In the whole world over one trillion single use plastic bags are produced and used each year. Less than one percent are recycled and many end up as litter polluting our environment. The bags then wash into rivers and oceans being mistaken for food and killing animals. Plastic bags are photodegradable breaking up into finer and finer particles which are ingested by krill. The plastic polymers then bioaccumulate up the food chain.
In Australia there are 7 billion single use plastic bags used each day. Luckily some states around the world like South Australia and France are legislating to reduce and eliminate the use of these environmentally harmful products. However if your government is not acting fast enough to reduce the number of plastic bags used it is your responsibility to do something about it.
What can you do?
You can get some reusable, sustainably produced just or hemp bags and say “No bag thanks! I’ve brought my own.”
There are a couple of videos at the end of this blog post that explain the problem of single use plastic bags and solutions.Check out PPB- Post Plastic Bag on facebook
Here are the 7 benefits of reusable jute or hemp shopping bags.
They biodegrade not photodegrade
Less plastic bags are used
Supports local enterprises
For the BONUS BENEFIT watch my video or read to the end of this article.
The are reusable so you can use them over and over again. However most polythene bags are only used once and then discarded which encourages waste and overconsumption.
Hemp and jute are stronger than plastic bags so they don’t break.
3 Less litter
People are unlikely to litter a reusable bag because it is reusable unlike single use plastic bags which are by definition designed to be discarded after on use. For this reason some people discard them as litter into the environment. In the environment they get eaten by turtles, fish and other animals which then die from starvation.
4 Biodegradable and not photodegradable.
Biodegradable bags break down in the environment into their organic components of carbon dioxide. Photodegradable plastic breaks up into finer and finer particles of the original product. This leaves a toxic leachate that then bioaccumulates up the food chain.
5 Produced from sustainable crops.
They can be made from sustainably produced crops like hemp instead of petrochemicals. Using hemp like products encourages the adoption of a sustainable cellulose industries. However plastic products are a by product of the oil industry which is a damaging industry.
6 Reduce the number of plastic bags used.
7 Reusable bags can be made locally
This gives people entrepreneurial opportunities as opposed to supporting globalised petrochemical corporations.
The BONUS BENEFIT Vegetables stored in plastic bags sweat, go soggy and rotten quickly but in hemp bags they don’t.
Here is a video that explains about ending our addiction to plastic bags.
Tai Chi is a graceful series of body movements from ancient China. It is a flowing and focused, non-competitive exercise accompanied by deep breathing. Tai Chi is also called Tai chi chuan and has many different styles each emphasising different principles and methods.
The seven benefits of Tai Chi are:
1 No equipment is required.
Unlike yoga which needs a yoga mat, Tai Chi require no equipment Tai Chi also requires little space. This means Tai Chi can be practiced anywhere, anytime. If you live in a small apartment or during your lunch break it is easy to find a space large enough to practice Tai Chi.
2 Good for your joints.
Tai Chi is good for your joints, especially your smaller joints. The movements in Tai Chi ensures that your joints move in all directions increasing movement and flexibility. Tai chi is better than more repetitive movements like running which only exercise some joints in some directions. Tai chi movements involve a large range of movements of many joints.
3 Good for sleep.
Tai Chi should be practiced in the morning, out facing the sun. A Flinders university study “have shown that evening bright light stimulation is beneficial. It delays their rhythms, delays their final awakening, and increases their total amount of sleep”  The blue light in the early morning stimulates your brains and is good for your sleep quality and enhances your biorhythms.
4 Enhance your energy.
Tai Chi gets the energy, known as “chi” flowing more efficiently the body.
5 Good for your circulatory system.
Tai Chi is good for increasing the blood flow to the fine capillaries in your extremities like fingers and toes
6 Improves your patience.
The movements of Tai Chi are performed in a slow and deliberate manner. At the same time a focusing on slow movement, focus on breathing is required. Tai Chi can’t be hurried or rushed. As the preying mantis said to the hungry grasshopper jumping about looking for food, “Patience grasshopper”
7 It makes you happier
Tai Chi makes you happier because you commune with god. There is a saying that goes “when you do Tai Chi, you do it with God” There are 108 movements of Taoist Tai Chi and once learnt you allow your body and movements to be guided intuitively by God.
Tai Chi is for all ages. Yes. People of all ages can do Tai Chi and benefit.
You all want more energy and efficiency from your everyday lives and Quantum Pause Breathing can help achieve this. Here I outline 7 benefits of Quantum Pause Breathing and if you read all the way to the end of the article there is a bonus benefit and a YouTube video you can watch to learn more.
Quantum Pause is a simple, four-stage process beginning with an in-breath of anywhere between three and six counts (depending on your lung capacity), posture, and degree of privacy. After you have gathered in your breath, breathing through your nose, you hold it (pause) for an equal count, and then exhale through your mouth, again, for the same count, and then hold (pause) for the same count. 
