Rumi Wisdom

Who is in the house of my heart,
I cried in the middle of the night.

Love said,
“It is I, but what are all these images that fill your house?”

I said, they are the reflection of your beautiful face.

She asked,
“But what is this image full of pain?”

I said, it is me lost in the sorrows of life
and showed her my soul full of wounds.

She offered me one end of a thread and said:
“Take it so I can pull you back
but do not break the delicate string.”

I reached towards her but she struck my hand.
I asked, why the harshness?

She said,
“To remind you that whoever comes to love’s holy space,
proud and full of himself will be sent away.
Look at love with the eyes of your heart.

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How are your purchases impacting on Nature?

Dan Sedick is the daughter of a past colleague of mine, she has written a great article and called it ‘My 2 Cents’. It is full of great links and info on how we can change our habits and impact on nature. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 

My 2 Cents

by Dan Sedick (Notes)
on Friday, 12 October 2012 https://www.facebook.com/notes/dan-sedick/my-2-cents/10151178129548808

 

English: The types of vertebrate animals used ...

English: The types of vertebrate animals used in lab research in Europe in 2005 Category:Animal testing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So over the last few years I have had several conversations with people regarding the impact their cosmetic purchases have on both the planet and their own health and bodies.  Anyone who knows me knows that I go through phases where I am passionately interested in researching something,

I recently found out some new information about this so I thought I’d put up my 2 cents worth here, for those who are curious, and for those who have asked, to maybe interest someone enough for them to start asking questions of their own.

 

Firstly, chemicals and petro-chemical bi-products are really bad for you.  There have been inquiries that have linked chemicals such as hair bleaches with

and there is no doubt that introducing vast quantities of unnatural products to your world will have a negative impact on you whether it be from covering your skin with it in cosmetics, breathing it in through cleaning products or ingesting it through food. 

I found this amazing website that rates the toxicity of cosmetics and health & beauty products, unfortunately it is an US based website so it doesn’t cover off a lot of Australian companies, however there is a section where you can enter the ingredients of your products yourself and it will give you an estimated safety rating.  It’s pretty straightforward, green is good, yellow is not good, red is bad, what IS surprising is the amount of everyday products that you would reasonably expect to be safe coming into the red ratings (like Chapstick, which you put onto your lips and in most cases end up swallowing) Other than looking everything up a fairly easy AT A GLANCE way of avoiding the more harmful products is by avoiding anything with

-Sodium Laureth Sulphate

-Sodium lauryl sulfate

-Sodium myreth sulfate

-Sodium pareth sulfate

-Magnesium laureth sulfate

They are most common ingredients in shampoo soap and moisturizers

Oh and that website is here………                                                                                                

  http://www.cosmeticdatabase.com/

 

 

Secondly – be careful of Talc.  It is a mineral substance which means it doesn’t break down so if it gets inside you, into your blood stream or because you put it in your underwear to feel fresh it won’t break down inside your body, your body will see it as a foreign substance and start trying to isolate it.  This is commonly known as a cyst. You can read more about that here       

http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/cosmetics/talc.htm

Apart from that Talc mining in India is threatening Tiger habitats which you can read more about here

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/guardianweekly/story/0,12674,984187,00.html

Or if you just want to read about all of it at once you can do that here

  http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/behind_the_label/462086/behind_the_label_talcum_powder.html

but the base message here if you can’t be bothered checking out the links, is that talc is bad m’kay.

 

I will talk about Palm Oil here when I have more information about how to recognize palm oil safe products

 

Before we go on I want you to know that I AM NOT A VEGAN, hell, I’m not even a vegetarian, so don’t think this is a self-righteous rant, it’s not.  I just think that there is a big difference between killing animals for sustenance and killing animals for vanity.  I also have no problem with using honey or beeswax in my products, I have my own concerns with how the dairy industry is run and battery farms are an issue we’ve all been made aware of, but mainly I don’t require my products to be vegan, if they are it’s a bonus but if not I DO expect them to at least be vegetarian, nothing should have to die so I can look pretty.  My concerns here lie with the fact that the industry goes so far out of its way to hide the truth from us that most people are unaware of the facts and are therefore having the right to make their own educated decision taken away from them….

