What Is Occupy Wall Street About?


So many of you are probably among the masses that ask the question “Well, what IS Occupy Wall Street about” To be honest, even I can’t answer that question quite simply. This movement has some excellent ideas and I saw some of the most innovative thinking I’ve seen in a long time. They managed to created a community equipped with a medical tent, public services, clothing share, recycling and people that were willing to sweep up around the area to keep it clean. To me, this is a fantastic example of what happens when we see humanity really floundering. We all come together because we all want to prove a certain point. In the case of OWS it’s the 1%, or the war, or the politicians or…Well you get the point.

Now, I am NOT in any way saying that OWS is bad or that it is a waste of time. In fact, I say the complete opposite. This really shows us how important it is for us to get together and to create a movement to start change. The energy I felt by going down there was absolutely incredible. People helping people, people looking after one another and just an overall feeling of love. This is what it means to be human and these are the times that it gives me hope that humanity will go forth and live more harmoniously with one another.

There’s just one problem…We need to solidify our goals. Right now, we are being looked at like a bunch of monkeys without our heads screwed on right. We’ve been referred to by countless media programs and politicians as “Dirty hippies” and that we “Don’t know what the hell we’re protesting for” They do a pretty good job at picking out the people who really don’t know what’s going on (Of course, it’s the media’s job to make the movement look bad)

So what am I proposing?
1. We solidify our goals
2. We start a movement from these solidified goals
3. We educate people on WHAT Occupy Wall Street is for and really show people that we DO know what we’re talking about
4. Really get together with the other OWS protestors from other states and countries to really sit down and figure all of this out. There really IS power in numbers.

There are people who are doing this and we do have a connection between our tribes. What we really need? A leader to stand up and speak for the MASSES. A politician of sorts to help voice the whole OWS movement and educate the people. Any thoughts? Please feel free to let me know what you think of the movement. Do YOU have any ideas that are more concrete that should be mentioned as part of the OWS movement? Can we incorporate EVERYTHING they are talking about into one solid goal?

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RiaRoseKnows Occupies Wall Street


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Here’s the basic jist that I got from Wall Street. I will definitely be coming up with more videos on this topic as it is something that has extremely intrigued me. I have some great ideas for this movement so stay tuned to my channel 🙂

Please give me some feedback and let me know what YOU think of Occupy Wall Street. What have you been hearing from the media? How do you think we can make this revolution into something much more tangible?

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Who Is Riaroseknows?


I know many of you out there may be a little foggy as to who I am and what I am here to do. I am here to help shape humanity to form a more positive future for generations to come. By helping others form a more sound mind and body we are helping to accelerate human evolution and keep the world out of chaos. The solution to world problems begins at an individual level and my job is to show you how.

Please visit Riaroseknows’ YouTube to find out more

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Why Regulate Our Wilderness?


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A Well Regulated Wilderness
By: Michael Lipsky

Review by Maria Campagna

Our wilderness is an extremely important place to protect. From the flora to the fauna, we must accept that they were all here first. Just like social workers seek to protect the welfare of humanity, there are those out there who are advocating for our environment. To keep this in check, they must regulate use of land by creating laws to help prevent further damage to our ecosystems.

Environmental activists have helped push laws into the government that prevent people from industrializing certain areas as well as trekking on land that cannot be driven on. There is over 100 million acres that have been protected because of these advocates. To some, they may not see the intense need for regulating and maintaining so much open space. We are living in such industrialized times that we often look over the need for helping out our environment. Most of the time, we can’t even take the time to take care of ourselves.

By implementing these laws it will help ensure that parts of our earth are rightly protected. We as humans take so much from the earth and take it for granted. From our food to pollution to creating massive cities that overtake thousands of square miles. Just like in any type of situation in life, there must always be balance. We must maintain that natural part of the earth so we can help maintain that natural part of ourselves. The earth has allowed us to live and thrive on it by teaching us. In order to understand life, we must first look to the natural side. We must be able to observe nature in an open manner free from cages and laboratories.

Preserving this for generations to come can help ensure that we don’t overlook what it means to truly be human. To truly have that balance and to be one with the earth. We are not separate from it by any means, we are just another species living on the earth trying to make it through. Just as we struggle from day to day with relationship issues, poverty, war and many other issues there are animal that fight to stay alive just as us.

The next time you are out, take a look around you. Notice that we are just another species. Notice that we are all living in this together. Whether what you are looking at is human, is another species, is water, is air just know that we all exist together and that we need to maintain that.

