Moving towards a better normal

As we edge our way with a certain trepidation out of lockdown, we are facing into a ‘new normal’ of hand sanitizer, facemasks, and social distancing. What about beyond that, when we are out of the Covid-19 woods? Are we going to shake it off like a bad dream and keep going the way we have been? Our record as inhabitants on this planet would suggest that we will continue our onwards march towards total annihilation, but the global response to Coranvirus is cause for hope. If anything is to be taken from this pandemic, it is an awakening to the fact that we urgently need to change our ways to avoid an even greater crisis next time. Charles Eisenstein, in his essay, The Coronation, describes the current situation as humanity at a crossroads, with a hundred paths radiating out in front of us. Some lead us in the direction we were already headed, and others lead to a more healed and flourishing world. In many ways, Covid has given us a glimpse into what life will look like just down the path we are already on. Covid-19 is like a rehab intervention that breaks the addictive hold of normality. To interrupt a habit is to make it visible; it is to turn it from a compulsion to a choice. When the crisis subsides, we might have occasion to ask whether we want to return to normal, or whether there might be something we’ve seen during this break in the routines that we want to bring into the future. Charles Eisenstein, The Coronation What better time to reflect on...

Claochlú Coirpe #2 – Méadú Meachán, Sláinte, agus Ithe Glan

Sa chéad cuid den sraith seo, phlé muid cailleadh meachán. An gá dúinn muid féin a mharú le traenál dian mar a fhéicimid ar clárthaí teilifíse ar nós The Biggest Loser? Nó an bhfuil bealaigh níos éifeachtaí is níos slaintiúla ann cúpla punt a chailleadh? Caith súil siar ar Claochlú Coirpe #1 . Inniú, beidh muid ag caitheamh súil ar an taobh eile den bonn. Cad faoi siúd atá ró-thanaí agus atá ag iarraidh meachán a mhéadú? I sochaí an lae inniú, bíonn an-béim curtha ar íomha coirp, agus brú mór ar mhná óga ach go háirithe an íomha tanaí a chomhlíonadh. Ach cuimhnigh nach ionann tanaí agus slaintiúil, go minic is a mhallairt an chás. Cén sort aclaíocht is éifeachtaí le haghaidh méadú meachán, agus cad é an bia is fearr ithe I dtreo an sprioc seo? Sa chéad dul síos, ba mhaith linn bheith níos cruinne nuair a phléimid meachain a ardú. Tá sé measartha simplí againn éirigh níos ramhaire; ná bog móran agus ith cuid mhór pizza agus uachtair reoite! Tá sé tábhachtach idirdhealú a dhéanamh idir seo agus meacháin a ardú ar slí atá slaintiúl. Ní hé sin le rá gur droch rud i gcónaí é an leibheáil saille sa chorp a ardú má tá sé an-íseal, ach ba mhaith linn díriú ar meatán a mhéadú. Chun na meatáin sa chorp a spreagadh chun fás, caithfidh muid cur ina luí ar an chorp go bhfuil tuilleadh meatáin de dhíth orainn. Is féidir linn seo a bhaint amach go héifeachtach le haclaíocht neartaithe; tógail meacháin mar a luaigh muid cheanna féin, luailí gleacaíochta, nó fiú obair sa fíor saoil a thugann orainn...