 

Animal Testing, this old song is one you have heard about a million times.  If you have forgotten you can find some information and explanations here

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/factsheets/animal_experimentation.php

What you may not know is that there are still A LOT of companies doing it, the main protagonists are Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, Elizabeth Arden, Colgate Palmolive & GlaxoSmithKline.  Also Shiseido (Shame on you Angelina Jolie, we thought you were conscientious) What you may not have realized is that the cosmetics industry is heading the way of the media in that a few companies parent most of everyone else and then it becomes an issue not of whether YOUR product is tested on animals but rather if your money will END UP going to a company that tests on animals.  I love that some of these products/child companies openly advertise as being against testing and/or cruelty free when they are owned by an evil bunny torturing giant ( *cough*cough* Body Shop *cough*)  So for your information….

JOHNSON & JOHNSON OWN (not a complete list)

–  AVEENO

–  BAND AID

–  CAREFREE/STAYFREE

–  CLEAN & CLEAR

–  KY

–  LISTERINE

–  NEUTROGENA

–  REACH

L’OREAL OWN (not a complete list)

–  THE BODY SHOP

–  BIOTHERM

–  GARNIER

–  LANCOME

–  MAYBELLINE

–  REDKEN

–  SKINCEUTICALS

–  YVES SAINT LAURENT

–  DIESEL FRAGRANCES

–  ARMANI FRAGRANCES

–  RALPH LAUREN FRAGRANCES

–  STELLA MCCARTNEY FRAGRANCES

–  VIKTOR & ROLF FRAGRANCES (Shattered my favourite *sad face*)

PROCTOR & GAMBLE OWN (not a complete list)

–  BRAUN

–  GILLETTE

–  MACH3

–  COVERGIRL

–  MAX FACTOR

–  OLAY

–  PANTENE

–  WELLA

–  CLAIROL

–  HEAD & SHOULDERS

–  HERBAL ESSENCES

–  VIDAL SASSOON

–  NICE & EASY

–  GUCCI FRAGRANCES

–  ORAL B

–  VICKS

UNILEVER OWN (not a complete list)

–  DOVE

–  IMPULSE

–  LUX

–  LYNX

–  OMO

–  PEARS

–  PONDS

–  REXONA

–  SUNSILK

–  TRESEMME

–  VASELINE

–  V05

 There are other many culprits too and I found a great Queensland based website that lists not only Animal Testing companies but also Vegan, Vegetarian and Cruelty Free companies on their site

http://rabbitrecommended.com/

You can find out who owns what fragrance companies here

http://www.fragrantica.com/parent-company/

I also just want to point out that Burts Bees is owned by Clorox who do animal testing and Benefit Cosmetics are testers too.  There are several companies that do animal testing specifically so they can sell into the Chinese market which legally requires it (make of that what you will) these companies include Estee Lauder, Mary Kay, Avon, L’Occitane & Jurlique 

 

 

Finally (for today hahaha) I just wanted to brush over a few secret ingredients that you may not be aware of because while you probably know that lots of cosmetics aren’t vegan, honey/beeswax/silk/milk/egg whites etc are common ingredients and that’s fine unless you are vegan, what you may not have realized is that a lot of make up isn’t even VEGETARIAN!

Yep its true, tons of mascaras, eye liners, lipsticks etc have an ingredient in it called Carmine (Crimson Lake, Cochineal, Natural Red 4[1], C.I. 75470[1], or E120,) which is made out of crushed up dead beetles (apparently despite technological advances and whatever else we are still stuck in Cleopatra era cosmetics)  It’s in SO MANY PRODUCTS!  I check the ingredients online or in the ingredients listings in Priceline before I buy now because the idea of choosing to put dead bugs on my mouth is a pretty good gross out, anything that’s red black or brown is a potential beetley graveyard. Oh and on that note, the same ingredient is in food under the name COCHINEAL, yep, your red velvet cupcakes are full of dead bugs.

Also, according to Scienceworld, “In order to give some lipsticks (as well as nail polish, some paints and some ceramics) a nice “shimmery” effect an ingredient called pearl essence (also known as “pearlesence”) is added to them.  Pearl essence is the silvery stuff found in fish scales and is harvested primarily as a by-product of Herring fisheries” 

(http://www.scienceworld.ca/we-can-explain/most-lipstick-contains-fish-scales)

The more I look into cosmetics the more I’m horrified by the things that have to die to make us look pretty.