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Earth & Women: Link To Happiness?


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I was reading an article that I happened to have stumbled upon and it really made me think about the way women are connected to this world. The title of the article was “What’s Happening To Woman’s Happiness.” The basic gist of the whole article is describing how in the past few decades the happiness of women has declined and is still declining. Men seem to “out happy” women and as they age they get happier whereas it’s vice-virsa for women.

As I was skimming through some sparks in my brain of course had to ask “Well, why is this?” Is the media trying to hold us women down? Are we more powerful than we think? Do we have some kind of secret knowledge? It makes me think how close to nature we truly are.

Women are creators and, well no offense, but men can just come in and spread their seed. We are the ones that carry it out, nurture, love, caress. We teach men how to become like this. We teach them how to be able to let go of their ‘manliness‘ and embrace their femininity. Men do this for women as well, we have learned how to become more rational and less emotional in certain circumstances. I truly do believe that the masculine and feminine yin-yang balance is truly needed.

As for the overall happiness of women, I’m wondering if it’s a connection between women and mother nature. Is she also suffering? Getting more upset due to the wars, fighting, greed and hate in the world? Men overpower women when it comes to power and control. If we were to send a bunch of women to war, we’d probably try to talk it out rather than draw our guns and fight. It’s just the way that women work (Not all, but most…I know a few women who want to fight and who would be happy to draw a gun rather than talk but they tend to show much more of a masculine side)

What can we do to help prevent this? Is there anything that we can truly do to create happier and more sustainable earth? Or will there always be hatred and violence? I see in many communities the light of ‘Mother Nature‘ shining through and seeing them reach out to become more ‘earth-friendly‘ and I truly appreciate these people. When I think about a situation like that, it obviously makes me happy. Most people I know though, don’t really care about saving the planet or caring for people or stopping violence. Most throw their hands up and say “Well, it is what it is and we can’t do anything about it”

Why is it that the world seems to know just how to suppress us? Why does the media seem so great at creating this whole “Don’t worry, we’ve got it!” kind of attitude. It doesn’t help and one day I hope that the majority of people will just wake up and way “Oh crap! Let’s start something!” I don’t mean in such a way that we’re jeopardizing others’ lives or creating violence and hatred on the streets. I hope that someday we can learn to talk things out or at least respect other people’s decisions rather than try to impose ours on them.

Maybe this is why the happiness of women is declining. Maybe this is why we need to reach deeper into ourselves to find the root. Alan Watts had said that the earth “peoples” If the earth does indeed “people” then it would be right to say that our earth is our mother. Introspection may be the key to understanding why this world is so out of balance. Maybe it’s time for us to really start to realize that we need to balance out the masculine and feminine qualities. Without the balance, without the yin-yang element the human population is surely headed for more disaster than it has already created.

Call me a feminist but there is scientific evidence that everything has two parts to it. This world cannot go on living in a predominately masculine world. Open up your eyes people, thank the women in your life.

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I’ll Do It Tomorrow…Or The Next Day…


I’m sure most of us have been there at the dreaded place called “Procrastination” Maybe some have been there much more often than they would like to admit but I will say that I am one of those people. Putting things off to pursue mind numbing activities like surfing the web, looking at the latest Youtube crazes or constantly checking your Facebook and e-mail…Sound familiar?

There’s good news though! We can all learn a few tips and tricks in order to flush out that procrastination and finally get that essay done or housework we’ve been meaning to do for ages. I can say from personal experience from being able to walk into a nice neat room and knowing that I don’t have to write that 10 page paper at the last minute is surprisingly refreshing.

1. Prioritize
A helpful tip in preventing procrastination is to write out what tasks need to be done and write which ones are most important to those that are least important. For example, an essay that is due two days from now is more important than cleaning your room. You do not need a clean room to write! If you would like a neater space, go to your local coffee shop or library and if you absolutely must stay at home, find a neater room in your house or apartment.

