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October 7 - October 28, 2020
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Jamie Brame

Community Team

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 835 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    33
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    397
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    420
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Jamie's Actions

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Practice Loving-Kindness Meditation

Do at Home

I will spend 10 minutes practicing Loving-Kindness Meditation to nurture love and compassion for myself and others.

COMPLETED 21
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Health

Happiness

Do at Home

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

5-Minute Showers

Do at Home

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

Do at Home

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Nurture Self-Compassion

Do at Home

I will spend 5 minutes nurturing my Self-Compassion.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Jamie Brame 10/28/2020 8:36 AM
    As I said in an earlier post, this was a different kind of challenge for me, doing it on my own. Luckily, I set aside a time for doing my meditations, I kept up with the time I took for showers (most were actually between three and four minutes!), and took the extra time for planning my meals to make sure that I ate at least one meatless meal every day. Since I know no one on the team, I started out with a sense of doing this solo; as the time went on, I began to look at different posts and see how others were doing, and that little exercise helped me along more than I realized. Thanks to everyone on the team for just being here. I realize that our paths will cross in the ways that we continue after today to work to love our home, this wonderful and wonder-filled world which we are so much a part. I hope and pray that the work we do will bear fruit for many years - maybe even centuries - to come!

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    Jamie Brame 10/23/2020 12:55 PM
    This ecochallenge is a little more difficult because I am doing it alone, as opposed to the first time I did it a couple of years ago with a group from church. I don't know anyone and am having to push myself. That's good, though: we don't always have our support groups around us when we are doing these things, which is one of the reasons that I chose to do it without a group (the other reason is that I didn't know anyone who was doing it this year!). Still, I am moving through and learning as I go, which is the main point. People need to realize how small things add up, and looking at the impact we are all making tells me that there is hope alive in the world and good people still doing good things - not that I doubted it, but proof is always helpful!

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    Jamie Brame 10/19/2020 9:16 AM
    There are days when I find being grateful to look  like any other day of being grateful, but I know myself to be an overall grateful person. I think it's just that when I sit down and limit myself to three things that I find it hard to focus, hard to say, "These are the three things for which I am grateful," when what I want to say is, "I feel grateful for my life and for the lives of those around me." It sounds a little hollow to say that, but it's very, very true. I am a grateful person and a positive and hopeful person in spite of all the evil that is done to the earth and to human beings and animals. I read somewhere past week of someone planting bulbs in their flower garden because "whoever gets elected President in a few weeks, these bulbs won't care: they will still come out in the spring and bloom into beautiful flowers. So, this is my sign of hope." Mine, too, to repeat the story. And go home and plant a tree from the acorns that have sprouted into little oaks in my garden!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Nurture Self-Compassion
    How can nurturing your Self-Compassion also nurture healthier relationships with others and the environment?

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    Jamie Brame 10/15/2020 10:09 AM
    Unless I am a narcissist, turning inward can make me more aware of the outward world - the world of which I am a part, the world on which I depend for my life needs: food, water, shelter, family, friendship, etc. My hope is that as I turn inward to appreciate and forgive and love myself, I will also pay attention to those people and things that I love, the place in which I find my self located, and how much I interact with those people and things in order to live my life. My hope is also that caring for myself will cause me to notice and appreciate and care for those "others" who are actual part of me, and of whom I am a part as well.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Practice Loving-Kindness Meditation
    How can practicing Loving-Kindness Meditation be helpful to the health of the environment?

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    Jamie Brame 10/13/2020 10:29 AM
    I think that, perhaps, in meditation we begin to find our connectedness rather than our separateness. It may not make sense on the outside, but loving-kindness to oneself means that you pay attention to yourself, which includes actually paying attention to what you love.  As you quiet yourself, you begin to see more clearly, in many cases. It's not just about looking inward, but looking everywhere. Looking everywhere, you begin to see that you are not only "in" a body, but that your body is you; but so are the things outside your body. I know that this is beginning to sound a little ridiculous; suffice it to say that loving "me" includes everything that makes me "me," which includes this world. I am birthed by the Earth as certainly as I was birthed by my mother; we both are part of this world, this cosmos, this universe. It's all one, whether we take time to realize it or not. Loving-kindness meditation is one part of the process of realizing this.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    Jamie Brame 10/12/2020 10:08 AM
    Self-awareness can go in a couple of directions: self-centeredness and narcissism, or self-awareness that helps me realize how interconnected we all are, both so-called sentient beings and everything else (I'm not convinced that plants and animals don't have some sense of themselves, just different from my own). Interdependency and awareness of that help us care not only for other people but for the whole world we encounter. I'm already seeing that in myself during this particular Eco-challenge, as I reconsider my routes home from work so as not to use so much gas, even though I drive a hybrid car already and am mindful of my impact on the planet in doing this. A reminder is always good. This daily exercise is helpful to me in stretching my gratitude beyond a few things and making me look at the word in general as a place for which I am grateful.
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

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    Jamie Brame 10/11/2020 9:28 AM
    Boating. Driving cars. Changing oil in cars and letting it just leach into the ground. Pesticides used on crops. Bug spray used on flowers and home gardens. Sewer systems that get poured into rivers and streams, even if they go through treatment first. All these things and others impact the water purity wherever we are. There are a few things to do: where possible, plant vegetation. Decrease non essential driving. Use boats with oars and paddles rather than motorboats. Buy organic food rather than that raised by agribusiness. Use natural deterrents for gardening locally. I know there are many more things to do, but these are just my thoughts this afternoon as I reflect on the issue.