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Motherhood: All love begins and ends thereRobert Browning

As we come soon to Mother’s Day I am reminded of the article I read in one of the social magazine’s, maybe it was Woman’s Day, a few weeks ago now. It was a featured article on mother’s in the media and how great it was that they were able to balance their careers with having children.

But you have to wonder, who was really raising their children? Their nannies? Their childcare centres?

Now clearly, these mothers come from the generation that fought to have their careers and then be able to balance them with motherhood in a bid for independance and freedom from the prison of home and family as it was but who is it really benefitting to go to the extreme of not even raising their own children totally?

Do they achieve an strong enough mother-child bond or will there be eventuating attachment disorders that development later in life?

As a proud aunty of five already I have watched my sisters lives as they have come to motherhood. But I have likewise been proud of their approach and dedication. They are not rolling in it by any means but their commitment to their children’s lives is second to none as they have chosen to stay at home as long as necessary to ensure that.

As a result their children are healthy from being fed the best of foods, good natured and temperament because of the undivided attention they are given and happy because their mothers are.

The proof of this came when one of my sisters’ little ones started acting up starting from the time she returned to work, she soon as possible finished up work to be with them and immediately the behaviour stopped!

It makes me wonder whether as a society do we realise how much Motherhood is THE most important job in the world?

Children, who are the next generation; the future. How much effort we put into them determines how much of a chance we give the future; our legacy.

http://www.families.nt.gov.au/asp/index.asp?pgid=7302

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=o43u_qWT4asC&pg=PA74&lpg=PA74&dq=the+first+few+years+of+a+child’s+life+is+the+most+important&source=web&ots=KZZ4noePFR&sig=nPl8cQTOUt3UENo8d9__LgMOUQk&hl=en

http://www.apa.org/monitor/sep95/attach.html

http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/child_abuse_and_recovery/94900

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence” –  Denis Waitley

Now while we all have our own ideas of what independence means, I think most will agree that to look after oneself without assistance is the root of that meaning. But I wonder how many really understand what it means to totally look after yourself, without assistance.

I was out on a date the other week when we got to the part about discussing our personal beliefs & goals when my date was mentioning how he was doing his bit for the environment and also for charity but also that he was still on his way to his goal of home-ownership in the near future in which also his finances would ensure he would have a regular house-cleaner.

I wasn’t completely stunned as I’d rented with males before and known this is the norm for them to behave around such housekeeping issues but unlike previously keeping quiet about this interesting point I piped up ‘wait a second, wait a second, what do you mean you need a cleaner?’ ‘What’s the cleaner for?’ He straight-away stated that he would be too busy with work to do that. ‘Well’ I said, ‘Then you must have too big a house in mind for yourself’. ‘Oh’ he followed, ‘Well it’s creating jobs anyhow’.

Of course it is popular culture to strive for the type of success that involves the need for a house-cleaner/nanny/driver/personal assistant/gardener under the guise of being too busy, a trend most probably carried down from the buorgeois period.

The mind boggles to think what kind of world we live in where we cannot even clean up after ourselves! How on earth can we teach our children how to be responsible and clean up their own messes if we do not…..? It is no wonder we have a culture of litigation.

The media continually throws in our face picture after picture of the famous people ‘stars’ as they are called, posing like they just discovered the secret to world peace or talking about their busy lives while in the background it’s their assistances that actually help them create that illusion.

If we don’t enjoy cleaning, why do we think that cleaners do just because it is their occupation?

Why do we think that we should have houses too big that we need help cleaning them? Or too many clothes we need help to wash them? Or too big a garden we need help to keep it under control?

Why do we think that life means complete strangers should help raise our children instead of ourselves? If so, why do we have them? Is it for their benefit or ours?

Why is it beneath us to clean up after ourselves? Why do we delude ourselves to think independence means assistance?

Maybe there’s another piece of the puzzle to looking after the environment by looking after our environment and not expecting others to do it for us.

What people who don’t do their own cleaning don’t realise is how therapeutic it is and how enjoyeable it can be to clean. Regularly cleaning the house is like regularly cleaning the soul; you take a moment out from your busy life or other people’s demands for yourself to brush away the cobwebs, wipe away the refuse and let in the fresh air and breathe new life into it.

Then not only do you reap the reward of a great-looking place but the pride of doing it yourself, much-like you would have felt when you were three and first tied your own shoelace.

