Happy Teachers Change the World A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education by Thich Nhat Hanh Katherine Weare Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn


Happy Teachers Change the World
is the first official, authoritative guide to the Thich Nhat Hanh/Plum Village approach to mindfulness in education. Spanning the whole range of schools and grade levels, from preschool through higher education, the teachings, guidance, practices, and techniques are grounded in the everyday world of schools, colleges, and universities.

Beginning firmly with teachers and all those working with students, including administrators, counselors, and other personnel, the Plum Village approach stresses that educators must first establish their own mindfulness practice since everything they do in the classroom will be based on that foundation. The book includes inspirational guidance by Thich Nhat Hanh and evidence-based educational guidance by Katherine Weare. There are easy-to-follow, step-by-step techniques, guidelines, and instructions perfected by educators to teach themselves and to apply to their work with students and colleagues, along with inspirational stories of the ways in which teachers have made mindfulness practice alive and relevant for themselves and their students across the school and out into the community.

The instructions in Happy Teachers Change the World are offered as basic practices taught by Thich Nhat Hanh, followed by guidance from educators using these practices in their classrooms, with ample in-class interpretations, activities, tips, and instructions. Woven throughout are stories from members of the Plum Village community around the world who are applying these teachings in their own lives and educational contexts.


Born in Hue, Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is author of more than one hundred books, and is one of the best known Buddhist teachers in the world today. Previous best-selling books include Being Peace and Buddha Mind Buddha Body. He lives at Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and travels worldwide, leading retreats on the art of mindful living.


Katherine Weare is Professor at the University of Southampton and the University of Exeter. She is internationally known for her writing, speaking, research, and development work on mindfulness and compassion for children and young people and those who care for them. Since 2000 she has advised the English government’s Department for Children, Schools, and Families on policy in the area of social and emotional learning. She is an honorary member of the Society of Public Health Medicine, and a board member of the international network INTERCAMHS (International Alliance for Child and Mental Health in Schools). She also serves on the editorial boards of several mental health journals. She is author of Developing the Emotionally Literate School and Promoting Mental, Emotional and Social Health: A Whole School Approach.

UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba Dr. (Author)

Hailed as “an absolute must-read” (Jean Twenge) and a book that “will change your kids’ lives” (Jack Canfield), UnSelfie by Dr. Michele Borba explains what parents and educators MUST do to combat the growing empathy crisis among children today—including a 9-step empathy-building program with tips to guide kids from birth through college, and beyond.

Teens today are forty percent less empathetic than they were thirty years ago. Why is a lack of empathy—which goes hand-in-hand with the self-absorption epidemic Dr. Michele Borba calls the Selfie Syndrome—so dangerous? First, it hurts kids’ academic performance and leads to bullying behaviors. Also, it correlates with more cheating and less resilience. And once children grow up, a lack of empathy hampers their ability to collaborate, innovate, and problem-solve—all must-have skills for the global economy.

In UnSelfie Dr. Borba pinpoints the forces causing the empathy crisis and shares a revolutionary, researched-based, nine-step plan for reversing it.

The good news? Empathy is a trait that can be taught and nurtured. Dr. Borba offers a framework for parenting that yields the results we all want: successful, happy kids who also are kind, moral, courageous, and resilient. UnSelfie is a blueprint for parents and educators who want to kids shift their focus from I, me, and mine…to we, us, and ours.

Biography
Michele Borba, Ed. D., is an internationally renowned educational psychologist and an expert in parenting, bullying, and character development. She is an award-winning author of 22 books that have been translated into 14 languages. One of the foremost authorities on childhood development, she is an NBC contributor who appears regularly on Today and has been featured as an expert on Dateline, The View, Dr. Phil, NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends, The Dr. Oz Show, and The Early Show, among many other programs. She has spoken to over 1 million participants on 5 continents and to organizations including Sesame Street, U.S. Air Force Academy, HRR, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, McDonalds, Johnson & Johnson, Harvard, and 18 overseas Army Bases. Her TEDx talk has garnered 15k views and she has been a media spokesperson for brands like Kellog’s, Nikon, Walmart, and more. She lives in Palm Springs, California, with her husband, and she is the mother of three grown sons. To contact her for speaking on her website at Dr. Michele Borba or American Program Bureau.

