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Eco consciousnesses and sustainable design is to develop compassion | Sustainable Fashion Design by buddha Jeans

Eco consciousnesses and sustainable design is to develop compassion | Sustainable Fashion Design by buddha Jeans | ecoZen | Scoop.it
A part of sustainable design or sustainable fashion design is to understand compassion, how can we produce taking care of the people affected by the pro...
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PHOTOS: Stunningly Beautiful Hindu Temples

PHOTOS: Stunningly Beautiful Hindu Temples | ecoZen | Scoop.it

Since 1976, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated close to a 1000 outstanding, endangered places as World Heritage sites of cultural and natural significance. There are several temples on that list. ...

 

Click through the slideshow to view beautiful temples that are World Heritage Sites: Hindu places of worship range from small shrines under trees, to temple complexes that contain thousands of smaller temples.

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Is It a Friendly Universe?

Is It a Friendly Universe? | ecoZen | Scoop.it

Albert Einstein said, "The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe." He was asking us to examine our core positioning, our beginning point. Einstein, I suspect, was speaking about our perception and attitude. Just think about it... rose-colored glasses... The cup is half empty... My way or the highway... These are part of our own GPS....

 

We can change negative thinking into positive thinking and maybe free ourselves from the imprisonment of limited perception. It requires two main ingredients: awareness and enthusiasm.

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Mystics vs Authoritarians

Down through the ages tension has always existed between the authoritarian and mystical viewpoint regarding the source of ultimate truth. On one side. authoritarians point to external sources of authority including “external” God, King, Emperor, constitution, tradition, organization, book (e.g. Bible or Koran), ritual, process (e.g. democratic), method (e.g. scientific), religious authority, guru or spiritual leader as the ultimate source of knowledge or truth.

 

On the other side, we have the mystics who seek and value a personal and “internal” connection with or understanding of God and truth. Some have experienced such a connection (or revelation) and feel compelled to share these insights with others. Ironically these individuals sometimes become external authority figures to their authoritarian followers....

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Buddhism And The Unconscious

Buddhism And The Unconscious | ecoZen | Scoop.it
Brain research over the last generation has confirmed the difference between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Our left cerebral hemisphere is the place where language is generated and received. It serves a linguistic consciousness with which we describe and think about the world. On the other side, our silent right brain hemisphere serves an unconscious awareness that cannot be coded in language. Non-verbal contemplative practices -- such as being quietly present in the natural world, "open presence" meditation, tai chi chuan or yoga -- elicit sustained awareness rooted in the unconscious. We are fully aware of what is happening, within and around us. Yet such experiences cannot be put into (or directed by) words because they are served by modules for sensory awareness in the right hemisphere. Focusing attention in the present suspends the usual executive functions of the conscious mind, so that the resources of the unconscious may unfold.
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schools and the flow in psychology | Resko Dwi Putra Sumantri

schools and the flow in psychology | Resko Dwi Putra Sumantri | ecoZen | Scoop.it

Psychology as a science is always evolving, along with the development of school-mashab and new theories are emerging.The theories that emerge usually a criticism of previous theories.Indeed, it should be recognized that the point of view (theory) in psychology nothing is perfect, so as to open opportunities for scientists to provide input or criticism and refinement of existing theories.


This time, we will discuss several psychological theories.Psychoanalysis, Behaviorism, Humanistic (Holistic), Gestalt Psychology, Positive Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology and Cross Cultural Psychology (Cross Culture Psychology)

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Lutheran Theology Study Group: Mystical Theology of Martin Luther

Lutheran Theology Study Group: Mystical Theology of Martin Luther | ecoZen | Scoop.it

Luther cleverly crafted his own mystical theology which he regarded as the experiential side of Christianity. We need to bear in mind that although Luther describes this mystical experience in terms as magnificent as those used by any mystical theologian, it is never the center of his focus, nor is it the pillar of the believer’s life. Instead, it is always part and parcel of Christian faith and life as a whole, neither exaggerated nor isolated from the rest. For this reason, it is an integral, but never overemphasised part of Luther’s theology.

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Reports of near-death experiences increase with medical technology

Reports of near-death experiences increase with medical technology | ecoZen | Scoop.it
Near-death experiences have been reported for centuries, but now because of medical technology, more people are coming back.

