• Daily Grateful: We Are All Connected – E. Whitacre’s Amazing Virtual Chorus

    January 30, 2014 “185 voices. 243 tracks. 12 countries. A choir unlike any other. What started as a simple social media experiment, has become a poetic metaphor of our shared humanity and the power of connection. Acclaimed composer and conductor Eric Whitacre offered the sheet music of his original composition, “Lux Aurumque”, as a free download and invited singers to submit a video of themselves performing one part (soprano, alto, tenor, or bass). These rather ordinary videos of solo performances were then pieced together to form a choir of singers who have never met each other…but have unwittingly created music

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  • Free Webinar Series with Leaders in Neuroscience and Brain Plasticity (Starting 1/22/2014!)

    UPDATE: Gold Membership is only $200! What’s great about the “new world” of neuroscience is that amazing discoveries are happening at a furious pace. As researchers continue to discover the incredible things that the brain can do–from building up resiliency to creating new neural pathways ourselves. With so much data and so many leaders in their fields, it’s hard to know where to turn. Too many options can easily lead to brain overload. The good news is that you can now check out, for free, a Webinar series that explains key findings and tools you can use to help improve your

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  • Daily Grateful: The Beautiful Now

    January 18, 2014 I was listening to the excellent Canadian radio show “Spark” on VPR earlier today (great program if you’re into thoughtful issues surrounding tech stuff, btw), and the show featured, among other things, the winner of a contest to record the most beautiful sound in the world. I know. How is that possible? Is there such a thing? Wouldn’t that be highly subjective? Answers: It’s probably not. There is such a thing. And yes, it’s very subjective. But with all these caveats, it’s pretty clear that the contest captured some incredible sounds. Brilliant, really. Here’s a collage of the

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  • Daily Grateful: A Visual and Aural Feast

    January 15, 2014 First, I just wanted to say that I’m a visual person: I love graphics, I love pictures, I love movies. I see art, literally, everywhere! The Buddha you see to the right was a bronze statue at my good friend’s house (thanks, Carol!) and I had to mess around with it. (Click here to see the original.) A Visual and Aural Feast, Indeed. So when I saw some amazing pictures from a Russian photographer earlier today (below), I had to share them. They’re absolutely brilliant. I also love music, and because I think the two senses go so

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  • Daily Grateful: A Close Encounter with a Beautiful Lion

    January 13, 2014 National Geographic photographer Mattias tells an amazing story of two creatures: one is human, one is a beautiful lion. Quite an experience (good thing she was probably full!). I absolutely love this mindful, very “zen” explanation from the photographer: “I’m an emotional person, sort of a vulnerable person in many ways. I don’t, for example, think that to do what I do, you sort of a ‘Tarzan”…because you have to be the contrary. You have to be soft, hopefully intelligent; you have to read the environment–you have to be modest. Otherwise I would have been eaten, I think,

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  • A Thoughtful Argument for Mindfulness

    No Two Journeys are Alike, but We are all on the same Path When you stop and think about it, we have this moment, and then the next, and the next, but it’s inevitable that at some point, we will run out moments in this corporeal state. I remember reading Carlos Castaneda as a young man about the importance of living in the moment and the fact that death “is the only wise adviser that we have.” His was the argument for embracing all moments and that each day should be treated as one’s last, because it very well might

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  • Daily Grateful: December 7, 2013

    Charlie Chaplin’s “Great Dictator” Speech Whenever I get down about the state of the human condition, I think about this speech. If you haven’t seen it, you’re in for something special. If you have, watch it again, and feel that sensation of connectedness once more.  Read about the movie here. Seems especially relevant for this date in history. Full Text of the Speech I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone – if possible – Jew, Gentile – black man

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  • Daily Grateful: December 6, 2013

    Relaxing music. That’s it. Just three hours of relaxing  music for meditation, contemplation, study, or just blissing out. It’s good for you. 🙂

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  • Daily Grateful: December 5, 2013

    Wonderful song, wonderful tribute by Simple Minds. Rest in peace.

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  • Daily Grateful: November 30, 2013

    This feel-good video, entitled Grateful, is from KarmaTube, a project of the very cool folks at “Daily Good.” The video, according to the site, was the brainchild of musicians Nimo Patel and Daniel Nahmod, who: …brought together dozens of people from around the world to create this beautiful, heart-opening melody. Inspired by the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge, the song is a celebration of our spirit and all that is a blessing in life. For the 21 Days, over 11,000 participants from 118 countries learned that “gratefulness” is a habit cultivated consciously and a muscle built over time. As a famous Roman, Cicero,

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  • Daily Grateful: November 19, 2013

    Be Here Now by Ray LaMontagne. Don’t let your mind get weary And confused your will be still, don’t try Don’t let your heart get heavy Child, inside you there’s a strength that lies Don’t let your soul get lonely Child, it’s only time, it will go by Don’t look for love in faces, places It’s in you that’s where you’ll find kindness Be here now, be here now Be, be here now, be here now Don’t lose your faith in me And I will try not to lose faith in you Don’t put your trust in walls ‘Cause walls

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  • Relaxing Music: Sunday Calm

    Sometimes we just need background music that’s unobtrusive, what Brian Eno referred to as background, or “ambient” music. Check out our very calming radio station here:  ☯ R E L A X ☯ According to Johns Hopkins research, background music helps: · increase attention levels · improve retention and memory · extend focused learning time · expand thinking skills

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  • Listen Up: Free Guided Meditation from Meditation Oasis

    If you’re looking for beautiful guided meditations and haven’t heard of Mary Maddux and her husband, Richard Maddux, you’re in for a treat. They have an engaging, informative site called meditationoasis.com, where you’ll a wide variety of resources, ranging from information about how to meditate to links to their podcasts and many meditation guidance materials. Mary was kind enough to allow me to post one of their wonderful guided meditations from their podcast. Just sit back, relax, and click play below. Afterwards, perhaps take a moment to go to their website to find out more. Meditation can be challenging if

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  • Daily Grateful: November 15, 2013

    Something I wrote a while back with some pictures I’ve taken of some of my favorite surroundings. Enjoy.

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  • Daily Grateful: November 14, 2013

    One of the most moving performances I’ve ever heard. I hope this helps you feel as good inside as it does me. Feeling good is actually good for your brain. Keep wiring it that way. After you watch this, how did you feel? Yours in Mental Hygiene, The Ancient Brain Team

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