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“Love: strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties; warm attachment, enthusiasm or devotion.” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary I used to get annoyed by Valentine’s Day. I considered it a cash grab perpetrated by the greeting card, floral, lingerie and confectionary industries to get American consumers to pay $18.6 billion (according to the National Retail Federation) in order to materially express our love for our partners. I saw it as a ritualized example of commercial hucksterism. When I reflected on Valentine’s Day and the profit derived from theRead More
Mata Amritanandamayi Devi – Humanitarian Extraordinaire by Sunanda Jordon Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, also known simply as Amma, was born on the 27th day of September, 1953 in a small, poor fishing village, Parayakadavu in the Quilon district of Kerala, India. Amma was an extraordinary child from the moment she came into this world, not crying as most babies tend to do, but with a beaming smile on her face. As a child, Amma would share her food with hungry neighbours, she would bathe and clothe the sick and elderly andRead More
We all know the expression: giving is better than receiving, yet “giving” isn’t specified and we can give in many different ways. Perhaps you make regular donations to charities or perhaps you donate old clothes and household items to shelters and orphanages. But isn’t it quite a different level of “giving” when we donate our time and effort? In that way, we literally give of ourselves, our personal energy and time, our selfless love and kindness, our compassion and service. As I wrote in my previous article on Sri MataRead More
Gabrielle Giffords is a member of the US House of Representatives (Democratic, for Arizona’s eighth congressional district.) She is the third woman in Arizona’s history to be elected to the US Congress, and is currently serving her third term. During her time as a Congresswoman, she was named by the Mental Health Association of Arizona as the 2004 Legislator of the Year for her work on bills related to mental health. She also earned the Sierra Club’s Most Valuable Player award in 2005. She is a strong supporter of renewableRead More
Parvati Magazine has previously discussed Canada’s Arctic and some of the difficulties and concerns for those who live there. But you don’t have to go above the Arctic Circle to see big problems for Canada’s indigenous populations. On the shores of Ontario’s James Bay, communities have suffered in third world conditions. When you look at Ontario on a map, you see that place names on the map thin out drastically once you get north of Thunder Bay, Sault St. Marie, Sudbury and North Bay. These cities are considered “northern” –Read More
“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.” – Henry Ford A new year, a new beginning. A time for contemplation. What did you accomplish last year? Did you evolve your business, your teams, yourself? Where did you miss the mark? How can you improve this year? Almost always, when I ask clients what they want to accomplish in the new year, the answer is: “more”. More sales, more customers, more product innovation, more profit, more capital – and the list goes on. I understandRead More
As we move toward an expanded definition of success, following are six ways you can support broader growth and fulfillment, and make 2012 a truly inspiring year. 1.      Serve your stakeholders. Take the opportunity this new year to shift your attitude from expecting, demanding, commanding, controlling (however your leadership shadow takes form) – to serving – your employees, your vendors, your investors, your community, in addition to your customers. This creates a powerful shift in moving from a competitive adversarial paradigm, which just creates lack, to a prosperity based paradigm,Read More
This summer and fall, a movement began called “Occupy Wall Street”, calling for redress of economic inequalities in society. This movement then expanded to other Occupy demonstrations throughout the world. We contacted Velcrow Ripper, an award-winning documentarian who has been filming the movement, to learn more about how Occupy could bring light into a dark time. Parvati Magazine: When did you first learn about the Occupy movement? Velcrow Ripper: I learned about Occupy in July. Someone sent me a link with to the call to action and said, “Will youRead More

Posted On November 17, 2011By Parvati MagazineIn December 2011 - Light and Dark, News, Politics

Politics: Keeping the Lights On

In this season of darkness and light, do we consider what it takes to keep the lights lit, the mall muzak playing, the airplanes fuelled and the cars running? The answers to these questions can be difficult. Most of us, whether we like it or not, depend on power from polluting fossil fuels, or from nuclear energy. The political and environmental issues with fossil fuels are well known. As the price of oil rises, it becomes increasingly profitable to exploit dirtier oil reserves at ever greater financial and environmental cost.Read More
“The obstacle is the path.” – Zen Proverb Great leaders are powerful builders of enterprise. They have a knack for creating a clear vision, believing in its fulfillment with every cell in their body, and inspiring others through heart-centered communication to share their vision and act toward its creation. They can hold the vision in light, under all circumstances – especially during times of darkness, when it seems the world is against its fulfillment. That was one of my abilities as a business leader. Yet now, as I execute myRead More