The New Story | Sustainability | Fritjof Capra & Pier Luigi Luisi’s ‘Systemic View’ | CEL

Sustainability may not be widely discussed in the network news channels, as ‘action’ news stories often focus on human conflicts, disasters and economic problems of immediacy, rather than delving into long-term repercussions or solutions. Often one is not presented with situations from the standpoint of how you, the viewer, can potentially get involved and help to transform the situation.

In fact we have often received information, from the top-down, through a hierarchy of stations delivered by a few news networks, owned by a few individuals. However, even the new story, implies a new way of gleaning information; through social networks. This implies horizontal sharing of information which a person can actively investigate on their own, delving into sources of information that offer alternative views or by talking with one another, sharing ideas or even taking a walk in the woods to contemplate. So rather than being spoon-fed bits of information, it’s a process of actively investigating and sharing. In other words, thinking, for oneself.

You really Are What you Think.

Sustainable Man, A New Story of the People

Sustainable Man A New Story of the People

The “New Story of the People” is narrated breathfully by Charles Eisenstein; his story of ‘a more beautiful world’.

A New Story, being in service to something larger than yourself

A New Story being in service to something larger than yourself

With respect to the ‘Sustainable Human’, Eisenstein talks about how in the last hundred years science has been focused on dissecting and reducing things to their elemental parts in the quest to understand our universe and the matter which makes up our world. Yet during the scientific process, the influence of the subjective viewer has come to be understood as influencing the object of study. In the past, this would have been discounted as something that can not be empirically proven. As the Western World expands beyond its scientific rationalism and objectification of the world in the ‘Industrial Age’ into a new view of the web of connections through the discoveries during the ‘Information Age’, our definitions are changing. And these spill over from the scientific view of the universe, into parallel pursuits in other arenas, such as recognizing that there is really something to the wisdom traditions of Eastern spirituality and mysticism. A perspective that has been compatible to various indigenous people all over the planet for millennium.

Eisenstein metions that “A new paradigm has begun to evolve along with this scientific view that emerged out of physics; a paradigm which sees the universe not as discreet parts with everything distinctly separate, but as interconnected.”

paradigm shift of perception, from separateness to interconnectedness

We are in a paradigm shift of perception, that moves from separateness to interconnectedness

When I was younger, my interest in science as well as consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, drew me to read the book “The Tao of Physics ” written by the physicist Fritjof Capra.

Fritjof Capra, an Austrian-born American physicist, described in this book what the new sciences were disclosing, a completely new way of looking at the universe, particularly looking at the world from the scientist’s perspective of probing the smallest building blocks.

The Tao of Physics, Fritjof Capra

The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra

Capra went on to write together with biochemist Pier Luigi Luisi “The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision”. The authors mention that the book primarily deals with the question, “What is Life?”. Their years of research reveal that from bacteria, to cells, to organs, to living organisms from plants and insects to birds and mammals involve networks.

At the core of this paradigm shift, is a perception shift from ‘separateness’ to ‘interconnectedness’.

Rather than looking at isolated events or bodies within its skin or shell, the most obvious characteristic of life are the relationships among networks with other bacteria, cells and creatures as well as relationships between different species, organs and colonies of beings. Life of all kinds, is not a distinct entity which can merely be quantitatively measured and classified into a particular domain, but the very essence of life is a qualitative interconnection between others of its kind and the whole ecological system of relationships between different species.

The common thread of all life is that it is the network. the network is a pattern consistent through all of life, the network is a series of relationships. the science that describes this new perspective is called the ‘Systemic View’. Nature sustains itself in the sense that every organism, from a cell, to an organ, to a body, to the social nature of a species, to the planet itself is an autopoietic system that regenerates itself. This works because it is in a set of relationships within a network system.

Vita e Natura - Life and Nature - video intro of Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi's book - The Systems View of Life A Unifying Vision

Vita e Natura – Life and Nature – video intro of Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi’s book – The Systems View of Life A Unifying Vision

Here is an “essay excerpted from The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision”, presented on the (CEL) website Center for Ecoliteracy, which Capra co-founded.

Capra and Luisi argue “that many of the most important problems we face today – from financial instability to climate change and ecological degradation – reflect our collective inability to appreciate just how the world operates as a holistic, networked system in which every part depends on every other. This is something that can be approached and healed, from the systemic view. We need to live in a way that allows the planet itself to regenerate itself naturally. This leads us to consciousness of ecological sustainability and the intent to build and live in sustainable communities.

You are not distinct from Nature, You Are Nature

Having attended the “People and Planet First” conference in September of 2015 presented by the (IPS) Institute for Policies Studies in Baltimore, Maryland, the panelists also talked of a “New Story“. Among the speakers were Annie Leonard “The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard” and historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz who mentioned that though this new stream of activity towards cooperative business and horizontally-shared ownership is happening in discrete communities all over the United States, it isn’t being consciously driven, yet.

This New Story is all about sustainability: the capacity for human individuals and societies to live in a way that reduces the amount of the earth’s resources that they use, to a level that is compatible with the earth’s ability to regenerate itself and maintain a healthy balance.

This recognition of life as a network of relationships that are holistically healthy and regenerative only insofar as each of the interconnected parts are, as articulated in the Systemic View of life, is beginning to emerge in all different aspects of human relationships, as something to aspire to.

• in the individual – recognizing that we are as healthy and strong and happy only insofar as other members of the human community are also compatibly accessing education and opportunities as well as healthy environments
• in the cohesion of the human social community – in which cooperation rather than competition, diversity in participation and sharing between disciplines and groups is a healthy circulatory system
• in the realm of health – towards new ways of gardening and farming as well as the recognition of health sustaining nutrients inherent in foods and spices
• in emotional well-being – bringing the mind and the body into an interactive balance of movement and stillness; movement for healthy circulation, stillness to allow oneself to connect to that dimension which is beyond our immediate focus
• in spiritual continuity – recognizing that diversity is the spice of life; homogeneity breeds incestuous, narrow-mindedness and stagnation
• in economic behavior – towards openness & transparency, collaboration, horizontal sharing of ownership and the subsequent democratization of wealth
• in political systems – the more open and transparent the governing representatives, the more trust and mutual consensus for what is relevant and important in the fabric of existence; which includes humans, a healthy environment and relationship with all species

Diversity is healthy, whereas homogeneity breeds incestuous narrow-mindedness.

