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Your Brain Hallucinates Your Conscious Reality

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Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience — and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen?

According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we’re all hallucinating all the time; when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it “reality.” Join Seth for a delightfully disorienting talk that may leave you questioning the very nature of your existence.

Why you should listen:

In his groundbreaking research, Anil Seth seeks to understand consciousness in health and in disease. As founding co-director of the University of Sussex’s Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, his research bridges neuroscience, mathematics, artificial intelligence, computer science, psychology, philosophy and psychiatry. He has also worked extensively with playwrights, dancers and other artists to shape a truly humanistic view of consciousness and self.

Who is he?

Seth is the editor and co-author of the best-selling 30-Second Brain  http://amzn.to/2tHlKDN), a collection of brief and engaging neuroscience vignettes. His forthcoming book The Presence Chamberdevelops his unique theories of conscious selfhood within the rich historical context of the mind and brain sciences.

So you create your own reality. Be conscious about it and try to shape that world and yourself like you want it and you to be, because how it really is is pure subjective.

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Health, Learning and development, Mindset, Nature, Wellness

All Is Connected

Touch the earth lightly,
use the earth gently,
nourish the life of the world in our care:
gift of great wonder,
ours to surrender,
trust for the children tomorrow will bear.

Touching the Earth

The practice of “Touching the Earth,” also known as bowing deeply or prostrating, helps us return to the Earth and to our roots, and to recognize that we are not alone but connected to a whole stream of spiritual and blood ancestors. We touch the Earth to let go of the idea that we are separate and to remind us that we are the Earth and part of Life.

To begin this practice, join your palms in front of your chest in the shape of a lotus bud. Then gently lower yourself to the ground so that all four limbs and your forehead are resting comfortably on the floor. While touching the Earth, turn your palms face up, showing your openness to the Three Jewels — the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. When we touch the Earth, we breathe in all the strength and stability of the Earth, and breathe out our suffering – our feelings of anger, hatred, fear, inadequacy and grief.

You can followed these guided texts in your practice:

›› THE THREE EARTH TOUCHINGS

›› THE FIVE EARTH TOUCHINGS

›› TOUCHING THE EARTH TO MOTHER EARTH

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Learning kids to take care of the Earth and eachother this book below is just fantastic. Maybe you know the author.

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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Pippi Longstocking

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Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmind Ephraim’s Daughter Longstocking is the invention of Swedish children’s book author Astrid Lindgren. Astrid Lindgren always believed that all you had to do was:

“Give the children love, more love and still more love – and the common sense will come by itself.”

She is the strongest girl in the world, lives by herself in a colourful house in the forest, and has a pet monkey and a horse. Who wouldn’t want to be friends with Pippi Longstocking? I have shared my favourite quirky quotes to convince anyone who thinks otherwise.

And Pippi Longstocking, her most famous character, comes really close to being the personified proof of that… So where did Pippi come from? Well, one night, Astrid Lindgren’s daughter Karin asked her to tell her the story of “Pippi Longstocking”. And so she did.

Pippi is not like other children. First of all, she lives all by herself in a house called Villakulla Cottage. Or rather, she lives there with her monkey, Mr Nilsson, and her horse. And she has two best friends, Annika and Tommy, who sometimes come over to play. Because Pippi is not only strong and independent, she also a great friend, and always up for some fun!

What’s more, Pippi doesn’t live by anyone’s rules but her own, and she’s perfectly fine with being a little different. So instead of asking for anything on her birthday, she gives her friends presents, and she regularly sticks bullies and rude policemen in trees. She just never does things as expected. And that’s why we love her. And to share the Longstocking love, we have collected 10 of our favourite quirky quotes about this amazing girl.

Annika, Pippi, and Tommy on an adventure

Annika, Pippi, and Tommy on an adventure

‘He’s the strongest man in the world.’

‘Man, yes,’ said Pippi, ‘but I am the strongest girl in the world, remember that.

Don’t you worry about me. I’ll always come out on top.

But still, if it’s true, how can it be a lie?