2. List, list, list!
One of the things I have noticed is that by writing a list of the things you need to do is such a huge help in the quest to get things done. By setting up a list for doing things at specific times will also help a bunch too. For instance, say you need to write an essay, clean your room, make some phonecalls and finish up some work related tasks you can create something similar to this…

My Day – April 25th 2011
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Waking up, breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Shower
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Write outline for essay
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Tidy room

Obviously you can add in any appointments or classes you must attend and leave enough time so that you can get there, spend enough time there and the trip home. This list will give you a general outline of your day. If you happen to run a few minutes over into the next task that’s fine and if you happen to end a bit early that is fine as well. If you happen to be stuck on one task either stop and start the next task or continue and adjust the schedule accordingly.Of course things in life happen so that this may not work out 100% as you have planned, but at least you have a plan. Always make some time set aside just for yourself!

3. Split up tasks
As you can see from the list above I had put from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Write outline for essay. By splitting the tasks up you can get more done by not getting stuck on one thing for too long. If the tasks are boring or they require a lot of mental energy it’s best to do chunks of them at different times. So later on in the day you may want to put 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Write intro paragraph. Make sure for things like this you allot yourself a few days to finish the task. You can set up your schedules for the week on Sunday and edit whatever pops up accordingly.

4. Set reminders
Have reminders sent to your phone or e-mail stating the important things you have to do throughout the day or week. It’s best to have them sent enough time before the actual task is due. If it’s something like cleaning up set up a date you would like to have it clean by and stick to it! Treat it as if you would treat papers that are due for school or tasks that are due for work. Something like this is especially important for school papers or projects because you want to leave enough time to finish it and revise it if needed.

5. Have friends or family help
It’s always good to talk to your friends or family about some of the issues you may be having with keeping on task. My guess is that your friends will be more than happy to help you stay on task and may even be able to help you finish the task earlier. Having people congratulate you on finishing your task is a huge reward too and will boost your confidence to be able to continue finishing tasks.

6. Shut off the electronics!
If you know for a fact that your cellphone, laptop, iPad or whatever other device you have is going to distract you, TURN IT OFF! It’s really as simple as that. You can even have one of your friends hold on to it for you while you finish your work. If you are writing an essay on the computer and need the internet you must practice some self-discipline. Only go to websites that are needed for your project or print it out and then shut off the internet connection. After you’ve finished you can reward yourself by going on the computer or doing whatever it is that you would rather be doing. Always use that time to tell yourself “Hey, I finished what I needed to get done. Isn’t it awesome that I get to do what I want to do now?”

Procrastination doesn’t always have to be scary. Planning is key! You must, must, must plan your day out and stick to it as best as you possibly can. By ignoring a task or telling yourself you will “Do it later” it allows for the task to slip out of your mind. Having lists and a plan will put the things you need to do right in front of you so that you won’t forget and you will know what needs to be done!

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Getting Back On Your Feet


One of the most frustrating things is getting to a point in your life where you feel so good just to be picked up off of your cloud. We all have days like these and sometimes they leave us feeling in a much worse spot than we had intended. Days can pass by and even weeks where we feel the weight of the past looming over us. The issue with this negativity is that it can bring down not one, not two but eventually all aspects of our lives.

So what are we to do when we find ourselves in a rut?

1. You are human.
We all make mistakes. It’s just how the world works. There have been plenty of great minds that have openly admitted to making hundreds if not thousands of mistakes before getting to their great Aha! moment. Even after that moment there are times where we will, yet again, find ourselves in a sad spot. This is just the ebb and flow of life. For some, life is good 98 percent of the time and bad only 2 percent of the time. For the majority of these people it’s because they know how to let go and bounce back.

2. Step away from the situation!
Okay, so you’re beating yourself up because you know that you have messed up. Your life seems like it’s in shambles and you keep saying “What if…?” Take a step back. What can you learn from this? How has this helped you? (Notice I used the word help because it will help you!) How can you prevent this from happening again? By taking a step back and re-evaluating there is a strong possibility that you may not have messed up as bad as you think. There may be a simple way out or maybe there needs to be a few steps to take to get you back. If this is not a high priority situation in your life, drop it. It’s not worth the burden of carrying something that may not matter a few years from now.

3. Gain insight and speak to people!
One of the most frustrating and upsetting things is feeling like we don’t belong. Like what we have done has never ever been a fault of someone else. I’m sure that most would be surprised that we have much more in common with our fellow neighbors than we think. Now, it may not be that they made the same mistakes or have been in the same situation but they could have been some place similar. Even if they haven’t it’s good to get some advice from family and friends to help pull you through this rough patch.

4. You will get through this
Finally, know that you will get through this. Yeah, yeah you’ve made a horrible mistake but guess what? Tomorrow will come, and the next day will come and each day will be much brighter than the past. You will be fine and you will get through this. Keep your head up and walk tall. There’s no better time to learn from this than now and it’s best to do it with a positive outlook.