The New Story has evolved as our stories about ourselves, and the place of the human being in the world evolves.

You really Are what you Believe.

Ego vs Eco | Ecological Thinking for Business Transformation | The Nature of Business

Ego vs Eco | Ecological Thinking for Business Transformation | The Nature of Business

The premise of the organization “Ecological Thinking for Business Transformation” is that our perception of reality and our worldview has been outdated. “We are witnessing a change in business paradigm from one suited for the industrial era to one suited for the interconnected era.”

In 1995, the physicist Fritjof Capra together with the philanthropist Peter Buckley and think tank director Zenobia Barlow, founded the Center for Ecoliteracy with the intent of sharing the awareness of the systemic view with students, through a series of educational programs that support ecological principles and systems thinking to curricula and projects in habitat restoration, school gardens and cooking classes, partnerships between schools and farms and curricular innovation among K12 schools. Among other things, the center helps to develop projects in habitat restoration, school gardens and cooking classes and partnerships between schools and farms, with the awareness that health begins with a healthy diet.

You really Are what you Eat.

Ecoliteracy dot org Education for Sustainable Living

Ecoliteracy dot org Education for Sustainable Living

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The New Story | Sustainability | Capra & Luisi’s ‘Systemic View’ | Heart Dimension

Sustainability may not be widely discussed in the network news channels, as ‘action’ news stories often focus on human conflicts, disasters and economic problems of immediacy, rather than delving into long-term repercussions or solutions. Often one is not presented with situations from the standpoint of how you, the viewer, can potentially get involved and help to transform the situation.

In fact we have often received information, from the top-down, through a hierarchy of stations delivered by a few news networks, owned by a few individuals. However, even the new story, implies a new way of gleaning information; through social networks. This implies horizontal sharing of information which a person can actively investigate on their own, delving into sources of information that offer alternative views or by talking with one another, sharing ideas or even taking a walk in the woods to contemplate. So rather than being spoon-fed bits of information, it’s a process of actively investigating and sharing. In other words, thinking, for oneself.

You really Are What you Think.

Sustainable Man, A New Story of the People

Sustainable Man A New Story of the People

The “New Story of the People” is narrated breathfully by Charles Eisenstein; his story of ‘a more beautiful world’.

A New Story, being in service to something larger than yourself

A New Story being in service to something larger than yourself

With respect to the ‘Sustainable Human’, Eisenstein talks about how in the last hundred years science has been focused on dissecting and reducing things to their elemental parts in the quest to understand our universe and the matter which makes up our world. Yet during the scientific process, the influence of the subjective viewer has come to be understood as influencing the object of study. In the past, this would have been discounted as something that can not be empirically proven. As the Western World expands beyond its scientific rationalism and objectification of the world in the ‘Industrial Age’ into a new view of the web of connections through the discoveries during the ‘Information Age’, our definitions are changing. And these spill over from the scientific view of the universe, into parallel pursuits in other arenas, such as recognizing that there is really something to the wisdom traditions of Eastern spirituality and mysticism. A perspective that has been compatible to various indigenous people all over the planet for millennium.

Eisenstein metions that “A new paradigm has begun to evolve along with this scientific view that emerged out of physics; a paradigm which sees the universe not as discreet parts with everything distinctly separate, but as interconnected.”

paradigm shift of perception, from separateness to interconnectedness

We are in a paradigm shift of perception, that moves from separateness to interconnectedness

When I was younger, my interest in science as well as consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, drew me to read the book “The Tao of Physics ” written by the physicist Fritjof Capra.

Fritjof Capra, an Austrian-born American physicist, described in this book what the new sciences were disclosing, a completely new way of looking at the universe, particularly looking at the world from the scientist’s perspective of probing the smallest building blocks.

The Tao of Physics, Fritjof Capra

The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra

Capra went on to write together with biochemist Pier Luigi Luisi “The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision”. The authors mention that the book primarily deals with the question, “What is Life?”. Their years of research reveal that from bacteria, to cells, to organs, to living organisms from plants and insects to birds and mammals involve networks.

At the core of this paradigm shift, is a perception shift from ‘separateness’ to ‘interconnectedness’.

Rather than looking at isolated events or bodies within its skin or shell, the most obvious characteristic of life are the relationships among networks with other bacteria, cells and creatures as well as relationships between different species, organs and colonies of beings. Life of all kinds, is not a distinct entity which can merely be quantitatively measured and classified into a particular domain, but the very essence of life is a qualitative interconnection between others of its kind and the whole ecological system of relationships between different species.

The common thread of all life is that it is the network. the network is a pattern consistent through all of life, the network is a series of relationships. the science that describes this new perspective is called the ‘Systemic View’. Nature sustains itself in the sense that every organism, from a cell, to an organ, to a body, to the social nature of a species, to the planet itself is an autopoietic system that regenerates itself. This works because it is in a set of relationships within a network system.

Vita e Natura - Life and Nature - video intro of Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi's book - The Systems View of Life A Unifying Vision

Vita e Natura – Life and Nature – video intro of Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi’s book – The Systems View of Life A Unifying Vision

Here is an “essay excerpted from The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision”, presented on the (CEL) website Center for Ecoliteracy, which Capra co-founded.

Capra and Luisi argue “that many of the most important problems we face today – from financial instability to climate change and ecological degradation – reflect our collective inability to appreciate just how the world operates as a holistic, networked system in which every part depends on every other. This is something that can be approached and healed, from the systemic view. We need to live in a way that allows the planet itself to regenerate itself naturally. This leads us to consciousness of ecological sustainability and the intent to build and live in sustainable communities.

You are not distinct from Nature, You Are Nature

This New Story is all about sustainability: the capacity for human individuals and societies to live in a way that reduces the amount of the earth’s resources that they use, to a level that is compatible with the earth’s ability to regenerate itself and maintain a healthy balance.

This recognition of life as a network of relationships that are holistically healthy and regenerative only insofar as each of the interconnected parts are, as articulated in the Systemic View of life, is beginning to emerge in all different aspects of human relationships, as something to aspire to.