‘I don’t think you have a very nice way with ladies,’ said Pippi. And she lifted him in her strong arms — high in the air — and carried him to a birch tree and hung him over a branch. Then she took the next boy and hung him over another branch. 

Tommy didn’t want to show that he was frightened, and in a way he really did want to see a ghost. That would be something to tell the boys at school! Besides, he consoled himself with the thought that the ghosts probably wouldn’t dare to hurt Pippi.

All the children sat looking at Pippi, who lay flat on the floor, drawing to her heart’s content. ‘But, Pippi,’ said the teacher impatiently, ‘why in the world aren’t you drawing on your paper?’

‘I filled that long ago. There isn’t room enough for my whole horse on that little snip of paper.’

Then she had sat down in front of her chest and looked at all her birds’ eggs and shells, and thought about the wonderful places where she and her father had collected them and about all the pleasant little shops all over the world where they had bought the beautiful things that were now in the drawers of her chest.

‘Aren’t you going to dry the floor?’ asked Annika.

‘Oh, no, it can dry in the sun,’ answered Pippi. ‘I don’t think it will catch cold so long as it keeps moving.

As the children were sitting there eating pears, a girl came walking along the road from town. When she saw the children she stopped and asked, ‘Have you seen my papa go by?’

‘M-m-m,’ said Pippi. ‘How did he look? Did he have blue eyes?’

‘Yes,’ said the girl.

‘Medium large, not too tall and not too short?’

‘Yes,’ said the girl.

‘Black hat and black shoes?’

‘Yes, exactly,’ said the girl eagerly.

‘No, that one we haven’t seen,’ said Pippi decidedly.

Pippi with an explosive barrel

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Brian

 

 

 

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Quote Of The Day

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In this part of the world we have so much to be grateful for. I don´t think they aggre in other parts of the world. Not even in our own kingdom. Greenland has huge problems today and the danes up there are not popular. You can´t blame them with that past and all the bad things we have done to them.

Melody Beattie is an American author of self-help books on codependent relationships. She is a very interesting person and a good writer. In addiction and recovery circles, Melody Beattie is a household name. She is the best-selling author of numerous books, including Codependent No More, Beyond Codependency, The Language of Letting Go, More Language of Letting Go, and 52 Weeks of Conscious Contact. Her first book, Codependent No More, was published by Hazelden in 1986.

  Codependent No More Beyond Codependency

Playing It by Heart In her book <I>Playing It by Heart</I>, best-selling author Melody Beattie helps readers understand what drives them back into the grasp of controlling behavior and victimhood--and what it takes to pull themselves out, to return to the healing, faith, and maturity that come with a commitment to recovery. The Language of Letting Go Stop Being Mean to Yourself An enlightening blend of travel adventure and spiritual discovery, Stop Being Mean to Yourself is a compassionate tour guide for the troubled and the heartsick, for those who seek a happier place in the world.

Have a great grateful day.

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Brian

 

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At The End Of The Day

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At the end of the day it is time to reflect and be happy about what you have achieved  and then prepare for the next day to come….Lucky You…

 

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Excellence Is About Doing Your Best

Homer, western civilization’s most influential writer, gives us his answer to the question: “How should we live our lives?”  Through his epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey, he tells us how he and many of the ancient Greeks thought we should live our lives. By embodying “arête.”

The most common definition of “arête” is “excellence.” And that’s a pretty good definition if we’re looking at “arête” as just a word on a page that needs translation. But we need to dig deeper if we want to find out why Homer thought it answered the question, how should you live your life?

Digging one level deeper, we come across another definition. “Courage.” Again, a good definition if you need to do some translating, but it’s still doesn’t answer our question. So we dig deeper and find “strength,” and now we’re sure we can translate “arête” whenever we come across it.  One of our definitions will definitely work.

But if we stop here, Homer, himself, would tell us that we missed the point. So we have to dig even deeper. We have to go on a real archeological dig into the wisdom of ancient times. But it’s worth it because it doesn’t take much longer before we find Homer’s answer to the question, how should we live our lives?

