Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sleeping Enough to Be Truly Awake

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May 31, 2017

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Sleeping Enough to Be Truly Awake

The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night's sleep.

- E. Joseph Cossman -

Sleeping Enough to Be Truly Awake

"Human beings are the only species that deprives themselves of sleep. No other species that we see will do this... And what that means is that evolution has never faced the challenge of insufficient sleep since the dawn of time. As a consequence, Mother Nature has never had to solve this problem of insufficient sleep -- so there is no safety net [to bank on when it comes to sleep loss.]" In this Awakin call, guest Matt Walker, a professor of Neuroscience at UC Berkeley and director of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory, describes the critical importance of good sleep for learning, memory, creativity, emotional regulation, cardiovascular health, and healthy aging. Calling the global sleep loss epidemic "the greatest public health challenge we now face in the 21st century," Matt examines the impact of sleep loss on the human brain function. In this lively discussion, Matt also answers several pertinent questions from participants on issues ranging from the use of electronic devices during bed time to working late-night shifts to napping during the day to long-term use of sleeping pills -- and helps demystify this fundamental biological drive. { read more }

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What is one thing you could do differently during the day that would positively impact the quality and quantity of your sleep? For more inspiration, join the upcoming Awakin Call with dedicated yoga teacher and gift ecology practitioner, Pranidhi Varshney. RSVP info and more details here. { more }


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Why Is It So Hard to Take Your Own Advice?

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Why Is It So Hard to Take Your Own Advice?

Advice is like snow -- the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge -

Why Is It So Hard to Take Your Own Advice?

Melissa Dahl says she loves to give advice to friends on how to solve their problems but rarely takes her own advice. Sound familiar? It's a question of perspective, she points out. We are too close to our own stuff. Nevertheless maybe we should listen to the advice we give others as she also says, "There's a good chance you're saying something you need to hear, too." { read more }

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Next time you give advice to someone else, listen closely and share with the other person that you have similar troubles too. Then ask yourself if it might be worth applying your advice to your own situation.


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Monday, May 29, 2017

Red Onions: Transformed by Beauty

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Red Onions: Transformed by Beauty

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.


- Marcus Aurelius -

Red Onions: Transformed by Beauty

Alanda Greene peeled back the outer layer of a red onion. As the sun caught its redness, lit it up like a ruby, she gasped at the startling beauty of it. Her mind had been elsewhere, grumbling about something that had happened, but she was suddenly called to what the Navajos refer to as the Path of Beauty. Beauty is everywhere, she discovered, as "the red glow absorbed my being in gratitude and awe." { read more }

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Alanda says "A moment of grace...showed yet again that the choice I make with my thoughts makes all the difference in my world." Notice the choices you make today as you look out on the world around you, and remind yourself that like a red onion your thought has many layers, many colors.


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Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Bicycle Machines of Guatemala

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The Bicycle Machines of Guatemala

There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.

- Helen Frankenthaler -

The Bicycle Machines of Guatemala

Since 1997, Maya Pedal has been focused on sustainable development in Guatemala. Locals were handed control in 2001. Recycling bicycles from the USA and Canada to create Bicimaquinas or pedal-powered machines is one of the ways the organization benefits the developing nation. But it wasn't always easy. In this video, director Mario Juarez shares how the program kept getting rejected, while also demonstrating the perseverance it took to create a positive impact. { read more }

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What is something you can do this week to reduce your energy footprint or invent for the benefit of others?


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