"There is more to life than increasing its speed." -- Mohandas Gandhi
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need forComplicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the Philosophy is kindness." --- Dalai Lama
"This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet." ---Rumi
"All that we are is a result of all that we have thought" ---Bhudda
"If every household in the US replaced one bottle of shower cleaner containing chlorine bleach with a hydrogen-peroxide-based shower cleaner we could prevent 1 million pounds of chlorine from entering our environment."
"If every household in the US replaced just one box of 48 oz petroleum-based powder laundry detergent with a vegetable-based product we could save 96,000 barrels of oil."
"Not by harming life does one become noble.One is termed noble for being gentle to all living things." ---Dhammapada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
"If every household in the US replaced just one box of 85-sheet virgin-fiber facial tissue with recycled ones, we could save 280,000 trees."
"He who knows that all things are his mind, That all with which he meets are friendly, Is ever joyful." ---Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa
"If every household in the US replaced just one 25 oz bottle of petroleum-based dishwashing liquid with a plant-based product, we could save 81,000 barrels of oil."
"In whom there dwells no self-deception and no pride, Who is desireless, whose wrath is put away, whose self hath cool become --He is Brahmin." ---Udana
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." ---- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
"In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of the decisions on the next seven generations." ---Great Law of the Iroquois
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." ---- Dalai Lama
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" ---Mahatma Gandhi

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A Natural Way to Disinfect Surfaces (That Still Works!)

Even those of us who prefer to use natural, non-toxic products still occasionally reach for the “real stuff” when we are serious about cleaning. Case in point: when going after germs. No one likes getting sick.

But the truth is, there are natural alternatives to the chemical-based cleaning products that we grew up with and constantly see advertised on T.V. Stores like Whole Foods and even some mainstream groceries now carry alternative product lines that are better for the environment and for your body.

You can take it a step further and make your own disinfectant spray for very little effort and cost.

Certain herbs and natural substances have been used as antiseptics since ancient times. In fact, their natural antiseptic properties helped popularize the use of such herbs as lavender, mint, and thyme. Window boxes full of these fragrant herbs aren’t just a nice way to supplement your home cooking — they can actually freshen the air and keep insects at bay. And essential oils culled from these and other plants have potent antiseptic effects. The trick is to use these essential oils in the right amounts and combinations — otherwise they can be ineffective or, worse, toxic.

Here’s one great antibacterial spray that’s easy to make, smells amazing, and does the job quite nicely:

• 2 1/2 cups water

• 10 drops sweet orange essential oil

• 5 drops lavender essential oil

• 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Mix them together in a spray bottle, and go! You can use this one for cleaning countertops, bathrooms, and cutting boards. Essential oil sprays should last a long time if stored in a cool, dark place.