 

Rive University Newton Rayzor Professor of Religious Studies and author of "Authors of the Impossible," Jeffrey J. Kripal has been researching NDEs for years.

 

"What’s interesting about today is that we have so many more reports," he said. "The real question here is if mind is brain or not. If mind is brain, when the brain dies, the mind blips out, end of story. That’s the standard scientific explanation. The other position is that mind and brain are not the same thing, but that mind is filtered through the brain, processed through the brain, translated by the brain like a television set translates a signal."
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Rachel Carson and the legacy of Silent Spring

Rachel Carson and the legacy of Silent Spring | ecoZen | Scoop.it

Serialised in the New Yorker during the summer of 1962, Silent Spring was published that September. It remains one of the most effective denunciations of industrial malpractice ever written and is widely credited with triggering popular ecological awareness in the US and Europe. Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace trace their origins directly to Silent Spring. “In the 60s, we were only just waking up to the power that we had to damage the natural world,” says Jonathon Porritt, a former director of Friends of the Earth. “Rachel Carson was the first to give voice to that concern in way that came through loud and clear to society.” Or as Doris Lessing put it: “Carson was the originator of ecological concerns.”

 

One organisation that can trace its existence to Carson’s work is the US Environmental Protection Agency, “the extended shadow of Silent Spring“, as one writer described it. In 1980, Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the US, by Jimmy Carter.

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Metaphysical Catholic: The Catholic Yin-Yang

Metaphysical Catholic: The Catholic Yin-Yang | ecoZen | Scoop.it

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Exploring the religious impulse known as mysticism - the "silent cry" at the heart of all the world's religions. Mysticism, in the sense of a "longing for God," has been present in all times, cultures, and religions. But Soelle believes it has never been more important than in this age of materialism and fundamentalism. The antiauthoritarian mystical element in each religion leads to community of free spirits and resistance to the death-dealing aspects of our contemporary culture. Religion in the third millennium, Soelle argues, either will be mystical or it will be dead. Therefore, Soelle identifies strongly with the hunger of New Age searchers, but laments the religious fast food they devour. Today, a kind of "democratized mysticism" of those without much religious background flourishes. This mystical experience is not drawn so much of the tradition as out of contemporary experiences. In that sense, each of us is a mystic, and Soelle's work seeks to give theological depth, clarity, and direction.

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Why Mysticism Matters

Why Mysticism Matters | ecoZen | Scoop.it
Have you ever had a mystical experience? Wikipedia defines “mysticism” as “the knowledge of, and especially the personal experience of, states of consciousness, or levels of being, or aspects of reality, beyond normal human perception, including experience of and even communion with a supreme being.”

 

I had my first mystical experience when I was a 16-year-old secular atheist...

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A Strange Freedom: The Best of Howard Thurman on Religious Experience and Public Life | Biographies & Memoirs En Gratis

A Strange Freedom: The Best of Howard Thurman on Religious Experience and Public Life | Biographies & Memoirs En Gratis | ecoZen | Scoop.it

Howard Thurman is hard to lionize because he’s hard to categorize. He was a minister to Martin Luther King Jr. and an academic at Boston University, and he has been posthumously interpreted as a mystic, a political visionary, and a model of parish ministry. “Human life is one and all men are members of one another,” Thurman wrote. “And this insight is spiritual and it is the hard core of religious experience.” Such statements make him as useful to black Baptists as he is to white Unitarians, which probably explains why his writings have not been packaged by the niche-marketing-obsessed publishing industry as well as they should have been–until now. A Strange Freedom: The Best of Howard Thurman on Religious Experience and Public Life, an anthology edited by Walter Earl Fluker and Catherine Tumber, collects Thurman’s meditations on everything from the universal vocational dilemma (in an essay called “What Shall I Do with My Life?”) to his specific observations on the legacy of Dr. King (in a radio obituary delivered on the evening of King’s assassination). Among the most striking and original aspects of Thurman’s faith is his insistence on the political significance of Christian mystical experience.