How Parents Use Lessons from Navy SEALs to Teach Children Empathy

Author of UNSELFIE Michele Borba Ed. D. explains how parents can use Navy SEAL techniques to teach their children to keep their empathy open and reduce stress.

The Spiritual Child: Educating the Head and the Heart – Lisa Miller


Lisa Miller, Professor & Director of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, discusses spiritual development as it pertains to children and adolescents.

The Future of Human Experience : Visionary Thinkers on the Science of Consciousness ~J. Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus [ Updated Oct 15, 2016 ]

Explores the future predictions of cutting-edge scientists, spiritual teachers, and other visionaries and how we can affect the future

• Shares insights from the author’s discussions with Larry Dossey, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Graham Hancock, Raymond Moody, Rupert Sheldrake, Zecharia Sitchin, Gay Bradshaw, Candace Pert, and many others

• Examines what these visionary thinkers foresee for humanity based on current trends in medicine, science, agriculture, history, and other disciplines

• Reveals how consciousness affects evolution and Earth’s future

For almost three decades Zohara Hieronimus has interviewed spiritual teachers, cutting-edge scientists, ancient wisdom keepers, laboratory-tested psychics, and other visionaries on their predictions for the near and far future. While the methods they use are significantly diverse, the similarities in their forecasts are striking. And, as Hieronimus reveals, one common theme resonates through them all: the power of human consciousness.

Sharing insights from her discussions with Larry Dossey, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Graham Hancock, Raymond Moody, Rupert Sheldrake, Zecharia Sitchin, Gay Bradshaw, Candace Pert, and many others, Hieronimus explores what these visionary thinkers foresee for humanity based on current trends in medicine, science, agriculture, Earth history, robotics, and spirituality. She examines natural, extraterrestrial, and man-made events that dramatically altered humanity’s course in the past or might in the future, revealing a recurring cycle of catastrophic Earth changes and rebirths of civilization over billions of years. The author explains that, as part of the energetic expression of Divinity, we can influence the impact of Earth changes through our actions and intentions. She shows that the consciousness of humanity has the power to affect evolution, enact healing on personal and global levels, and alter even natural systems such as the weather.

By studying predictions across a broad range of disciplines–from nano-technology to plant intelligence–from today’s great minds and from ancient spiritual traditions, Hieronimus shows that we can significantly improve the long-term welfare of the Earth by unfolding our nonlocal consciousness, adopting a reverent attitude toward all life, and realizing how we do things is as vital as what we do.


J.Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus is an award winning radio broadcaster, author, social justice and environmental activist, and pioneer in Holistic Health Care.

Zoh is a futurist and a well known leader in holistic and integrative health care as Founder of the Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center. Zohara is well known for her participation in consciousness studies, social and environmental causes and is a broadcasting personality as host of the syndicated Future Talk, Clearview Radio, and the Zoh Show. Zohara is also a teacher of the Alef-Beit (Hebrew alphabet), and author of Kabbalistic Teachings of the Female Prophets, The Seven Holy Women of Ancient Israel, Inner Traditions International, June 2008 and Sanctuary of the Divine Presence, Hebraic Rituals of Inititation and Illumination, Inner Traditions, 2012. As well, Zohara practices Kabbalistic Life Path Analysis.

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Earth Changes & The Power Of Consciousness – Zohara Hieronimus

Environmental activist and pioneer, Zohara Hieronimus joins Dr. Rita Louise on Just Energy Radio where she discusses the state of the world today and what futurists see as where we are heading in the future. She also delves into what we can do to bring about the future we want to experience.

Awakening Child: A journey of inner transformation through teaching your child mindfulness and compassion ~ Heather Grace MacKenzie

The lives we lead, particularly in the Western world, are technologically overburdened and spiritually impoverished. Our children can tell us the various merits of different operating systems for electronic devices, but are rarely in touch with how different emotions are experienced in the body, or how it feels to bring kindness to a moment of difficulty. They are bombarded almost constantly with information at a rate that mankind even 50 years ago would have struggled to begin to comprehend, and mental illness is at an all-time high. Research indicates that one of every four adolescents will have an episode of major depression during high school, with the average age of onset being 14 years of age. The human race is at a tipping point, and we have no sane choice but to begin to awaken the capacities within us that have too-long lain dormant. We can choose to lead a child towards awakening, and thus awaken ourselves.

