How To Sharpen Your Critical Thinking

Think Deep

Developing the Mindset

There is so much information coming at us on a daily, that we can easily become saturated. The world has gotten smaller, the news cycle even faster, and it pretty much looks as though this information influx is likely the new normal. All the more reason to hone your mental filter and sharpen your critical thinking to help make sense of what’s going on out there. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to live in a state of perpetual doubt and criticize everything all the time! Rather, a well developed critical mindset can help you in retaining only what information you determine to be true and relevant, while discarding much of the noise (see Merchants of Doubt). Taking this approach can also boost your confidence as well as work to diminish some anxieties as you pursue your own path of sustainable motivation.

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Top 5 Climate Change Apps

Environmental Tech

Tech Tools For Learning about the Planet

For those of you looking for a few interesting apps that could help you discover more about our planet, I’ve put together a list of my top 5. Although I started out excited to share some goodies, for some reason this turned out to be surprisingly challenging, as many of the apps I had looked into were faulty or outdated. A quick Google search will lead you to other lists that are already over 5 years old and not quite relevant. This disappointment kind of amazed me, as I’ve been noticing and sharing real progress in the movement to address climate change and the growing social consciousness. There is however a serious gap on the application side of things. On the bright side, this might be an opportunity for one of my readers to address;)

Without further delay, here are some of the apps I have personally tried out and liked.

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A Sustainable Achievement for the Green Isle

Irish Coast

Ireland to fully Divest from Fossil Fuels

This week the Irish Parliament voted to pull its investments from fossil fuel companies (The Guardian). What this means exactly is that it will divest the country from any funds currently supporting coal, gas, peat and petroleum. The national fund, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), currently represents €8.9 billion and is meant to support the long term employment and economic needs of the republic. Of this total amount, over €300m is invested in over 150 different fossil fuel companies. This is what parliament is looking to change.

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Discovering Trigger Point Therapy

Overcoming Pain

A Real Pain in the Neck

For the past two weeks I have been in some pretty excruciating pain. It radiates up and down my left arm and feels like something is pulling on my veins and twisting my muscles. Three of my fingers on my left hand are numb, and I am unable to lift my arm up over my head. Let alone lift my toddler, or do all the many things that need doing with the use of two arms.

Initially, I had no idea how this happened. I just woke up one morning with this awful neck pain and felt my mobility dramatically constrained. The neck pain in itself was not new. I’ve had a soreness in my back for the last few years now, and have been attempting to treat it with chiropractic visits, osteopathy, and exercise. I had recently begun jogging again, and thought it would soon sort itself out. Suddenly, I got hit up with this pain along the left side of my arm and shoulder. I thought perhaps I had torn a muscle. That I didn’t stretch something properly, or maybe even over-stretched it. Needless to say, it’s been pretty rough. Thankfully, I discovered both the cause and solution to this mysterious pain, and I’m all too happy to share what I’ve learnt. It’s been a revelation, and I hope that my own story can offer readers the same enlightenment.

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A New Hope: New York’s Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

 A Win for Democracy

This week Ms. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic Congressional Primary in New York’s 14th District. It was a pretty big win for the believers in democracy who continue to hold out hope that the system can genuinely represent the people. Ocasio-Cortez was a relatively obscure candidate running for the first time against a highly placed and well-funded Democratic Party incumbent, who had held on to his position for the past 10 terms. June 26th offered up a dramatic change.

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