• in the individual – recognizing that we are as healthy and strong and happy only insofar as other members of the human community are also compatibly accessing education and opportunities as well as healthy environments
• in the cohesion of the human social community – in which cooperation rather than competition, diversity in participation and sharing between disciplines and groups is a healthy circulatory system
• in the realm of health – towards new ways of gardening and farming as well as the recognition of health sustaining nutrients inherent in foods and spices
• in emotional well-being – bringing the mind and the body into an interactive balance of movement and stillness; movement for healthy circulation, stillness to allow oneself to connect to that dimension which is beyond our immediate focus
• in spiritual continuity – recognizing that diversity is the spice of life; homogeneity breeds incestuous, narrow-mindedness and stagnation
• in economic behavior – towards openness & transparency, collaboration, horizontal sharing of ownership and the subsequent democratization of wealth
• in political systems – the more open and transparent the governing representatives, the more trust and mutual consensus for what is relevant and important in the fabric of existence; which includes humans, a healthy environment and relationship with all species

Diversity is healthy, whereas homogeneity breeds incestuous narrow-mindedness.

The New Story has evolved as our stories about ourselves, and the place of the human being in the world evolves.

You really Are what you Believe.

Ego vs Eco | Ecological Thinking for Business Transformation | The Nature of Business

Ego vs Eco | Ecological Thinking for Business Transformation | The Nature of Business

The premise of the organization “Ecological Thinking for Business Transformation” is that our perception of reality and our worldview has been outdated. “We are witnessing a change in business paradigm from one suited for the industrial era to one suited for the interconnected era.”

In 1995, the physicist Fritjof Capra together with the philanthropist Peter Buckley and think tank director Zenobia Barlow, founded the Center for Ecoliteracy with the intent of sharing the awareness of the systemic view with students, through a series of educational programs that support ecological principles and systems thinking to curricula and projects in habitat restoration, school gardens and cooking classes, partnerships between schools and farms and curricular innovation among K12 schools. Among other things, the center helps to develop projects in habitat restoration, school gardens and cooking classes and partnerships between schools and farms, with the awareness that health begins with a healthy diet.

You really Are what you Eat.

Ecoliteracy dot org Education for Sustainable Living

Ecoliteracy dot org Education for Sustainable Living

Frijof Capra says that he has studied agroecology or regenerative agriculture.
Agroecology or agroforestry combines; forestry, agriculture and livestock. It is beyond sustainable, it is actually regenerative.

Jeremy Wickremer’s mentions in his article for The Ecologist Connecting the Dots: the Big Permaculture Picture ”Just like you need a holistic vision for a healthy mind and body, the same applies for a healthy planet. One way of living that seeks to do this is permaculture. To put it simply, permaculture is agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. It is a design system that mimics nature, where everything in the design supports everything else.”

Syntropyc, Regenerative Agriculture, Ernst Götsch

Syntropyc Regenerative Agriculture, Ernst Götsch

In terms of sustainable and regenerative agriculture, Agroforestry is land use management system in which trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops or pastureland. It’s another example of replenishing the environment with nutrients and water, without needing chemicals or pesticides. This encourages growth in biodiversity and is healthier for farmers.

Besides the growth of food and the reflection of these sustainable practices on all of the other creatures with whom we share our planet, there are plenty of business solutions that are as well following this New Story, emulating what already clearly works in nature. One group is “Ecological Thinking for Business Transformation” also speak of the “out-dated worldview, a perception of reality inadequate for dealing with the volatile and globally interconnected business world.”

Having attended the “People and Planet First” conference in September of 2015 presented by the (IPS) Institute for Policies Studies in Baltimore, Maryland, the panelists also talked of a “New Story“. Among the speakers were Annie Leonard “The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard” and historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz who mentioned that though this new stream of activity towards cooperative business and horizontally-shared ownership is happening in discrete communities all over the United States, it isn’t being consciously driven, yet.

Eisenstein, in his Sustainable Man video about The New Story, talks of stepping out of this paradigm of control and allowing oneself to be of service to this larger body of which we all are a part. And that as we direct our questions and intent to ask what we can do to serve having a healthier body, mind, well-being, community and world, that indeed, the answers and direction will arise in response to the intention.

step from paradigm of control, ask how you can serve, and the opportunities will arise

When you feel that you are here in service, and bow to that, opportunities will arise to allow you to act on that intention.

Besides the rational means of digesting information, there is the whole realm of the invisible. I’ll call it the domain of the heart. Herein lies the capacity of a person to intuit something and feel whether the information is in alignment with the words. A person can sense whether they feel good around a person, or uneasy. A person can have an impression beyond the rational, about whether the words of another person seem to convey the same as their gestures, or whether something is not quite in synch. One can sense whether something they read or see feels accurate and sound, or whether there is something amiss. Many animals can sense with a heightened capacity – with sense organs much more highly tuned to frequencies beyond those of human beings – to see, hear, detect movements and subtle alternations in the environment.

I mention the heart literally and figuratively as a metaphor. The heart is the central organ in the body – lets just talk about human beings – that is consistently circulating oxygen, nutrients and carrying away wastes throughout the body. The heart pumping station, is also by its nature generating an electromagnetic field which is larger than that produced by the brain. The heart also has a complex system of neurons, cells that are consistently transmitting information to the rest of the body. When the heart is in synch in the individual with feelings of joy and love, this invisible field expands. When an individual is more channeled into negative emotions of fear and anger, this field constricts.

Every Small Gesture Has Significance

The perception of the heart has everything to do with the health of all of the other organs of our body, of individual health in general, of the health of societies, permeating into healthy relationships with other organisms and with the health of the earth, which is an organism just as we are.

The heart is also metaphorically an organ of connection with others. Besides wonder, exuberance, joy and gratitude that a person can feel within him or herself, the words love, compassion and empathy typically imply a connection with another.

no external universe, every action we do, we do  to ourselves

And as we begin to take tiny actions that follow the logic of the heart – which knows that each act is significant – the logic of the mind of the older world begins to be replaced. This power of repetition which can physically build muscles, is what occurs mentally, neurologically. Each time you think differently, you are rewiring your brain. This concept called Neuroplasticity has to do with the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. This rewiring allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.

