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9 Houseplants That Clean The Air And Are Basically Impossible To Kill

9 Houseplants That Clean The Air And Are Basically Impossible To Kill | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it

Pop quiz: which is more polluted, indoor air or outdoor air? 10 times out of 10, indoor air in your house, office or apartment is going to be worse than the air outside. Indoor air pollution has been ranked among the top 5 greatest risks to public health by the EPA, and stagnant indoor air allows pollutants to build up and stick to the things inside of your home.

The things in our homes emit some nasty toxic chemicals like formaldehyde for example. You can also be impacted by pollutants like pollen, bacteria, mold, and various outdoor contaminants that find their way inside.

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Overcome Social Anxiety Permanently

Overcome Social Anxiety Permanently | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
After struggling with social anxiety for many years and finding a way out, I created this website to share the best and most useful information I gathered over time, in order to help others find ways of overcoming social anxiety, building lasting confidence, and developing social skills.
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Taurus Full Moon



Like a great symphony of lunar poetry, tonight’s Taurus full moon rises just when we need to be reminded to find our center. Taurus acknowledges that we have work to do. But first, we need to ground . . . even to find our ground.

Taurus is not in a hurry. It craves enough time to align the human body with the higher vibration of Mind. This moon suggests that you pay closer attention to what your sensual body is experiencing. As Mary Oliver once wrote: "Let the soft animal of your body love what it loves." (See below for the full text of "Wild Geese.”)

I understand, with every fiber of my being, the confusion and frustration ripping its way through our world. But I am also beginning to feel the undercurrent of something remarkable rising in many who are leaning deeper into their conscious desire to see and move through the chaos. Today, tonight, you don’t have to KNOW what is coming or what to do next. You just have to choose to stay loose and open. When Taurus is misbehaving, it can get stuck in place, almost like the needle on an old-fashioned Victrola returning, over and over, to the same few notes. We want to make sure that we don’t get stuck in grief or rage, in a sense of futility or victimization. 

For just a day or two, suggests Taurus, rest and nourish your bodies so they can continue to support your movement forward. Even the great masters have known when it was time to stop and be supported by the strength of a bodhi tree or a sturdy oak, to listen for the wise counsel in bird song.

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Three Ways to Keep Technology From Hurting Your Relationships, by Christine Carter

Three Ways to Keep Technology From Hurting Your Relationships, by Christine Carter | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
We all do things — perhaps daily — that push the people we love away from us. We sneak “harmless” glances at our smartphones while playing games with our children. We forget to take thirty seconds to greet our spouse warmly when we haven’t seen her or him all day. We decline a call from our friend or grandmother because we don’t feel like mustering the energy to truly listen. This modern world we live in is full of common situations and experiences which, if not handled well, create resistance rather than ease, impairing the strength that a relationship brings us. Tiny ruptures in our relationships drive love and connection out of our lives.

You know the feeling: You’re having coffee with an old friend, and her cell phone keeps buzzing. She’s left her thirteen-year-old daughter home alone, so she keeps checking her phone, just to make sure everything is okay. But then a text comes in from one of her colleagues who is working late on a problematic project. Your friend feels the need to answer her questions. In the end, you feel you had only half her attention for most of the meal. It was good to see her, but the friendship isn’t what it once was.

Tiny ruptures in our relationships drive love and connection out of our lives.
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The Venus Project

The Venus Project proposes an alternative vision of what the future can be if we apply what we already know in order to achieve a sustainable new world civilization. It calls for a straightforward redesign of our culture in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but as totally unacceptable. Anything less will result in a continuation of the same catalog of problems inherent in today's world.
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How to Start a YouTube Channel for Your Business – Shopify

How to Start a YouTube Channel for Your Business – Shopify | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
Every day, YouTube users in the United States watch over 8000 years of content and yet only 9% of small businesses have bothered to start their own channels. As YouTube usage continues to soar, don't let your business be one of the ones that are left behind.

In this post, we’ll take an in-depth look at setting up a fully optimized YouTube channel for your business and creating great content that engages your current customers and attracts new ones as well. A comprehensive content strategy on YouTube will help you build your brand’s identity, showcase your products, and connect with your audience in fresh and exciting ways.

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The Winter Pilgrim: An Interview with Ann Sieben, by Awakin Call Transcript

The Winter Pilgrim: An Interview with Ann Sieben, by Awakin Call Transcript | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
Xiao: Today our special guest speaker is none other than Ann Sieben, someone who really embodies today's theme, "From Nuclear Engineer to Adventure Pilgrim to Spiritual Pilgrim to Servant Pilgrim." Thanks again for joining today's call. Let us start with a minute of silence to anchor ourselves.

