The Festival of Floating Lanterns in Thailand

Book of Hours: Washington Mathews at Lauds

It was the wind that gave them life. It was the wind that comes out of our mouths now that gives us life. When this ceases to blow, we die. In the skin of our fingers we can see the trail of the wind. It shows us where the wind blew when our ancestors were…

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Book of Hours: Po Chü-i at Compline

Book of Hours: Po Chü-i at Compline

At night, in my dream, I stoutly climbed the mountain. Going out alone with my staff of holly-wood. A thousand crags, a thousand valleys - In my dream journey none were unexplored And all the while my feet never grew tired And my step was as strong as in my younger days. Can it be…

The strange streetscapes in a Tokyo without ads

The strange streetscapes in a Tokyo without ads

Nicolas Damiens is a French Graphic Designer who has worked for the past eight years in agencies all over the world. This collection of gifs that he made highlights an unkowable world without ads. It's undoubtedly more peaceful and slightly unnerving, something is definitely missing from this picture. Source: Nicholas Damiens Source: Nicholas Damiens  …

Your Life on Earth an Interactive Infographic by the BBC

A Personalised Interactive Infographic About Your Life from the BBC

It's no secret that I adore infographics. Even better are infographics or interactive media that has a personal angle. This enables the user to better relate to and absorb the information in a meaningful way. This interactive infographic from the BBC certainly does add a new dimension to the data. It's a clever combination of…

Objects With A Story. Object 1: The Tiny Book

Objects With A Story. Object 1: The Tiny Book

I found this tiny old leatherbound book in the home of a woman I was looking after in Wales about six years ago. I liked looking after the woman and living in her ancient thatch-roofed house in the middle of nowhere. The serenity was perfect. And yet precisely because it was so serene, I got…

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…

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…