My introduction into the wisdom of the heart probably began through readings of Deepak Chopra. A physician and author, meditation guide and founder of the Chopra Center; who introduced this awareness that has been understood for Millenia in various Eastern spiritual traditions, of the effectiveness of meditation and this connection to the vast unknown dimension of energy. Chopra has teamed more recently with Oprah Winfrey to bring this domain of the spirit, of tapping into the hidden world of energy through stillness and meditation.

I then was introduced to the practice of ‘Heart Rhythm meditation’ which purports a harmonious and healing relationship within oneself and the universe beyond, through simply aligning the rhythm of one’s breathing to the rhythm of one’s heart beat. It is a practice introduced to the West by a Sufi Hazrat inayat Khan who descended from Pashtuns, an ethnic group originally from Afghanistan and Pakistan. This meditation practice was brought to me by a certified AMA physician who understands the multidimensional healing that this practice provides – from reducing stress, to lowering blood pressure, creating a more harmonious heart rate and allowing oneself to access in this stillness, the domain of energy that stretches way beyond the physical heart and body.

It was in this meditative state that I posed questions regarding what I can do of service, which sent me through a leap of faith to Paris during the COP21 Climate talks to the Place to B, an integration of lectures, workshops, panel discussions and barrage of information sharing, attended by 600 people from 40 countries. This sharing of information about climate change and sustainable alternatives took place simultaneously with the COP21 Climate Talks. The Place to B: Place to Brief was conceived of and founded by the journalist and author Anne-Sophie Novel and the director of production Nicolas Bienvenue. They were surrounded by a team of people who coordinated the continuous flurry of learning events and entertainment, with a tremendous group of visiting presenters, entrepreneurs and activists who each delivered their scintillating information and testimonies of successes and inspirational savvy from all corners of the world. 600 people representing 40 countries arrived in Paris to participate in what the Place to B/Place to Brief offered; alternative media, a collective with presentations, speakers and workshops, panel discussions and music and yoga and meditation workshops all happening at one central location throughout the two week duration of the Climate Talks.

One of the workshops I attended was the Transformational Media Summit : Storytelling and Media for a Better World. The New Story summit was hosted by Jeremy Wickremer, co-founder of Transformational Media Initiative In his presentation, Jeremy Wickremer spoke of the fact that each of us are potentially change-agents, with the capacity to do actions that can have a big impact on the environment – our own lives, our communities and the larger environment. And that what is more potent than merely drawing up solutions from a logical methodology, is to start with the right questions, which prompts creativity in itself. Specifically, he mentioned that your intention – within the guise of a question – will often be answered. He more recently wrote in an article “Our Invisible World” about the fact that many things which steer human behavior, emotions, health, psychological and spiritual well-being have to do with the energy that lies beneath the actions. And that the common illnesses which affect modern man and the crisis of violence that threat human cultures, have to do with a disconnect. This disconnect is within our own selves, our patterns and habits of how we live our lives. There is a disconnect within ourselves, among one another and that humans have with other creatures and nature; which is presently resulting in the greatest magnitude of habitat destruction, dissemination of species and global ecological balances and health.

The biggest disharmony of all is perhaps our relationship with the natural world.

Daniel Goleman is the psychologist, science journalist and author of “Emotional Intelligence”. He posits that non-cognitive skills can matter as much as a person’s I.Q. (Intelligence Quotient) for workplace success in “Working with Emotional Intelligence”. In 2007, Goleman wrote about “Social Intelligence” and in 2009, “Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything

So called ‘primitive people’, without having had the use of technological tools that more ‘advanced’ civilizations have had at their disposal and for their distraction, have had thousands of years of penetration into the invisible world that the modern Western world has only been starting to grasp is in the last 50 years. And with the spiritual and emotional well-being deficit that modern man has come to feel, this dis-ease of the human spirit, disconnect with oneself, growing obesity, growing psychological disorders and reliance on quick-fixes such as pharmaceuticals, and growing disharmony and feelings of isolation, have reached towards and cherished many ancient traditions that have evolved in the Eastern World to ease their dis-ease and treat their disharmony with something more than a quick fix of treating the symptoms instead of the disorder. They have reached towards practices of meditation, yoga, t’ai chi and walking into nature and silence, with a visceral understanding that these practices have short and long term benefits.

Listening to Intuition is the Wisdom of the Heart.

There is so much we can do, and we do have the ability to consciously act towards sustainability.

Many little voices make a tremendous noise, and many little gestures, create big changes.

Happiness & Healing Oneself | Your Choice of Mind & Heart

It’s another one of those times when I’ve come across a subject that I feel is of such import that I post it on both blogs simultaneously.

In the last days I read and viewed this information, which is one small extract of many peoples experiences of either making themselves ill or healing themselves, through their own attitude and what they anticipate. If you think that someone is going to react in a certain way or something is going to happen in the way that you expect, good or bad, typically, because this is the window you’re looking through and the way that you approach the situation, it more than likely will.

http://truththeory.com/2014/04/27/is-there-scientific-proof-we-can-heal-ourselves/

Here is the youtube video of Lissa Rankin, MD’s TED talk – a presentation of the results of her research. YES, she researched and found her proof. Rankin addressed in her TED talk a group of health care professionals talking about how much their caring intention influences the health and healing of their patients.

happiness shot holding up arms Lissa Rankin talk

happiness shot holding up arms Lissa Rankin talk

I’ve written plenty of times about the subject of happiness.

https://digesthis.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/pursuit-of-happiness-the-happy-movie-my-stroke-of-insight/ The giggling Guru and the insights of the writer’s book, “My Stroke of Happiness”.

the giggling guru Madan_Kataria

https://carolkeiter.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/new-year-resolutions-happiness-through-action-one-mini-habit-at-a-time/ Talking about the satisfaction of accomplishing things through adopting mini habits that are manageable.

https://carolkeiter.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/the-science-of-happiness-an-experiment-in-gratitude-soulpancake-upworthy-things-that-matter/ about the importance of gratitude.

laughing buddha

laughing buddha

…and a few times about healing…

https://digesthis.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/marijuana-out-of-the-closet-the-cannabis-cure-cbd-tincture/ The Cannabis Cure, by Charlie Bayliss and Amelia Powers “The Powers of the Mind” regarding her ability to overcome a brain tumor not with chemotherapy (which hadn’t been working) but through the decision to employ optimism, dancing and CBD tinctures – extracted from marijuana.

