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My introduction to meditation

learning from a 'Devine' being

Share16Pin4Tweet3RedditFlipEmail+1Share23 SharesMy grammar school friend was keenly aware of what was going on in the news and documentaries on Television and had heard about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The grandmaster who started a movement that promoted the teachings of his own ‘guru’ Jai Guru Dev and the technique he learned from him – Transcendental Meditation. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi started travelling around the world in the Spring of 1959 and later took… Read More »

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First Blooms of Spring

Perennial bloom succession

Share10Pin8Tweet3RedditFlipEmail+1Share21 Shares Perennial bloom succession, the first flowers of spring! If you’ve read some of my other articles on flowers and gardening, you’ll know how much I truly enjoy this activity. It connects me with nature in the city. I love living in the city for so many reasons but don’t think we should never be without greenery. Unfortunately, not all cities were built with green space in mind and… Read More »

Human suffering and beyond from the series Even Angels Die and/or Razboi Oil on canvas by artist Amy Adams (2008/9)

Life on earth sometimes includes horror, wounds & suffering

Making sense of the absurd and senseless

Share2Tweet2Pin1RedditFlipEmail+1Share5 SharesA lot of people will tell us that the world operates under a set of universal laws and we create our own reality. Even if it were true and there is strong evidence towards this idea, I’m not arguing for or against it. I’m simply wanting to discuss the fact that there is a lot of horror in this world and with all this horror there are a lot… Read More »

Aurora the musical artist

Aurora: The human one

A musical storyteller

Share4Tweet3Pin2RedditFlipEmail+1Share9 Shares We can all be amazed and awed at very young people finding their voice in the arts or other fields and succeeding at getting their work into the public view at an early age, but what brings me to write about Aurora Aksenes, known as AURORA is the fact that her lyrics are meaningful stories, told through songs. A couple of years ago I heard Aurora’s music for… Read More »

Sustainable Earth Free Courses

Tweet2Pin1ShareRedditFlipEmail+1Share3 SharesPart three of our series takes a look at courses that to me offer us hope for the future of the planet. We don’t always know how we can make a difference, educating ourselves and learning in this field can help us do more than grow as people but might just arm us with tools to be the change. One of the things that I really like about this… Read More »

Plants in a meadow photo by Jonathan Sautter - Conscious Life Space [Guru]

My Philosophy, Your Philosophy Free Courses

some religion and plants too

Share3Pin2Tweet1RedditFlipEmail+1Share6 SharesToday in Part Two of our series, we focus on the best courses in philosophy and religion. Evolving our knowledge helps us to grow. So, even though a course can’t replace experience, it can make life easier. Let the pathfinders in education lay it out for you and share their knowledge as you explore philosophy, religion and even plants. With so many great thinkers before us, it’s helpful to… Read More »

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Free Courses from Self-Development to Sustainable Earth

Coursera Free Courses

Share6Tweet4PinRedditFlipEmail+1Share10 Shares Recently Conscious Life Space presented a free forever gratitude course because lifelong learning is an important value here. Unlike our self-paced course, there are many free and more formal courses offered online from formal institutions and universities that we can be grateful for as well! There are over 1000 free courses available on Coursera, and I’ve created a three-part series to share with you this week of interesting… Read More »

Nezahualcoyotl (1402-1472), ruler of Texcoco, as depicted in the 16th century Codex Ixtlilxochitl. Date 16th century Source Scanned from Aztecs (ed. Eduardo Matos Moctezuma and Felipe Solis Olguin), p. 45. Author Anonymous

Happiness and the Good Life

What the Aztecs Can Teach Us

Share7Tweet1PinRedditFlipEmail+1Share8 Shares In the spring semester of the school year, I teach a class called ‘Happiness’. It’s always packed with students because, like most people, they want to learn the secret to feeling fulfilled. ‘How many of you want to be happy in life?’ I ask. Everyone raises a hand. Always. ‘How many of you are planning to have children?’ Almost everyone raises their hand again. Then I lay out… Read More »

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Recycle plastic and other packaging directly in your kitchen: An Idea

Share3Tweet1PinRedditFlipEmail+1Share4 Shares What if you had an aesthetically pleasing tall kitchen cabinet that behind the matching cabinet door is an apparatus that you could feed packaging to helping to ensure that it gets recycled, would you use it? Maybe it seems like a crazy dream but dream it I will.I can’t simply dream it into reality so I’m putting the idea out there. This week I finally posted a video… Read More »

The Human Brain by Albrecht von Haller (c. 1776)

Does acupuncture work by re-mapping the brain?