Sometimes, the best things in life are free.

by Christina Aguilera

Young girl, don’t cry
I’ll be right here when you’re world starts to fall
Young girl, it’s alright
Your tears will dry, you’ll soon be free to fly

When you’re safe inside your room you tend to dream
Of a place where nothing’s harder than it seems
No one ever wants to bother to explain
Of the heartache life can bring and what it means

When there’s no one else
Look inside yourself
and like your oldest friend
trust the voice within
Then you’ll find the strength
That will guide your way
You’ll learn to begin to
Trust the voice within

Young girl, don’t hide
You’ll never change if you just run away
Young girl, just hold tight
Soon you’re gonna see your brighter day

Now in a world where innocence is quickly claimed
It’s so hard to stand your ground when you’re so afraid
No one reaches out a hand for you to hold
When you look outside, look inside to your soul

 

When there’s no on else
Look inside yourself
And like your oldest friend
Trust the voice within
Then you’ll find the strength
That will guide your way
You’ll learn to begin to
Trust the voice within

Life is a journey
It can take you anywhere you choose to go
As long as you’re learning
You’ll find all you’ll ever need to know
Break it
You’ll make it
Just don’t forsake it because
(no on can tell you what you can’t do)
No one can stop you
You know that I’m talking to you

When there’s no one else
Look inside yourself
And like your oldest friend just
Trust the voice within, yeah
Then you’ll find the strength
That will guide your way
You’ll learn to begin to
Trust the voice within, mmmm

Ohhh yeah
Young girl, don’t cry
I’ll be right here when your world starts to fall

Lest we forget……..the stupidy and senselessness of war…!

http://www.anzacs.net/AnzacStory.htm

The Moon – The inner longing of the soul

Scorpio – The sign of passion; delights in the hidden & intimidating

Well it is another full moon in Scorpio at the moment and as usual of late, I could feel it coming almost a week in advance!

I’m still not exactly sure why this is, although I consider it to be either a certain or a combination of circumstances.

The first being, I am an incredibly sensitive person, much like described in The Highly Sensitive Person and can feel my connection to the universe quite strongly, including the planetary movements. Another, my ascendant is Scorpio and with this strong placement I am naturally attracted and sensitive to all things involving Scorpio and it’s influence. I also have a few transits involving Pluto (the ruler of Scorpio) happening at the moment, which I also assume adds to that sensitivity of it’s affects.

Many times usually, I will feel an intensity in my self and in my present life and and not think to contemplate at the time, the source till I hear or discover that either the new or full moon was in Scorpio. But then that also is the nature of Pluto; it’s secrecy and also its tendency to influence a loss of control, for it is in this happening that transformation of the soul takes place!

This occurence in particular, for some reason, I could feel well in advance. Much like my sensing the transit of Saturn into my natal sun sign of Leo those few years ago and then when it went began to transit my planets in Virgo last year and why I am well aware of it beginning to advance upon my venus in Virgo – but I will save that for another post. I will never know, nor wish to know, how it will affect me but I know it is there and maybe allow myself to open up to it’s influence in a form of complete surrender and faith.

I am still not sure why these affects of these transits occur well in advance. It’s as if it’s preparing me for what is about to happen so that I may be fully aware and therefore able to take full advantage of the situation.

It is for this reason though, why I am so passionate about sharing my awareness with as many who are interested, that they may also become aware and therefore able to take advantage of this awareness as I can.

http://www.horoscoper.net/astrology/scorpio.htm

http://www.astro.com/

http://cainer.com/

“This is an important initiative to harness the best ideas for building a modern Australia that is ready for the challenges of the 21 st century.

With the complex challenges that Australia is facing, we need to get the best ideas we can from all Australians – business people, experts, community leaders – and just ordinary Australians.

I know from travelling around the nation that many of the most creative solutions to our big future challenges are in the minds of Australians whose voices normally aren’t heard in our national Parliament.

The Summit will help us shape a long term strategy for the nation’s future – covering the economy, the nation’s infrastructure, our environment, our farmers, health care, indigenous Australians, the arts, national security, how we improve our system of government, and how we strengthen our communities and ensure nobody is left out of Australia’s future.

It’s a big agenda, but we need to think big.”

This is so exciting for me; as a nation we are gathering momentum as to who we are and our place in this world and what we have to offer it. 

Each day, I grow more proud of Australia – MY HOME.

But with this pride comes the sense of responsibility and I ask myself; what can I do to help?!

http://www.australia2020.gov.au/

“That’s an absolute myth, plants cannot experience pain like animals do, they have no brains or nervous systems.

Plants do experience a chemical response to outside disturbances, but it’s in no way actual physical pain, which requires actual nerves to feel and experience.