There may be all sorts of incidences that occur throughout the day which may trigger a stress response. Regardless of the source of the stress, our body releases stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine. The body responds to stress by producing hormones that are ingrained into the ‘fight or flight’ response which is genetically built-in, from the times when humans actually did have to be prepared to promptly face or flee a threat such as a wild animal or severe weather condition. Yet, it is us who decide how to respond emotionally to interpret a situation as something inducing stress; a perception of monetary, marital, social problems, work conflicts, situational discomforts or environmental hazards etc. Our body doesn’t distinguish between the source of our stress, it simply responds to our emotional response by chemically producing hormones to interpret our emotional reaction.

You basically do have a choice in how you respond to circumstances.

The point is to actively pursue experiences that lead to feeling happier and to alleviate the stress. Making a conscious choice to allow oneself to relax, enjoy one’s environment, to enjoy simple things, engage in activities like meditation and other practices that facilitate a deeper conscious breathing, physical exercise, participating in experiences that engage with nature, eating healthy foods, spending time in the company of positive people and interacting with all sorts of animals; therapy dogs specifically elicit happy hormones because of their unconditionally loving nature. Make a point of acknowledging with gratitude what you appreciate, attune to all of the different wonderful life forms (animals and plants in our world) that are here around you, and recognize that by participating in creative activities and doing tasks that involve achieving little goals, all lead to developing more insights and a sense of accomplishment. All of these different activities that are coming through the heart, instead of through the head, will lead to the release of hormones such as dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin, which the body produces in association with feelings of happiness and contentment and a sense of well-being. Laugh! Go out and play!

Yes, it’s a choice.

| hitchabout ventures | a journey in space and time |

I’ve done a number of hitchabouts, aligned with the concept of the Aboriginal walkabout. There are always elements of mystery involved, and degrees to which one must maintain one’s awareness and intuition. But in contrast to this right-of-passage, survival journey of young boys venturing into manhood, my hitchabouts are a means of reaching a geographical destination at no cost, with the added benefit of gathering information along the way through the people I meet; whom otherwise I wouldn’t have contact with. This story spiraled however, into a dimension I only began to be aware of during the process of reflecting and exploring. I only began to recognize one after another synchronicity that had happened, after the fact, within hours of my return to my destination. It has evolved into a cross-breeding of neurological concepts regarding the way our central nervous system and brain communicate with one another, and the spiritual concepts of the indigenous North and South American Indians’, who believe that we are constantly involved in a transmission of thought and information, that occurs back-and-forth between individuals and the cosmos.

This hitch-a-bout began a few days following Christmas 2009, departing the southwest of Germany, en route to Berlin. My German boyfriend walked with me the short distance from his parents’ home to the place on the highway where there was space for vehicles to pull over. We had arrived a few minutes earlier to this starting point, as he smoked his cigarette leaning against a rail, trying to remain somewhat concealed a few feet from me. I had just finished commenting “this is a pretty conservative area isn’t it?” thinking that it would be tough to get a ride, to which he nodded and responded “yeah”. Within a minute a car pulled over, and I was running to the passenger door.

By virtue of the fact that I’ve been living in Berlin, Germany for over 5 years, I can converse in the language. This extends my capacity to learn about the people and the area that I’m traversing through, besides making it more interesting for everyone involved. The first ride was a friendly man who teaches Chemistry and Biology locally, where he’s also the Director of the school. He was cordial and sunny. After introducing myself, I mentioned to him that my last name, as well as those of many families and towns in the region I’m from – the State of Pennsylvania in the United States – are of German origin. This prevalence, because the Germans who arrived several 100 years ago discovered a remarkably similar landscape and climate, thus the familiarity breeding an inclination to settle. I perceived this same familiarity traveling across Germany. I also mentioned I had hiked around the Burg (Fortress) in the area where he had picked me up. He pointed out that we were driving in the vicinity of the Schwäbische Alb, a low mountain range in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, named after the region of Swabia. These mountains are this areas’ ‘mini Alps’. After a short ride he let me off in the next bigger town, Tübingen, at a place where he assured me the highway continued north towards Stuttgart.

From this point on, the rides started to reveal uncanny synchronicities. The next one was with a man of Slovakian origin, Peter, who was driving to a destination northwest of Stuttgart. He had been living for a large chunk of his life in Germany and spoke the language fluently as well as some English. He talked of how he had been instigated to learn Turkish because of working among some immigrants, and that he had surprised and delighted them with his effort to learn their language. He explained that it was his desire to integrate with them, as well as the fact that the process of learning a language in itself, is one of the most effective mental exercises a person can do, to expand their brains’ neural networks.

He talked non-stop and with a lot of enthusiasm; about life, the interconnectedness of things, of his love and appreciation of nature and of his inclination to not harbor prejudice towards people of any race or color. Triggered by the topic of language, our talk went specifically in the direction of the brain’s capacity for learning and of the magic of the brain’s ability to heal itself. He mentioned that though previously it was assumed that the brain stops growing at around the age of nine – just as various muscle groups and bones stop growing at various ages around puberty – more recent discoveries discern that the brain is continuously developing. The process of learning stimulates neural growth, as new neural connections are being created. His voice laughed with delight as he exclaimed, “the brain WANTS to keep growing”.

http://mentalhealth.about.com/library/weekly/aa121399.htm

http://www.lumosity.com/

I had a book with me which I’d randomly picked off a shelf a few weeks earlier, which was wedged in my pack. Written by a professor of Neuroscience, Antonio Damasio, “Descartes’ Error”. The author talks about the interdependence of emotions, in the reasoning process. I mentioned to him with anticipation that I also had recently been introduced to the concept of neuroplasticity, which theorizes that the brain is continually making new connections and building new neural networks. And that various functions are not merely located in specific regions of the brain, but that in the process of formulating new thoughts or tasks, the brain creates convoluted neural networks spanning different lobes, encoded across different regions, depending on the different associations that are being built in the process.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroplasticity

Peter excitedly described an experiment that had been conducted in which a paralyzed patient who could only move one side of his body, had his functioning arm and hand tied to his body. Within a short period of time, perhaps a matter of weeks, due to the new neural re-wiring the brain was vigorously involved in, in order to compensate for this lack of response and immobility of the previously cooperative side, soon the fingers of the paralyzed hand began to wiggle.