Heather Grace MacKenzie was brought up on the Scottish Isle of Islay, daughter of a farmer and a conservationist. She is a Mindfulness Teacher, Reiki Master and Empowerment Coach. Heather has taught meditation and mindfulness to her own three children and her two step-children as well as children of all ages and stages in both family and school settings.

With the backing of the Mindfulness Association, founded by Rob Nairn, she is currently working on creating and evaluating a mindfulness course for secondary school students that is based on the Mindfulness Association’s Mindful Based Living Course (MBLC), as part of her studies for a PhD in Education with Aberdeen University. She is passionate about focusing her research on teaching children mindfulness with a strong emphasis on self-compassion, helping children and adolescents learn to live in a way that honours the deepest longings and aspirations of their heart.
Heather owns a successful holistic therapy business in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, working with therapists who excel in their fields of expertise, to offer therapies, workshops and courses to support people in becoming all that they are destined to be. Her most important work, however, is mothering four boys.

She is passionate about focusing her research on teaching children mindfulness with a strong emphasis on self-compassion, helping children and adolescents learn to live in a way that honours the deepest longings and aspirations of their heart. Fostering the development of mindfulness in the home as well as in schools seems of primary importance in creating a more peaceful future for us all.

She owns a successful holistic therapy business in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire (www.wheredragonsfly.net), working with therapists who excel in their fields of expertise, to offer therapies, workshops and courses to support people in becoming all that they are destined to be. She also promotes her mindfulness work through her personal website – http://www.heathergrace.co.uk. Her most important work, however, is mothering four amazing boys.

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Awakening Child Book

Published on Jul 5, 2016

‘AWAKENING CHILD: A Journey of inner transformation through teaching your child mindfulness and compassion’ by Heather Grace MacKenzie is a book that invites parents and those working with children to engage in a journey of self-acceptance and self-compassion in order to create a more peaceful life, both for ourselves and for our children. Learn to become more present and to move through life with greater ease through teaching this to a child.

‘Soothing Words’ Guided Meditation

Published on Aug 1, 2016

A mindfulness practice by Heather Grace MacKenzie who is a mindfulness and compassion teacher, and author of ‘Awakening Child: A journey of inner transformation through teaching your child mindfulness and compassion’.

Be Your Own Guru: Authoritarianism and the Problem of the Guru in Conscious Evolution

ABSTRACT
This paper is an exploration of the problematic nature of the guru/disciple relationship,specifically,in Western Society. It begins with a discussion of the nature of spirituality and the spiritual quest. To contextualize the process, I also discuss my own spiritual path based in Roman Catholicism, Taoism, Buddhism and my thoughts on the philosophy of Krishnamurti. ~ Charles E. McAuley IV, Ph.D.1
California Institute of Integral Studies

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PARENTING WITH PRESENCE Practices for Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kid ~Susan Stiffelman

Our children can be our greatest teachers. Parenting expert Susan Stiffelman writes that the very behaviors that push our buttons — refusing to cooperate or ignoring our requests — can help us build awareness and shed old patterns, allowing us to raise our children with greater ease and enjoyment. Filled with practical advice, powerful exercises, and fascinating stories from her clinical work, Parenting with Presence teaches us how to become the parents we most want to be while raising confident, caring children.

An Eckhart Tolle Edition


Susan Stiffelman is a marriage and family therapist, a credentialed teacher, and a licensed psychotherapist. For over 30 years, Susan has worked with families to create greater harmony and deeper connection between parents and children. Susan also delivers weekly parenting advice for the Huffington Post as their “Parent Coach.”

Susan believes that children need to know that they can depend on their parents to guide them through the ups and downs of their lives. Just as a Captain is able to navigate rough and stormy seas, parents are meant to function as their child’s best source of comfort and direction by confidently steering the ship!