So there you have it, it’s possible to get out of that nasty place and into the sunshine yet again. And hey, if anyone needs some help you are always more than welcome to send me an e-mail or message. We’ll talk it out and pull you back from the depths of the darkness!

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We Control The Universe


Now it must sound like quite an egotistical way to simply state that “We control the universe” but at the core of it, we do. It may seem to many that our lives are constantly governed by others from our bosses telling us to do something to our spouses getting angry that we haven’t done something the correct way. We are generally taught that the world is not our own and we must do as we are told in order to get anywhere in life. Being told to act a certain way, respond a certain way and think a certain way are all things that we are spoon-fed since day one. The concept of the ability to “control the universe” is one that starts from the center of your world. This center is always you. Think about it for a moment, if you look around things are always in front of you, always behind you, always above and below you. From another object or person, they are the center of their universe. So after we’ve established that you are indeed that center point of the universe, how do we control the situations that are given to us? Surely we cannot control whether we get the promotion or not or if tomorrow the sun will shine, right? Our abilities do not span outside of ourselves and whatever situations arise we cannot simply wave a magic wand and make it disappear (or appear for that matter) What we do have is the ability to think, react, feel. Let’s say for instance you do not get that promotion, will you let that bring you down? Will you let that promotion haunt you and consume your life? Or, will you take control of it yourself? What are some things that we allow to consume our universes?

  1. Relationships. Having stressed relationships with those around us. Whether it be family, friends, significant others or even strangers we can find ourselves in situations where we consume our lives with others instead of ourselves. (There is a difference here between being selfish and self-caring)
  2. Work. So our bosses pile up the paperwork or get angry at us for making that little mistake that really would not have made a significant difference in the company whatsoever. We become burnt-out and stressed from even thinking about work the next day.
  3. School. Whether you are in college, high school or pursuing any other type of education getting your work done on time and in the way that the professor or teacher wants it is daunting. Either you strive too hard to get straight A’s and can’t let a B blemish your record or you simply have too much to juggle.
  4. Materialism and self-image. You see beautiful people all day and when you go to look in the mirror you suddenly notice things you dislike about yourself. You become insecure and cannot seem to keep a positive attitude toward yourself or you begin to cherish and obsess over objects rather than loving yourself or others.
Of course there are many more attributes that may encroach on our lives and begin to dissolve any sense of self we have left. So what are we to do about it? How can we make sure that our universes don’t collapse and become overrun by another?

  1. Love yourself. The most important thing you can do is to treat yourself with the love and respect you deserve. Understand that it takes a team of makeup artists and a ton of airbrushing to make those models look perfect. We all have our flaws of course but if we have flaws we must logically have beautiful aspects as well. Look for them, not the flaws.
  2. Treat your body right. Make sure you eat well, drink plenty of water and exercise. I’m sure you’ve all heard that before but it truly is a great way to boost endorphins and create a positive mood. Exercise does not have to be going to the gym! Simply going out for a walk, swimming, hiking, biking are all great ways to get your blood pumping.
  3. De-stress at work. So your boss is a pain in the butt? Take a deep breath, understand their concerns and move on. The next time some project comes along be aware of what your boss has said beforehand so you won’t stress about it next time. Really having a tough time at work? Change it. Maybe it’s time for you to begin on a new career horizon. Don’t go quitting the job just yet but prepare yourself for a career change. Go take some classes at a college nearby or online to jump-start yourself onto a new path.
  4. School. Organize your time into blocks and have it set out for yourself where you can see it. Have reminders to work on that essay a little each day instead of cramming it the day before it’s due. Not a class you enjoy? If it’s something you must take for your requirements try and figure out a way to make it fun. Maybe you need Biology but you are much more interested in Art. Draw your notes! See if you can find fun ways to illustrate what your text is trying to teach you. Not great at Math? Make use of others in class who are good at math. Pick their brain a bit and learn some of their techniques. It may surprise you.

