Intuitive Self-Healing: Achieve Balance and Wellness Through the Body’s Energy Centers by Marie Manuchehri (Author)

Even the doctors and the most sophisticated tests can’t always find the source of a health issue, but there is one authority that always knows-your own body. “We intuitively perceive what we need for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing,” teaches Marie Manuchehri. “The biggest challenge for most of us is learning to trust our inner guidance.” With Intuitive Self-Healing, this registered nurse and renowned energy healer provides accessible instruction for helping you tune into your health at a deeper level. Offering a compendium of illuminating case studies and practical self-care techniques, Marie invites you to learn more about:

· The chakra system-how to access and activate seven energy centers that hold the key to our wholeness and intuitive gifts
· A chakra-by-chakra examination of specific health and emotional issues, with easy self-assessment quizzes
· Energetic preventative care-detecting and addressing potential health problems before they physically manifest
· Hands-on tools for accessing intuition, including one-minute exercises to ground and balance your energy-anywhere
· Your intuitive style-how to discover your unique strengths for reading and working with subtle energy
Through her popular radio show and workshops, Marie Manuchehri has provided invaluable guidance for those seeking to take a more active role in their own well-being. “Everyone has the power to create a vital, fulfilling, and healthy life,” teaches Manuchehri-and with Intuitive Self-Healing, she offers key insights for awakening your own life-changing gifts.

Marie is an energy medicine healer who is the perfect bridge between conventional and holistic medicine. She was raised in a family that appreciates preventive medicine, including the importance of eating nutritional organic foods and taking healthy supplements. Yet, it was during her work as an oncology nurse that she discovered and developed her skills as an energy medicine practitioner. The hospital turned out to be the ideal place to understand the energetic relationship between health and disease.

A self taught healer, Marie learned to connect conventional medicine’s understanding of disease–as it was described in a patient’s chart–to what she could intuitively understand about how a patient’s condition related to his or her energy system. Over time, she learned to identify stagnant energy–a sign of disease–and move it out of the body, making room for free healthier energy to move in and work its healing magic. Freely flowing energy can release pain, disease, and help people move in a positive direction–toward health, wealth, and fulfilling relationships and careers. Marie also discovered she is a medium, with the ability to connect with those living on the other side. She uses her talents as an energy medicine practitioner and as a medium to help people heal their wounds and expand consciousness.

Marie’s private practice, which grew by word of mouth, now includes thousands of clients from across the world. She is a public speaker, teacher, and leads a mentoring program for others interested in the field of energy medicine. Her weekly radio show, Where Energy and Medicine Meet, on 1150AM KKNW, is wildly popular. Marie’s first book Intuitive Self-Healing will be released on March 1st 2012 by Sounds True along with a 6-CD series How to Communicate with Your Spirit Guides. She lives in Kirkland, Washington.

To learn more about Marie or to schedule an appointment visit

Marie Manuchehri – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Dec 22, 2014
Marie Manuchehri, RN, is a nationally known energy intuitive and Reiki Master who first discovered her gifts for energetic healing while working as a registered oncology nurse. In addition to her private practice in Seattle, Washington, which includes thousands of clients from across the world, she leads popular workshops and hosts “The Marie Manucherhri Show – Where Energy and Medicine Meet.” Marie is an author, public speaker, teacher, and leads a mentoring program for others interested in the field of energy medicine.


Books: Intuitive Self-Healing (book) Attuning to the Unseen World (Self-Guided Video Course) How to Communicate with Your Spirit Guides


The Movement of Grace

Published on Dec 22, 2014
A conversation exploring the nature of Grace.

Eternal Life: A New Vision Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell by John Shelby Spong

Drawing on a lifetime of wisdom, New York Times bestselling author and controversial religious leader John Shelby Spong continues to challenge traditional Christian theology in Eternal Life: A New Vision. In this remarkable spiritual autobiography about his lifelong struggle with the questions of God and death, he reveals how he ultimately came to believe in eternal life.