Published on Apr 9, 2015

Author Susan Stiffelman talks to Senior Editor Jason Gardner about PARENTING WITH PRESENCE, which is an inaugral title in Eckhart Tolle’s new publishing imprint at New World Library. For more info visit http://bit.ly/1D35TRJ.

 

Barbara Marx Hubbard – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

 

Barbara Marx Hubbard – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Barbara Marx Hubbard has been called “the voice for conscious evolution of our time” by Deepak Chopra and is the subject of Neale Donald Walsch’s book “The Mother of Invention: The Legacy of Barbara Marx Hubbard and the Future of YOU.” A prolific author of 7 books, visionary, social innovator and educator, she is founder of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution. Its purpose is to accelerate our conscious evolution.

She is the producer and narrator of the award-winning documentary series entitled Humanity Ascending: A New Way through Together. As a global ambassador for the conscious evolution movement she partnered with The Shift Network and formed a team to co-produce the world-wide multi-media event entitled, “Birth 2012: Co-Creating a Planetary Shift in Time” on Dec. 22, 2012 – a historic turning-point event; awakening the social, spiritual, scientific, and technological potential of humanity.

Currently she is developing on-line courses on conscious evolution and cocreation on the Shift Network reaching many 1000s of students world-wide. She is activating The Wheel of Cocreation as a model for social synergy and whole system shift, with examples developing in Cairo, Egypt, in Monterrey, Mexico, as well as in Chicago and Tampa, Florida. Her seminal book “Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential” will be republished in an updated version in January 2015. Also her new “Evolutionary Testament: An evolutionary vision of the future inspired by the Gospels, Acts and Epistles,” will be published on January 2015.

In 1984 her name was placed in nomination for the Vice Presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket, calling for a “Peace Room” to scan for, map, connect and communicate what is working in America and the world. She also co-chaired a number of Soviet-American Citizen Summits, introducing a new concept called “SYNCON to foster synergistic convergence with opposing groups. She is a co-founder of The Association for Global New Thought and The World Future Society.

Website: http://evolve.org

Other books: 52 Codes for Conscious Self Evolution Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence

The Children of Now… Evolution: How We Can Support the Fast-Forward Evolution of Our Children and All of Humanity by Meg Blackburn Losey PhD (Author)

November 1, 2014

Humanity is in a fast-forward stage of evolution. We saw this first with the Bridge Generation. For the past several decades, children are born into our world with various gifts and knowing – first introduced as Indigo Children and, as generations have passed, referred to as Crystalline Children, Star Children, and more.

In these times, we bear witness to how consciousness and the minds of the future of humanity are changing in spectacular ways. This is a phenomenon that should not be ignored. Who are these amazing beings and why are they here? What is happening that causes some kids to remember where they came from, who they were in past lives, that they are natural healers, and so sensitive that they can’t keep still. How is it that they feel everything and can’t distinguish what feelings belong to them and what belongs to others?

In this follow up to her bestselling book The Children of Now, Meg Losey revisits these spectacular children and discusses who they are becoming and how their growing influence is changing society for the better. The Children of Now Evolution addresses the following:

  • What is the magic of these children who embody unconditional love and have the foresight to see a new future for our people and our planet?
  • How do their minds work and why are they hyper-sensitive in some ways and desensitized in others?
    Is our DNA changing and taking us into a new or different physiology?
  • What does autism, ADD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome have to do with Crystalline Children and Star Kids, if anything? Why are so many kids being drugged?
  • Why are so many young adults falling off the edge into darker, more destructive thoughts and actions – from self-abuse with drugs to hurting themselves and worse?
  • How are vaccines, GMO in our foods contributing to mutating human biology, particularly our DNA?
  • How are we – society, parents, caregivers and guardians – failing to give these kids what they need?
  • How can we? What will it take?
  • How can we structure our schools to meet the needs of these kids? Instead of surviving their educations, how can we help them to thrive?

Losey offers concrete information for parents, schools, and others to understand what these kids need and how to help them function and flourish. Too often these children are mislabeled as ADD or ADHD or worse. She also addresses the metaphysical realities that these children (and others) perceive. There may not be monsters in the closet or under the bed, but these highly-evolved children may actually be “seeing” things that their parents or caregivers cannot. Finally, she paints a picture of what our world will look like when the “Children of Now” take over.

