All posts by Chelsea Roff

About Chelsea Roff

Chelsea Roff is Managing Editor for Intent Blog. She is an author, speaker, and researcher writing about science, spirituality, women's health, and humanitarian issues. Visit her website to read past writings, watch video interviews, and see her teaching schedule. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Intent Video of the Day: Cosmic Consciousness

“People don’t change from learning facts. People change from discovering a big, meaningful new identity… This is how people have spiritual awakenings. “

This weekend, the team spent time with the world’s leading thinkers in neuroscience, quantum physics, cosmology, spirituality, and social justice at the Sages and Scientists Conference. Some of my favorite talks were given by husband and wife Nancy Ellen Abrams and Joel Primack, who collaborate together scientist and philosopher, working to make the astonishing discoveries of cosmology accessible to everyone. I highly recommend you check out the library of videos they have on their website; watching them reminded me of visiting a planetarium when I was a child. What a universe!

I was especially impressed by the expansive vision these two have with regards to how science can transform and improve our world. Once humans understand the cosmos and our unique place in it, Nancy and Joel said, we can start making rational decisions about problems like climate change, water shortage, and global inequality. In their view, making topics like dark matter and quantum physics accessible and relevant to everyday people is not only important, but absolutely imperative for the continuation of life on this planet. Why? Watch the video below to find out…

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Intent Video of the Day: One Day on Earth

“Everything you are about to see was filmed on the same day in every country of the world.”

Founded in 2008, ONE DAY ON EARTH set out to explore our planet’s identity and challenges in an attempt to answer the question: Who are we? The film creates a picture of humanity by recording a 24-hour period throughout every country in the world. In the end, despite unprecedented challenges and tragedies throughout the world, we are reminded that every day we are alive there is hope and a choice to see a better future together. Learn more.

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Intent Video of the Day: Can organic feed the world?

“People say organic can’t feed the world, but if the developing world were to adapt organic production they would have tremendous increases in yield.”

“Food Rules” by Michael Pollan – RSA/Nominet Trust competition:

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Why Eating Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat (infographic)

Careful, the title is a bit misleading. I was hoping this infographic would be about the virtues of healthy fats, but it reads more like anti-carbohydrate propaganda upon closer look.

While I’m glad someone is making an effort to un-demonize fats in the mindsets of health-conscious Americans, I’m not sure it was necessary to deem another nutritional element murderous in the process.

Sure, the modern day diet is probably a bit too carb-heavy (hence the rising epidemic of diabetes in this country), but let’s be honest… we can’t blame carbs for our poor choices. Carbohydrates are the only nutritional molecule your brain can use for energy, and a little natural sugar (the kind you get in apples, brown rice, and even broccoli) never killed anyone.

Rather than making some nutrients “good” and others “bad,” perhaps it’s time we take a broader, more nuanced perspective on healthy eating. Obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are the result of a multitude of factors — many of which are more rooted in social and psychological factors than merely what’s in our food. The nutritional fads — low-fat, low-carb, gluten-free, etc — go in and out of fashion, but if you ask me it’s moderation that we’re all seeking. It’s all about the balance, baby.

Thanks to the Massive Health Blog for sharing.

What’s in your lipstick? Poison. (infographic)

All morning, my Facebook feed has been inundated with links to a disturbing new infographic about the toxic ingredients in our personal care products. Lead. Aluminum. Heavy metals. In baby shampoo.

FACT: Adults are exposed to an average 126 chemical ingredients daily through the use of personal care products. 61% of top-brand lipsticks contain cancer-causing heavy metals, 82% of children’s shampoos contain formaldehyde, and 89% of ingredients in products currently sold on the market have never been tested for safety.

Surprised? Not me. I stumbled into this information on the web a couple years ago, on a blog called No More Dirty Looks. I was so aghast at the findings of those clinical studies when I read them that I tossed out every make-up product I owned. I wondered why it wasn’t being talked about on Good Morning America, in the New York Times, on Capitol Hill for heaven’s sake. I thought of all the women in my family who had died of cancer. I felt betrayed. Why hadn’t I been told?

As a woman, I feel like I’ve been taught my entire life that first appearances are everything: You have to wear mascara to be professional, lip gloss to make you feel sexy, a mask on your face to be beautiful. I remember as a young child sitting inside my mother’s bathroom sink, watching her apply thick black coats of paint to her long lashes. “Whatcha doing, momma?” She smiled. “Putting on my face.”

This issue isn’t just relevant to women, either. If you wear deodorant, use shaving cream, wash you hands with soap… sorry guys, it effects you too. Without regulation, companies can to some extent put whatever cheap, nasty preservatives into personal care products they want (the FDA requires testing on the products, not ingredients). This especially important for parents to know, as the developing bodies of children are even more susceptible to the negative effects of ingesting these toxins.

