Nature Knows: Amazing macro-photography of individual snowflakes [10 Pictures] Photographer Alexey Kljatov takes incredible close-up photos of snowflakes in his backyard in Moscow. "I capture snowflakes on the open balcony of my house, mostly on glass surface, lighted by an LED flashlight from the opposite side of the glass, and sometimes in natural light, using dark woolen fabrics as background." Source: 7 Reasons You Should Meditate | Mindfulness Meditation Health Benefits Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor | June 13, 2012 08:26am ET Credit: Dreamstime Sitting in total silence, palms facing upward and eyes closed, mouthing the traditional "Ommmmm" sounds, would seem a practice for monks and other ascetic humans. Turns out, various types of mindful meditation (no Tibetan temple needed) can fit perfectly into the lives of a 9-to-5 business man or woman. And plenty of science suggests the benefits can be great.
Miyamoto Musashi - "Go Rin No Sho" - A Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi by Miyamoto Musashi I have been many years training in the Way of strategy, called Ni Ten Ichi Ryu, and now I think I will explain it in writing for the first time. It is now during the first ten days of the tenth month in the twentieth year of Kanei (1645). From youth my heart has been inclined toward the Way of strategy. After that I went from province to province dueling with strategist of various schools, and not once failed to win even though I had as many as sixty encounters. When I reached thirty I looked back on my past. Since then I have lived without following any particular Way. Strategy is the craft of the warrior. There are various Ways. It is said the warrior's is the twofold Way of pen and sword, and he should have a taste for both Ways. The Way of Strategy In China and Japan practitioners of the Way have been known as "masters of strategy". Recently there have been people getting on in the world as strategists, but they are usually just sword-fencers. Timing in strategy
Ideas on Consciousness, Morality, Kindness, Dedication, Buddhism, Philosophy, Intelligence, Life advice, Ideals, Quotes | EliLife Habits: Take Risks.Continuous practice.Breath consciously while waiting.Notice breathing.Improve thoughts. (Think positive)Smile.Learn to laugh with others.Talkativeness.ExpressivenessAssertiveness.Take action.Plan to be early.Random acts of kindness.Eat healthy.Drink more water.Don’t eat or drink before sleep.Quality sleep.Use your Imagination.De-clutter.Overcome fears.Journal mental breakthroughs.Manage time like money.Take 20 minute naps.Follow your curiosity.Build different skills.Accept mistakes.Focus on what you want.Don’t spend.Hold lightly.Training and exercise.Notice tone of voice.Use body language.Sit up straight.Spend time in nature.Learn continuously.VisualizationLaw of attraction.Relax your body.ConfidenceDevelop disciplinePush your willpower muscles Avoid: NegativityMisconceptionVerbal delusionsIgnoranceAttachmentAngerDistractionsSugarsDishonesty“I’m not”“can’t”“don’t” Spiritual Habits: Do Everyday: Productivity: Ideals: Philosophical Thoughts and Qutoes Facebook comments:
The joy of cloudspotting: 10 incredible visions in clouds A “cloud on the horizon” means that something bad is about to happen. Meanwhile, someone with their “head in the clouds” is thoroughly out to lunch. As Gavin Pretor-Pinney points out in today’s talk, clouds get a bad rep when it comes to language. Gavin Pretor-Pinney: Cloudy with a chance of joy“But I think they’re beautiful, don’t you?” Pretor-Pinney is the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society and, in this talk, he asks each of us to do something we excelled at when we were kids — looking up at the clouds and letting our imaginations run wild. Below, Pretor-Pinney (and a few guests) shares a few cloud images with the TED Blog. A heart-shaped cloud, spotted by Angelo Storari of Ancona, Italy. A fish in the sky, spotted by Gavin Tobin of the Blasket Islands in Ireland. Spotted by Andrew Kirk of Deep Springs, California. A cloud in the shape of a UFO, spotted by Ron Biggs in Puerto de la Cruz in Spain. Spotted by Ron Engels over Central Brazil. Clouds, in wave form.
Meditation Boosts Attention Span The life of a Buddhist monk may seem far-removed from the busy, gadget-packed daily buzz most of us experience. But new research suggests daily meditation can give us a piece of the peaceful life, as the focused practice boosts attention spans. "You wonder if the mental skills, the calmness, the peace that [Buddhist monks] express, if those things are a result of their very intensive training, or if they were just very special people to begin with," said Katherine MacLean, who worked on the study as a graduate student at the University of California – Davis. [10 Ways to Keep Your Mind Sharp] To find out, MacLean and colleagues had a group of 30 people with an average age of about 49 go on a three-month meditation retreat in Colorado, while a second group of 30 waited their turn (and were used as a reference with which to compare results from the first meditation group). The second group went on the retreat three months after the end of the first retreat.