With new research and reports from the field The Children of Now Evolution is even more important to the families of today and tomorrow.
Meg Blackburn Losey, Ph.D. is the is the author of 9 books including the soon to be released, “The Children of Now EVOLUTION”, the Bestselling books “Touching the Light”, “The Secret History of Consciousness”, the International Bestseller “The Children of Now”, The Living Light Cards other great books. She is also the author of the “Online Messages” and a contributor to Bestselling “The Mystery of 2012 Anthology”.

Dr Meg is the creator of the Touching the Light Healing Modality and offers ongoing Certification courses for Practitioner, Level Two Practitioner and Instructor levels. She is building a world wide community of healers who have a fantastic knowledge and unprecedented experience in the art. Information is available at http://touchingthelight.org.

Dr. Meg is a national and international Keynote Speaker and also lectures worldwide. She facilitates group journeys to Sacred Sites including Scotland, England, Ireland, Peru, Bolivia, Egypt and Mexico. She has also served as a consultant to Good Morning America and 20/20. Dr. Meg can be reached by e-mail at drmeg@spiritlite.com, or on her main website at http://www.spiritlite.com. She is also available via LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter as DocSpirit.

Part 1 Meg Blackburn — Indigo, Star, Crystal Kids – Tom Murasso — Myth or Logic Radio

Lovingly called “Dr. Meg” by her audiences worldwide, Meg Blackburn Losey, Ph.D., is the author of soon to be released The Secret History of Consciousness, Parenting the Children of Now, the international Best Seller, “The Children of Now”, “Conversations with the Children of Now”, “Pyramids of Light, Awakening to Multi-Dimensional Realities” http://spiritlite.com

Pt 2 Meg Blackburn — Indigo, Star, Crystal Kids – Tom Murasso — Myth or Logic Radio

Pt 3 Meg Blackburn — Indigo, Star, Crystal Kids – Tom Murasso — Myth or Logic Radio

Reason in a Dark Time Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed — and What It Means for Our Future ~ Dale Jamieson

From the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference there was a concerted international effort to stop climate change. Yet greenhouse gas emissions increased, atmospheric concentrations grew, and global warming became an observable fact of life.

In this book, philosopher Dale Jamieson explains what climate change is, why we have failed to stop it, and why it still matters what we do. Centered in philosophy, the volume also treats the scientific, historical, economic, and political dimensions of climate change. Our failure to prevent or even to respond significantly to climate change, Jamieson argues, reflects the impoverishment of our systems of practical reason, the paralysis of our politics, and the limits of our cognitive and affective capacities. The climate change that is underway is remaking the world in such a way that familiar comforts, places, and ways of life will disappear in years or decades rather than centuries.

Climate change also threatens our sense of meaning, since it is difficult to believe that our individual actions matter. The challenges that climate change presents go beyond the resources of common sense morality — it can be hard to view such everyday acts as driving and flying as presenting moral problems. Yet there is much that we can do to slow climate change, to adapt to it and restore a sense of agency while living meaningful lives in a changing world.

Dale Jamieson teaches Environmental Studies, Philosophy, and Law at New York University, and was formerly affiliated with the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He is the author of Ethics and the Environment: An Introduction, and Morality’s Progress: Essays on Humans, Other Animals, and the Rest of Nature.

Dale Jamieson “Does Environmental Ethics Have a Future?” – PEI Conference 030813

Conference Environmental Humanities in a Changing World_030813 – Dale Jamieson “Does Environmental Ethics Have a Future?”

The 3 Keys to Discovering and Living Your Life’s Purpose ~ Dr. Jean Houston

  • Learn how to create new beliefs that support your highest potential
  • Discover how to access your “inner experts” to quicken your learning
  • Develop new habits that cultivate your unique gifts and abilities

Dr. Jean Houston, scholar, philosopher and researcher in human capacities, is one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time, and one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement. Jean has worked intensively in 40 cultures and 100 countries helping global state leaders, leading educational institutions, business organizations, and millions of people to enhance and deepen their own uniqueness.

