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The Innovation of Loneliness

Ah, the joys of social media. Is it making our life better or worse? The discussion continues….

While our focus is shifting towards individual achievements over community, more and more people are feeling lonely. They feel vulnerable opening up to others for warm, friendly, heart-to-heart conversations. Then, along comes social media… As people share and chat from islands of isolation, filtering and massaging information, they are undermining the genuine credibility of conversation. Bits and pieces of tweets, posts and chats aren’t allowing people either to open up or understand others. Are these online connections actually helping with loneliness, or they are making it worse? Could this social media activity be chipping away at your quiet time as well, when you could think and reflect? Learn more in this fast-pace, animated video based on the work of Sherry Turkle and Dr. Yair Amichal-Hamburger.

Austerity vs Abundance

This story is about a world waking up, a world evolving, and a new way of seeing things. I liked it, and I am pretty sure you will too. I’ve included a little quote from the story below, and if you want to read more then check out Austerity vs Abundance.

Environmentalism is giving way to something bigger and bolder. We are not just asking people not to drive anymore. Being ecological is about positive actions that nurture abundance, such as growing copious vegetables and giving them to the old lady who lives alone down the street. That builds community and reduces our need to rely on corporate food. And in being abundant ourselves, might we not fall in step with our mysterious universe – so perfectly poised for life – and contribute to the evolutionary destiny of our planet?

Tuning Into Your Brain: A Guide to Binaural Beats

I have to admit that I haven’t tried this out myself yet. But it certainly looks interesting, and I thought it was worth sharing. If anyone has any thoughts or feedback on – please comment on this post.

No more fighting with a talkative mind, no frustrations that you can’t get into meditation or worries that you’re not doing it right. With the help of binaural beats, you don’t need special skills, lots of time, or a trip to the mountaintop to meet your local guru. All you need is a pair of good quality headphones.

Tuning into your brain

‘House of One’ – Three Religions Under One Roof

A pastor, a rabbi and an imam walk into a holy space.

This may sound like the beginning of a potentially charged religious joke, but it’s actually happening in Berlin, where plans for a new kind of religious space are under way. Called The House of One, the project was started by a small group of Muslims, Jews and Christians to create a new space for interfaith prayer and learning.

House of One

Reading, Writing, Empathy: The Rise of Social Emotional Learning

Isn’t it time for us to think a little harder about what’s really important in life. What are we teaching our kids? How do we want the world to be in ten or twenty years time?  This is the story of an inspiring new way to school the next generation.

At a time of contentious debate over how to reform schools to make teachers more effective and students more successful, “social emotional learning” may be a key part of the solution. An outgrowth of the emotional intelligence framework, popularized by Daniel Goleman, SEL teaches children how to identify and manage emotions and interactions. One of the central considerations of an evolved EQ—as proponents call an “emotional quotient”—is promoting empathy, a critical and often neglected quality in our increasingly interconnected, multicultural world.

Reading, Writing, Empathy

Is Organic Food Better For You?

A recent study has conducted an extensive analysis of the nutrient content of organic versus conventional food. The study’s findings are fascinating.

“It shows very clearly how you grow your food has an impact, and that if you buy organic fruits and vegetables, you can be sure you have, on average, a higher amount of antioxidants at the same calorie level,” says Carlos Leifert, Professor of Ecological Agriculture at Newcastle University and lead author of the Newcastle study.

Significant findings from the study include:

  • Organic crops contain an average of 17 percent more antioxidants than conventionally grown crops.
  • Some of the organic crops, including fruits, vegetables, and grains, had as much as 60 percent higher concentrations of antioxidant compounds than conventional crops.
  • The level of flavanones, which are associated with a lower risk of stroke, were 69 percent higher in organic foods tested.

For more, please read Is Organic Food Better For You?

The Sacred Science

Looking for an alternative way of healing….you’ve just got to check out this new movie.

After a ton of preparation and research, we decided to bring eight people with eight different illnesses deep into the Amazon Rainforest to work with indigenous healers for 30 days. Once we put the word out to the public, we quickly had over 400 applications from people around the world, each desperate to find an answer to their illness.

The patients they chose were suffering from the following illnesses:

Parkinson’s disease, breast cancer, Crohn’s Disease, diabetes, depression, prostate cancer, Neuro-endocrine cancer, IBS, and more.  I won’t spoil the ending but I will say this – the healing breakthroughs in this film will surprise you!

Check it out here……I think it’s only available for free viewing for a few more days……so get in quick.

The Courage to Focus on the Fundamentals

Without the fundamentals, the details are useless. –James Clear

This quote may seem obvious, and it’s certainly very true, but sometimes we seem to forget the simple things. I liked this short and sweet article.  It’s a nice reminder that focusing on the fundamentals is important. We can keep things simple and straight forward if we really think about what’s important.

The Courage to Focus on the Fundamentals

Power Of Place – Inspiring Images

It continues to blow my mind how inspiring images can be. The saying that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ is very true. And these images are brilliant – they are beautiful, real, and inspiring.

Geography holds billions of people in its grip.
We are all born into natural and cultural environments
that shape what we become, individually and collectively.
- Harm de Blij, The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny, and Globalization’s Rough Landscape

Check out Power of Place - inspiring images from around the world.

Who Fixed The Refrigerator? And Other Interesting Repairing Stories

Want some inspiration on how to get started on fixing things yourself?  The ‘who fixed the refrigerator’ story not only talks about why it’s worth going to that little bit of extra effort to try to fix something yourself, but the author also makes a surprising connection in the process.

Who Fixed The Refrigerator?

And if you’re not into doing it yourself, then maybe a pop up repair shop will emerge near you.  I just loved this story about a pop up repair shop in New York that hopes to change our consumer habits.  When prices are so low, it’s increasingly appealing to buy new and discard the old, but that’s not so good for the poor old world we live on.

Reduce, reuse, repair or recycle – a pop up shop.