80% of the plants on this planet are grown and harvested solely to support animal agriculture, and it takes 16 pounds of plants to make 1 pound of meat (not to mention 2,500 gallons of water per pound of meat!).These are not arbitrary statistics, these are federal averages, and the gallons of water statistic was actually voluntarily offered by the Cattleman’s association in America.”

http://ph.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080330184158AAhJzLm

http://www.hindu.com/seta/2004/04/22/stories/2004042200331600.htm

http://www.fcs.uga.edu/~mhulsey/PS_12.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/notesandqueries/query/0,,-83446,00.html

Vegetarian/Veganism:

“If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That’s the single most important thing you can do. It’s staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.” – Paul McCartney.

“Every year in the U.S., more than 27 billion animals are slaughtered for food. Raising animals on factory farms is cruel and ecologically devastating.  Animals on factory farms are treated like meat, milk, and egg machines. Chickens have their sensitive beaks seared off with a hot blade, and male cattle and pigs are castrated without any painkillers. All farmed chickens, turkeys, and pigs spend their brief lives in dark and crowded warehouses, many of them so cramped that they can’t even turn around or spread a single wing. They are mired in their own waste, and the stench of ammonia fills the air. Animals raised for food are bred and drugged to grow as large as possible as quickly as possible—many are so heavy that they become crippled under their own weight and die within inches of their water supply. By switching to a vegetarian diet, you can save more than 100 animals a year from this misery.

Eating animals is bad for our health, leading directly to many diseases and illnesses, including heart attacks, strokes, cancer, diabetes, multiple allergies, food poisoning and obesity. Vegans are approximately one-ninth as likely to be obese as meat-eaters and have a cancer rate that is only 40 percent that of meat-eaters. The only two doctors in human history who have successfully reversed heart disease have included an exclusively vegetarian diet as a part of their programs.

More than half of the water used in the United States today goes to animal agriculture, and since farmed animals produce 130 times more excrement than the human population, the run-off from their waste is fouling our waterways. Animal excrement emits gases, such as hydrogen sulfide and ammonia, that poison the air around farms, as well as methane and nitrous oxide, which are major contributors to global warming. Forests are being bulldozed to make more room for factory farms and feed crops to feed farmed animals, and this destruction causes soil erosion and contributes to species extinction and habitat loss. Raising animals for food also requires massive amounts of food and raw materials: Farmed animals consume 70 percent of the corn, wheat, and other grains that we grow, and one-third of all the raw materials and fossil fuels used in the U.S. go to raising animals for food. In short, our country’s meat addiction is wrecking the earth.

http://www.prijatelji-zivotinja.hr/index.en.php?id=760

http://www.goveg.com/kosher.asp

http://www.goveg.com/vegetarian101.asp

http://www.copypastearticles.com/article/6267/diet-is-meat-really-good-for-us-what-happens-when-we-eat-meat-find-out/

http://www.helpinganimals.com/ga_spay.asp

http://www.vegetarianaction.org.au/pdfs/RedMeat.pdf

http://www.rspca.org.au/home.asp

Meat:

“It’s the best natural source of iron and protein – but it has also been linked to cancer.”

“This is a controversial argument, but some experts have said that humans are in fact natural meat-eaters – and that to totally eliminate such a big food-group from our diets could be unhealthy. There is a theory that our guts contain bacteria that help us to digest meat, and that not to eat meat could mean that the bacteria are lying idle, so making it easier for diseases to flourish.

Red meat is a major source of protein, which is needed for muscle and organ health. The protein found in meat is “complete”, meaning that it contains all the amino acids that the body cannot make on its own. It is essential for the body’s repair and renewal as well as general health.

Red meat is an essential source of iron – lean beef has 2.7mg of iron per 100g – and is vital to good health, as well as preventing conditions such as anaemia. Up to a quarter of menstruating women are thought to be deficient in iron. Meat contains more iron than most foods, and it is more easily utilised by the body than from vegetable sources.

Australian scientists have found that people who ate a diet high in protein, based on lean red meat, as well as fruit and vegetables, lost 25 per cent more weight over a fixed period of time than those who ate a low protein, carbohydrate-rich diet that contained the same amount of calories and fat.

The scientists concluded that some people might be more successful in losing weight on a high-protein diet because they felt less hungry and could go without food for longer. Those on the high-protein diet also saw levels of their “bad” cholesterol drop.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-wellbeing/health-news/is-meat-good-or-bad-for-us-425192.html

Strangly enough, I couldn’t find many written pieces pro-meat.

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