 

 

AND FINALLY – please be aware that there are no laws regarding the use of the word ‘ORGANIC’ it can be registered as part of a brand name even if the product itself is chock full of toxic crap and you as the consumer may buy this product in good faith believing it is ACTUALLY organic.  This is often the case in supermarkets best to check it out before you buy

 

Please feel free to add anything & this is a public post so you can tag and share if you want to

 

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Ahmrita Natural Mental Health – The New Look

Even an old gate can open up to new experiences, but of course you will have to walk through it first 🙂 DSC_0366

 

 

 

 

Whoops, I think the look update went a touch further then just looks 🙂
So here we have a new name and updated address as well – but just because Ahmrita Natural Mental Health is not the main feature anymore doesn’t mean that Mental Health is not covered. It just means, that the refreshed blog better reflects that the topic of mental health includes a lot more than just pills and counselling.

In fact I do believe it includes all the life around us – animals, plants, people, places, interests and more. The environment we create for ourselves to live in influences and shapes our experiences and world view. The more open we are, the richer life can be …

The changes will also open and ease up topics to write about — that will be more fun for me 🙂 and to tell you the truth there are no ground breaking scientific breakthroughs for the improvement of mental health. It is time to go back to the basics, do the work for ourselves and reap the benefits down the track.

Hope you like the new look and direction for this site ………

 

 

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Checking In

Old writing desk

Old writing desk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi All – after yet another lengthy absence from my writing desk, I really had to check in.
Firstly, apologies fo not welcomming new readers ! Secondly, apologies for not answering comments!

Phew, and thirdly, now hat I have checked in I find myself thinking that this blog really needs an update. Not just a writing update, but also a look update. You know that feeling after an absence when somethig doesn’t look homely anymore, just stale and a bit dated?

Well, let’s see what can be done, before head off again in August 🙂

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Deepak Chopra – Social Networks & Global Brain – The Rabbit Hole

Deepak Chopra – Social Networks & Global Brain – The Rabbit Hole.

I found this encouraging video on D. A. Hartleys site http://friendnature.wordpress.com/ and had to share it. Hope you will enjoy it as much as I did 🙂

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What’s next in Europe – Patents for Vegetables?

Monsanto

Monsanto (Photo credit: arbyreed)

Would you prefer fresh food or engineered food from a factory? You may have already come across these news, but I wanted to share it anyway.

According to an Avaaz http://www.avaaz.org

Monsanto has found a loop-hole in European law and want to apply for patents for vegetable seeds. Once I collected my bottom jaw from the floor, I read the full story on the Avaaz website.

Here is a small excerpt

It’s unbelievable, but Monsanto and Co. are at it again. These
profit-hungry biotech companies have found a way to gain exclusive
control over the seeds of life – the source of our food. They’re
trying to patent away varieties of our everyday vegetables and fruits
like cucumber, broccoli and melons, virtually forcing growers to pay
them for seed and risk being sued if they don’t.”

The main reason it troubles me to think that this could be true is, that not only are they tampering with what mother nature has provided, now they want to own it as well. This surely can not bode well for a healthy diet, let alone an organic diet.

Please take the time to read the full story here http://www.avaaz.org/en/monsanto_vs_mother_earth_loc/?bnTJebb&v=23932

and don’t forget to sign the petition should you feel strongly enough about wanting to stop big companies taking over our food from seed stage.

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In case you want to be a writer

This I think is great advice if you are one of those writers who just can not sit still when the weather is warm or rainy and you just have to be out in it rather than sitting on your bum 🙂

Lantern Post

If this indeed is your (or mine) sorry state of affairs, there is no better, more true advice but the one Charles Bukowski has given us … and every day I hope to remember it:

so you want to be a writer?       Charles BukowskiPhoto credit: Michael Montfort

by Charles Bukowski

if it doesn’t come bursting out of you

in spite of everything,

don’t do it.

unless it comes unasked out of your

heart and your mind and your mouth

and your gut,

don’t do it.

if you have to sit for hours

staring at your computer screen

or hunched over your

typewriter

searching for words,

don’t do it.

if you’re doing it for money or

fame,

don’t do it.

if you’re doing it because you want

women in your bed,

don’t do it.

if you have to sit there and

rewrite it again and again,

don’t do it.

if it’s hard work just thinking…

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