Our dialogue was so reciprocal with our mutual interest in the subjects, that he wound up driving out of his way around the perimeter ‘ring’ highway of Stuttgart, to leave me off at precisely the highway gas station/restaurant which my boyfriend had designated as the best target, to the northeast. Peter had sported sun glasses the entire ride, and I only got a glimpse of his fair blue eyes after we reached the end point, when he handed me a couple of his pre-hand rolled cigarettes ‘for the road’, which he pulled out of a slim sliver case.

I found the theme of our conversation about the brain’s neural networking fascinating, and ironically, the next driver I would soon discover, works in the field of neurology! It was at this highway “” (fueling station for vehicles and bodies) where I waited the longest during the trip – an hour or two. There I met the next driver, with whom I felt an instant rapport. Upon my inquiry for a ride, she took the time to unhurriedly re-open her auto to consult a map, to show me her destination. As I hadn’t found a ride during the time that she and her passenger were in the restaurant, when they returned they warmly greeted me and started reshuffling the baskets of food and gifts laying on the back seat to make room for me. She exuded kindness and compassion, just as the former driver had.

Felicitas and her daughter Sarah were returning from a Christmas gathering among siblings at her parents’ home in the Black Forest, where she was born and raised. The three of us talked without pause about many subjects. Felicitas (her name meaning happiness or bliss), was unperturbed by an incident in which she had taken a wrong exit, and we were spun into this web within the downtown area of a town which we couldn’t seem to extract ourselves from. We kept circling the same area and her daughter kept amusingly pointing out that we were driving by the same ‘Hotel Ibis’, again. The mother remained undaunted and cheerful.

She does rehabilitation therapy with patients who are victims of neurological disorders, through injury or disease. She said that she loves the work and is fascinated about the constant new discoveries happening in the field. At one point in our conversation, she showed me this CD soundtrack in her car called “Der Weisse Weg”/ “The White Road”, and emphatically recommended that I see the video, which documents a gathering of different tribes of Native American Indians, from both North and South America, which took place in 2003.

By the time they dropped me off at a gas station (recommended via cell phone by her boyfriend), it was already dark. I sensed that it was a little far from the autobahn, but I was grateful as we said our good-byes. Half a minute later, they drove up and Felicitas said that she didn’t have a good gut feeling about leaving me there, would I like to join them for the night and start my journey again the next morning? I was in no hurry and was pleased to join.

Within minutes I was helping them to unload their car, then shredding carrots for a salad that would be part of the dinner she prepared; a homemade pasta made by her sister-in-law. We all sat at their kitchen dining table, sharing more conversation and a bottle of red wine. Felicitas and I continued talking enthusiastically after her daughter left; about each of our lives…and we went on talking about life, dreams, pursuits, relationships, fears.

The next morning, I awoke after dreaming about it being “too late” to call my boyfriend before he boarded his international flight. I immediately reached for the phone to look at the time, and saw that I had only a 30 minute time window before I would have been too late. I was leaning out the window, overlooking the street as I talked to him, sensing that the reception wasn’t good, when I saw Felicitas crossing the street towards home, returning from the bakery.

As we ate breakfast together I mentioned to Sarah who likes to draw, that I do as well, particularly portraits. Her mother responded excitedly that she has been wanting to have a portrait of her daughter for years, and would I be inclined to do one? We exchanged emails and I showed the two of them my websites with my drawings and music, to which Felicitas proclaimed with surprise, “ah, you’re an artist!”

http://carolkeiter.wordpress.com/2010/11/23/parcel-of-my-portfolio/

http://www.myspace.com/nomadbeatz

and same, same, but different http://www.reverbnation.com/nomadbeatz

Soon a block of water color paper was placed in front of me at the kitchen table, and I proceeded with a blank slate to draw a portrait, which they both were pleased with when I finished 30 minutes or so later. She instructed her daughter about where to get a photocopy and buy a frame, and Sarah mentioned that this was going to be her Christmas gift to her Dad, whom she was going to meet with that afternoon. After I had finished, we got in the car and went to the first rest park place along the highway not far from her home, where she handed me the CD soundtrack “The White Way” as a gift.

This is a video documentary of an event in which various Native American tribes gathered in 2003, in order to spread their knowledge to the rest of mankind about the shift that is taking place as we’re approaching 2012, corresponding to the Mayan Calendar. The indigenous people are certain that not only is all past information of the universe stored in our bodies, but that we are constantly provided with new information from the Cosmos. It flows through us so that we can consciously perceive the information, tune into it and learn to understand it. They perceive that at the present time, doors are opening to different dimensions, and as multi-dimensional beings, it is up to us to now move through them, and leave the prison of our limited consciousness behind. Quite an alternative and non-cataclysmic view (compared to Hollywood’s recent release) of the approach of 2012.

Here’s a trailer of the documentary in English and German.

The White Road – Visions of the Indigenous People of the Americas.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdvD39fUP60

Concerned that I get a lift before she took off, Felicitas approached a number of people asking if they were headed towards Berlin. After several declines, she walked over to a parked truck. I hadn’t yet made my way towards him, and followed her to then peer up at the driver. Intuitively, he felt safe, and he agreed to give me a ride after his 15 minute break. Feeling confident that she wasn’t leaving me stranded, Felicitas then left after we hugged and said good-bye.

