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Lions Roar : May 2010
SHAMBHALA SUN MAy 2010 17 Letters to the Editor GReeneR sOLutiOns I enjoyed the article Making the Right choice in the March 2010 issue of the Shambhala Sun. In the spirit of Daniel Goleman’s suggestion to “share what you know as widely as you can,” I want to add to the dis- cussion the issue of safe disposal. while taking that mindful pause in a store, we might ask: what happens to this product when I am finished with it? what if it breaks? Am I willing to take responsibility for the entire life cycle of this product? Do I have the means and commitment to dispose of this item in a safe way? The image of the two light bulbs that accompa- nied the article seemed to me a perfect illustration of this issue. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are clearly more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs. So they’re the green choice—but only if they are made and disposed of in a safe manner. Compact fluores- cents contain mercury, a highly toxic metal. one broken light bulb contains enough mer- cury to contaminate six thousand gallons of water. Currently the majority of bulbs end up in landfills where the mercury from bro- ken tubes can leach into the water table. And because mercury bioaccumulates, that’s a serious long-term threat to ecosystem health. To be a “green” solution, compact fluorescent bulbs need to be safely handled and carefully recycled. De- tails regarding safe cleanup of broken bulbs can be found on various government websites (but are not yet included on the bulbs’ packaging.) Some retail- ers are offering recycling programs and legislation in some areas mandates recycling bulbs. of course, this is about more than just light bulbs. Considering that the garbage side of the consumer cycle is important to our mindful decision-making, there are many factors to weigh and no easy answers. As Daniel Goleman wisely points out, “It’s not a thing; it’s a process.” Paying attention to how we buy and how we dis- pose is an excellent arena to include in our meditation practice. Andrea Moodie Toronto, ontario MindFuL LiVinG Not long ago, I was considering whether to renew my subscription to your magazine. The articles, while always inspiring, seemed to blend into one another over the months. It occurred to me, however, that precisely because there is so much inspiration in the Shambhala Sun, the best thing I could do for my- self was to renew my subscrip- tion and make it a practice to read an article a day as a way to be reminded of all that is good and all that is possible. This is a direct contrast to being bombarded on all sides by all that is bad and hopeless. And then, as if the universe wished to underscore my deci- sion to renew, your “Guide to Mindful Living” issue (March 2010) arrived. It is by far the most compre- hensive, user-friendly issue you have published, and I commend your team for putting it together. Julie Sullivan ottawa, ontario with GustO I’m writing to thank you for the wonderful job you do and to tell you how much I appreciate it! Times are tough in this “dark” age, and I’m sure the going is just as tough for you as for many of your readers. It brings me great joy to receive each new issue in the letterbox, to .” Paying attention to how Buddhismculturemeditation l ifemarch2010ThehiddenTreasureofanger•areWenaTurallyKind?•TheTaoofTherZashambhalasunGuidetoMindfulLivingAnyonecandoitanditchangeseverything.Aspecialissueonhowtoexperiencethebenefitsofmindfulnessinyourlife,withpracticaladvicefromtheexpertsonmindfullivinginthemodernworld.Th i chNhatHanhEdwardEspeBrownJud i thS i mmer-BrownDan i e l Go l emanKarenMaezenM ill erM i chae l Carro ll JonKabat-Z i nnDan i e l S i ege l SteveS il berman•••••••••M i ndfu l ness&Happ i nessM i ndfu l Cook i ngRe l at i onsh i psTheM i ndfu l ShopperAtHomeAtWorkTheM i ndfu l Soc i etyTheSc i enceofM i ndfu l ness I ntheW i redWor l d We welcome your letters and comments. Please send them to