Quantum Pause breathing does not specify a length of time for each part of the breath but emphasis is put on uniformity of each stage. Box Breathing takes Quantum Pause Breathing to another level and specifies a full 100% inhale and exhale. This cycle is repeated three times in one minutes for up to 5 minutes or a total of 15 cycles.
Quantum pause breathing is a great technique to integrate the when, which, how practice and the six heart virtues . It can be practised at any time in meditation, in your daily work practice and even during your commute to work.
There are many benefits of breathing well including an awareness of the importance of breath in metabolism.
1 Increased lung capacity
The quantum pause breathing technique practiced daily, encourages a full 100% inhale and exhale which exercises the lungs and increases lung capacity. Most people in daily activitieslike sitting at the desk use less than their full lung capacity. This means that their lungs are never fully expanded or contracted, missing out on vital oxygen. In the afternoon or evening this can equate to yawing which is an autonomic nervous response to a lack of oxygen.
2 Better oxygen transfer
Exercising the lungs increases the efficiency of respiration. Simply put, more oxygen comes into your body and more carbon dioxide leaves. The oxygen we breathe is used with water in the respiratory process for the metabolism of carbon based foods and the result is carbon dioxide that we breathe out.
3 Mental clarity and focus
Breathing well results in greater oxygenation of the brain resulting in greater mental clarity. This can also be applied before going into sport, study or work for more focus.
4 Heart-brain coherence
Your heart, like your brain, has millions of neurons and your lungs supply the oxygen for both to function well. The rhythmic nature of Quantum Pause Breathing helps to synchronize both the heart and the mind.
Quantum Pause Breathing can be applied when sitting in a meeting, a class or just before reading a book. The extra oxygen in the brain increases alertness and induces calmness.
6 Stimulate the lymphatic system and detoxify the body.
Deep breathing stimulates the lymphatic system which picks up toxins and helps to excrete them.
7 Makes you happier and reduces stress
Quantum Pause Breathing stimulates the feel good hormones, the pleasure inducing neurochemicals in the brain. It can be applied before or during a stressful situation to induce a feeling of calm.
Regular practice of Quantum Pause Breathing aids recovery from cigarette smoking and other respiratory illnesses.
1. Develop good habits and identify and get rid of your old habits.
We all have habits. Breathe, wake up, shower, eat, work, watch tv, check facebook go to sleep. These are all habits. Some habits are necessary, some habits move us forward, and other habits hold us back and stop us achieving the life we desire.
The key to achieving more is to work out which habits are holding you back, identify the habits that will improve your life and then replace the bad habits with the good ones. I believe that the bad habits we adopt are a challenge that we create for ourselves so that by learning to overcome the bad habits we become stronger
2. Read every day.
Dr Seuss in his book “I can read with my eyes shut” wrote “ The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” He is right, reading increases your intelligence. among many other benefits. These include: boosting your brainpower, making you more empathetic, help you relax and go to sleep, reduce stress, expand your vocabulary, improve your memory, focus and concentration, better writing skills and best of all reading is free entertainment.
3. Wake up and get up at or before sunrise.
Waking up early can provide all kinds of benefits.Early risers score consistently better results at school and college. Harvard biologist Christoph Randler discovered in 2008 that early risers are more proactive. They were more likely to agree with statements like “I spend time identifying long-range goals for myself” and “I feel in charge of making things happen.” 
Other benefits include more readily identifying problems.
Early risers are better planners, probably because they have more time in the mornings to think about what needs to be done. The have time for exercise. They get better sleep, are more optimistic. They have easier commutes because they are often ahead of the peak hour crowds.
4. Do some sort of exercise, whether it is yoga or going to the gym. Exercise has many benefits.
Books have been written on the benefits of exercise and a simple Google Scholar search will provide ample scientific evidence showing this. Thomas Jefferson once said, “Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.”
5. Get 7 to 8 hours sleep per night consistently.
Sleep improves your memory and is key to achieving a healthy lifestyle. Sleep benefits your heart mind, weight and so much more. Sleep also makes you look better, it reduces the bags and rings under your eyes. A study published in 2010 in the British Medical Journal showed that people were rated higher after a good night’s sleep when compared with being sleep deprived.In her 2015 doctoral thesis, “The Face of Sleep Loss” Tina Sundelin showed “ Facial photographs of 48 participants were taken after normal sleep and after either one night of total sleep deprivation or two nights of partial sleep deprivation. The photographs were then evaluated in four different studies by a total of 288 raters recruited from universities and the general public in Stockholm, Sweden. The faces were rated on attractiveness, health, tiredness, sleepiness, sociability, trustworthiness, employability, and leadership ability. These factors were all adversely affected by sleep loss. Furthermore, looking tired was strongly related to being less attractive, looking less healthy and less trustworthy, and being perceived as a poorer employee and leader.” 