4-ACO-DMT - Into the Abyss - 86610 Citation: lilfoot. "Into the Abyss: An Experience with 4-ACO-DMT (ID 86610)". Erowid.org. Aug 27, 2010. erowid.org/exp/86610 It began one morning when a friend and I were on our way back from a party the night before. I had a milligram scale and a fresh bag full of 500 mg 4-AcO-DMT that I was waiting to crack into once we got home. About 10 minutes from home we heard a siren and saw lights flashing in our rear view. In total fight-or-flight mode, I realized that I sure as hell didn't want to go to jail, and even if 4-AcO-DMT is technically legal I didn't want to take any chances. We waited and waited and waited for the K9 unit to appear, the entire time I sat on the curb wondering, 'Am I about to start blowing up right here in front of half of my local PD and freak the fuck out on all this shit?' Immediately once I re-entered the car I told John, 'I need to puke RIGHT NOW.' Summer Slaughter, a big death metal show that was in town at the time. There was no entity contact.
9 Mind-Bending Epiphanies That Turned My World Upside-Down Over the years I’ve learned dozens of little tricks and insights for making life more fulfilling. They’ve added up to a significant improvement in the ease and quality of my day-to-day life. But the major breakthroughs have come from a handful of insights that completely rocked my world and redefined reality forever. The world now seems to be a completely different one than the one I lived in about ten years ago, when I started looking into the mechanics of quality of life. Maybe you’ve had some of the same insights. 1. The first time I heard somebody say that — in the opening chapter of The Power of Now — I didn’t like the sound of it one bit. I see quite clearly now that life is nothing but passing experiences, and my thoughts are just one more category of things I experience. If you can observe your thoughts just like you can observe other objects, who’s doing the observing? 2. Of course! 3. 4. 5. Yikes. 6. This discovery was a complete 180 from my old understanding of emotions. 7.
Most Beautiful Forests in The World Bluebells in Halle`s forest, Belgium. From late April to early May a few acres of woodlands are covered by a splendid carpet of wild bluebell hyacinths. Photo by: Raimund Linke Thick grove of poplar trees, Oregon. Photo by: David Thompson Arashiyama, a bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan. Magical winter in Quebec forest, Canada. The Black Forest during night in Baden-Württemberg region, southwestern Germany. Deep in the green forest, France. Natural the tunnel near Halnaker, England. Mysterious glowing light in a Finland forest. Beautiful forest from a fairy tale, Belgium. White carpathians forest in autumn. Splendid yellow forest. Deep in the moss forest, Spain.
Intentional Acts of Kindness Although kindness can be misunderstood as an ineffectual or even superficial nicety, it’s neither. Like many amazing practices I’ve learned through mindfulness training, kindness is inspiring, powerful, courageous and wise. It’s also disarming, compelling and transformative. Like mindfulness itself, kindness is a natural human quality that requires intentional action to realize it’s potential. Studies show that thinking about, observing or practicing a kind act stimulates that vagus nerve, which literally warms up the heart and may be closely connected to the brain’s receptor networks for oxytocin, the soothing hormone involved in maternal bonding. Kindness—which reduces stress, anxiety and depression—can literally put us, and others, at ease. Try it next time you are out and about. The more we practice, the better we get at it. An American solider who’d been in Iraq was taking a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course offered by the Army upon his return. 1. 2. 3. Resources
Fast Lane To Heaven In 1982 I died from terminal cancer. The condition I had was inoperable, and any kind of chemotherapy they could give me would just have made me more of a vegetable. I was given six to eight months to live. I had been an information freak in the 1970s and I had become increasingly despondent over the nuclear crisis, the ecology crisis, and so forth. That is what killed me. I remember waking up one morning at home about 4:30 AM, and I just knew that this was it. The next thing I remember is the beginning of a typical near-death experience. There was this Light shining. So my request was honored and I had some conversations with the Light. The Light responded. We all have a Higher Self, or an oversoul part of our being. Then the Light turned into the most beautiful thing that I have ever seen: a mandala of human souls on this planet. The human soul, the human matrix that we all make together is absolutely fantastic, elegant, exotic, everything. In that instant I realized even more.
77 Creative Ways to Lighten Up In Tough Times 51 Email Share We’re living in a time where nearly everyone is feeling overwhelmed with the changes and problems in the world. Some of us feel stuck, uninspired and fearful. Others have suffered major losses and feel hopeless and helpless. Some people find ways to thrive even in bad times. Today you can make a conscious decision to revitalize and renew your body, mind and spirit. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 10. 11. 12. 13. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 50. 54. 69. Phot by: DH Hamp1