Bishop John Shelby Spong, author of Jesus for the Non-Religious, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Sins of Scripture, and many other books, is known for his controversial ideas and fighting for minority rights. In Eternal Life: A New Vision, a remarkable spiritual journey about his lifelong struggle with the questions of God and death, he reveals how he came to a new conviction about eternal life. God, says Spong, is ultimately one, and each of us is part of that oneness. We do not live on after death as children who have been rewarded with heaven or punished with hell but as part of the life and being of God, sharing in God’s eternity, which is beyond the barriers of time and space. Spong argues that the discovery of the eternal can be found within each of us if we go deeply into ourselves, transcend our limits and become fully human. By seeking God within, by living each day to its fullest, we will come to understand how we live eternally.

Always compelling and controversial, Spong, the leading Christian liberal and pioneer for human rights, wrestles with the question that all of us will ultimately face. In his final book, Spong takes us beyond religion and even beyond Christianity until he arrives at the affirmation that the fully realized human life empties into and participates in the eternity of God. The pathway into God turns out to be both a pathway into ourselves and a doorway into eternal life. To Job’s question “If a man (or a woman) dies, will he (or she) live again?” he gives his answer as a ringing yes!

John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark, New Jersey for twenty-four years before his retirement in 2000. He is one of the leading spokespersons for liberal Christianity and has been featured on 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, FOX News Live, and Extra. This book is based on the William Belden Noble lectures Spong delivered at Harvard.

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Bishop John Spong – Eternal Life – 1/4 Radio Interview

Don’t miss this!
Spong is a brilliant mystic!
That’s not easy for me say!
**Is he a true post-theist? **

God and the Afterlife : The Groundbreaking New Evidence of Near-Death Experience by Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry

On Sale: 05/26/2015

The follow-up to his New York Times bestselling book, Evidence of the Afterlife, Dr. Jeffrey Long presents a scientific study of over 3,000 people who have had a near-death experience, revealing for the first time the remarkable scientific conclusions that almost all people from every kind of background and every kind of faith or no faith share in common in their accounts: that God exists and what God is like. In his New York Times bestselling book Evidence of the Afterlife, Dr. Jeffrey Long stunned readers by presenting findings from his work at the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), where he gathered over 1,300 accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) from all over the world, the majority of which pointed toward a strong scientific case that there was life after death. Long has continued to do work with this database, and more than doubled the number of near-death experience accounts to over 3,000, making it the largest near-death experience study in history. Once again, the evidence overwhelmingly points to the existence of an afterlife, but this time Long goes a step further to give another startling scientific finding: that God exists and there is amazing consistency about what God is like! After studying 3,000 cases, Long found that though there are a wide variety of differences in how people experience NDE’s (some see a bright light, others go through a tunnel, still others experience a review of their life), there was one point on which many of the accounts were uniform: a description of God. Spectacularly, regardless of religion, race, or anything else, people experienced a God who radiated love and grace. This book will expand upon Long’s findings about the afterlife and will be the first deep scientific exploration of those who have reported going to the frontier of heaven, met God, and have returned to report their journey.

Evidence of the afterlife ? Dr Jeffrey Long

Dr. Jeffrey Long, Jody Long, and Paul Perry have teamed up to write this blockbuster book that became an instant bestseller after Dr. Long’s appearance on NBC’s Today Show.

“Evidence of the Afterlife” is by far the largest scientific study of NDE ever presented, and is based on researching over 1300 NDEs shared with NDERF. This book is scientific in content, yet easy and a delight to read. The people whose stories are presented span all age groups, races, and religious affiliations and come from all over the world, yet the similarities in their experiences are as awe-inspiring as they are inexplicable. Using this treasure trove of data, Dr. Long explains how medical evidence fails to explain these reports and why there is only one plausible explanation—that people have survived death and traveled to another dimension.

The Ending of Time :Where Philosophy and Physics Meet by Jiddu Krishnamurti

The provocative and penetrating philosophical classic of science and spirituality—a discourse between the revered spiritual leader Krishnamurti and renowned physicist Dr. David Bohm, exploring the origin of human conflict and what we can do about the barriers that stand in the way of insight and consciousness, now revised and updated with a new introduction and added dialogues.

