Inspiration is all around you !

Inspiration is all around you !

(As you can tell, OBG has a tropical feel this week, to help us through the cooler months and to keep our summery momentum and energy supercharged throughout the year.)

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Sit and observe, surrendering to life.

“Just watching an animal closely can take you out of your mind and bring you into the present moment, which is where the animal lives all the time – surrendered to life.”
–Eckhart Tolle

Mantras In Motion: Be aware of creatures you meet today, especially ones we don’t usually notice – the pigeons on the street, ducks in the park, a kookaburra in your yard, and if you visit a zoo, pray silently for the welfare of the creatures interned within. If you eat meat, celebrate today as a meat- free experience – the chickens, the sheep, the fish, the cows…all will give thanks in their own way!

 

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Saving our oceans – a message from the frontlines.

What’s happening in the Antartic seas and who is fighting for our oceans?

OBG donates food regularly to Sea Shepherd who are on the frontline saving sea life to maintain the balance of this fragile ecosystem.

We have toured each boat and admire how each skilled crewmember contributes in such tight confines, sometimes for months at sea, especially if damaged, awaiting repairs.

Hardworking folk who are battling the cold and challenges of survival need nourishment so we are glad to support Sea Shepherd keeping the oceans safe on our behalf.

An update from the front line:

Hi OBG,

I’m writing you from the Southern Ocean on board the M/Y Bob Barker. We are midway through Operation Relentless, a long and challenging campaign to defend the great whales from the illegal harpoons of a criminal whaling operation in a whale sanctuary.

After our three ships found the factory whaling ship, the Nisshin Maru, in early January in the middle of their bloody and barbaric business, we made sure the whalers had a disastrous January — which is normally the month they can kill the most whales.

The Bob Barker and Steve Irwin valiantly fought against a ruthless attack by the harpoon ships in rough weather. The Yushin Maru 3 hit the Bob Barker, damaging the starboard side of our bow. If you haven’t seen the footage, you can see the action on http://seashepherd.org.au/.

The volunteer crew has been working round the clock. At sea, the ship operates 24 hours a day and there are no days off at sea, regardless of how rough or cold the conditions.

Being at sea for three months is difficult enough in itself, but add confrontations with a whaling fleet, rough weather and ravenous crew members and you’ve got an exhausted galley team. Thanks to your generous donation of delicious nutritional yeast and wheat gluten, life at sea is much better!

We’re more grateful than ever for all healthy food you supplied the crew for this Antarctic voyage. We’ve enjoyed the nutritional yeast in many different dishes and made all kinds of high protein dishes with the wheat gluten such as BBQ seitan and seitan roast for Christmas dinner. We want you to know how much of a treat it is to have delicious, healthy foods like yours at sea!

Commitment to our clients is the reason why we spend 3 months in the harsh Southern Ocean pursuing illegal whalers. In the last couple months, we have been visited by young and curious minke whales not yet aware of the horror of the harpoons, jumping humpbacks, and magnificent endangered fin whales. We know each of these individuals, many of whom are new mothers and juveniles, could be the whalers’ next victim.

Thanks to your meaningful support for Operation Relentless and previous whale defense campaigns, we can continue being effective saving whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and ensuring the sanctuary is actually a place of peace and refuge for the whales. Every whale saved is a victory, and a victory you are helping achieve.

For the oceans,
Andrea Gordon
Ship Manager, M/Y Bob Barker

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This week’s story … a life motto?

This week’s story to reset our fast pace and perspective to what really makes us happy… remember that energised feeling we had in the holidays a few weeks ago !

A well-known story that was passed onto us in our yoga class this morning. Yes – our new year revolution is to do daily yoga no matter what!

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This is a very important life lesson that a philosophy teacher taught his students.

The teacher cleared off his desk and placed on top of it a few items. One of the items was an empty mason jar. He proceeded to fill up the jar with golf balls until he could fit no more. He looked at the classroom and asked his students if they agree that the jar is full. Every student agreed that the jar was indeed full.

The teacher then picked up a box of small pebbles and poured them into the jar with the golf balls. The pebbles filled all of the openings in between the golf balls. He asked the students if the jar was full. Once again, they agreed.

Now the teacher picked up a bag of sand and poured it into the mason jar. The sand filled in all of the empty space left between the golf balls and pebbles. He asked the class again if the jar was full. The students agreed it was technically full.

Finally, the teacher pulled out two beers from under his desk and poured both of them into the jar filling the empty space between the sand. Now the students began to laugh wondering how far this was going.

The teacher waited until the laughter stopped. “I want you to recognise that this jar represents your life,” he started. “The golf balls represent the important things. Your family, children, health, friends, and passions. If everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles represent the other things in life that matter, such as your job, house and car. The sand—that is everything else. The small stuff. If you put the sand in first, there is no room for the pebbles or golf balls.

The same goes for life. If you spend all of your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are most important. Pay attention to the important things in your life.

Enjoy time with family. Go to dinner with a loved one, call your grandparents. Play games with your kids. There will ALWAYS be time to clean the house or take yourself shopping.

Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter. The rest is just sand. You are dismissed.”

Before the students left, one shouted out. “You never mentioned what the beer represents!”

The professor smiled and said, “Well I’m glad you asked. The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room to have a beer with a friend.”

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