The Last Myth: What the Rise of Apocalyptic Thinking Tells Us About America by Mathew Barett Gross & Mel Giles

During the first dozen years of the twenty-first century–from Y2K through 2012–apocalyptic anticipation in America has leapt from the margins of society and into the mainstream. Today, nearly 60 percent of Americans believe that the events foretold in the book of Revelation will come true. But it’s not just the Christian Right that is obsessed with the end of the world; secular readers hungry for catastrophe have propelled fiction and nonfiction books about peak oil, global warming, and the end of civilization into best-sellers, while Doomsday Preppers has become one of the most talked-about new reality TV shows on television. How did we come to live in a culture obsessed by the belief that the end is nearly here?

The Last Myth explains why apocalyptic beliefs are surging within the American mainstream today. Tracing the development of our expectation of the end of the world from the beginnings of history through the modern era, and examining the global challenges facing America today, authors Mathew Barrett Gross and Mel Gilles combine history, current events, and psychological and cultural analysis to reveal the profound influence of apocalyptic thinking on America’s past, present, and future.

Engaging, powerful, and insightful, The Last Myth will change the way you look at the world–and its end.

Mathew Barrett Gross rewrote the rules of presidential politics as the director of Internet Communications for Howard Dean’s groundbreaking 2003–2004 presidential campaign. Highly regarded as a new media strategist, he has consulted for numerous political campaigns, advocacy organizations, and global NGOs, and has been profiled in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and Fast Company. A former rock drummer and river guide, he lives in Moab, Utah.

Mel Gilles is the cofounder and director of Sol Kula Yoga and Healing in Moab, Utah. She served as a nonprofit director and consultant for over a decade. Her writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and blogs nationwide; her essay “The Politics of Victimization” went viral, appearing on and BuzzFlash and reaching more than two million readers around the world.

Sacred Jewels of Yoga Wisdom from India’s Beloved Scriptures, Teachers, Masters, and Monks ~ Dave DeLuca

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Millions of Americans today practice the asanas, or postures, of yoga, but many are unaware of the profound spiritual teachings at the heart of yoga’s ancient source scriptures. In this remarkable anthology, acclaimed Vedanta Yoga teacher Dave DeLuca presents 166 sacred passages from some of India’s most revered yoga scriptures — the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras, the Bhakti Sutras, the Astavakra Samhita, and the Srimad Bhagavatam — along with teachings by two of the most beloved yoga masters of the modern era, Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda.

This combination of ancient wisdom and modern commentary makes Sacred Jewels of Yoga an invaluable introduction to the scriptural treasures of ancient India and a priceless resource for inspiration, illumination, and guidance.

Dave has presented thousands of trainings and workshops on all aspects of personal growth during his twenty years as a professional seminar leader. He started his career as a trainer for The Summit Organization. During his time at Summit he led dozens of different courses on an ongoing basis such as Self Esteem, The Power Of Purpose, Decision Making And Effective Choice, Quality Communications, and Life Designs. He went from leading Summit’s introductory weekend seminar, The Power Of Positive Feelings, to writing and leading weeklong workshops at their Hawaii and Southern California resort facilities. One of these was his signature workshop, Healing Family Relationships, which he led for Summit on a regular basis for years in Hawaii.

In 1990, Dave founded Empowerment Systems and began concentrating on writing and presenting new seminars that reflected his increasing focus on his spiritual journey. The results were such courses as Bringing Your Spirit To Life, Self-Esteem As Soul Work, Finding And Living Your Higher Purpose, and Loving The Path. It was also during this time that Dave became devoted to the study of the major religions of the world.

In 1992, his passion for greater spiritual understanding led him to the Vedanta Society of Southern California, where he began his study of ancient India’s Vedanta yoga wisdom with the Swamis of the venerated Ramakrishna Order of India. By 2000 he was an ongoing speaker at the Vedanta Society temples throughout Southern California.

Today on Mind Matters Ajayan‘s guest was Dave DeLuca, author of “Sacred Jewels of Yoga.” The conversation is an exploration of the wisdom of the East as you have never heard it presented before. Discover how the philosophy of Yoga, beyond the poses, can help to inform our active day-to-day lives.To listen to the conversation,
View Here Dave’s interview starts at 16:08

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The Zen Mind – An Introduction

This is a clip from The Zen Mind documentary, filmed in Japan. It serves as a nice overview of zen – a topic very few people can fully understand. EmptyMind Films.

Human Mind | Attention | Meditation | Ishwar Puri

Ishwar Puri Ji explains how human thinking mind works, power of Attention, Meditation and life in physical body.

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