Quotes for the Spirit
Good stuff, but hey we're biased.
Interview with Lisa Oram
Views on Sprituality and Reality
LinkedIn's Mary Lascelles is upbeat and adventurous. Here, she jumps off a bridge. Exhilirating. I still won't take a long hike off a short pier, but this I will consider.
Close Encounters with Humpback Whales
Powerful and positive experience.
Nice Source of Inspiration
The Foundation for a Better Life is worth visiting.
Does the Universe Give a Damn?
This post on Elephant Journal gives the Bhagavad Gita's take on things (all things)
Interview with Karen Ciaramella
Fun from France and Flash
Incredibox has put together a very entertaining little time waster; it's worth a visit!
From 2007 and earlier:
There is an argument to be made that every thing is connected, regardless of time and space, and certain empirical findings give some support to that. Check out entangled atoms sometime, and the thoughts of Roger Penrose.
If one believes that every thing is connected, one might conclude that our actions have reverberations beyond our current understanding. If everything is connected, then out of our own self-interest, we might consider being kind, as 'what goes around comes around'. Here is a more direct and measurable reflection of this thesis: Dr. Wayne Dyer has reported that serotonin levels (which promote immune system performance) are increased in the person who receives an act of kindness (makes sense), and the one who bestows the kindness. By reaching out to another, you help yourself; you don't have to be all starry-eyed and wreathed in smiles while you do the kindness, by the way (my contribution to this), so even if you are a bit grumpy at the time, the serotonin benefit still is there.
Here's the really nice unexpected dimension, maybe tied to our mirror neurons: Anyone who simply WITNESSES the altruism ALSO has a serotonin boost.
These should count as good news, although the two items in the report are delivered in the midst of (predictably) not-so-good news about the state of the earth. The Times Comprehensive Atlas Of The World came to newstands this weekend, with new maps showing the impact of climate change. The new atlas also reveals that 13 per cent of the world's land area is designated as protected (a surprising amount, and one which raises the question about exactly what 'protected' means). In addition, large areas of the Mesopotamian Marshlands in Iraq, drained by Saddam Hussein to expel the independent-minded 'Marsh Arabs', who had lived there since antiquity, are being re-flooded and restored. I remember learning with great sadness about this brutal and thoughtless onslaught at the time; one thing about living long enough is that you often see how things come full circle.
High-Powered Business Types tout Meditation
Generational Drugs of Choice
The first few paragraphs of this article (several years old) are especially interesting, but I'm not sure of how valid the entire treatise is; worth a read.