(Minute of silence)

Guri: In 2007 Ann who is a native of Denver Colorado and a nuclear engineer by profession, was waiting for a work permit in Spain and that never came through. Instead of looking for other work, she decided to walk on foot along an ancient pilgrimage path from Leon, Spain to Santiago which is known as the Camino de Santiago. In December of that same year, she began a longer pilgrimage, from Canterbury to Rome, Italy and ended up walking over 2100 kilometers. The following winter, she decided to do it again, this time from Germany (Aachen) to the Camino de Santiago in Spain ending in Finisterre.  In 2009 -- you guessed it -- she walked again on another pilgrimage, over 4400 kilometers, from Ukraine (Kiev) to Patras, Greece, and by this time she was known as the “Winter Pilgrim.” She was being asked to give talks and share about her experiences with many different groups. One of the things that saddened her was sort of a slightly cynical comment where people would always tell her that, "You know, sure, you can do something like this in Europe but not in the US. It's not in our culture. No one would open their door to a pilgrim." And to demonstrate that North Americans are just as kind, she set out on her next pilgrimage from Denver, Colorado and walked down to Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City and, lo and behold, she was right. She learned that Americans and Mexicans are just as friendly. In 2011, she walked again and this is during the Arab Spring. She walked 6300 kilometers from Santiago, Spain through the North African road to Jerusalem in Israel. In 2012, she went out to South America and started in Argentina and walked up along the eastern coast crossing Chile, Peru, Ecuador,
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Future Sustainability for Earth, Green Building, David Gottfried

Future Sustainability for Earth, Green Building, David Gottfried | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
Time is short. That’s the message I’ve heard my entire life in my head. I’ve studied the state of the earth, the state of the world, the vital signs, and they all indicate not only have we crossed seven billion people on the planet, but we’re at 500 percent of Earth’s carrying capacity.

That is the reason I formed Regen360…to answer critical questions about our current and future existence and sustainability on earth and our responsibility to the planet. What are we doing here? What are you doing for the planet? How do we create a life of legacy and purpose that is renewable and regenerative; that gives you the wealth and the income that you need and, even more importantly, is the planting of seeds that create a future that we’re proud of for our children and theirs?

I have spent a career devoted to our green legacy. When I founded the U.S. Green Building Council nearly 25 years ago, I wanted to help my industry. Who knew we would be with the Green Building Council model in 130 countries, each with ratings systems and thousands of professionals belting it out there to grow their business, grow their life, and heal the planet by creating joy, purpose and contentment for themselves? I want you to join me to not only to help green life but also to build wealth and prosperity for our bank accounts and the future of our home: the earth.

It is my fond hope that Regen360 can help the earth do a complete turnaround in its green living and green building practices.
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School Design: Every School Is A Think Tank

School Design: Every School Is A Think Tank | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
Every school, by design, opens it doors to the brightest developing minds a community has to offer.

Each one of those students has unique talents, and is plugged into a complex network of resources both human and otherwise.

It’s the case then, that every student is a teacher–a person having experienced a perfectly human experience that carries with them the moments of their life piling up behind them to each subsequent moment.

These moments are a wonderful mix of performance and failure–of abstraction and practicality. These manifest as needs and opportunity.

As such, students are a kind of human duality of needs and opportunity insofar as their daily practice and knowledge acquisition is concerned.

They come to school full of what they can do, and what they need.

Teachers can guide the intersection of these two planes until they sit neatly on one another.

School then becomes a place where children solve problems and realize possibility while catalyzed by each moment as it comes anew.

As children solve problems in an authentic and sustainable way–this particular problem and this particular family in this particular context in this particular community–the school crystallizes into something else.

Properly conceived then, every school is a think tank.

The question becomes, then, how closely can you, as an educator, align those needs and that opportunity for that student?
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Will There Be a 'December Surprise'?

Will There Be a 'December Surprise'? | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
As millions of Americans desperately seek an alternative to Donald Trump, the 2016 presidential election now faces the volatile possibility of a “December Surprise”.Here are some Constitutional realities:The Electoral College is set to vote Monday, December 19.
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This teacher's thank-you letter to her students went viral because we all needed it.

This teacher's thank-you letter to her students went viral because we all needed it. | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
At the end of the creative marketing course Jessica Langer was teaching at Ryerson University in Toronto, she wanted to find a special way to say thank you to her students.

"I've had really great students in the past, but I don't know that I've ever had a group that's so big [about 90] and yet so uniformly great," writes Langer in an email, explaining that her students are "rightfully anxious about the future."

"The creative industries are changing so rapidly," she explains. "It's hard enough to graduate into a field that's stable: to graduate into an industry that's going through such change is anxiety-making. I wanted to give them some reassurance."

