A meditation on mindfulness and razor sharp clarity, as the Moon and Mars meet today in Gemini.
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The term “distracted” doctoring does not adequately describe healthcare providers who habitually use electronic devices for non-medical purposes during patient care. These doctors, nurses, and technicians aren’t distracted by outside happenings; they’re purposefully deciding to interact with Facebook friends or Twitter followers instead of the patient in front of them.
Several years ago Peter and Maya Elson founded the Radical Mycology project and eventually wrote a booklet entitled Radical Mycology. Today Peter talked to me about some of his most recent ideas including his forthcoming book, “Radical Mycology.”
Alan Shoemaker is the founder of the
Amazonian Shaman Conference held in Iquitos, Peru each year. He runs a company that specializes in ayahuasca tourism. Here he talks about
the spiritual tourist boom, his founding of the ayahuasca church Soga del Alma, and the global ayahuasca community.
[The Ayahuasca Monologues] • My bones shivered, and my internal organs tightened like fists ready for a boxing match. For as long as I had known about ayahuasca I'd been intrigued, particularly because of the firsthand accounts of participants who had "come face to face with their own death." What was I getting myself into?
good times were behind us and we did it to ourselves: no one was to blame. Even
if culprits to this chaos could be identified, they were dead. The bullets and
bunkers and bank holdings did not save them for long. These previous symbols of
wealth proved totally worthless and non-negotiable for the one thing they
couldn't buy from the hard-working, country-dwelling, "pagans": food.
A dolphin passes the mirror-test of self-recognition, a chimpanzee slowly dies of grief after his mother passes away, elephants shout in joy when a lost troop member returns, and some whale species swim in embrace after sex. Having rejected the view of animals as things, science and scholarship now spread the culture of enchantment, strengthening human feelings for other creatures and their habitats.