Relationships

  1. If you are in a stressful relationship with a Boyfriend or Girlfriend then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate what you would like at the moment. It could be time for a break or something a little more permanent. Friend relationships can be evaluated this way as well. Remember to always voice your concerns before ending something, it could just be lack of good communication between both sides.
  2. For family relationships communication is key as well. If it’s one of those situations that you cannot seem to help by communicating maybe it’s time to realize that certain people are just going to be the way that they are. This does not mean that you must act in a negative manner but just to remove yourself from the situation and begin focusing on yourself.
Remember, we are all in control of how we act, think, speak, listen, love and treat one another. Just because another is treating us bad does not mean that we should treat them bad. Respect those around you, show compassion toward strangers and you will be surprised as to how many positive responses you will get.
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Vegetarianism Is For Meat Eaters Too!


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So, the title of this post may be somewhat…contradictory. Well yes technically vegetarianism is the stric

t diet of vegetables and meat is just not a part of that definition. Although “Omnivorous Eating” may be the appropriate title for this, just stick with me.

For the majority of my life I’ve eaten meat, veggies, fruit and pretty much every other food group. I never slowed down to take a look at how much or how little I was eating of each of them. Until one day I found myself pondering if I really was eating a balanced diet. This is when I turned my research and many nights on Google searching for the perfect vegetarian meal plan.

But why vegetarian?

The answer is actually quite simple. I get much more vegetables and fruit in my diet than I ever have in my life. I will add some meat to certain dishes to round it all out but I’m noticing that my diet has been getting much more green and leafy. I do believe it would be a benefit for people to take a look at what’s on their plate. Maybe some of you already do and kudos! But for those of you who seem to notice that McDonalds seems to be on the menu (or another fast food joint) most of your nights, read on my friends…read on.

By encompassing your focus on a vegetarian menu you’re already setting yourself up for, of course, more veggies. This will not only give you needed boosts of energy but can also lead to a much healthier lifestyle and less clogged arteries. Your body is your own. Take care of it and feed it well. The majority of tasks that our body carries out from day to day require nutrients and there is an abundance of them in a vegetarian diet. By adding in smaller portions of meat you are setting yourself up for an amazingly balanced diet. You will get your protein in and the vegetables.

Now, if you are a vegetarian for the animal rights end of it then you will obviously be sticking to a much stricter diet which will need to be supplemented with other sources of protein like beans, nuts and soy products. If you are new to vegetarianism then the following website will be an excellent place for you to start.

I stumbled upon this blog via Google and this woman has really made my life simple. She has two months worth of vegetarian dishes (Complete with weekly shopping lists) and she even has one omnivorous month of eating. This is such a life-saver when it comes to busy living because the list is already made!

So if you’d like to take a look and get some more veggies in your diet then this website is worth a look. She also has many posts about greener living too which are great to take a look at if you’re trying to become more environmentally friendly.

Eat Close To Home

Happy eating 🙂

Note: All of the recipes can be made with or without meat so feel free to experiment!

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Blog #2: Getting Back On Track!


So lately I’ve been a bit frazzled and out of place by not having such a clear mind.  I have lost touch with myself and I think it’s about time that I finally reconnect. Have you ever had a period of time where your mind just doesn’t seem to be working? It’s as if a haze seeps into your head and you really just can’t find your way. Yeah, this is pretty much how I’m feeling.

I go through life in such a fast-paced way that I just barely notice anything. My mind races with thoughts and I can’t seem to slow them down. When I was meditating daily I noticed a significant change in this. I was thinking more clearly and I was able to pay attention to more things in life. I feel that I had gotten thrown off the meditation wagon for a while to help me realize it’s benefits. It really does help with coordination and being able to be more in the moment. Buddha really had something going on there.

It’s fantastic to see how much meditation really does help the brain. I had done a study about meditation and the human brain and the findings were simply fantastic. It has the ability to repair neural pathways, cure things like ADD, depression, anxiety and the like. It also has the ability to make the synchronization between both hemispheres much more equal and it allows for the whole brain to be used during day to day activities, not just spots. This will allow for a more even distribution of thoughts when trying to figure out a problem. Instead of looking at the problem from just a few points you will be able to see it from many more points.

It’s important to note that this really has helped cure even the most horrid of problems, cancer. There has been extensive research that meditation can cure cancer. By changing the way the brain thinks, it can change the way the cell thinks. What a fantastic thing! Our cells respond to everything we do. Every positive or negative thought, every positive or negative person in our life, every healthy or unhealthy thing we do (Whether it’s eating or working-out;Or the lack of the two)

So people, we must listen to our bodies! We are made up of so many complex structures and so many things that we just won’t understand. The most important thing that we can do is to treat our bodies in the best way possible.

Healing comes from within!

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