She is a prolific writer and author of 27 books including A Passion for the Possible, Search for the Beloved, Life Force, The Possible Human, A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greater Story, Jump Time, Manual of the Peacemaker, and The Wizard of Us.

As advisor to UN agencies in human and cultural development, she has worked to implement some of their extensive educational and health programs. Since 2003, she has been working with the UN Development Program, training leaders in developing countries throughout the world in the new field of social artistry. Dr. Houston has also served for a year and a half in an advisory capacity to President and Mrs. Clinton as well as helping Mrs. Clinton write, It Takes A Village To Raise A Child. She has also counseled leaders in similar positions in many countries and cultures.

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Let Your Body Speak by Ewald Kliegel & Anne Heng

Featuring stunning colour illustrations of the energy of human organs and other body parts, this book is perfect for anyone interested in learning about the self-healing properties of the body and the psychic, emotional, and physical elements central to existence. The book provides a deeper understanding of the wider psychological function of each organ, including eyes, hands, hips, knees, shoulders, spine, and teeth, and explains how they act in concert within the body. The illustrations further enhance the readers ability to receive the message of each organ on an intuitive level, and a chart of healing crystals corresponding with each organ brings further information on how to interact with the organs energetically.

Ewald Kliegel is a massage therapist and naturopath who specializes in reflexology. He has personally developed a stylized, icon-based method of drawing reflexology systems, which has been adopted all over the world. He is the author of Crystal Wands.

Anne Heng is a painter, an illustrator, and an awareness teacher. She uses a special technique of painting on silk and has exhibited her work in Germany and abroad. She illustrated the book The Tree Angel Oracle.

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FEATURED VIDEO: LET YOUR BODY SPEAK

Published on Nov 20, 2013

Featuring stunning colour illustrations of the energy of human organs and other body parts, this book is perfect for anyone interested in learning about the self-healing properties of the body and the psychic, emotional, and physical elements central to existence. The book provides a deeper understanding of the wider psychological function of each organ, including eyes, hands, hips, knees, shoulders, spine, and teeth, and explains how they act in concert within the body.

A Year of Miracles : Daily Devotions and Reflections By Marianne Williamson

In A Year of Miracles, Marianne Williamson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the classic A Return to Love and world-renowned teacher, offers a daily devotional that helps us develop a positive, loving mindset and encourages us to live our best selves to bring miracles into our lives.

Williamson has taught millions around the world the simple yet profound lesson that has helped them tap into the divine within themselves and lead a happier, more fulfilled existence: How we think determines how we live. If you change your thoughts, you can change your reality. If you strive to put your best self forward, the universe responds, actively helping you, creating miracles that allow you to flourish.

A Year of Miracles is her collection of 365 spiritual readings, including prayers, meditations, declarations, and affirmations—one for each day of the year—that offer guidance, support, and enlightenment to focus your thinking. With this thoughtful meditative devotional, you can stay mindful, hopeful, and centered every day, producing miracles in your life.

Combining wisdom drawn from her bestselling books as well as fresh insight, A Year of Miracles helps enhance your spiritual journey and opens your eyes to see God acting through the universe to provide all that you need.

Marianne Williamson in Congress: A Vision of Possibility

Published on Nov 20, 2013

Best-selling author and activist, Marianne Williamson, joins Barnet and Freeman for a dynamic and powerful conversation about her vision of becoming a Congresswoman. This visionary leader holds a sense of possibility that is distinctly different from the current trajectory our country is heading in. She shares her ideas, along with her reason for running for public office, in this compelling episode of Cutting Edge Consciousness.

For more information about Marianne’s work and her bid for Congress, please visit: http://www.marianne.com/

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Meeting Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – Dr. Tony Nader [ Updated Nov 12, 2013]

Dr. Tony Nader a.k.a. Raj Ram who was anointed by Maharishi just before his death, as the spokesman for the TM movement, will be in Malaysia on November 13-14, 2013 en route to Australia.

