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Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a world-recognized botanist, medical
biochemist and author (and now filmmaker). She is known for her
extraordinary ability to translate scientific complexities of nature for
the general public with both precision and poetry. "If you speak for
the trees, you speak for all of nature", says Beresford-Kroeger, one of
the world's leading expert on trees. She has studied the environmental,
medicinal, and even spiritual aspects of trees, has written about them
in leading books, and maintains gardens on her property that burst with
flora. From a very young age, she understood she was the last voice to
bring Celtic knowledge to the New World. Orphaned at age 11 in Ireland,
she lived with elders who taught her the ways of the Celtic triad of
mind, body and soul, all rooted in a vision of nature that saw trees and
forests as fundamental to human survival and spirituality.
Can observing the gentle ways of a graceful sea creature actually make you a better person? Rog Hanson is known as the Seahorse Whisperer, and you don’t end up with a title like that for no reason! We’re diving in with him to discover how we can all grow as humans from one of nature’s most elusive miracles.
Resting beneath the ocean’s surface lives a tiny, slender creature spending its days just hanging out, mystifying the human race with its long tail, fluttery balletic movements, and peculiar habits. But could they be more than that? If we spent a little time with them, could this strange little fish actually teach us something about ourselves? This thought leader brings us down into his underwater kingdoms to tell us all that he’s learned from seahorses!
A new society can be developed from the inspiring ways people around the
world are responding to this unprecedented disaster, and this is what
we should be planning right now in the spirit of Gandhi's 'practical
idealism.' Read more from Gandhian scholar Michael Nagler.
Psychologist Rick Hanson discusses how to strengthen our capacity for wisdom, peace, and enlightenment.
During this stressful time, it can be hard to manage the emotional challenges of sheltering in place and facing an uncertain future. We can’t rely on some of our usual ways of coping, like going out on the town with friends or getting hugs from a sibling. That means many of us are falling back on the (healthy or not-so-healthy) mental habits that we’ve been building up for years.
Psychologist and neuroscience expert Rick Hanson studies the mental resources that promote resilience, from calm and gratitude to confidence and courage. According to Hanson, the coronavirus crisis is exposing some of our psychological vulnerabilities, and reminding us how important it is to nurture our social and emotional strengths.
In his new book, Neurodharma, Hanson writes about how we can cultivate more equanimity, wisdom, and moral action using meditation and other practices. As he illustr…
What if you could meet the world’s rarest animals, get up close to some of the most famous paintings, and dive into the wonders of science without leaving your couch? Museums and zoos are giving us a new way to explore the world through virtual experiences!
What if you could explore all of the world’s greatest museums without the lines or summer heat, and take all the time you wanted exploring your curiosity? Whether you’re already a museum lover or new to the experience, there’s never been a better time to explore these cultural treasures! How? Well, through the power of virtual tours!
"Consider the Zen practice of the koan, the question or problem proposed
by Zen masters to each other or by masters to students. The koan is a
dilemma, a mystery which the rational mind cannot solve. The key to the
resolution of a koan is a shift in the being of the student which allows
for a new understanding of the question itself.
I have been flooded with requests from working moms for strategies to sustain their own well-being while trying to keep their children from slipping into depression and their careers afloat.
“I’m grateful to be working from home, but I’ve taken on way more of the housework and homeschooling than my husband has,” a client recently complained to me. “And I’m the one my kids come to to have their meltdowns. I’ve never been so exhausted. Or angry with my husband.” I know she is not alone; I imagine the resentment is reaching record highs this year.
I know from personal experience that resentment can show up on Mother’s Day as an expectation that our motherly sacrifice and hard work will be acknowledged and celebrated in a way that makes up for the unfairness of those sacrifices.
Noirin Ni Riain is an Irish spiritual singer, theologian, teacher,
author and Interfaith minister. Known as the High Priestess of Gregorian
Chan, Noirin has released sixteen albums since 1978, including three
with her sons Eoin and Micheal O' Suilleabhain. Her voice has rung out
for peace on many continents, from United Nations conferences to
gatherings with the Dalai Lama. In this short excerpt, titled "Little
Priestess", she describes her early sense of vocation, and the abrupt
way in which an early dream was shattered. Eventually leading her to a
new and expanded one.
This is a question that has confounded many scientists. It seems that, if our goal in life is self-preservation and passing on our genes to our children—as evolutionary biologists will tell you—then we should always make selfish choices to help ourselves first, rather than sacrificing for the benefit of others.
In response, some argue that helping others in need is only a way of feeling good ourselves. After all, we can get a quick hit of the “helper’s high”—a warm feeling activated by giving—and enjoy the gratitude of others, as well as their admiration. This view makes altruism seem, well, not so altruistic.
But a new study suggests that altruism may run deeper than that. Children as young as 19 months old gave to others, even when it cost them and they re…
The fastest way to start reducing your stress and increasing productivity doesn’t require any expensive new planners or apps. All you need to start working with the accuracy skill of a doctor or an astronaut is a piece of paper and a pen!
What if there was a free tool that could bring you the same success as astronauts, surgeons, and engineers? And that could help reduce stress and anxiety? Wouldn’t you want to use it? Well, grab a pen and some paper! In the next 10 minutes, you’re going to discover the almost-too-easy-to-be-true way these folks are able to increase their productivity and decrease their stress in some seriously stressful situations!
Can we seriously grow everything we need in our backyard? To explore this question, on this edition of Saturday’s Around the World we’re traveling to an enchanting land to meet a woman who can transform plants into almost any object you desire!
What if you could grow your own bowls, baskets, and lamps right in your backyard? In the vine-covered, magical world we’re traveling to today, that question becomes a reality. With bobbles of potential in all shapes in sizes hanging above our heads, you’re never going to want to leave Gourdlandia!
Together Apart is a new Orion web series of letters from isolation.
Every week under lockdown, they eavesdrop on curious pairs of authors,
scientists, and artists, listening in on their emails, texts, and phone
calls as they redefine their relationships from afar. The exchange that
follows is between Krista Tippett, author and CEO of the On Being
Project, and the poet and theologian Padraig O' Tuama.
At 16 she lay down in the middle of a busy two-way street. Then she
heard an inner voice say, "Do you want to be a drunk, or do you want to
be an artist?" She got up and never forgot the clarity of that decision.
High school was a humiliation. She was deemed slow and unteachable.
When she asked her dean about how to put together a portfolio for art
school he asked her if she'd considered selling shoes instead. She was
rejected by 10 schools, gained provisional admission to one. She put
herself through a punishing study schedule graduated with two degrees a
Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts. The day she received her
diplomas she immediately went to her studio, took out a match and burned
"I knew that the paper meant nothing. Only a lifetime of making art will
determine whether I'm an artist. What pulled me out of the road that
night and the anchor of my life was and is art. It's how I make sense of
the world, a world that threw every …
"Discussions now underway in many community, national, and global forums
suggest a significant widening of what is known as the Overton Window:
the range of public policies that the mainstream population is prepared
to consider at a given time.While there is an almost universal desire to
move rapidly beyond the COVID emergency, the spectrum of what we want
post-pandemic is broadening. Many are articulating that they do not want
to simply return to business as usual." David Korten shares more.