‘If you’re not happy with the feeling, try dropping the narrative. After all, it’s your narrative, the story you have to keep telling yourself again and again, that’s causing the feeling to return.’
Empathy is difficult.
If you believed what he believes, you’d do precisely what he’s doing.
Think about that for a second. People act based on the way they see the world. Every single time.
Understanding someone else’s story is hard, a job that’s never complete, but it’s worth the effort.
“I think a good poem — in a mysterious, unmeasurable way — is religious.”
“Let our legacy be about planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.”
July, 28, 2016
‘Yoga is a tool for change. Rooted in compassion and connection, we are called to awaken to suffering and take action in response, creating peaceful, just, and connected global community. How will you take your yoga off the mat and into the world?’
‘New Huxley Opens its Doors (to Perception)’
Construction on the Lodge’s Huxley meeting room, built upon the foundation of the original Huxley and elevated to a new second floor, is completed this month in time for its namesake’s July birthday. Aldous Huxley was a seminal inspiration to Esalen co-founders Dick Price and Michael Murphy; his belief in “human potentialities” infused the very foundation of Esalen. The writer and philosopher, known for such works as A Brave New World and The Doors of Perception, passed away in 1963.
Jeff Kripal, chair of Esalen’s Board of Trustees and author of Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion, writes of Huxley’s Esalen connection: “…his call for an institution that could teach the ‘nonverbal humanities’ and the development of the ‘human potentialities’ functioned as the working mission statement of early Esalen.”
Regular workshops in Huxley will begin in August.
James Cameron’s 5-minute film showing at the DNC 2016.
‘Now, more than ever, is the time for millions of families to come together and revitalize American democracy.’
“As he put it last July, in an interview aired on C-span, when he was asked whether he would ever run as a third-party candidate, “I made the promise that I would not, and I will keep that promise. And the reason for that is I do not want to be responsible for electing some right-wing Republican to be President of the United States.” Sanders has kept that promise in letter, and in spirit, by endorsing Hillary Clinton. He’s doing what he said he’d do, and saying why. “Think about the Supreme Court Justices that Donald Trump would nominate and what that would mean to civil liberties, equal rights, and the future of our country,” Sanders said last night. He does not want to turn over the country to a racist demagogue who would irreparably damage it, when there is a candidate who agrees with him on many, if not all, issues and who is temperamentally and intellectually capable of doing the job.”
“No President, no matter how well-intentioned or progressive, can make any real change without the moral and pragmatic pressure of a grassroots movement. And he said it again last night, because Sanders is nothing if not consistent. “Election days come and go, but the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the one per cent . . . that struggle continues.”
Photo:Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes the stage to deliver a speech on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Monday, July 25, 2016.
Credit: Philip Montgomery for The New Yorker
Photo: Cold Springs Bridge south of Ketchum
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‘Every day, we change. We move (slowly) toward the person we’ll end up being.
Not just us, but our organizations. Our political systems. Our culture.
Every day we make the hard decisions that build a culture, an organization, a life.
Since yesterday, since last week, since you were twelve, have you been making deposits or withdrawals from the circles of supporters around you?
People don’t become selfish, hateful and afraid all at once. They do it gradually.
When we see the dystopian worlds depicted in movies and books [politics], are we closer to those outcomes than a generation ago? Do we find ourselves taking actions that make our conversations more considered, our arguments more informed, our engagements more civil? Or precisely the opposite, because it’s easier?
When your great-grandfather arrives by time machine, what will you show him? What have you built, what are you building? When your great-grandchildren remember the choices we made, at a moment when we actually had a choice, what will they remember?
We are always becoming, and we can always make the choice to start becoming something else, if we care.’
Readers are encouraged and invited to contribute to Dayle’s Community Cafe. Hazel Morgan asked to share, ‘Art. It’s not just a job, it’s a calling. Is it calling you?’
‘A job is just a work if it is done to earn income and status. When you start loving your work it’s no more work it will become your passion. Different professions that have been surveyed, the artist found being satisfied and happiest of all. Since apart from money artists enjoy more facilities such as flexible working hours and opportunity to show their creativity and talent.
Today many people believe in the wrong perception that artist are not well paid as compared to other graduates like doctors and engineers. However, they are unaware of the fact that artist is the one among all who are found to be more satisfied with their jobs.
According to survey Most of the people in the America feel that they cannot concentrate on their work completely since for them their work is just a job they are doing for some motives while, It is also found that 82% of arts graduates report feeling very engaged with their work and they feel pleasure doing their job.
To know more about art graduates please take a look at the graphic below to learn more about art graduates.
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We’ve heard in life we should follow our passions. Perhaps, more than passion we follow our contribution. What is our contribution? How does it align with purpose? How do we evolve our place along humanity’s spectrum? Maybe our contribution is simply the intersection of what we love, and what we are good at. Passion here being defined as contribution.
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‘Singular isn’t about scale.
Tracy Chapman was outsold by the Doobie Brothers by 40:1. But the Doobie’s aren’t 40 times as singular an artist as she is.
Lou Reed was outsold by Van Morrison at least 40:1. But again, our image and memory of Lou compares to Van’s, it’s not a tiny fraction of his.
Singular is the one that we can tell apart, the one we remember, the one we will miss when it’s gone.
It’s entirely possible that creators with scale are also singular (like Van, or Miranda), but it’s not required. Many of the artists, leaders and teachers that have had an impact on you and on me have done so with very little popular acclaim.
It doesn’t pay to trade your singular-ness for scale.
Singular might lead to scale, but popular is not enough.’
Researchers reveal that human brain has at least 180 different regions, confirming the existence of 83 known regions and adding 97 new ones.
Now researchers have updated the 100-year-old map in a scientific tour de force which reveals that the human brain has at least 180 different regions that are important for language, perception, consciousness, thought, attention and sensation.
The map will have an immediate impact on fundamental brain research, but will also quickly be taken up by neurosurgeons who can use the scientists’ computer algorithm to identify all of the different brain regions in patients they are about to operate on, (helping) in surgical planning to avoid areas that are involved in movement, and in understanding and producing language.
In the longer term, and potentially many years away, detailed brain maps are expected to help neuroscientists to understand how things go wrong in people with a range of disorders, such as dementia and schizophrenia.
‘I’m stricken by the ricochet wonder of it all: the plain everythingness of everything, in cahoots with the everythingness of everything else.’
Diane Ackerman’s ‘Poems for the Planets’; Carl Sagan sent this to Timothy Leary in prison.
1976 poetry anthology The Planets: A Cosmic Pastoral by Diane Ackerman — a whimsical and wonderful ode to the universe, celebrating its phenomena and featuring a poem for each planet in the Solar System, as well as one specifically dedicated to Carl Sagan.
“We need quantitative change in our circumstances, and qualitative change in our souls.”