In the Iliad and the Odyssey, Homer’s main characters all embody “arête.” But for each of them, this “arête” is different. That is, each character has their own individual “arête.” They all have individual strengths. And when they focus on those strengths and exercise them, they embody “arête.” So it’s not being excellent at something that reflects this quality. It’s embodying that something.

It turns out that “arête” means excellence only in the sense that you’re embracing your strengths. Embracing what you do well. Whether it leads to actual success or failure is not the quality of “arête.” It often can lead to excellence, but not always.

“Arête” is the act of exercising your strengths. It’s using your mind and your body and your emotions to get as close to realizing your potential as possible. That’s how we should lead our lives. Whether we achieve success or not, we embody “arête” if we do what we should be doing. And that brings us back to courage and strength.

It takes courage to be honest with yourself about what you do well. It’s a moment of truth.

If you put a group of people in a room and ask them what Excellence is, you will receive many different answers but they should have something in common: EXCELLENCE IS ABOUT DOING YOUR BEST… And every day, we are reminded of how important it is to strive for excellence, be it in life or at work. By nurturing a culture of excellence within your organisations, you open the path to success.

Excellence is not a skill, it's an attitude. - Ralph Marston

Excellence is not a set level of quality or perfectionism. It’s an ever-changing dynamic in both our personal journey and the collective journey of our teams.

It’s about growth and maturity. Excellence should be a moving target of sorts. The quality of your craft and serving today should not be the same as the quality of your serving yesterday. It should be increasing and moving forward, not stagnating!

Excellence is our ever-growing personal and collective best

It goes hand-in-hand with humility, not counter to it. Everything that we do in our serving – all the weekend services, late-night rehearsals, conferences, travel, songwriting – it’s all for Jesus! He deserves our best, and our best today is different than our best from yesterday – our best for tomorrow will be better still.

1. Excellence looks like personal practice
Getting better at your craft.  If you feel as though you’re “good enough”, please re-check your approach. Excellence takes hard work and means we are continually getting better.

2. Be aware of where you want to be and set realistic goals for yourself
Don’t be content with staying where you are. God wants our best and the bottom line is our best will constantly be changing with more time, work, and experience.

3. Set an expectation of excellence in your team
Excellence starts with the expectation we set for ourselves but a culture of excellence in a team can only be created by the expectation of our leadership. As a team leader, be clear about your expectations – your team will most likely rise to the challenge!

4.  Approach what you “always do” with fresh eyes
If we want church to be a place of innovation and initiative, we can’t do this by staying the same. In a new season, we need to look at what we do with fresh eyes. Different seasons call for new strategies or playing techniques.

Have an excellent day

 

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Brian

 

 

 

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Mindfulness For You

What books will help you find peace, enlightenment, and a better way of living? What is mindfulness?

These are questions many people have when they hear how books on mindfulness can change their lives for the better.

Just in case you are new to mindful living, let’s quickly go over the last question first.

What is mindfulness? When you strip away religious and metaphysical trappings that sometimes surround the concept of mindfulness, you find that mindfulness is simply using extreme focus to pay attention to a single thing.

You can be mindful of just about anything that matters. That is why you may have heard about so many types of mindfulness:

Mindful eating.

Mindful meditation.

Mindful relationships.

Mindful walking. The list goes on and on.

The reason it matters is because of what you notice (and figure out) when you are being mindful. People rarely spend time listening to what other people are saying, much less really being mindful about the things in their lives.

When you approach things in a mindful matter, a whole new universe opens up. A good example is simply being outside. When you are outside, chances are you are going somewhere, and your mind is filled with the things you want to do when you get there.

But if you are resting outside, thinking mindfully, you will notice the breeze on your skin, the sun on your face, the shapes of clouds, the way the elements interact, and the joy of the children playing across the street.

Being mindful can open up a new world that is always there, but that we may not always have time for.

Below is my list of the best mindfulness books. These books on mindfulness will not make you a guru, but should give you a great understanding of what mindfulness means, and how to achieve it.