I wasn’t sure what to expect as I got into the truck, and quickly realized that the driver, Daniel, was serene and gentle. I noticed immediately a dream catcher dangling in his truck, then another. He said the truck wasn’t his, but of an Italian friend. I knew vaguely of dream catchers, made by Indians, after having lived in Taos, New Mexico; where the Native American Taos Pueblo Indians have lived long before the Spaniards arrived from Spain a few centuries ago, and then artists, new age folks and skiers. Dream catchers are like a web woven of willow in a perfect circle with a hole in the center, through which people can project their dreams and visions. When one has faith in the Great Spirit, the web will catch the good ideas, and let the negative one’s go through the hole.

http://www.realmagick.com/articles/17/117.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_catcher

Daniel was of Romanian, Greek and Russian origin. He talked incessantly, as did each of the former drivers! I guess a lot of people want to tell their stories and are happy to have an audience ;-)) And I have to admit that I tend to ask a lot of questions, which prompt responses! He’d been born in Romania but also lived in Greece, and had been living in Germany for the last several years. He’d seen much of the world while working on ships navigating the world of commerce, then worked at a port in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, and now as a trucker based in Germany. His mostly monologue continued as the truck chugged along the countryside, as cars sped by. I brushed off the thought that I was in too slow of a vehicle; and remained content and patient, happy to be moving. When I asked him whether he would ever return to live again in his home country Romania, he responded saying no, that it’s too corrupted as well as difficult to survive with the same living standards that he’s been able to enjoy. I basically listened intently to Daniel’s entire life story, past, present and future plans.

Soon after he pulled up his truck at a highway gas/restaurant stop to sleep for the evening at 6pm or so, I sat to smoke one last cigarette with him, (I was offered to smoke a ridiculous amount of cigarettes in some of these rides which I shared !-) just to chat for once when he wasn’t busy looking ahead, and to thank him for the ride. I have learned that haste to get the next ride is not what the world of hitch-hiking is all about, but settling to trusting the timing of whatever comes up next. The flow that a person is in, is the only thing that one has to attune to.

Many people whom I approached at this gas station had cars filled to capacity. I slowly walked towards the restaurant, holding my Berlin sign, when the second person whom I intercepted was a businessman, returning to his car. It was dark, I mentioned Berlin, he glanced at my sign and hesitated only a fraction of a second as he scanned me, before casually mentioning which subway station in Berlin he could drop me off at. He opened the trunk of his car for me to place my backpack there, which I’m sure is as much a gesture of security for the driver, as it is a way of providing space. He then proceeded to remove papers from the passenger seat.

Andreas was very matter-of-fact. He didn’t exude warmth like the others, but maintained a business-like emphasis. I felt completely relaxed, sensing he was definitively trustworthy. He was to me, an archetypal German; direct, precise, soberly executing his actions, systematically moving towards his aim. This exactness is precisely why there have been so many successfully produced German products over the last decades. He was born and raised in Berlin, and has lived for the last few years in Munich, which he loves. He was going to visit his dad. He bracketed his positive appraisal of Munich with how clean it is, with a list of other qualities in between. Berlin he said, is dirty, falling apart, and muttered something about it being full of Turkish people…

We spoke in German from the start, then switched to English – I thought I’d do him the favor of speaking in English for his own practice, or of saving him from having to endure my German, strewn with syntax and grammatical errors. He had found a sales niche via his wife, who’s friend has an exporting business based in London. Andreas’s part in this partnership is to create and maintain a database of more than 3,600 hospitals in Germany, in order to contact them to acquire and purchase new or used micro-cameras used for internal probes in operations. He approaches the CEO’s of the hospitals as well as directors of the surgical departments, inquiring if they have any endoscopes – first produced by the Japanese camera manufacturer Canon. He then visits the hospitals to inspect and then ship the devices to his partner, whom he said has vast connections internationally. They are subsequently repaired, if necessary, then resold all over the world.

Early into our conversation, I made a comment about German Bureaucracy, to which he went into a lengthy explanation of its origins. He was knowledgeable about the subject and precise in his delivery of information. “This bureaucratic system is specifically a German tradition”, he articulated, “which evolved from the Middle Ages”. People who worked in whatever type of craft, protected their jobs and raised the standards of their work, by enforcing a policy requiring people within the trade, to not only study intensively, but also to systematically do apprenticeships in different parts of the country over a period of several years. At the present time, no one can obtain employment in any trade without having a certificate which demonstrates these years of training. Or, if someone starts a business, they must have someone working for them who has this certificate; thus authorizing them with this stamp of quality. I mentioned, and he concurred, that this isn’t necessary in the USA. Despite the fact that we also have degree programs in higher learning institutions, basically if a person acquires a skill or knowledge of a particular subject, he doesn’t have to plow through so many road-blocks, preventing him from applying these skills and putting them to use; no miles of red tape.

He talked about his experiences having gone to Hong Kong for business, and how different it is dealing with Chinese, where for example if you were to negotiate with a manufacturer and point blankly ask him to produce a product for less money than he quoted, it could result in his losing-face, through feeling dramatically insulted, not to mention it would kill the deal. So what is critically important is the manner in which one words the request, such as; to ask if he could ‘find a way’ to cut specifically this or that cost – with included suggestions – in order to produce the item at ones’ proposed target. Subtle, yet dramatically different.

He went on to talk about the two emerging world economic powers, China and India, by virtue of how enormous their populations are. China is well under way in its industrialization he claimed, whereas India is still in the nascent stages of its information technology boom, mostly due to its poor infrastructure of roads. He mentioned that China is already becoming quite wealthy, and is growing exponentially, because it has a middle class who are able to afford buying and consuming goods, which re-vitalizes their economy. I was quite happy to be the recipient of his experience and expertise and the stimulating conversation. Already ideas about how to apply my Cultural Anthropology studies towards becoming an international business consultant were percolating in my head. He dropped me off at exactly the place he’d mentioned within the first seconds of our meeting, and with no ceremony of extensive good-byes, was off, after he gestured towards the local subway station at the corner.

My recognition of the two themes which recurred – Neurology and Native American Spirituality – emerged in retrospect, only after I started reading this other book upon reaching my home that evening, entitled “Brida” by Paulo Coelho. This book’s subject of the world of magic, probed me into looking into the spiritual beliefs behind Shamanism, and the Dream catcher, The White Way…And the more I investigated, the more I saw another theme that rose above these two: the importance of thought and intent.

It was only after I was well underway documenting my story when, after a bunch of synapses between google and wiki links, that this other concept started to acquire a life of its own. The faint recognition of this similarity in the way the actors in these two systems communicate with each other, in a two-way transmission. And I also honed into the medium that is being transferred, waves of pure thought.