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Mystical Experience and Schizophrenia

Mystical Experience and Schizophrenia | ecoZen | Scoop.it

Autobiographical accounts of acute mystical experience and schizophrenia are compared in order to examine the similarities between the two states. The appearance of a powerful sense of noesis, heightening of perception, feelings of communion with the “divine,” and exultation may be common to both. The disruption of thought seen in the acute psychoses is not a component of the accounts of mystical experience reviewed by the author, and auditory hallucinations are less common than visual hallucinations in the mystical state. The ease with which elements of the acute mystical experience can be induced in possession cults or in an experimental situation suggests that the capacity for such an altered state experience may be latently present in many people. It is postulated that there is a limited repertoire of response within the nervous system for altered state experiences such as acute psychosis and mystical experience, even though the precipitants and etiology may be quite different.

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10 Pieces of Wisdom from the Dalai Lama's Twitter Feed

10 Pieces of Wisdom from the Dalai Lama's Twitter Feed | ecoZen | Scoop.it
While he spreads his message of compassion to millions, one of the easiest ways to get acquainted with his philosophies is through his twitter account.
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8 Stages of Buddhist Samatha Meditation | voemhealth

8 Stages of Buddhist Samatha Meditation | voemhealth | ecoZen | Scoop.it

The journey towards the experience of nothingness begins with mindfulness and ends with neither perception nor non-perceiving, but rather, one just is...

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As Land-Grant Law Turns 150, Students Crowd Into Agriculture Colleges - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education

As Land-Grant Law Turns 150, Students Crowd Into Agriculture Colleges - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education | ecoZen | Scoop.it

State-budget cuts mean that many of the agriculture colleges are raising tuition and having to do more with less at the same time that they're trying to make sure curricula and research keep pace with an agricultural economy that is not just increasingly high-tech but also increasingly global....

 

What's not in short supply are interested students. ... At Penn State, the agriculture college's undergraduate population has risen by 48 percent since 2006, and it stands now at 3,000—four-fifths of whom are not from farm backgrounds. Mr. McPheron, the dean, says the increase comes thanks to a strong demand for employees from a wide range of food-related industries, as well as to students' interest both in new issues, like sustainability and local foods, and in traditional careers like farming and, in Pennsylvania's case, growing juice grapes in the state's northwestern "Concord belt."

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Daily Pic

Daily Pic | ecoZen | Scoop.it

In his latest video projection at Pierogi gallery in Brooklyn, Lamson first shows himself walking on water. Or, if not walking, at least standing still on the surface and drifting along on a broad stretch of the peaceable Delaware River, with only birdsong for company. Then...

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Songs of Innocence and Experience: The Tone Poems of David Axelrod and William Blake | LA Letters | Land of Sunshine | KCET

Songs of Innocence and Experience: The Tone Poems of David Axelrod and William Blake | LA Letters | Land of Sunshine | KCET | ecoZen | Scoop.it
Los Angeles-born composer and music producer, David Axelrod is a bridge between Dr. Dre and original Romantic poet, William Blake.

 

Axelrod's irresistible drum breaks and sonic wizardry began in the 1950s culminating with his masterful era at Capitol Records a decade later. Axelrod created an extensive catalog of songs that remain sacred to DJs, vinyl archaeologists and music lovers.

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Consciousness Models in Action: Comparisons

Consciousness Models in Action: Comparisons | ecoZen | Scoop.it

This paper discusses various theoretical models of the evolution of consciousness as well as critically evaluates and integrates the models into a single organising framework, which is then applied to leadership theory.

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Eco-Buddhism countering deforestation

Eco-Buddhism countering deforestation | ecoZen | Scoop.it
In order to fight deforestation in Thailand, so-called eco-monks decided to ordain trees as monks through an official ceremony. This has been going on for decades, mostly in Pong Kam, in the district of Santisuk, a few hours from Chiang Mai. In this ceremony the monks did not claim to be fully ordaining the tree, as that status is reserved for humans only. The ceremony was used symbolically to remind people that nature should be treated as equal with humans, deserving of respect and vital for human as well as all life. The opportunity of the ordination was used to build spiritual commitment to fighting deforestation. This way they actively teach to importance of conservation of nature.