1. Make Peace With Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You From Your Inner Critic by Mark Coleman

In this book, the author makes the argument that everyone has an inner critic in their mind that reminds them that they are never quite “good enough.” Because of these thoughts, people often second-guess their actions and doubt their value as people. This voice inside everyone’s head feels overpowering, but people can learn to manage it.

Mark Coleman is a meditation teacher and therapist who helps his readers release themselves from their inner critics through the use of mindfulness and compassion. In each chapter, Coleman gives the reader an understanding of what creates and quiets the critic. He offers stories of real people to help guide the reader, and teaches simple practices that anyone can use to help find peace in their lives.

This book is written in an engaging and informal style that allows a serious topic to be approached in an easygoing way. One of the best things about this book is that the author really practices what he preaches. He has true self-respect, and it may be surprising to some that his mind was once very critical. He offers himself as a great example of what the book is about, and that making peace with your mind will work if you apply what you learn in the book to your own life.

2. Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking by SJ Scott and Barrie Davenport

This book has been a consistent bestseller in mindfulness for over six months. It has sold tens of thousands of copies and generated hundreds of positive reviews, such as the one below.

“Man, I wish I had this book decades ago—literally would have saved me a lot of grief. This isn’t some New Agey woo-woo book about just being mindful and living in the present moment. It’s actually jam-packed with things to DO: tactics, tricks, exercises that you can use to strengthen your mental “now” muscle. We feel guilt or regret when we live in the past; we feel anxiety or stress when we’re living in the future. This book will help you to realize that the time is always NOW.”

3. Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind Over Body by Jo Marchant

This book offers the reader a cautious investigation into how the brain can help heal the body. It also addresses how brains that are damaged by stress may make the body more susceptible to illness and accelerated aging.

People easily accept that stress and anxiety can damage one’s overall health, but rarely consider the idea of healing thoughts. This book addresses evidence that one’s thoughts, emotions, and beliefs can stop or reverse the damage that has been done to the body.

In this book, award-winning science writer Jo Marchant goes around the world to talk to doctors, patients, and researchers about this new idea of healing. The reader learns how meditation can help protect against diseases such as depression and dementia, how social connections improve one’s health, and how patients who have a support system can recover from surgery faster than those who do not.

The author uses specific real-life stories, such as one about a transplant patient who uses the scent of lavender to relieve his immune system, and another about an Olympic runner who is able to improve his performance through positive thinking.

This is a great book for people who do not have faith in the placebo effect. The content is interesting and enlightening, offering ideas for managing chronic illness and other areas of health. The author goes into great depth in her research, and is honest about her own initial skepticism about the topic. Using both clarity and compassion, the author teaches the reader about a system of medicine that treats people holistically.

4. Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition): Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

This landmark work on mindfulness, meditation, and healing is now revised and updated after 25 years. This book, written by the founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, is based on author Kabat-Zinn’s well-known mindfulness-based stress reduction program. The reader will learn how to use meditation-based mind-body approaches to reduce stress, establish a greater balance between the body and the mind, and encourage healing.

The mindfulness practices offered in this book are meant to be integrated into the reader’s life to help manage chronic pain, promote healing, reduce anxiety, and improve one’s quality of life and relationships. This book includes results from studies into the science of mindfulness, and recent statistics about the practice.

This book is written for people of any age who are looking to live a healthier and more peaceful life. It is especially great for those who are interested in the Mindfulness Stress Reduction Program. It provides a thorough explanation of the program that is easy to understand. The writing is succinct, making the entire book relevant and revealing.

5. The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh

In this guide, Thich Nhat Hanh offers the reader stories and practical exercises to help teach the skills of mindfulness. This is one of Hanh’s most popular books because it is an interesting read that is about how to take hold of one’s consciousness and teach you to live in the present reality, no matter how mundane the task at hand is.

Even if you are just washing the dishes or eating a snack, the author shows how the meditative mind can be achieved all the time, and how it can help people heal.

This book is written very sincerely, and includes useful, literal steps to guide the reader through introspection. The author uses simple words to explain the concept of mindfulness. This book is especially great for people who are new to the practice.

The last books you can read about here: 

20 Best Mindfulness Books to Help You Find Peace in a Crazy World

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

 

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