The Ending of Time is a series of important and enlightening dialogues in which Jiddu Krishnamurti and Dr. David Bohm—men from vastly different backgrounds in philosophy and physics, respectively—debate profound existential questions that illuminate the fundamental nature of existence, probing topics such as insight, illusion, awakening, transcendence, renewal, morality, the temporal, and the spiritual. Along the way, Krishnamurti and Bohm explore a person’s relationship to society and offer new insights on human thought, death, awakening, self realization, and the problem of the fragmented mind.

The Ending of Time also refers to the wrong turn humanity has taken—a state that they argue can be corrected. Though they insist that mankind can change fundamentally, they warn that transformation requires going from one’s narrow and particular interests toward the general, and ultimately moving still deeper into that purity of compassion, love and intelligence that originates beyond thought, time, and even emptiness.
This updated edition, edited and revised in clear and engaging language, includes a new introduction and a conversation previously published separately which examines “The Future of Humanity.”

J. Krishnamurti & D. Bohm – The Ending of Time (Dialogue One)

Published on Jun 15, 2012
Dialogue 1 – The Roots Of Psychological Conflict

The Ending of Time (1 / 8)

Penetrating dialogues between the great spiritual leader and the renowned physicist shed light on fundamental questions of existence.…

“In many cases David Bohm would be helping Krishnamurti to clarify, not so much Krishnamurti’s perceptions – he couldn’t do that – but the way Krishnamurti presented them, the language he used and the course of the discussion. Sometimes there were generalizations Krishnamurti would make that Dave would pounce upon and get him to refine.” F.D.Peat

Mindfulness Is Better Than Chocolate: A Practical Guide to Enhanced Focus and Lasting Happiness in a World of Distractions ~ David Michie

“This book is better than chocolate!”—Tal Ben-Shahar, New York Times best-selling author of Happier and Choose the Life You Want

Distractions are everywhere these days. Our thoughts drift to what we need to do tomorrow, or what went wrong yesterday. Even pleasurable things—like eating chocolate—don’t receive our full attention. We miss out on joy that is easily within reach!

In Mindfulness Is Better Than Chocolate, David Michie gives us the tools to rewire our brains for happiness. “Mindfulness” is paying attention to the present moment, deliberately and nonjudgmentally—and science has shown that those who practice it experience a wealth of benefits:Reduced stressStronger immune systemsMore ease in breaking bad habitsImproved self-esteemEnhanced mental claritySharper memoryOverall well-being. . . and better-tasting chocolate!As Michie explains, the way we see the world is our own creation. Drawing on both Buddhist teachings and contemporary science, he teaches us how to experience a mind free of stress and dullness. By harnessing the power of mindfulness and meditation, we can find everything we need to be fulfilled, productive, and content!

David Michie is the internationally best-selling author of a number of books about mindfulness, meditation and Buddhism. These include the non-fiction titles Why Mindfulness is Better than Chocolate, Hurry Up and Meditate and Buddhism for Busy People, as well as his popular novel series The Dalai Lama’s Cat. His books are available in 25 languages in over 30 different countries.

David has been delivering mindfulness and meditation seminars to a diverse range of audiences for the past five years. These include participating in ongoing programs under the auspices of the Australian Institute of Management – University of Western Australia Business School, Executive Education, as well as for a wide range of private, public and not-for-profit organisations including Bankwest, Ernst and Young, Woodside, Wesfarmers, Leading Edge Books, Heart Foundation, Cancer Support Association, Rotary, Medicare, Department of Health and the Tibetan Buddhist Society.

David has been a keynote speaker at a number of national conferences including the Happiness & Its Causes Conference in Sydney and Australian Meditation Conference in Melbourne. He has also been commissioned to contribute to a variety of major newspapers and magazines such as The Times of India – the world’s largest English language newspaper, The Daily Telegraph (UK), USA Today, The Australian and a very wide variety of other traditional and digital publications.

