Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Self Reliance 101- Be Prepared for the Worst, So that you may only know the Best

Food Preparedness

For 100s of millions of years generation after generation lived in seasonal harmony with nature. Our body weights would adjust with the availablity of food nature provides. We would eat seasonally, greens in spring, grains in fall and meats in winter (AND WHATEVER ELSE WE HAD DEVELOPED THE TECHNOLOGY TO STORE). Population would adjust, due to sickness and starvation until a "natural" balance was reattained.

Populations that prepared, survived. Peoples' that didn't succumbed to starvation, hoards and barbarians

Today in America we have become too dependant on the "Supermarket" as our 'nature' in providing the sustanance required for survival. Most people have never experienced empty supermarket shelves and so take this for granted. I know I used to.

Frankly though after studying our economic debt situation, foreclosures, unemployment etc, I don't know how anyone could continue to trust this fragile system or the crooked politicians who are only making things worse. After seeing revolutions sweep around the globe due to food riots, increasing scarcity and inflation I can no longer make pretend that food grows on supermarket shelves.

 I am especially concerned for friends and family living in major population centers such as cities. Here there is at most a 3 day supply of food. One major disruption and it is all toast. We all saw what happened during Katrina. Don't expect FEMA to save you.
  
So while you scamble going to and from your job for your paycheck remember you cannot eat your cash.  And remember you cannot store any food after a crisis happens and there is none left to store. Cash in the bank is no measure of your true wealth. Banks can close their doors, ATMs can easily stop working.

I'd rather we all prepare a bit and probably one of the best places to start is to consider putting back a little. A one month supply of basic food stores feels better to me than that same money sitting on vulnerable 'account.'.

In case you have no idea where to begin, click the link. Invest a bit to learn, save yourself the time, money and hassle of research Self Reliance 101, A good place to start if you haven't already... And even if you have and want to double check, - make sure you covered most everything. 

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What Unschooling is not

We cannot tell you what unschooling is when the point of unschooling is to unleash the individual. Because to nurture self-expression and inspiration and find the unique individual purpose within, is different for everyone.

We cannot tell you what unschooling is going to be for you and your children because unschooling is an individual experience. We can only refer to what unschooling is not. Each individual has a multitude of possibilities and inspirations. It is our role as parents to lend support and guidance so our children can realize their purpose as it comes to them.

This unfolding process can appear through examples and experiences, mentors. As long as you're there in support and as facilitator you offer opportunity to learn via freewill according to inner directive. That 'stewardship,' of our children, is the role as we see it, as parents. We learn as much from our children as we expect them to learn from us.

Unschooling is not instructive but constructive. Unschooling is not curriculum nor assessment based but more about becoming, about faith in natural processes unfolding, rites of certain passage. The best we can do most of the time is get out the way. Unschooling is not a rat-race but self-paced. Unschooling is not competitive but cooperative. Unschooling does not sacrifice the individual for the whole but waters the roots to enjoy the fruits..

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Missing component in Education today

One critical missing component of typical education today is a focus on the development of Emotional Intelligence. You have probably heard of it. It ultimately has to do with the empowerment phase necessary of balanced education. This is opposed as you know to disempowerment. People who are achieved in emotional intelligence can actually put knowledge to work effectively. Those with limited experience in this area accumulate knowledge in the left brain while the right brain gets a headache. Connections become lost due to fragmented understanding. As coursework was taught to them in fragmented ways so goes the confused, undeveloped in emotional development and disempowered not knowing why. By designing the modern-cultural aspects of education devoid of relevant connection with emotional intelligence, modern culture is, by-design neutered. .. Devoid of the tools necessary for its' own empowerment. . Something critical to us all, at such rapidly transitory times.. We must evolve and Adapt. An immediate good first step could be a degree of Unschooling for all teachers with emphasis and inclusion to learning how to bring E.I. to the class.