Faith the dog.
Once again I am faced with the weekly question, what should I do tonight?!
I could party hard with some random guy with a washboard stomach, The Hansons, Debbie Gibson, Kenny G and Katy Perry like we did Last Friday Night (video), but I'm still recovering... and honestly if it weren't for the video, I wouldn't remember a thing from that night!!
I NEED a CHANGE! Saturday morning hangovers are for the unenlightened, the young, and those without a two year old jumping in bed with you at 4am. But somehow thousands of "grown ups" in Hong Kong manage to still do it!
So what's a Mommy to do on a Friday night?
Luckily I have some very enlightened friends (who weren't at that party if you were wondering) who suggested I watch the FREE online screening of FOOD MATTERS, a film that is a catalyst for change in the way we eat and the way we care for ourselves.
Its about taking charge of our decisions on what we put into our bodies. Because actually ... WE REALLY ARE WHAT WE EAT!
In this video you will learn the truth and the reasons behind these shocking statements:
- "1/4 of what you eat keeps you alive. 3/4 of what you eat keeps your doctor alive."
- "Good health makes a lot of sense but it does not make a lot of dollars."
- "Not one cell in the human body is made up of a drug."
The film gets into the real reasons why we aren't very healthy as a Western Society...
because SURPRISE! its not good for the medical industry!
So if you are:
- Feeling lack luster, like something is just not quite right with your health, but you aren't really unhealthy...
- Take pills every day for some thing serious (like cholesterol) or even not so serious (like general allergies)...
Amid the recent world news of mass shootings, train wrecks and famine it is good to remember not just to view the world and humanity with despair and hopelessness, but to marvel in its beauty. The One Day on Earth project helps us to do just that. It is a collaborative film of pieces of life on October 10, 2010 (10.10.10) which has been filmed by anyone, anywhere in the world. Watch the trailer below and despite the differences of people, cultures and activities on this one day, you somehow feel connected with humanity and in awe of its amazing potential and beauty. The film's founder writes on the website, "All are welcome to participate; the greater the quality and quantity of participation; the greater our impact on our society." It is like a worldwide call to action for global acceptance and to acknowledge our interdependence on each other, no matter how different we are.
If you are not a professional or amateur filmmaker, but want to get involved, you can donate on kickstarter and receive a special edition DVD of the film. I, for one, cannot wait to see the full film!