David’s blog on mindfulness and related subjects at attracts a global audience of thousands of visitors each week. He has recorded guided meditations used in-flight by Air New Zealand, some of which are also available as free downloads from his website.

David welcomes reader contact through:



David Michie on why mindfulness is better than chocolate at Happiness & Its Causes 2014

• Is mindfulness merely a tool for stress reduction or is there more to the practice?
• How can we use mindfulness to learn more about the nature of our own minds?
• Why does knowing more about your mind lead to a happier life?
• What is mind? What are its limits?
• How can I use my mindfulness practice to achieve its ultimate purpose?

David Michie, best-selling author and meditation coach, who launches his new book Why Mindfulness is Better than Chocolate at the conference; author of The Dalai Lama’s Cat, The Art of Purring and Buddhism for Busy People

Waking, Dreaming, Being :Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy ~ Evan Thompson [updated Dec 21, 2014]

Pub Date Nov 11 2014

A renowned philosopher of the mind, also known for his groundbreaking work on Buddhism and cognitive science, Evan Thompson combines the latest neuroscience research on sleep, dreaming, and meditation with Indian and Western philosophy of the mind, casting new light on the self and its relation to the brain.

Thompson shows how the self is a changing process, not a static thing. When we are awake we identify with our body, but if we let our mind wander or daydream, we project a mentally imagined self into the remembered past or anticipated future. As we fall asleep, the impression of being a bounded self distinct from the world dissolves, but the self reappears in the dream state. If we have a lucid dream, we no longer identify only with the self within the dream. Our sense of self now includes our dreaming self, the “I” as dreamer. Finally, as we meditate — either in the waking state or in a lucid dream — we can observe whatever images or thoughts arise and how we tend to identify with them as “me.” We can also experience sheer awareness itself, distinct from the changing contents that make up our image of the self.

Contemplative traditions say that we can learn to let go of the self, so that when we die we can witness the dissolution of the self with equanimity. Thompson weaves together neuroscience, philosophy, and personal narrative to depict these transformations, adding uncommon depth to life’s profound questions. Contemplative experience comes to illuminate scientific findings, and scientific evidence enriches the vast knowledge acquired by contemplatives.
Evan Thompson is professor of philosophy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind and Colour Vision: A Study in Cognitive Science and the Philosophy of Perception; coauthor of The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience; and co-editor of Self, No Self? Perspectives from Analytical, Phenomenological, and Indian Traditions and The Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness.

Evan Thompson was born in 1962 in Ithaca, NY, and grew up in Boston, New York, and Toronto. After 8 years as a Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Toronto, he moved in July 2013 to the Philosophy Department at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He writes about the mind, life, consciousness, and the self, from the perspectives of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, and cross-cultural philosophy (especially Buddhism and other Indian philosophical traditions). As a teenager, Evan was home-schooled in Southampton, NY and Manhattan at the Lindisfarne Association, an educational and contemplative community founded by his father, William Irwin Thompson. He received his A.B. in Asian Studies from Amherst College (1983), and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto (1990).

Read an interview here

Evan Thompson – “Waking, Dreaming, Being” at CIIS

Dr. Evan Thompson is a professor of philosophy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is currently the Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley, where he is teaching a course on the dialogue between Buddhism, Phenomenology, and Cognitive Science. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including The Embodied Mind (1991), Mind in Life (2007) and Waking, Dreaming, Being: New Light on the Self and Consciousness from Neuroscience, Meditation and Philosophy (forthcoming).

Beyond the two Birds

Published on Dec 21, 2014
Beyond the two birds is one that has no form, it has no species, it was never born, it cannot die. It’s not going somewhere, it’s not coming from anywhere.
Are we aware of this?

The Heart of Unconditional Love: A Powerful New Approach to Loving-Kindness Meditation by Tulku Thondup (Author)


How to Meditate Into Higher States of Consciousness

Sri Sri Ravishankar: We live most of our life through three states of consciousness: waking, dreaming and sleeping.

