Two terrific infographics for grounding yourself in reality, right now

Two terrific infographics for grounding yourself in reality, right now

These are two handy infographics will help you to grab hold of whatever is playing on your mind and master it with mindfulness tactics. In the modern world of constant digital distractions, it's important to remember to breathe, go inwards and find an inner stillness as a salve for the chaos in our daily lives. These two…

The Enlightenment of Everyday Objects

The Enlightenment of Everyday Objects

In ancient Japanese tradition, when a treasured household item reaches the end of usefulness - it's given the proper funerary send off that it deserves. This unusual ritual harks back to two ancient philosophies. The Shinto Animist philosophy that all things alive or otherwise have a soul. And the Nichiren Buddhist philosophy that when a…

An operatic journey through our solar system at the speed of light

Join me for an operatic journey at the speed of light

If you're like me and tend to gaze up at the night sky and wonder about life and the meaning of it all then you can't help but be swept up in the events of the past few weeks. NASA estimates that 1 billion earth-like planets in our galaxy alone NASA New Horizons Crew find…

What The Heck is Electronic Mail? Asks Ad From 1977

What The Heck is Electronic Mail? Asks Ad From 1977

Global technology company Honeywell is still alive and kicking in 2015 but in 1977 the idea of electronic mail was certainly novel and almost unfathomable. It's so fascinating to see how previous decades, what's unimaginable in our daily lives becomes commonplace. And everyday objects that were commonplace fade to black and become pieces of quaint…

Samuel Beckett and Cats Talk About The Pointlessness of Existence

Push It To The Limit: Failure Is Not An Option!

Each evening between 6 and 7 pm, I hear the same battle-cry echoing out of the gym next door to my apartment building. It's the crazed militant scream of a male gym instructor to his charges. Every day this man lets loose a bitter tirade of abuse on people who come to the gym. People…

Philosophical Friday: The Pleasure of Being a Homebody

Philosophical Friday: The Pleasure of Being a Homebody

This poster is absolutely priceless, I found it on Reddit.  While there's much to be said for going on an epic journey into the unknown, or gearing up for a massive weekend festival, we are often champing at the bit when we see a line-up for a festival. Yet the reality is, we end up…

Technobiophilia and why our digital lives don’t need to be frantic

According to Author Sue Thomas who wrote the book Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace there's an intimate relationship between the language we use online: clouds, rivers, streams, viruses, and bugs and the way that we use our devices to reconnect with nature. According to Thomas, technobiophilia is the ‘innate attraction to life and lifelike processes as they appear…

Oprah Winfrey On The News And Why Spiritual Consciousness Starts With What We Focus On

Oprah Winfrey On The News, Gardening, and Seeing Your True Purpose

I think there needs to be a change of consciousness with the news ... to try to seek a higher ground. Why can't it be more representative of the way the world really is? I think we don't know what the bombardment of crime and violence does to our minds, I think we're in denial…

Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

A solar eclipse is an awe-inspiring phenomenon that visits earth only once every couple of years or even decades. Ever since ancient times, humans have been fascinated, fearful and reverent of eclipses. Myth and the Solar Eclipse Ancient Greeks, Mesopotamians and Egyptians were the first to record solar eclipses. In 585 BC, Herodotus wrote 'Day…

On embracing restlessness

One of the dumbest things you can do is sit in one space and let the world pass you by. — Bob Propst, inventor of the office cubicle. It's important to not be boxed in, for all its literal and metaphorical senses. We need to be careful that we aren't going to work in a…

Tangible Things: How Do Cultures Measure the Past?

Tangible Things is a fascinating MOOC by Harvard University about material culture. Now finished, you can still cruise through the videos. You will be taken on a journey into the living, breathing history of material objects. Sound boring? It's anything but! It may well change the way that you view mundane things like chairs, rocks and…

Product Review: The Charity Pot (How to Gush About Lush)

Cruelty Free Product Review: The Charity Pot (How to Gush About Lush)

Let me start off by saying - this is not a sponsored post. This is me wanting to gush about Lush and their superb Charity Pot body lotion. As promised I am going to write about ethical, cruelty free products. This one really takes the cake. Compared to other vibrantly coloured and perfumed products in…

Dumbo and Co: Charming Pics of Mid Century Elephants

Dumbo and Co: Charming Pics of Mid Century Elephants

Elephants are one of the largest land mammals on earth and also one of the longest lived, with a lifespan averaging 60 years or longer. In the Buddhist tradition, a white elephant is considered to be the incarnation of Buddha. Thus the rare appearance of a white elephant is still heralded as a manifestation of…

The Strangely Hypnotic World of Norwegian Slow TV

The Hypnotic, Droll and Funny World of Norwegian Slow TV

Thomas Hellum of production company NRK in Norway has created new form of documentary that pushes the boundaries of what is and what isn't entertainment. This means filming quirky drawn out events such as real-time, live journeys in ferries and trains; along with knitting and wood-chopping events. Sounds about as interesting as watching paint dry, right?…

Motivating Giraffe: The World's Tallest and Most Uplifting Mammal

Motivating Giraffe: The World’s Tallest and Most Uplifting Mammal

Recently my blog was liked my a curiously named blogger called Motivating Giraffe. I don't know why I never discovered this treasure trove of inspiration earlier. I am glad she found me anyway. Here are some of her endearingly beautiful illustrations and inspirational messages. She has just won an instant fan! I hope you will…

How do you define happiness?

I was speaking to a friend on the wordpress site the other day, Maia who mentioned that she was fortunate in that she could work and earn a living doing what she loves. Which made me ponder, what are the defining characteristics of happiness? Is happiness some mythological pot of gold at the end of…

Creepily Correct Predictions Circa 1880 About The World in the 21st Century

Creepily Correct Predictions Circa 1880 About the World in the 21st Century

Albert Robida was born in 1848 and died in 1926. A French illustrator, etcher, lithographer, caricaturist, and novelist, he came up with some creepily accurate predictions about World War II and also how our world would look like in the 21st Century. He wrote a futuristic trilogy in the same vein as Jules Verne Of…

January 1st: An Auspicious Day...For a Hang Over

Winning Life’s Trifecta

It's 2015 baby! Is it time to dust away the cobwebs and start on that new regimen of lifestyle changes? Is it? I don't put much stock in new year's resolutions. Any day is a good day to begin the rest of your life. Without getting all Dr. Phil on your ass, here are some…

The Art of Love With John and Yoko

I discovered this beautiful rendering of a classic interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. What a better time to post it than on Christmas Eve. This is a simple message but it's always relevant, fresh and immediate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmvmnYEy9NY I hope you have a great Christmas wherever you are. Love is all you need! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb2YSAVHmIE…