She decided to send her students a heartfelt letter, imparting one final lesson.
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Top 10 Mysterious Artifacts

Top 10 Mysterious Artifacts | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
Simply put, out-of-place artifacts are objects of historical and archaeological significance discovered out of context, seemingly defying explanation of how they came to be, and potentially challenging conventional history. 

Myriad theories seek to explain or debunk such phenomena, and it’s sometimes hard to know where the lines between serious archaeology and pseudo-science blur. Proponents point to the discovery of mysterious, ancient objects in remote locations devoid of human life as evidence of advanced civilisations lost to history. Others dismiss such claims, suggesting more ‘down to earth’ explanations. This article features a series of out-of-place artifacts that continue to fuel controversy and debate.
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Transform Your Life Today

Transform Your Life Today | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
How can you start the New Year feeling more confident, healthier and on the right track? There’s a lot of wisdom that can be teased out of these four must-listen podcasts. Download them for a listen on your next commute.

Ask the Most Powerful Question in the World

As you sail forth into 2017, the one thing I wish for all of us is to do a little less, and have more of an impact. In this podcast with Mark Bidwell, I unpack the three core principles for more effective conversations. Visit Innovation Ecosystem to discover the most powerful question in the world.

Change Your Life in 12 Minutes
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Home | ServiceSpace.org

Home | ServiceSpace.org | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
INSPIRATION
Read powerful news stories and uplifting interviews, view short films and more to wake up the mind and heart.
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An Experiment in Love: Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Six Pillars of Nonviolent Resistance and the Ancient Greek Notion of ‘Agape’

An Experiment in Love: Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Six Pillars of Nonviolent Resistance and the Ancient Greek Notion of ‘Agape’ | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it


“Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can only be done by projecting the ethic of love to the center of our lives.”


Nowhere does he transmute spiritual ideas from various traditions into secular principles more masterfully than in his extraordinary 1958 essay “An Experiment in Love,” in which he examines the six essential principles of his philosophy of nonviolence, debunks popular misconceptions about it, and considers how these basic tenets can be used in guiding any successful movement of nonviolent resistance. Penned five years before his famous Letter from Birmingham City Jail and exactly a decade before his assassination, the essay was eventually included in the indispensable A Testament of Hope:


 The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. (public library) — required reading for every human being with a clicking mind and a ticking heart.

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Solutions Lie Within

Solutions Lie Within | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
Moon energy awakens our deep needs and unconscious reactions and knowing this aspect of our inner nature is one of the greatest gift we can give ourselves. Ultimately, it helps us to bridge wisdom and compassion so we can love others more fully.

We can quietly ask ourselves in advance of this full moon the following questions and keep the answers loosely available knowing those answers could improve and deepen over the next few days. While answering the questions, check in with your body as to how comfortable you feel with your answer. The key to authenticity is refining the intuition where the body feels relaxed and “right” with the answer.

A Cardinal Grand Cross is a combination of opposing energies and challenging tensions. It asks us to tune into ourselves and balance and heal energies that may unconsciously be triggering conflict.

Meditating on the following 3 questions can help bring about this new clarity and use the cardinal grand cross energies to our advantage. With awareness, we won’t feel as likely to be triggered, pushed and pulled by the opposing and squaring energies. We can instead take a deep breath and tap into our inner knowing.

What unique talents or insights do you have and would like use and identify with moving forward? (Uranus in Aries)
How can I use this talent to expand my relationships with others in a way that is beneficial to them and myself? (Jupiter in Libra)
 What do I see myself doing or creating that will yield the longer-term results that I’m looking for and will give me a life of meaning? (Sun conjunct Pluto in Capricorn)
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Simone de Beauvoir on How Chance and Choice Converge to Make Us Who We Are

Simone de Beauvoir on How Chance and Choice Converge to Make Us Who We Are | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
To be alive is to marvel — at least occasionally, at least with glimmers of some deep intuitive wonderment — at the Rube Goldberg machine of chance and choice that makes us who we are as we half-stride, half-stumble down the improbable paths that lead us back to ourselves. My own life was shaped by one largely impulsive choice at age thirteen, and most of us can identify points at which we could’ve pivoted into a wholly different direction — to move across the continent or build a home here, to leave the tempestuous lover or to stay, to wait for another promotion or quit the corporate day job and make art. Even the seemingly trivial choices can butterfly enormous ripples of which we may remain wholly unwitting — we’ll never know the exact misfortunes we’ve avoided by going down this street and not that, nor the exact magnitude of our unbidden graces.
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14 Surprising Ways To Boost Creativity, by Ed Decker

14 Surprising Ways To Boost Creativity, by Ed Decker | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
Creativity is one of the most mysterious human qualities. Seemingly effortless for a rare few, it can be elusive for the majority. While the most extensive training in the world can’t turn an average Joe into Paul McCartney, these simple techniques can help edge the creative muse closer.
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Click Here To Find Out More...