How to Meditate Into Higher States of ConsciousnessI
In the waking state of consciousness, we experience the world through the five senses. We seek elevation and joy from these senses. If any one of the senses is missing, the entire dimension of that sense is lost. One who cannot hear is bereft of the whole arena of sound. Similarly, he who cannot see is deprived of all the beautiful sights and colors. So, the sense is more important and much bigger than the object of the sense.

The mind is higher than the senses. The mind is infinite, its desires are many, but the capacity of the senses to enjoy is limited. Greed is wanting more and more of sensory objects. Even though one can only enjoy a limited amount during a lifetime, one wants all the wealth in the world.

Giving too much importance to sensory objects leads to greed; giving too much importance to the senses leads to lust; and giving too much importance to the mind and its desires leads to delusion.

We hold on to the concepts of the mind and want things to happen in a certain way. Thus, the concepts in our mind impede us from perceiving the infinite consciousness that is a part of us. This is not to say that the senses or the mind are bad. But we must learn to discriminate between things and be aware of what is happening at all times; that is when clarity dawns on us. This is the first step toward the higher state of consciousness.

In the waking state, one is constantly engaged in looking, eating, working, etc. The other extreme is the sleeping state where one is completely cut off and dull. The dullness and heaviness linger even after waking. The more one sleeps, the duller one feels since a lot of energy is expended in sleep. Then there is the dreaming state where one is neither asleep nor awake. Here, you neither feel at rest nor are aware of your surroundings.


The higher state of consciousness is somewhere in between the waking, sleeping and dreaming states. Here, we know we “are” but we don’t know “where” we are. This knowledge that I “am,” but I don’t know “where” I am or “what” I am, is called Shiva. This state gives the deepest possible rest that one can experience. And one can achieve this through meditation

Meditation helps in two ways — it prevents stress from entering the system and simultaneously releases accumulated stress. With the assimilation of meditation into daily life, a higher state of consciousness called cosmic consciousness dawns within us. Cosmic consciousness perceives the whole universe as part of oneself. When we perceive the world as a part of us, love flows strongly between the world and us. This love empowers us to overcome the opposing forces and the disturbances in life. Anger and disappointments become fleeting emotions that occur momentarily and then vanish.

A higher state of consciousness will not simply happen one fine morning. The sapling of consciousness is within you — it needs to be nurtured through spiritual practices like meditation. Some coconut trees yield in three years, and some in 10 years. And those that are not nurtured never yield, they simply exist.

Attaining higher states of consciousness does not require any complicated strategy; one just needs to learn the art of letting go. The confluence of knowledge, understanding and practice makes life complete. When you grow into higher states of consciousness, you find that you are no longer thrown off-balance by different situations and disturbances. You become strong yet soft — a delicate and beautiful individual capable of accommodating different values in life without any conditions. As your consciousness opens and the whole system gets physically, mentally and spiritually elevated, your life truly becomes worth living.

Sri Sri Ravishankar is a renowned spiritual leader and humanitarian whose mission of uniting the world into a violence-free global family has inspired millions the world over to broaden their spheres of responsibility and work towards the betterment of the world. An icon of non-violence, he seeks global peace through service and fostering human values.

The Body is Made of Awareness

Published on Dec 18, 2014
In this video clip, Rupert explores the feeling “I am the body”

The Art of Being in the World but Not Of the World

“Only your surface is disturbed; in your deepness there is stillness and total tranquility” – Bryan McGill

Let’s face it, life happens. In today’s world people have responsibilities, we need money to survive, we need to take care of our kids, we need to take care of our health and we need to pay our bills. There are always going to be things that need to be done. And just when we think we’ve got everything down pat and all is well… a friend or family member comes along to tell us about their latest catastrophe in their lives. It seems as if stress has become a way of life for most.

