Welcome to BE from the Heart's Newsletter
June 2017, Vol. 4, Issue 1
Happy World Oceans Day! At the end of last January, I was absolutely heartbroken to hear of the loss of ocean warrior Rob Stewart - someone I deeply admire. His love of the ocean flows through the work he has left behind. Our love needs to extend to not only other people, but to other species and to the planet herself. I LOVE Nature. The oceans are worlds unto themselves. I remember when I was doing my deep dive certification for SCUBA, I was sitting on the ocean floor in absolute joy and wonderment watching the garden eels. They were among my favorite exhibits at the aquarium and here I was chilling with them in real life. I can't imagine them no longer existing. Coming face to face with a shark is truly a most humbling and awe-inspiring experience. Swimming with pods of dolphins, observing sea turtles, eels and fish of every size and color - all remind one of the grace of Nature. We need the oceans and the life they contain, the oceans need us to stop decimating them and their species. It's time to stop polluting our waters with our waste and trash. It's time to stop over-fishing and killing other species with the long fishing lines. It's time to stop finning sharks. Mother Nature knows what she's doing - she always has. It's the human species who does not understand how to live in harmony with the natural world. With the state of the things today - we need to stand in Love. It's who we really are, we often loose touch with that aspect of ourselves. Isn't it time to find it again?
Sending Love, Adrienne :)
Shark and ocean conservation took a huge hit with the loss of Rob Stewart. Rob brought finning and shark conservation to the forefront with his award-winning documentary Sharkwater. He perished off the coast of Florida while shooting his latest documentary: Sharkwater: Extinction. I have had the privilege to dive with sharks in various parts of the world. They are, indeed, magnificent. They are a key component to the health and well-being of the oceans. The health of the oceans is key to the health and well-being of the human species and this is something we can no longer ignore. Thanks to movies, like Jaws, sharks have been demonized. Trust me, sharks have more to fear from us than we do from them. We've nearly run them to extinction. Rob is a real hero who walked his talk. He put his own life in danger to bring to light the illegal shark finning industry; fins are cut off and the sharks are thrown back into the water to suffocate. His passion for life and the oceans is contagious. He is a person who came to this planet and made a difference at a global level. It's now time for us to step up and carry on his work. I've included the trailers to his documentaries below. You can rent or buy Sharkwater on iTunes or rent or buy his documentary Revolution here. Thank you Rob for being such an inspiration, a Light in this world and a true friend to Nature and humans alike. You're greatly missed. Below the trailers is a one minute tribute to Rob.
A cool share: Aquarium Webcams
One of my favorite ways to de-stress is to jump on the webcam live feeds from the National Aquarium. While I would much prefer that these creatures be out in the oceans in their natural habitat, I am grateful that people are able to view them this way allowing for a greater appreciation for these species and awakening people to the need to protect them and their home. As of now, there are 3 cams to choose from: the Jellies Cam (very cool jellyfish), the Blacktip Reef (sharks, sea turtle, ray and various fish) and the Pacific Coral Reef (sharks, eel, anemones, Atlantic puffin and tropical fish). It's like having your very own fish tank (minus having to feed everyone and clean the tank ;) Have a look-see for yourself by clicking here.
Quote to ponder:
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Art from the Soul:
Canadian photographer Benjamin Von Wong found a unique way to express the harm of our plastic usage. He used 10,000 plastic bottles and a mermaid for each shot. It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to decompose. At the rate we're using plastic, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. You can read more about his project and process here.
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Love, Adrienne :)