Are we our mind?

Making complicated scientific concepts exciting for the general public... … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Do not cringe and make yourself small if you are called the black sheep, the maverick, the lone wolf

Do not cringe and make yourself small if you are called the black sheep, the maverick, the lone wolf. Those with slow seeing say a nonconformist is a blight on society. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Buy nothing day Nov 29 in the US (ditch the Black Friday BS)

Today, humanity faces a stark choice: save the planet and ditch capitalism, or save capitalism and ditch the planet. ~ Fawzi Ibrahim Now in its 22st year, Buy Nothing Day is celebrated every November by environmentalists, social activists and concerned citizens in over 65 countries around the world. Over the years, Buy Nothing Day (followed by Buy Nothing Christmas) has exploded into a global movement, inspiring the world’s citizens to live more simply and buy a whole lot less. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Gratitude: Where Healing the Earth Begins

We have received an inestimable gift. To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe—to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it—is a wonder beyond words. It is an extraordinary privilege to be accorded a human life, with self-reflexive consciousness that brings awareness of our own actions and the ability to make choices. It lets us choose to take part in the healing of our world.... ...That our world is in crisis—to the point where survival of conscious life on Earth is in question—in no way diminishes the value of the gift of life; on the contrary. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Thanksgiving: a day to consider a practice of gratefulness

As Brother David Steindl-Rast says, whether one is religious or secular, it’s hard to argue against gratefulness. How much gratefulness we feel has little to do with whether life seems abundant or filled with hardship. On the contrary, it hinges on the degree to which we are prey to the delusion that we are self-made, or instead have discovered that life is a process in which we endlessly stumble into the unknown. Let’s never forget what a wondrous planet we live on — a place where staggering beauty can suddenly sweep up from the horizon. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Spirituality is embodied

Professor Guy Claxton explores spirituality's embodied nature. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

David Oaks (MindFreedom founder) Needs Our Help

by Ron Unger, LCSW For decades, one of the most prominent voices for radical change, or “non-violent revolution” in mental health care has been David Oaks, former director of MindFreedom International. Many activists today were drawn into their work due to David’s influence. Robert Whitaker, for example has credited an interview he did with David in 1998 for propelling him into noticing and writing about the way psychiatric drugs were harming more than helping. My own journey in becoming outspoken on these issues has also been massively influenced by David’s activism and ideas, which is one reason I care strongly about the issue I am bringing up here. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Are holidays with your family difficult? Some thoughts on self-care

(from the archives) A holiday can be a minefield of triggers, expected and unexpected, for those of us who grew up in dysfunctional/abusive/neglectful family systems. If you’re one of us, take care of yourself during this holiday season. Give yourself the option to step away from family activities and interactions if you need to. Make a safe space for yourself. Allow time and space for whatever feelings may come up and be as kind to yourself as you can. …

I have a story in my life

This is a story about a glacial progression, millimeter by millimeter, back into my body and my life and my self. Back into who I am. With no thanks to the health services, and that is another story. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Our problem is civil-OBEDIENCE (Matt Damon reads Howard Zinn)

Matt Damon, a lifelong friend of Howard Zinn and his family, read excerpts from a speech Howard Zinn gave in 1970 as part of a debate on civil disobedience. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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