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My iPhone brought me closer to the Sun.

September 15, 2011

(Click play to listen.)

I suspect many years of smartphone usage has had some affect on the way my brain receives and integrates information.  You know, that whole neuroplasticity thing.

Words and images.  Concepts and questions.  Thrills, tears, discoveries and other Gifts of Life, all whirling around in my bio-miraculous container.  Thanks to my iPhone, global connectivity is almost always in my palm or in my purse.  And in those rare, rural instances when a signal is not accessible, I still have functions available that are essential to a Techno-Nature-Mystic-Artist who values tools that help me behold beauty; digital tools like VoiceMemo and a camera to capture still and moving images.

On a recent backpacking trip with my dear friend Jacquelyn in the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park, there would be no outlets or electricity with which to charge my phone.  And for the reasons stated above, I was motivated to find an alternative.  Sure enough, there was one:  Goal Zero’s Nomad 7, a foldable solar panel for charging handheld devices.

Three nights and four days in wilderness helped me pay attention to things normally so routine I pay them no mind.  Things like:

  1. How much garbage do I produce each day?
  2. How much waste do I produce each day?
  3. How much water do I drink and clean with each day?
  4. How much electricity do I rely upon each day?

That fourth question opened my eyes to my relationship with energy.  I live in a high-rise condominium with no solar panels.  My reliance upon modern conveniences is still very much plugged in to traditional grids and fossil-fueled sources.  But seeing my iPhone charged by the Sun did something to me.

The Sun, which democratically and freely shines on All, has more than enough energizing power to sustain our lives’ needs…  without provoking biospheric damage, inequity or resource-based war.  So why isn’t the world solar-paneled and retro-fitted tip to tail?  Is it not mass insanity, permitted by ignorance or apathy?  Co-signed by passivity?


  • Does solar activism make sense to you?  Get involved here.
  • “Old bottle + water + Sun = LIGHT.”  (Thanks, NextWorldTV!)  Wanna see some radical innovation?  Click here.
  • Ever wonder about backpacking and diversity?  I wrote some thoughts about it in this month’s Mindful Metropolis here.

An Invitation for Retreat-Lovin’ Canadians

May 16, 2010

(The participants featured in this video are from
The Haven courses and workshops.)

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Canadian Gathering Retreat

(the 19th HSP Gathering Retreat™ since 2001)

June 11-15, 2010 @ THE HAVEN
Gabriola Island, British Columbia
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With Special Guest (via teleconference), Dr. Elaine Aron, author of
The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive
When the World Overwhelms You

Also featuring Erika Harris and Jacquelyn Strickland.
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Do you find yourself:
•    Avoiding violent TV shows & movies?
•    Deeply moved by the arts and music?
•    Needing more sleep or solitude time than most of your friends?
•    Having a rich and complex inner life, and a unique spiritual life?
•    Possessing keen intuition and deep insight?
•    Easily over-stimulated by your environment?
•    Unusually compassionate, empathetic, altruistic?
•    Finding joy in simple things – nature, a view, flowers, rain, a poem?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are probably an HSP, and would benefit from joining us!  The purpose of the HSP Gathering Retreats is to:

•    Value the trait of high sensitivity and its contribution to the world.
•    Address the needs of the highly sensitive person.
•    Develop a network of supportive communities for HSPs.
•    Advocate for HSPs to ensure their right to emotional, psychological, social and economic well being.
•    Foster the exchange of wisdom based on personal experiences.
•    Pioneer the “HSP movement” locally,  nationally and internationally.

The early registration deadline for this 4-day event in nature
with like minded HSPs has been extended until May 29th.

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