6. Plan tomorrow the last thing you do before you leave work or go to bed.
I like to take a few minutes each afternoon just before I leave work to review my day. Tick off the jobs I have done on my “to do list/ daily plan” and then draft a list of what needs to be done tomorrow. I find this provides a few benefits. First, I get a sense of achievement that my day hasn’t been wasted and that I got some important work done. Second, I can leave work without worrying about work and taking the worry home. Planning tomorrow today means that I am also ready when I arrive to start work and can get into productive mode as soon as I arrive at work when I am at my most productive.
7. Check your emails once per day only and only after you have reviewed your daily plan in the morning.
Unless your job depends on timely response to emails the majority of emails can wait. The way I see it, if something is so urgent that it needs immediate action I would be calling the person to discuss the issue at hand. If the first thing you do is check your emails when you arrive at work then you get caught up in other people’s agendas before getting the chance to set your own agenda. One of the best strategies I have found for productivity is sitting down and reviewing my “to do/ daily plan”. When reviewing my daily plan I first decide who are the important people I need to reach out to in order to move my projects forward. Then I prioritise my work and to do list with the jobs that will get the most achieved being put at number one on the list. It is only when I have got my daily plan in order that I give myself 15 to 30 minutes to go through my emails.
I’m a teacher and so are my parents. Both my sisters are teachers too. We are however all different in our approach.
For me, I tend to view everyone I meet in every situation as a learning experience. My mother, an early child hood teacher, begain my education before I started school. Reading story books, she developed in me a love of reading from a young age. I spent years in the school system, university and vocational education, All the time working hard in casual jobs to finanace my study and my family’s security. My older sister is teaching al of her children through unschooling/homeschooling. My younger sister teaches dance. I know many other teachers and the one thing we all have in common is a benevolent outlook on life where we want to help peopkle achieve their best life through self mastery.
I rejected teaching at first, choosing to study environmental science but at 33 I responded to an ad in a newspaper and took my family to China to teach English as a Foereign Language. Teaching English gave me an insight into other people. Suddenly I found myself in a place where I could be exposed to all different kinds of people. The internet had come along and book based learning was replaced, “level up,” by surfing the sea of information. It was like all the answers are suddenly available.
However, it was the people aspect of teaching that I enjoyed the most. Words on a page portray an idea but when interacting with a real live human there is so much more that can be understood which is communicated through body language, vocal stress and intonation. There is a fluid flow of information that happens when two, or more people sit patiently ask questions and discuss issues important to them.
Once upon a time you went to school to learn reading, writing and arithmatic. These days 5 year olds are searching videos on dinosaurs and physics, teaching themselves to dance, skateboard and enjoy life.
Why? Beacause the education system is failing them and they have found a better way. It isn’t creative enough and it isn’t changing fast enough for them. In Australia our young are subjected to stress inducing NAPLAN tests of language, literacy and numeracy.These tests detract from teaching time and also burdens teachers in administration so they don’t have time to create an ideal learning space. The system of certificates, degrees and registration along with the cost of these things is becoming out of the reach of the people. This is another reason why more and more people are getting their knowledge from the internet. The people want knowledge,
There are teachers on the internet, in videos, podcasts and who write content. However there are always times when the student needs a guide, a teacher, someone who can listen to the questions of the student and assist the student to find answers to the questions. The final result sholud be that the student leaves the teacher with a new way of questioning the existing world and a propoensity for creating what does not yet exist.
After all the prime goal of each student is “self mastery”. Teachers are important because they facilitate learning and education but it is the education itself they empowers people to take control of their lives and create the life they desire.
Australia Has a Black History. Tomorrow please take the time to acknowledge the indigenous custodians of the land that have survived here in harmony for 40,000 years and then managed to survive another 226 years of colonization. There is no reason anyone should have to fight to exist and survive. We can learn so much from the indigenous.
I am a philanthropic teacherpreneur and son of teachers. For that last 10 years, I have been teaching English as a Second Language to migrants, humanitarian entrants, refugees and asylum seekers. I have taught over 100 different nationalities plus many more ethnic groups, language groups and people from many spiritual traditions.
My passion is promoting lifestyles of health and sustainability through collectivism. Not only physical health, but mental health, emotional health, spiritual health, community health and environmental health.
In 1988, I began to study a Bachelor of Science in Australian Environmental studies with majors in Environmental Policy and Economics, and Environmental Pollution and Health. My first year of university was government funded but in 1989, HECS was introduced and I graduated from uni with a debt which took many years to repay when I finally earned enough to be able to repay it. During my study I had an epiphany that a major paradigm shift in society could be facilitated by individual free will to change when people had free access to knowledge.