View the video here on his meeting with Maharishi. Other video clips are also available by clicking on the right column – Resource Centre : Dr. Tony Nader

Dr. Tony Nader: Meeting Maharishi

Brief Transcript:

I think I feel in myself that I first met Maharishi when I started to practice Transcendental Meditation because Maharishi’s reality is on the level of his being, his inner self. So, in that sense as soon as I started meditating (and this was in the early 70’s) I experienced that reality which is transcendental, which is beyond the sensory level, which is inner, which is more abstract, but more full, more holy, more together, more peaceful, more blissful. And that inner experience, of course I didn’t know exactly what it was except through the course of Transcendental Meditation we are told, and everyone is told that this is the Unified Field, this is Pure Consciousness, this is the source of everything.

And so in that sense I feel this comes from somewhere very deep, very important, and I got very interested to follow up on that. I was a medical student (not even a medical student, I was pre-medical student) and I had a lot to work on, and a lot of studies so I never thought I would be able to give this knowledge more than the few minutes were already too much 20 minutes a day, twice a day. I had so much to do, so much to study and I was in my mind thinking oh, how wonderful those people are so lucky to be next to Maharishi and to have this knowledge, and to have enlightenment and to have the ability to really know themselves, which is what motivated me throughout my life.

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human~ Jonathan Gottschall

Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. We spin fantasies. We devour novels, films, and plays. Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. It’s easy to say that humans are “wired” for story, but why?

In this delightful and original book, Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory of storytelling. He argues that stories help us navigate life’s complex social problems—just as flight simulators prepare pilots for difficult situations. storytelling has evolved, like other behaviors, to ensure our survival.

Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology, Gottschall tells us what it means to be a storytelling animal. Did you know that the more absorbed you are in a story, the more it changes your behavior? That all children act out the same kinds of stories, whether they grow up in a slum or a suburb? That people who read more fiction are more empathetic?

Of course, our story instinct has a darker side. It makes us vulnerable to conspiracy theories, advertisements, and narratives about ourselves that are more “truthy” than true. National myths can also be terribly dangerous: Hitler’s ambitions were partly fueled by a story.

But as Gottschall shows in this remarkable book, stories can also change the world for the better. Most successful stories are moral—they teach us how to live, whether explicitly or implicitly, and bind us together around common values. We know we are master shapers of story. The Storytelling Animal finally reveals how stories shape us.

Biography
I teach English and write books at the intersection of science and art. My work has been featured in outlets like The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, Scientific American Mind, New Scientist, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nature, Science, BBC Radio and NPR. I live with my wife and two young daughters in Washington, Pennsylvania.

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Book trailer for Jonathan Gottschall’s book, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human

The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall

Humans live in landscapes of make-believe: we spin fantasies, we devour novels, films, and plays and even our sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. It’s easy to say that humans are “wired” for story, but why?

Here, a provocative young scholar shows how storytelling has made our species successful and how it continues to shape us in startling ways.

http://jonathangottschall.com/

The Four Virtues : Presence, Heart, Wisdom, Creation by Tobin Hart

Pub Date Feb 4 2014


Find meaning, wholeness, and spiritual depth with this field guide to the inner life that explores and integrates four essential virtues: Presence, Heart, Wisdom, and Creation.

Most of us are hungry for a life of meaning, connection, and fulfillment, but in the midst of today’s demands and pressures, a deeper life doesn’t come automatically. We must increasingly focus on certain virtues—four universal principles needed to foster wholeness and meaningful purpose in humanity.

Drawing from decades of research across the wisdom traditions, neuroscience, psychology, poetry, physics, religion, the arts, and literature, The Four Virtues provides a field guide for developing your deepest self. The Spiritual Assessment Matrix of targeted quizzes shows you where you are in relation to the virtues of Presence, Heart, Wisdom, and Creation, and expert practices and tools help you “activate” them in your life. In addition, internationally respected author, professor, and psychologist Tobin Hart speaks directly to anyone—whether religious or secular—looking to live by a contemporary set of ethics to frame their self-development and happiness.

Highly accessible, thought provoking, and interactive, The Four Virtues provides a groundbreaking way to engage and flourish in life.

