An Interview with Will Tuttle, Author of “The World Peace Diet,” Part 1

Today we have Part 1 of a 3-part interview I recently did with Will Tuttle, author of the book The World Peace Diet.

Will Tuttle

Will Tuttle

Will Tuttle is a nationally recognized writer, educator, pianist and composer devoted to providing words and music that inspire insight and compassion. An award-winning author and Dharma Master in the Zen meditation tradition, his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley focus on educating intuition, and he has taught college course in music, philosophy, mythology, and creativity.

His book, The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony, has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century: the foundation of a new society based on the truth of the interconnectedness of all life.

It is the first book to make explicit the invisible connections between our culture, our food, and the source of our broad range of problems – and the way to a positive transformation in our individual and collective lives.

It is a brilliant book, and I highly recommend it. It is far-ranging in its scope, and leaves no stone unturned in its quest to help us all understand who we are and where we are going.

To learn more about Will Tuttle, and to buy his book, go to his website, http://willtuttle.com

Will also has a World Peace Diet group on Facebook, which you can join.

Part 2 of this 3-part interview will be next time…

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Evil Terrorists Kidnap Ronald McDonald!!

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In an act of cowardice that only evil terrorists are capable of doing, an American icon, Ronald McDonald, was recently kidnapped and is being threatened with execution by Feb. 11, 2011, unless the demands of the terrorists are met.

What is wrong with these people? Don’t they understand that Ronald McDonald represents the pinnacle of American living? You can’t get much more Americana than Ronald.

I mean, if we allow this dastardly act to succeed, then we are all doomed – because then nothing will be sacred.

Who are these cowards who have committed this heinous act? Not much is fully known about them, except that they go by the name of the “Food Liberation Army.”

We do know the details of the crime. The perpetrators marched into a restaurant in Helsinki, Finland on Jan. 31 posing as maintenance personnel, and then kidnapped the statue of Ronald McDonald.

Since committing this reprehensible act, the group has posted a video on YouTube where, wearing hoods over their heads and holding the statue with a bag over its head, they demand that the world’s largest food chain answer questions about its corporate responsibility and food production. You can watch the video above.

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“We love burgers, fries and McDonald’s, but we can no longer watch in silence as the food we love is being destroyed and brought to shame because of greed and indifference,” one of the terrorists said, speaking in Finnish.

And that’s the thing about terrorists. They can make themselves sound like they have a reasonable case, but we all know they are madmen bent on destruction.

For what are we without McDonalds? What would happen to our way of life?

I ask all of you, pray that Ronald McDonald is saved before the execution date of Feb. 11. But yet, we can never cave into the demands of terrorists.

For if they get their way, next they’ll be making demands that we have to eat things like brown rice and organic vegetables and locally produced foods.

And if that were to happen, it would be devastating to all the businesses that make mega-gobs of profits off the unhealthy living habits of people.

Is Groundhog’s Day a Lesson in Living a Low Density Lifestyle?

February 2, 2011 by Michael Wayne  
Filed under Featured, Low Density Lifestyle, Spirituality

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groundhog-dayHappy Groundhog’s Day! Feb. 2 is a day we all spend in wonderment and awe, because it is Groundhog’s Day. On this day, everyone waits to hear the proclamation from Punxsutawney Phil, on whether or not he has seen his shadow. If he does, then winter will last longer than usual.

And today, Feb. 2, 2011, in Punsxutawney, PA, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Phil the Groundhog, the one who Groundhog’s Day is centered around, woke up, toured the neighborhood, watched the news, gave his opinion on what’s going on in Egypt, and then pronounced that he did not see his shadow. Thus folks, it’s going to be only 4 more weeks of winter.

(Isn’t that heartening news for those of you who are currently digging out of the latest winter storm?)

But even more important than whether Phil saw his shadow is another lesson from Groundhog’s Day. And that is this: Is Groundhog’s Day a Lesson in Living a Low Density Lifestyle?

Ok, I have to admit, I’m not talking about the trials and tribulations of good ol’ Punxsutawney Phil in this instance. I’m talking about the movie Groundhog Day, a film that has been called one of the 10 best American films ever. It has even been called by some spiritual leaders as “the most spiritual film of our time.”

51E9PTFZZ3L._SL500_AA300_In Groundhog Day the film, Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a stressed out, self-centered, bitter and jaded television weatherman assigned to cover Groundhog’s Day in Punxsutawney. A blizzard keeps him in town that night, and he wakes up the next day to find out he is reliving Groundhog’s Day again. And every night when he goes to bed, he arises the next morning to find out he is again reliving Groundhog’s Day. This continues over and over, ad nauseum.

But Phil Connors is the only one who is reliving the day; he is the only one stuck in time. For everyone else, they begin anew at Groundhog’s Day as if it never happened.

Connors then goes through a series of transitions, from first trying to use it to his advantage, by learning secrets from the locals, seducing women, stealing money and getting piss drunk and driving around town. As the novelty wears off, and he sees the meaningless of his actions, he next kidnaps Phil the groundhog and kills himself and the groundhog. But again, he wakes up the next morning, still stuck back in Groundhog’s Day.

And then a profound transformation of his character occurs, as he comes to realize what kind of horrible person he has become–he is someone who is totally indifferent to anyone else but himself. He learns to stop being so self-absorbed and to truly care about others, he works at self-improvment and becoming a better human being, and he opens his heart to profess his sincere love to his colleague Rita, who he always lusted after; Rita in response had only contempt for Phil Connors and his High Density Lifestyle ways.

At the end of Groundhog Day, Murray and Rita unite in love. When they wake up in the morning together in bed, it is now Feb. 3: Groundhog’s Day has ended and the time loop has broken. The two are together as a couple, and Phil Connors is a changed man, a man who has learned to live a Low Density Lifestyle.

Right on for Groundhog’s Day (even if it means 4 more weeks of winter)!