In fact, it has become so much of a norm that if you were to actually tell someone that life is good, you can’t complain or that you feel truly happy… most people won’t even believe you! They’ll either think you’re delusional, or in denial, or turning a blind eye to life in general. However, at a certain point we got sold a lie. That lie being that stress is normal, stress is honorable, stress means you’re ambitious, stress means you’re reaching goals, stress is glamorous, stress means you care about your job or your family, being stressed means you’re important and successful. But is there a happy medium?

Is there a way to not only take on all of the responsibilities of our day to day lives plus listen to the calamities and complaints of our friends and family while still remaining in our peaceful center? Is there a way to physically be IN this world, participate in all of situations and circumstances while at the same time not being OF the world, which means not becoming so involved and attached to every event, to the point of pulling our hair out in worry or frustration?

“Stress is never a given. There are people who get divorced amicably. There are people who pack up and move with no emotional toll. There is no stressor ‘out there’ in the world. We experience stress or we don’t based on what we believe.” – Andrew Bernstein

Ironically, most stress is not happening in the present moment. It’s happening as a result of our thinking about a situation. Either we are replaying a past event and letting the replay anger us over and over again or we are worrying about an alleged future event that may or may not even happen. We are literally using our imagination, to dream up worst case scenarios, when in actuality it would take the same amount of time and effort to let our imagination conjure up best case scenarios.

In order to become aware of which people, places and things in our lives are causing us the most stress we must become super aware of our thought patterns. How often are we thinking about certain things and what is the belief behind the thought that is causing the stress to happen? For example, if we are replaying a past event that continues to anger us over and over, it’s usually stemming from the belief that someone SHOULD HAVE acted in a certain way, or an event SHOULD HAVE happened in the way we expected it to. The belief that things should go exactly as we want them to causes us to become angry and frustrated.

But the fact of the matter is, life rarely goes exactly as we expect it to. There are traffic jams, people run late, people say things we don’t like, we may feel sick, our family may get sick, etc… The sooner we come to terms with the fact that not every single event in our lives is going to go exactly like we planned we are able to connect with the calm amidst life’s storms. Our inner core, the peaceful center that resides in all of us, has no attachment to outcomes. It doesn’t live in the “should have” or the “shouldn’t have”, it literally takes life as it comes, therefore it rarely is disturbed by the unexpectedness of day to day events.

When peacefulness becomes our norm, we naturally move away from places and people and even thought patterns that are disturbing that peace. From this state of being, one of being rooted in our awareness, we are able to handle life’s unexpected situations in an “as they come” manner. Problems that CAN be changed, are changed. People that CAN be removed from our lives are removed. Places that CAN be moved away from are moved away from.

Life becomes amazingly simple. As for the things that cause us stress that can’t be solved, we learn the art of acceptance. If a situation arises that cannot be immediately fixed by us, we are forced to accept this thing as it is and instead change our thinking about the situation. The beauty of us becoming the calm in the middle of our own storms is that we can use this tactic when dealing with other people in our lives as well.

Very often there will be people in our lives that beg for us to be involved in their drama, negative outlook or complaining about little things. Here, we not only get to practice acceptance, meaning we accept that they are in that moment complaining about their issue, but we also learn the practice of responding vs. reacting. Instead of allowing ourselves to get caught up in their storm we can respond to them from our own awareness. So either we give them a piece of advice we believe will help them, or we simply just listen to them and empathize that they are feeling upset. There is no right or wrong way to respond, because it comes from a genuine place vs. reactivity, which comes from a place of placing our own expectations and beliefs on their behavior.

“I feel very still and empty, the way the eye of the tornado must feel moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo” – Sylvia Plath

It may feel weird at first, perhaps even boring, to not be so involved in the eye of every storm. Usually when a person has become addicted to chaos and stress the first signs of inner peace may feel strange and quiet. But eventually what will happen is that little things become our excitement and joy. Eating a good meal, spending quality time with a quality friend, drinking an amazing cup of coffee or enjoying the peacefulness of a beautiful sunset replaces stress and becomes our “excitement”.