From the neurological point of view, the process of creating thoughts, and the essential nature of the meaning behind a thought, respectively, can not only expand our minds, but also in essence, affect the rest of our body, beneficially or harmfully. So too, is the power of thought acknowledged in the Native American Indian traditions, to be of quintessential importance; as one envisions, one thus shapes and creates ones’ life. Through attracting to oneself what one is able to conceive – life then manifests situations and events and the meeting of individuals or ideas which occur. This all can of course be positive or negative in nature.

I venture to call these experiences that I’m recalling here, synchronistic events. A term devised by the Swiss Psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, following years of research with his patients, in which incidences of a similar nature happened with frequency. Synchronicity is the simultaneous occurrence of events that have no foreseen cause in the physical world, yet which are related in meaning.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchronicity

I have at challenging times in my life – when confronted with major decisions or a realization that I wasn’t making enough progress towards goals that I wanted to achieve – oscillated from conviction in my own beliefs, to letting fears and doubts obscure my focus. Recent experiences had enhanced this awareness. I propose that a thought wave generated from within me, sent impulses – similar in content and meaning – to a wave pattern existing outside of me. And that these, resonant in meaning and intent, intercepted one another. And that this story, came from these outward influences as much as from me. And that my thought, or intention to grow to a healthier, more balanced place, drew these symbolic messages to me, which reverberated in meaning, resulting in giving me information; which if I was prepared to listen, would engage me to learn about the message.

I make the analogy of the nervous systems of human beings to that of a thought precept on the macro scale, in which information is continually being processed and transmitted back and forth between the two poles, or end sources. A nerve ending from any point in the body, continually transmits impulses to the brain; which is a constellation of neural passageways that intertwine and interconnect, sending impulses back to the nerve endings. Similarly, individual brains produce thought waves, which send impulses that form a collective body of interwoven waves of thought, existing in a dimension of our universe of curved space-time; consisting of all thoughts that ever existed throughout time, intertwining and interconnecting en masse, forming this mind sphere, which simultaneously transmits waves of thought back to the source. Just as there’s a continual two-way interaction occurring between neurons firing in the brain back and forth to nerves throughout the body, there is also an ongoing two-way interchange occurring of thought wave impulses, moving back and forth from a mass complex of all of the conscious as well as unconscious thought that ever existed comprising a sort of weak electro-magnetic wave sphere, reciprocally communicating with the thoughts of human beings on the planet.

This would imply that a single thought, is not merely something that arises from within one’s own brain, inside of you. But that it is also coming from outside of you, through this simultaneous two-way communication stream; to and from a ‘sphere of thought’ or ‘mind sphere’ or ‘collective psyche’, outside of you. The degree to which a person can be receptive to these signals, would depend on how many other waves are present to potentially clutter or pollute one’s clarity and perceptiveness. I think that maybe a lot of this is a transmission of symbols, like pure thought, before words.

This would explain phenomena such as psychic abilities, precognition, extrasensory perception, clairvoyance and telepathy, but also the cases of simultaneous or multiple discoveries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_discovery

… as a result of neural waves of the ‘collective thought brain’ ferried back and forth to ‘individual brains’; with impulse waves transferring continuously between the two.

In my search I came upon the concept of a ‘mind sphere’ or ‘sphere of thought’, called the Noosphere.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noosphere

Perhaps a thought arrived to me, because of how inextricably connected all life forms are to one another, with thoughts forming a mass of energy that enfolds and encircles the planet. These waves formulating an organism in itself, that innately wants to not only expand, but to evolve towards a healthy state; balancing intent and harmonious affect. Human technology is like a corollary to this precept; an extension of the organic process of human creativity from the individual level, that evolves as the continuous conscious and unconscious transfer of similar a priori constructs, or thoughts, are transmitted from and to our collective psyches. Maybe that’s why technology has been changing at such an exponential rate, further augmenting itself as the information expands.

|| || || || On December 13th, 2014, I ‘synchronistically’ clicked on this video: “The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence: A path to personal, social an global coherence

Institute of HeartMath connecting hearts and minds

Institute of HeartMath connecting hearts and minds

It describes what I was communicating, in my convoluted way above, as a stated scientific fact. I decided to insert this addendum!-)

It talks about a feedback loop existing between all humans and species and the earth’s energetic systems.

feedback loop between humans and earths energetic systems

feedback loop between humans and earths energetic systems

The concept comes from Doc Childre, who founded the institute of HeartMath. It’s all about the magnetic field strength of the heart, and the process of generating a coherence between the heart and mind. And that one can strive for this in a state of personal coherence, among others to form a social coherence and ultimately, reaching to a global coherence. They state that “a collective opening of the heart increases the social and subsequently global coherence.”

Global Coherence Initiative

Global Coherence Initiative

Not only does earth’s magnetic field affects humans, but humans as a collective, affect the earth’s field. They are performing a study with 17 magnetic sensors distributed throughout the planet, measuring resonances.

Ultimately, they speak of ‘heart-based living’, which involves takeing responsibility for your own energy, the thoughts, feelings and attitudes that you are feeding into the field every day…

Doc Childre, HeartMath

Doc Childre HeartMath

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I think I’ll stop this thought here, and let you respond and see if any of you have ideas, comments or suggestions about the subject. Then we can expand on it, via cyberspace.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberspace

“Through its electromagnetic nature, cyberspace integrates a number of capabilities (sensors, signals, connections, transmissions, processors, controllers) and generates a virtual interactive experience accessed for the purpose of communication and control regardless of a geographic location.”

This interactive nature kept coming up, repeatedly, as well as what it implied, how critical in essence, simply the formation of a thought is! In another tangental google search along the lines of Native American Shamanism, I came onto this interpretation of the “7 Shamanic Principles” which make sense, even if it does have a new agey coating: It speaks of the fact that thought is how you create your world; by projecting and attracting ideas that resonate with each other, which in turn shape your sphere. And basically of the principle that like attracts like, and energy flows where attention goes.

http://www.realmagick.com/articles/18/118.html

I can’t help but end with this quote of Mahatma Ghandi, as it demonstrates the overwhelming importance of recognizing the power of thought:

Keep your thoughts positive, because they become your words.
Keep your words positive, because they become your behavior.
Keep your behavior positive, because it becomes your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because they become your values.
Keep your values positive, because they become your destiny.

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