Tobin Hart, PhD, is a father, professor, psychologist, speaker, and author of The Secret Spiritual World of Children. He has spent more than thirty years as a researcher and ally helping students, clients, and patients integrate their psychological and spiritual lives. He serves as professor of psychology at the University of West Georgia, as well as co-founder and president of the Child Spirit Institute, a nonprofit educational and research hub exploring the spirituality of children and adults. He is sought out as an expert resource and keynote on children, spirituality, psychology, and education. He serves on various advisory boards, think-tanks, and organizations.

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Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose with Dr. Jean Houston.

In Session Four of the Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose course, Jean explains how we need to turn our local story (the ordinary story of our everyday life) into a more mythical story, a story of our deepest imagining, so that we can access our higher capacities and realize our destiny.

In doing so, we can begin to achieve the kind of tangible results in our lives we’ve been unable to attain.

In this audio clip from Session Four of Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose, Jean reveals an exercise that will allow you to create a transforming metaphor for the wounding, and turn the “bad” events in your life into empowering vehicles to reach your higher destiny. Click here to listen to A Powerful Process to Transform Old Wounds

And listen here A 7 minutes Exercise: Activate Your Deeper Wisdom And HERE A 5-Minute Practice To Access Your Higher Self.

These brief audio excerpts are from Jean Houston’s 7-week online course, Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose.

What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?: How Money Really Does Grow On Trees by Tony Juniper

From Indian vultures to Chinese bees, Nature provides the ‘natural services’ that keep the economy going. From the recycling miracles in the soil; an army of predators ridding us of unwanted pests; an abundance of life creating a genetic codebook that underpins our food, pharmaceutical industries and much more, it has been estimated that these and other services are each year worth about double global GDP. Yet we take most of Nature’s services for granted, imagining them free and limitless …until they suddenly switch off.

This is a book full of immediate, impactful stories, containing both warnings (such as in the tale of India’s vultures, killed off by drugs given to cattle, leading to an epidemic of rabies) but also the positive (how birds protect fruit harvests, coral reefs protect coasts from storms and how the rainforests absorb billions of tonnes of carbon released from cars and power stations). Tony Juniper’s book will change whole way you think about life, the planet and the economy.

Tony Juniper is an independent sustainability and environment adviser, including as Special Advisor with the Prince’s Charities International Sustainability Unit and as a Senior Associate with the University of Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership. He is a founder member of the Robertsbridge Group that advises international companies. He speaks and writes on many aspects of sustainability and is the author of several books, including the award winning Parrots of the World, Spix’s Macaw and How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take To Change A Planet? He was a co-author of Harmony, with HRH The Prince of Wales and Ian Skelly.

He began his career as an ornithologist, working with Birdlife International. From 1990 he worked at Friends of the Earth and was the organisation’s executive director from 2003-2008 and was the Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International from 2000-2008.

Click here to take a look inside.

Tony Juniper: What has nature ever done for us?

What has nature ever done for us? Tony Juniper at TEDxExeter

Ancient Knowledge Pt.1 & 2 :Consciousness, Sacred Geometry, Cymatics, Illusion of Reality (Rare Footage)


Solving ancient mysteries Part 1.

“The Ancients” knew much more than given credit for regarding Life, The Universe, Astronomy, Advanced Mathematics, Magnetism, Healing, Unseen Forces etc.

Encoded knowledge is information that is conveyed in signs and symbols and we can find this knowledge all over the world. All these ancient sightings and geometric patterns (Sacred Geometry) symbolise unseen forces at work. We are being lied to by the media. Modern archaeologists don’t know what they’re talking about. “The Ancients” were not stupid or primitive. We just failed to de-code this knowledge conveyed in signs, symbols and ancient artwork. This kind of information is kept hidden from the public.

Scientists don’t know what holds the universe together, the answer is sound and unseen forces. Matter is governed by sound frequencies. There is much more to life than we can perceive with our 5 senses. The question then becomes “who or what governs unseen forces?” What is behind the symmetry throughout nature? (Golden Ratio, Phi, Fibonacci Sequence etc.) It simply cant be just coincidence, in my opinion there is an intelligent mind / consciousness behind all this that keeps it all together.

Ancient Knowledge Pt.2 Fibonacci Sequence, Golden Ratio, Phi in Nature, DNA, Fingerprint of God

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