And when we do start to find true joy in simple and small things vs. depending on stress to make us feel alive, it becomes harder and harder to convince us to get caught up in the petty pursuits of our own egos or the negativity of other people. At this point of experiencing inner stillness, happiness and gratitude becomes our natural state, which allows us to see the beauty, magic and extraordinary in everyday life.

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Marie Andersson, calm before the storm

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These People Live Longer Than Anyone. Here Are 9 Things They Do

The people of Okinawa, an island southwest of Japan’s main landmass, are known for their longevity. Having studied the habits of particularly long-lived people, I’ve taken nine lessons from the Okinawans that I believe help them live long, happy lives.

1. Embrace an ikigai.

An ikigai is one’s reason for being, or one’s purpose in life. Older Okinawans can readily articulate the reason they get up in the morning. Their purpose-imbued lives gives them clear roles of responsibility and feelings of being needed well into their 100s.

2. Rely on a plant-based diet.

Older Okinawans have eaten a plant-based diet most of their lives. Their meals of stir-fried vegetables, sweet potatoes, and tofu are high in nutrients and low in calories. Goya, with its antioxidants and compounds that lower blood sugar, is of particular interest. While centenarian Okinawans do eat some pork, it’s traditionally reserved only for infrequent ceremonial occasions and taken only in small amounts.

3. Get gardening.

Almost all Okinawan centenarians grow or once grew a garden. It’s a source of daily physical activity that exercises the body with a wide range of motion and helps reduce stress. It’s also a near-constant source of fresh vegetables.

4. Eat more soy.

The Okinawan diet is rich foods made with soy, like tofu and miso soup. Flavonoids in tofu may help protect the heart and guard against breast cancer. Fermented soy foods contribute to a healthy intestinal ecology and offer even better nutritional benefits.

5. Maintain a moai.

The Okinawan tradition of forming a moai, or a gathering of people, provides secure social networks. These safety nets lend financial and emotional support in times of need and give all of their members the stress-shedding security of knowing that there is always someone there for them.

6. Enjoy the sunshine.

Vitamin D, produced by the body when it’s exposed on a regular basis to sunlight, promotes stronger bones and healthier bodies. Spending time outside each day allows even senior Okinawans to have optimal vitamin D levels year-round.

7. Stay active.

Older Okinawans are active walkers and gardeners. The Okinawan household has very little furniture; residents take meals and relax sitting on tatami mats on the floor. The fact that old people get up and down off the floor several dozen times daily builds lower body strength and balance, which help protect against dangerous falls.

8. Plant a medical garden.

Mugwort, ginger, and turmeric are all staples of an Okinawan garden, and all have proven medicinal qualities. By consuming these every day, Okinawans may be protecting themselves against illness.

9. Have an attitude.

A hardship-tempered attitude has endowed Okinawans with an affable smugness. They’re able to let difficult early years remain in the past while they enjoy today’s simple pleasures. They’ve learned to be likable and to keep younger people in their company well into their old age.

This is an excerpt from Blue Zones: Lessons For Living Longer From The People Who’ve Lived The Longest by Dan Buettner, Copyright 2008, all rights reserved.

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Byron Katie: Innate Mattering Lies Underneath Stressful Thoughts

Published on Dec 17, 2014
Byron Katie joins Barnet and Freeman for a powerful conversation about our need to know that we matter. Insecure thoughts tend to attach to outcomes that we believe make us matter. The truth is that our mattering is innate – no one or nothing can make us matter and no one can take it away.

For more information about Byron Katie’s work, please visit:

Is Consciousness More than the Brain? | Interview with Dr. Gary Schwartz

Published on Oct 1, 2014
We at The Thunderbolts Project think that no truly coherent cosmology can fail to address human consciousness. As Wal Thornhill has written, “A real cosmology must be a broad and coherent natural philosophy. It may always be incomplete, based on our limitations, but to be valid there can be no exceptions in our experience. In particular, cosmology must address issues of life and the human condition. Therefore it must be a truly interdisciplinary pursuit.”