I have had over 50 different jobs in my life, starting at the age of 15 during high school washing dishes. I have held many service positions as diverse as, toilet cleaner, bar attendant, service station attendant, chauffeur, warehousing (one time union rep), martial arts and swimming coach, community activist for Greenpeace Australia, koala for the Wilderness Society and waste water treatment.
I also participated in a family business growing forestry seedlings and doing forestry establishment where we produced approximately 1 million trees in 4 years.
In 2003, I took my family to China and taught there for 6 months. When I returned to Australia, I returned to study and completed a Graduate Certificate of Teaching Second Languages and Master of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and once again was burdened with a government HECS debt. This debt is now settled but as a single parent the repayment of this debt made life difficult for my family.
So once again back in debt for an education, I started wondering why some countries offered universal free education and why some didn’t? I saw that making education difficult to attend and costly deters many people from university and from taking charge of their destiny. I believed that in 20 years Australia might be seen as the ignorant, servile country that had no compassion for their themselves, fellow human beings, the planet and the ancestors.
On the surface it seems that this has become true. There are record rates of obesity and degenerative disease caused from addiction to chemical laden manufactured food and drinks, the attitude of the government to those seeking refuge is abhorent, destruction of the environment through excess consumption, pollution and resource extraction and our indigenous population has one of the lowest standards of living in the world and an incarceration rate in some places 6 times greater than apartheid, South Africa.
However these problems can be and have been addressed where people are literate and have access to online social networks that share uplifting information. There are wonderful initiatives that are happening in some places around the world because information flows more freely, such as microfinancing, microsolar, the Thrive movement for free energy and recognition of indigenous law in some communities.
Social media is the evidence that sharing of information and making information more accessible fosters positive social change and development.
I believe that free education empowers people to take control of and design their lives through self mastery.
For this reason, I have started James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation.
James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation,” facilitates community free education between people who have something to teach and people who want to learn.
“James’ Blue House Free School Charitable Foundation” is a non-profit foundation dedicated the free sharing of knowledge so each one can facilitate their own self-mastery and each person can discover their inner genius.
“James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation” values the knowledge of all beings regardless of age, gender or economic status.
The philosophy of “James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation.” is that anyone can teach; each one can teach one and each one must teach one. We are all students at the same time as being teachers.
James’ Blue House Free School, honours models of collective community education of all indigenous ancestors by empowering communities to establish and maintain ongoing collective and collaborative learning education models through face to face and online social learning networks.
James Blue House Free Schools educational programs aims to provide technological literacy tools to educationally disadvantaged and remote communities to assist them to achieve collective education in the tradition of the indigenous ancestors in a modern connected world.
“James’ Blue House Free School Charitable Foundation.” provides self-empowering programs focused around lifestyles of health and sustainability through, language and communication arts, music, environmental sustainability and organic permaculture health models.
“James’ Blue House Free School Charitable Foundation. aims for communities to foster sharing and the free flow of knowledge to raise the consciousness of the human beings.
James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation is a benevolent institution working for the collective good.
I’m asking you to donate money to help me buy a double decker school bus, fit it out as a school and fund this project so that I can travel through Australia offering free education and empowering communities to adopt a collaborative and collective model of education where the knowledge of all is valued and shared.
There are pockets of people all around Australia that suffer due to the lack of access to knowledge either because of their low literacy and numeracy or because they live in remote areas with little access to the information via technology, the internet and social media. When people have access to tools of self mastery they are empowered to make choices that improve their lives.
Topics will include art, music, language arts , literacy and numeracy, preventative biodynamic health and exercise, environmental pollution and health, organic living and creative co-evolution. The eventual goal is to empower communities to take responsibility for their own education and set up their own Blue House Free School Collectives where the collective knowledge of society is shared and everyone is respected as having knowledge to share.
I have put a $2000 down payment on a double decker bus which is currently in Adelaide and I require $16,000 to bring it back to Brisbane. Plus approximately $29,000 to equip with mobile IT learning technology and for annual operating costs.
The bus needs to be equipped with a classroom downstairs which will also have mobile e-learning technology to allow access to the World Wide Web of Information using mobile devices operating in an open source software environment.
What else for the future?
As well as James Blue House Free School Bus.
My plan for the first year with the bus is to take free environmental health and wellness classes around Australia. During this time I intend to raise the profile of James Blue House Free Schools through multimedia online while raising funds for the ongoing operative costs of James’ Blue House Free Schools. I also intend to support communities in setting up their own free learning circles. In two years I hope to see collective community Blue House Free Schools operating in hundreds of Australian suburbs and towns
The five year plan would see a fleet of buses working with sponsorship in not just Australia but on other countries too. These buses would continue to spread the latest life changing information.
The future is unlimited and in 2022 I have plans for large multi-dwelling collective learning communities with lifestyles of health and sustainability.
This is a collective and I would love your input and assistance.
How can you help?
Help me get the word out on social media by liking, sharing, commenting, following.