Share3Tweet1Pin1RedditFlipEmail+1Share5 SharesAcupuncture is a form of traditional medical therapy that originated in China several thousand years ago. It was developed at a time bereft of tools such as genetic testing or even a modern understanding of anatomy, so medical philosophers did the best they could with what was available – herbs, animal products and rudimentary needles. In the process, perhaps, they stumbled on an effective medical approach. In the past… Read More »

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Yoga Speak, Coming to Terms with the Language of Yoga

Share3Pin2TweetRedditFlipEmail+1Share5 SharesWhen watching yoga videos on line or taking a live class some instructors might use only the English language or maybe they use some Sanskrit terms or a combination of both. I made an infographic with some terms to help us have a beter understanding of some of the terms. Here is Yoga Speak One on the language of yoga. Learn with me and feel free to share your… Read More »

Focus image, branch Photo Credit: Mabel Amber

Gratitude: Focus on the Good Life

ShareTweetPinRedditFlipEmail+1ShareAt the end of March every I like to review my year, my dreams and goals that encompass all of my life. I get out large sheets of thick bristol board and go general and specific. They are my desires that I hope will enhance my life. They include things like, swimming or reading or making a mural, to remember to call my friends and family, etc. I update and… Read More »

Meditation on Death Image collage on Conscious Life Space by Amy Adams

Memento Mori, Looking at Death

Share6Pin2TweetRedditFlipEmail+1Share8 SharesIt’s already some years ago when the idea for an interactive art project on death came to my mind. It evolved from real life experience watching from the sidelines as people that I knew throughout my life died prematurely. All of them from taboo methods – drug overdose, suicide, etc. Most of the people were no longer present in my daily life but I heard, watched and was broken… Read More »

Glastonbury Terrace Garden Focal Points - Garden Statues

Focal Points & How to Build a Fountain for your Urban Garden

Garden Objects & Focal Points

Tweet7Pin4Share1RedditFlipEmail+1Share12 SharesIn my opinion, every garden where ever it is, deserves to have a focal point.  It could be a larger flower, a cluster of flowers, a statue, a fountain, a bird, bat or insect house or any myriad of items. Here are 2 examples of focal points that I photographed on one of my trips to Glastonbury, England. Both examples are on the ground level in the center of Glastonbury… Read More »

Beautiful Public Domain image of pansies and butterfly

Urban gardening, planning a balcony garden

Share4Pin3TweetRedditFlipEmail+1Share7 SharesMy first gardening experience as an adult with my own home was memorable. The plantings and areas surrounding the house were planned but through the years they weren’t tended to. I started piece by piece and the very first night after digging in the dirt, my dream was filled with earth and earthworms. It was beautiful. That’s when I became obsessed with gardening and spent hours planning, digging, growing,… Read More »

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The Anatomy of a Love Bag

Consumable goodies for people in need wrapped up in love.

Share38TweetPinRedditFlipEmail+1Share38 Shares A love bag is easy to put together and can make a positive difference in someone’s day. A love bag is simply a bag filled with consumable goodies and a message of love. I hand them out as gifts to homeless people around Santa Cruz when we go into town. I started this practice in the nineties when I had an early morning babysitting gig in my Virginia… Read More »

Woman and ape sitting together - photo art by Stefan Keller - Conscious Life Space

Do only humans have souls, or do animals possess them too?

Share4Pin1TweetRedditFlipEmail+1Share5 SharesIn common parlance, the word ‘soul’ pops up everywhere. We may speak of a vast, soulless corporation or describe an athlete as the ‘heart and soul’ of his team. Soul music gets us swaying. We want our lover, body and soul. In each case, ‘soul’ connotes deep feeling and core values. ‘Feelings form the basis for what humans have described for millennia as the … soul or spirit,’ the neuroscientist… Read More »