Today, perhaps the ultimate unsolved mystery of human life is: how and why does consciousness exist? Although some scientific literature still acknowledges that the question remains open, the overwhelming consensus among neuroscientists today is that the brain alone creates conscious experience. However, for decades, acclaimed scientists around the world have conducted research into consciousness that provides a very different picture. One of the most remarkable of these researchers is Dr. Gary Schwartz, professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry and surgery at the University of Arizona and director of its Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health. We asked Dr. Gary Schwartz for his thoughts on the mystery of consciousness.

Dr Schwartz’s website:

Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at the University of Arizona, at the main campus in Tucson. In addition to teaching courses on health and spiritual psychology, he is the Director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health.

Gary received his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University in 1971 and was an assistant professor at Harvard for five years. He later served as a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University, was director of the Yale Psychophysiology Center, and co-director of the Yale Behavioral Medicine Clinic, before moving to Arizona in 1988.

Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science:…

Previous videos on this channel relating to consciousness:

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake at EU 2013: Science Set Free:…

The Dimensionless Perceiver ~ Rupert Spira

Published on Dec 16, 2014
In this clip Rupert discusses the fear that is sometimes evoked by the dissolution of the duality perceiver/perceived.

Hemming in the Sky for the Next 2 Weeks ~ Sam Geppi

Published on Dec 15, 2014
There is a unique configuration in the sky at the moment – that will persist for the next 2 weeks. This will show the Moon either joined a malefic or hemmed by malefics, during that time.

Are We In The Midst of A Scientific Revolution? Cassandra Vieten

Published on Dec 15, 2014
Thomas Kuhn described scientific revolutions as “tradition-shattering complements to the tradition-bound activity of normal science,” and noted that they are typically invisible as they are happening and fully recognized only in retrospect. But what if we were aware that we were in the midst of one? This talk will discuss five reasons to believe we may be, and will suggest practices for consciously riding the waves of shifting paradigms.

Cassandra Vieten is the President and CEO of IONS and a scientist at the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Paci c Medical Center Research Institute. Her research has focused on spirituality and health; development of mindfulness-based approaches to cultivating emotional balance and factors, experiences, and practices involved in psycho-spiritual.

She completed her pre- and post-doctoral research training at UC, San Francisco and received her PhD in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is co-author of Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life (New Harbinger/Noetic Books 2008) and author of Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child’s First Year (New Harbinger/Noetic Books 2009).

A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World by David R. Loy (Author)

Engage with a new vision of Buddhism and the modern world with the bestselling author of Money Sex War Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution.

David R. Loy addresses head-on the most pressing issues of Buddhist philosophy in our time. What is the meaning of enlightenment–is it an escape from the world, or is it a form of psychological healing? How can one reconcile modern scientific theory with ancient religious teachings? What is our role in the universe?

Loy shows us that neither Buddhism nor secular society by itself is sufficient to answer these questions. Instead, he investigates the unexpected intersections of the two. Through this exchange, he uncovers a new Buddhist way, one that is faithful to the important traditions of Buddhism but compatible with modernity. This way, we can see the world as it is truly is, realize our indivisibility from it, and learn that the world’s problems are our problems. This is a new path for a new world.

David R. Loy’s books include the acclaimed Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution; The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory; The World Is Made of Stories; A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency; and The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons, a finalist for the 2006 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award. He was the Besl Professor of Ethics/Religion and Society at Cincinnati’s Xavier University and is qualified as a teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Buddhism.

His articles appear regularly in the pages of major journals such as Tikkun and Buddhist magazines including Tricycle, Turning Wheel, Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma, as well as in a variety of scholarly journals. He is on the editorial or advisory boards of the journals Cultural Dynamics, Worldviews, Contemporary Buddhism, Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, and World Fellowship of Buddhists Review. He is also on the advisory boards of Buddhist Global Relief, the Clear View Project, Zen Peacemakers, and the Ernest Becker Foundation. He lives in Boulder, CO.

David Loy: Society is Separating the Self from Nature

David Loy, author of Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy, argues that in establishing a separate self in a constructed civilization, we have grown disconnected from ecology and the natural world.



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