Buddhist Economics: How to Stop Prioritizing Goods Over People and Consumption Over Creative Activity by Maria Popova “Work and leisure are complementary parts of the same living process and cannot be separated without destroying the joy of work and the bliss of leisure.” Much has been said about the difference between money and wealth and how we, as individuals, can make more of the latter, but the divergence between the two is arguably even more important the larger scale of nations and the global economy. That’s precisely what the influential German-born British economist, statistician, Rhodes Scholar, and economic theorist E. One of the most compelling essays in the book, titled “Buddhist Economics,” applies spiritual principles and moral purpose to the question of wealth. “Right Livelihood” is one of the requirements of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. Economists themselves, like most specialists, normally suffer from a kind of metaphysical blindness, assuming that theirs is a science of absolute and invariable truths, without any presuppositions. E.F. Thanks, Jocelyn
How Mind-Wandering and “Positive Constructive Daydreaming” Enhance Creativity and Improve Our Social Skills by Maria Popova The science of why fantasy and imaginative escapism are essential elements of a satisfying mental life. Freud asserted that daydreaming is essential to creative writing — something a number of famous creators and theorists intuited in asserting that unconscious processing is essential to how creativity works, from T. In a recent paper titled “Ode to Positive Constructive Daydreaming” (PDF), published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, writer Rebecca McMillan and NYU cognitive psychologist Scott Kaufman, author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, revisit Singer’s work to deliver new insights into how the first style of Singer’s mind-wandering, rather than robbing us of happiness, plays an essential, empowering role in daily life and creativity. My highlights from Anaïs Nin's diary, illustrated by Lisa Congdon. While the costs of mind wandering are apparent and easily quantifiable, the benefits seem less obvious and tangible. Thanks, Scott Myers Donating = Loving
The right’s home-school conspiracy: How I helped GOP launch a religious war As someone who participated in the rise of the religious right in the 1970s and 1980s, I can tell you that you can’t understand the modern Republican Party and its hatred of government unless you understand the evangelical home-school movement. Nor can the Democrats hope to defeat the GOP in 2016 unless they grasp what I’ll be explaining here: religious war carried on by other means. The Christian home-school movement drove the Evangelical school movement to the ever-harsher world-rejecting far right. The movement saw itself as separating from evil “secular” America. This happened because Evangelical home-schoolers were demanding ever-greater levels of “separation” from what they regarded as the Evil Secular World. The Evangelical home school movement was really founded by two people: Rousas Rushdoony, the extremist theologian, and Mary Pride, the “mother” of fundamentalist home-schoolers. I was Pride’s agent and sold her first huge seller “The Way Home.” “Amtrak must make a profit!”
Creation myth Creation myths develop in oral traditions and therefore typically have multiple versions and are the most common form of myth, found throughout human culture. Definitions In Daoist creation myth, "The Way gave birth to unity; unity gave birth to duality; duality gave birth to trinity; trinity gave birth to the myriad creatures." (Daodejing, 4th century BCE) Creation myth definitions from modern references: A "symbolic narrative of the beginning of the world as understood in a particular tradition and community. Religion professor Mircea Eliade defined the word myth in terms of creation: Myth narrates a sacred history; it relates an event that took place in primordial Time, the fabled time of the "beginnings." Meaning and function All creation myths are in one sense etiological because they attempt to explain how the world was formed and where humanity came from. Ethnologists and anthropologists[which?] Each beginning seems to presuppose an earlier beginning. ...
Nurse Reveals the Top Five Regrets People Make on their Deathbed Wake Up World By Bronnie Ware For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five: 1. This was the most common regret of all. It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. 2. This came from every male patient that I nursed. By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. 3. Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. We cannot control the reactions of others. 4. It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. 5. This is a surprisingly common one.
10 Questions: On Finding Your ‘Soul-Life’ in a 130-Year-Old Book Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams are two of our generation’s greatest gifts. Brooke is the author of four books, and he offers deep meditations on wilderness and wild lands, as well as working actively in defense of the pristine, most recently with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Terry is legendary for her intensely personal explorations of nature and life and the human resonance between the two, and she’s the author of the critically acclaimed Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place and numerous other books. The couple, who divide their time between Castle Valley, Utah, and Jackson, Wyoming, were in a book shop in Maine when Terry stumbled across a volume called The Story of My Heart. Recently, I caught up with the two to learn more about how and why The Story of My Heart got under their skin, and what lessons it has for us today. 1. Brooke Williams: The Story of My Heart, I believe, comes from the collective unconscious, into which Jefferies was able to tap.
New Harvard Study Concludes Bleeding-Heart Liberals Beat Conservatives In Longevity All Day Long According to a new study, even with their ever-bleeding hearts, liberals are more likely to outlive conservatives in the United States. Published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, the recent study’s results were actually quite a surprise considering past research. Formerly, it was believed conservatives in several other countries, including that unique breed of conservatives, the American Republican, were happier and healthier people who tended to live longer than their political rivals, those dreadful liberals. According to University of Nevada-Reno community health researcher Roman Pabayo, previous American studies, however, failed to separate political ideology from party membership. The latest published study in the Journal does that and then some, though. Pabayo led the effort at the Harvard School of Public Health and says: “We were surprised.” So how did it come out? “We need to figure out what’s really going on.” “They don’t live longer. Smoke if you got ‘em.
Drugs and the Meaning of Life (Photo by JB Banks) (Note 6/4/2014: I have revised this 2011 essay and added an audio version.—SH) Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongues. Drugs are another means toward this end. One of the great responsibilities we have as a society is to educate ourselves, along with the next generation, about which substances are worth ingesting and for what purpose and which are not. However, we should not be too quick to feel nostalgia for the counterculture of the 1960s. Drug abuse and addiction are real problems, of course, the remedy for which is education and medical treatment, not incarceration. I discuss issues of drug policy in some detail in my first book, The End of Faith, and my thinking on the subject has not changed. I have two daughters who will one day take drugs. (Pokhara, Nepal) Ott, J.
Violence is a Preventable Brain Disorder ‘Think of a world without war, a world of social justice, a world of ecological sustainability.’ Grille starts his talk at TEDX Pittwater. Robin Grille is a psychologist, author, educator and advocate for children who is not alone in his dream for a better world. For those interested, you will find that what he has to share is one of the most crucial keys to creating the future we aspire towards. How do we unlock the peace code in the human brain and help it to find its’ full expression? I had the pleasure of collaborating with Robin many years ago in promoting The Children’s Well-Being Manifesto, and his work continues to inspire great hope. We literally have the ability to change the world we live in by addressing our core belief systems. Harsh, punitive, and cold environments along with chronic stress cause the brain to release a neurotoxin known as cortisol. …the realization that we can change the whole story right now.