What the World Needs Now ~ Spartan Meditations

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I came across a YouTube channel I really liked lately, and thought I’d share it, ‘cos this guy has some interesting thoughts about meditation, and if you’ve read my blog before you’ll know I like the auld bit of no-thinkiness myself. But how on earth do you calm your mind, if you aren’t feeling a baseline of calmness, and can’t seem to get calm enough to even be able to focus enough on sitting, let alone sitting in meditation? Richard Grannon talks about styles of meditation suitable for the chronically stressed out person to choose, and points out in a humorous way  how modern media is more effective in training us to work off our emotions than our logic, and why this isn’t such a great thing when we want to get into a calmer, more focused state of mind. Sound advice which I reckon is well worth a listen.

Here’s a video I made on my YouTube channel, about the same topic, and how it related to my own experiences on the Tube.

 

 

Soylent Green is People!

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It’s here at last. I’ve been waiting patiently since 1973 for this product to hit the shelves. I first heard about it in the movie starring Charlton Heston, and it sounded like something that could solve a lot of problems in the food department, if you’ve nothing else left in the cupboard, or you just don’t have time to pop outside to scavenge. Here’s the movie trailer for those of you who haven’t ever seen it.

If you love the idea of being able to top up your nutrition with a convenient drink, choc-a-bloc with  stuff that you can add other stuff to, if you want it to taste better, here’s some more info about the drink…..

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…and a helpful video by the people who make it.

Or, if you think the future of food isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, you could follow the suggestion made by this commenter:

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Is your interest piqued in new developments in the food industry? Here’s a documentary called The Future of Food which might provide more insight.

Starbucked

Embracing couple using mobile phone in cafe

The bank that helped make homelessness in Dublin more fashionable than ever have long since moved on, leaving Starbucks to move in. There’s something in that, you know. You could say they probably have a similar outlook in regards to ripping off their customers, and probably went to the same empathy finishing school. Just look at how they spell your name on their cups and you get the picture fast. It’s like they weren’t even listening.

Thank goodness those darn homeless types can’t afford the coffee. Ruins your hipster vibe when you have to pretend to care about 171px-hipster-358479_640smelly/shabby/depressing people to impress of your cute girlfriend/boyfriend. And it’s not the kind of glamorous hobo vibe that George Orwell had going on in your much-thumbed copy of ‘Down and Out in Paris and London‘ that you’ve to do that modern lit. essay on. You don’t really like to think about the 677 families with 1,425 dependents who are currently either in homeless accomodation (B&Bs), who have to walk the streets all day with no money in their pockets, or living in hotels with no cooking facilities to make a dinner with their kids. You know how lucky you are, but you wish you hadn’t read the headlines, ‘cos it’s putting you off your latte.

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Guest Blogger Cloudnine33

meditation_harmony_peace_crystalCloudnine33 has kindly written a guest post, related to an earlier post I made over here. He has stuff to say on the nature of phenomena. Read on:

 

Everything is interconnected, ONE??? Obviously.
If we had no ears, then sound, speaking would have no meaning.
If there were no sounds, then ears, hearing would have no meaning,
Thus hearing and speaking are ONE movement. One has no meaning without the other.
They are both interdependent.
When one is hearing, it’s in their head and also outside their head at the same moment.
It’s ONE continuing vibration.
And do we change?????
LIVING, which IS movement, which IS time, IS change. Therefore change IS what IS.
And when we say change, what do we mean????
I am THIS, but I want to be THAT.
“THAT” does not exist, “THAT” is an idea, and an idea is not reality but an illusion.
And therefore ONE has divide itself psychologically into duality TWO, and thus the battle
begins between that which IS, and that, which IS NOT.
This IS the breeding grounds for all inner conflict, which manifests in all outer conflict,
What exists IS what IS.