The first step in making any significant personal or societal change, in my opinion, is awareness. Become aware of your own beliefs about beauty, about the ingredients in products you purchase, about the ways companies treat the workers they employ. And then take action, choose a path that will bestow greater health and wellbeing to yourself (first) and the community at large. Maybe that means purchasing organic, fair-trade personal care products. Maybe it means reducing the number of products you use to a bare (pun intended) minimum.

I’m struck by the fact that this topic is very much a 1st world issue. What a luxury it is that we even be outraged about the toxic ingredients in our personal care products, that we can afford to lather body creams and eye shadows on our skin to begin with. Perhaps this is an opportunity for us to acknowledge that and consider how the development of the products impact people who aren’t so lucky. It’s not just what’s in those products that matters. I’m more concerned with how they’re produced (forced labor, toxic work environments, etc) and the cultural conditioning that tells us they’re necessary to begin with.

I began this blog with a fact, I leave you with a suggestion for action. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

ACTION: Read through the infographic below, then check out Skin Deep, a website that provides safety ratings for 63,509 products on the market. Know what’s in the products you’re using, then let your dollars be your vote.

Thanks to Mind Body GreenDr. Frank Lipman for sharing this informative infographic from

Make a Difference Mondays: Yoga Service Conference

What? The Yoga Service Conference is a first-annual gathering (hosted by Yoga Service Council at the Omega Institute) bringing together people using yoga and mindfulness practices to help people change their lives in underserved and vulnerable communities.

Who should attend? This conference is for anyone interested in doing work to help create strong, engaged and resilient communities. You don’t have to be a yoga teacher or practitioner to attend. The program will benefit social workers, school teachers, health care providers, and other professionals interested in exploring the possibility of bringing yoga and mindfulness to the populations they serve.

What will you learn? Leading teachers will discuss how trauma manifests in the body, and breakout sessions will give you tools to work with specific populations including veterans, the incarcerated, children, teens, and trauma survivors. Sessions will also address the challenges and opportunities of working within social institutions, how to get yoga service projects started and funded, and future of research in the field.

image via Yoga Service Council

Who Will Be Teaching: Dr. Gabor Mate, Beryl Bender Birch, Seane Corn, Kelly McGonigal, BK Bose, and founders of a diverse array of organizations using yoga and mindfulness to serve their communities.

Why We Chose Them: The Yoga Service Council is a trailblazer in bringing together the worlds of yoga, service, and scientific research to more effectively and sustainably uplift under-resourced communities. The vision — to foster joy, resilience, and well-being in every person so that all communities can thrive — is one that we all can get behind.

How You Can Get Involved:

Make a Difference Mondays is a series here at IntentBlog to spotlight individuals, organizations, and causes making a positive difference in our global community. We’ll also be sharing opportunities for engagement and suggesting tangible actions you can take to make the world a better place. 

Intent Video of the Day: How Prosthetic Legs Make Aimee Mullins Super-Abled

“Pamela Anderson has more prosthetic in her body than I do, and no one calls her dis-abled!”

What does a beauty look like? What is a sexy body? What does it mean to have a dis-ability? In this video, athlete, actor and activist Aimee Mullins challenges cultural stereotypes about what an ‘able’ body looks like. Mullins says, “people that society once considered disabled can now become the architects of their own identities… by designing their bodies from a place of empowerment.” Hell, yes. Here’s to celebrating the glorious (dis)abilities we all have!

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Intent Video of the Day – Dance the world awake

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This video makes me want to sing, cry, and dance all at the same time. Whatever your opinions are on the Occupy Movement, this video a powerful demonstration of what’s possible when art and activism converge. Connection. Expression. Community. Awakening.

Check it out. This video was shot November 19, 2011 at Occupy San Francisco & Oakland. Their intent? “Dance the world awake!”

Intent Video of the Day: Felicia Tomasko on choosing a daily practice

Everyday we spotlight one remarkable video to inspire you to fulfill your intentions and improve your life. Do you have a video you’d like to suggest? Send it to us at editor [at]

Many of you are already very familiar with our friend Felicia Tomasko — Editor in Chief of LA Yoga Magazine and a very active member of the community here at In this video, Felicia speaks to the importance of committing to a “non-negotiable” daily practice. Whether it’s drinking lemon water every morning or having a hot bath every night, Felicia says setting an intent to take care of yourself each and everyday can definitely enhance your life (hint hint: #30dayintents!).

By the way, if you haven’t heard of BigHappyDay yet… definitely check out their YouTube channel. They post fun, engaging daily videos of teachers talking about yoga, spirituality, sustainability, and many other interesting topics. You can find more from Felicia, plus some other great ones: Suzanne Sterling on Singing as Pranayama, Bo Forbes on Neuroplasticity, Erica Shaw on Tantra, and Jenny Sauer-Klein on the Art of Communication are great to to start!

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