 

This is done through the modification of a traditional ritual, thaut phaa paa. During the ceremony two monks wrap saffron robes around the tree’s trunk, marking its consecration. The robes stand as a token that to damage or cut the tree is an act of demerit. The novelty here is that the tree ordained is not already treated as sacred but is made so through the ritual. Who would ever chop down an ordained monk? Even if it is a mock-monk?

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Can Religion Save Us?

Can Religion Save Us? | ecoZen | Scoop.it
Two researchers argue faith deserves more scientific study. They just think it's high time for scientists to stop ignoring something that plays a critical role in the lives of billions of people around the world.

 

Religion can shape a society in which it flourishes, bringing about mutual trust and solidarity and sacred rituals that are so powerful that citizens are willing to kill or die for the good of the community.

 

But religion can also hinder a nation's ability to work out differences with its neighbors, especially if the neighbors don't have a clue as to what that religion is all about.

 

And, according to the authors, that's precisely the mess we find ourselves in today....

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The unity of observer and observed – various perspectives

The unity of observer and observed – various perspectives | ecoZen | Scoop.it

...According to Advaita Vedanta philosophy (the most prominent school of Hindu philosophy) the self we experience is an illusion. What’s real is that Atma, which is the constant witness to all states of consciousness, inhabits a body. The classic statement ‘Tat tvam asi’ is interpreted in this context to mean that ultimately each of us is ‘That’ (tat), one with the Absolute. 

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Integral Options Cafe: IONS Teleseminar - "Psilocybin and Quantum Change in Attitude and Behavior" with Roland Griffiths

Integral Options Cafe: IONS Teleseminar - "Psilocybin and Quantum Change in Attitude and Behavior" with Roland Griffiths | ecoZen | Scoop.it

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Teleseminar from IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) featuring Dr. Roland Griffiths, Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the author of more than 325 papers and book chapters (as of March, 2011), with areas of specialization in behavioral pharmacology, drug self-administration, anxiolytics/sedatives, caffeine, and - most relevant to this podcast - hallucinogens.

 

Quantum change refers to sudden, distinctive, benevolent, and enduring experiences resulting in personal transformations that affect a broad range of personal emotions, cognitions and behaviors. Although the phenomenon of quantum change has been well described for over 100 years, it has rarely been addressed within modern psychology and there are few meaningful prospective experimental studies because such experiences usually occur at low rates and often unpredictably. Two recent double-blind studies have shown that under carefully controlled conditions psilocybin can cause profound personally and spiritually meaningful experiences (i.e., mystical-type experiences) in the majority of healthy participants.

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Philip K. Dick - Mystic, Epileptic, Madman, Fictionalizing Philosopher

Philip K. Dick - Mystic, Epileptic, Madman, Fictionalizing Philosopher | ecoZen | Scoop.it

Dick suddenly experienced what he called, with a nod to Plato, anamnesis: the recollection or total recall of the entire sum of knowledge. Dick claimed to have access to what philosophers call the faculty of “intellectual intuition”: the direct perception by the mind of a metaphysical reality behind screens of appearance. Many philosophers since Kant have insisted that such intellectual intuition is available only to human beings in the guise of fraudulent obscurantism, usually as religious or mystical experience, like Emmanuel Swedenborg’s visions of the angelic multitude. This is what Kant called, in a lovely German word, “die Schwärmerei,” a kind of swarming enthusiasm, where the self is literally en-thused with the God, o theos. Brusquely sweeping aside the careful limitations and strictures that Kant placed on the different domains of pure and practical reason, the phenomenal and the noumenal, Dick claimed direct intuition of the ultimate nature of what he called “true reality.” ...

 

Yet the golden fish episode was just the beginning. In the following days and weeks, Dick experienced and indeed enjoyed a couple of nightlong psychedelic visions with phantasmagoric visual light shows. These hypnagogic episodes continued off and on, together with hearing voices and prophetic dreams, until his death eight years later at age 53.

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Rethinking the “mystical” in the Dao De Jing

Rethinking the “mystical” in the Dao De Jing | ecoZen | Scoop.it
Joel Dietz, a regular follower of the blog, has written up the following summary of research he has been doing into the nature and background of “mystical” texts like the Dao De Jing. ...
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