Click Here To Find Out More... | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
The easier it is for you to write – the easier it is for other people to read.” 

Think about this for a minute. Matt Furey did NOT say that learning how to write a good email doesn’t involve work, training or practice. What he said is that when you write something and it feels easy, then the reader of your email will sense this ease, and he’ll be more comfortable reading what you wrote. 

How true. 

The opposite is also true. If you experience great difficulty in expressing yourself – the reader will feel that you “tried too hard” – and he’ll have trouble reading what you wrote.
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Barefoot Skateboarders of Janwar | KarmaTube

Barefoot Skateboarders of Janwar | KarmaTube | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
India's largest skateboarding park isn't in a big city, it's in a small village in Madhya Pradesh. A sport which has long been identified with urban neighbourhoods across the world, is being used in a village in central India as a trigger for social change. Ulrike Reinhard, a German national, established a skate park in Janwar, Madhya Pradesh in a region notorious for being one of the most socially and economically backward areas of the country. Untouchability, gender inequality, illiteracy, and alcoholism are rampant here. Through the voices of Reinhart and the children of the village, the film documents how the skate park is gradually changing the social fabric of the village and addressing some of its most deep rooted issues.
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The Most Influential African Americans Of All Time • Page 28 of 77 • FRANK151

The Most Influential African Americans Of All Time • Page 28 of 77 • FRANK151 | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
W.E.B. DuBois Perhaps the nation’s most well-known black intellectual, W.E.B. Du Bois’s impact was felt on all fronts. Early work such as his doctoral thesis The Suppression of the African Slave Trade in America, The Philadelphia Negro and Black Reconstruction set a standard for African-American scholarship.
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16 Overall Favorite Books of 2016

16 Overall Favorite Books of 2016 | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
To look back on any period of reading with the intention of selecting one’s favorite books is a curious two-way time machine — one must scoop the memory of a past and filter it through the sieve of an indefinite future in an effort to discern which books have left a mark on one’s conscience deep enough to last a lifetime. Of the many books I read in 2016, these are the sixteen that moved me most deeply and memorably. And since I stand with Susan Sontag, who considered reading an act of rebirth, I invite you to revisit the annual favorites for 2015, 2014, and 2013.
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scientific research and education

groundbreaking<br/>scientific research and education | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it
In the areas of consciousness and healing, extended human capacities, and worldview transformation, IONS keeps pushing the boundaries of what we know, advancing our shared understanding of consciousness and why this understanding will allow for the next evolution of humanity.

Join us on this journey as together we stand for a future that moves us past the fear of the unknown and into deep connection.
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The Alarming Health Effects of Fluoride

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The Alarming Health Effects of Fluoride

The dangers that fluoride pose on your health are so severe that they far outweigh any potential benefits to your teeth. There is growing research that reveals fluoride's damaging effects to your health.

Fluoride toxicity has been linked to many health problems, such as:

Dental fluorosis, a condition where tooth enamel becomes discolored and mottled
Increased lead absorption
Collagen synthesis disruption
Poor thyroid function and thyroid disease
Arthritis, bone fractures, and bone cancer (osteosarcoma)
Dementia
Hyperactivity or lethargy
Inhibition of enzyme and antibody formation
Immune system disruption
Increased risk of cancer
Muscle disorders
Help Spread the Word on the Dangers of Water Fluoridation!

It's time to put an end to the deception surrounding water fluoridation.

Although the number of anti-fluoridation supporters in the United States and Canada increase every day, millions of people are still unaware of the dangers of fluoride.

I urge you to help spread the word on the dangers of fluoride. Read this infographic Water Fluoridation: 6 Facts You Need to Know, which highlights important information about fluoride in drinking water, and how it can affect your health and the environment.

This infographic can also be embedded on your web site, at no additional cost.

Please don't ignore this important warning about the dangers associated with water fluoridation. Encourage your friends and loved ones, too, to spread the word about fluoride dangers.
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Joep Franssens - Harmony of the Spheres

Joep Franssens (1955) Harmony of the spheres : cycle in five movements for mixed choir and string orchestra (2001) Movement I - 00:00 Movement II - 10:1
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6 Words Every Writer Should Avoid

6 Words Every Writer Should Avoid | Consciousness & Creativity | Scoop.it

to move toward our writing goals, it is important to avoid using these six words as excuses.

What If

The first two words “What if?” represent a question based on fear.

“What if I get a contract and I can’t meet the deadline?”

“What if I get rejected?”

“What if I have only one book in me?”

Some of the ways to fight against “What if” is to beat it back with the truth. Every writer will at some point be rejected because rejection is a given in this type of creative pursuit. But we can learn from our failures, study good writing, and become stronger writers.

If we use fear as a motivator rather than a paralyzer 

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