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Sun Gazing Log – Day 8

July 21st, 2013 No comments

Date: 7/21/2013 Sunday

Time:  8:20pm PM approx

Location: lake of the isles

Barefoot: yes, sitting

Experience: About 5 minutes of low sunset sungazing. 

pending.

Thoughts: Humans love sunsets by instinct

Photos: pending.

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Sun Gazing Log – Day 7

July 21st, 2013 No comments


Date: 7/20/2013

Time:  8:20pm AM

Location: lake minnetonka

Barefoot: no

Experience:

Sun gazed for 2 minute from inside my car by a lake. couldnt find a good area to get out. During the day i did sunning for 2-3 minutes at about noon.

 

Sun Gazing Log – Day6

July 19th, 2013 No comments

Date: 7/19/2013

Time:  8:20pm AM

Location: by a large lake

Barefoot: on beach

Experience:

Sun gazed for 1 minute about 2 times, then sun gazed for 2-4 minutes as the sun was lower. Very enjoyable. afterwards i was energetic, walked straight and felt strong.. might be placebo or just the relaxation, or might be the sun gazing.

Thoughts :

I want to come back here and sun gaze at sun set for the last 20 minutes of the day, sometime this weekend maybe tomorrow.

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Sun Gazing Log – Day 5

July 18th, 2013 No comments

Date: 7/18/2013

Time:  6:10 AM and 8:20pm

Location: trail

Barefoot: on gravel trail

Experience:

Sun gazed for 1 minute through some trees the sun was blocked by a few tree leafs.. walked to another spot on the trail and the sun there was stronger (also 5 minutes had passed) and sun gazed for a minute. It was enjoyable and relaxing, almost meditative experience but if meditative it equaled many minutes of meditation (the level of relaxation and deepness and serenity that is)

In the PM gazed for 1 minute twice. also drove to many places at sun set looking for good spots with very little luck, the tree line everywhere covered the horizon and the last 10degrees of the sky if not more.

Nice and relaxing experience.

Thoughts :

1- I should be a UV index detector / UV meter and test the UV at various times of day especially when I do sun gazing to verify that there is 0 UV at these times, or not.

2- I did sunning in the past and do it on and off, I did that to improve my vision.. But my thoughts now are that Sunning is very similar to sun gazing. I look at the sun with closed lids, but I still feel the warmth and the light Sometimes turns into red (passing through the lids) but other times is white and i can even see sun itself despite closed lids. further, colors became clearer and i started to experience serenity and a deeper awareness of reality around that time (difficult to put in words) similar to that caused by sun gazing. So, sun gazing is similar to sunning.

3- If the sun is low enough i can gaze for a long time and will do so the next time, if i have enough privacy on the trail.  I think I dont need to work up 10 seconds at a time unless the sun is a bit higher and brighter so whenever it is low i can gaze longer periods and reduce the amount when the sun is higher.

Photos:

none

 

 

Sun Gazing Log – Day 4

July 18th, 2013 No comments

Date: 7/17/2013

Time:  8:20 PM

Location: trail

Barefoot: on gravel trail

Experience:

Could not sun gaze in the AM as I had to go to work early.  I felt like i craved it, i was looking forward to the evening. By 4 PM i had low energy,  Yesterday the 16th I was very energetic at 4PM, I am however usually very tired at that time of the day, despite sleeping a few hours and waking up tired, I was uplifted and energetic and energetic yet relaxed and calm, at 4 PM, and that was very unusual for me. might have been the sun, diet or placebo.

In the PM there were clouds, the sun was illuminating  them. I had no direct sight of the sun, so i gazed at the illuminated clouds for a few minutes.

 

Thoughts : If the sun is low enough i can gaze for a long time and will do so the next time, if i have enough privacy on the trail.  I think I dont need to work up 10 seconds at a time unless the sun is a bit higher and brighter so whenever it is low i can gaze longer periods and reduce the amount when the sun is higher.

Photos:

one photo will be posted later

Sun Gazing Log – Day 3

July 16th, 2013 No comments

Date: 7/16/2013

Time: 6:20 AM, 8:20 PM

Location: AM: paved parking lot by a baseball field, PMtrail

Barefoot: on paved parking lot

Experience:

Sungazed about 25-30 seconds in the AM. First 10 seconds were a little uncomfortable and i had to blink frequently. Last 10 seconds were much better and i felt like sungazing for a longer period but didnt.  At first I was looking around the sun perimeter not directly at the sun. Also had to remind myself not to strain my eyes or stare at the sun but rather gaze at it.

In the PM between 8:20 to 8:35 when sun got covered by trees (sunset 8:56 PM)

Here’s what I did:

Sunning for 15-20 seconds
30 seconds sun gazing
rest a couple seconds
30 seconds sungazing
rest 5 mins
sunning for 20 seconds
1 minute sun gazing
rest 1 minute
1 minutes sun gazing

Thoughts in the PM: The sun disk looks beautiful especially when its more red, easy to look at when its low the lower the easier i could gaze for a half hour or until the sun is set if the trees didnt block the sunset.

After work I scouted 10 locations, at 8PM I drove to the 5 best ones and none of them worked went back to the trail. In minnesota it is not easy to find the horizon trees usualy cover the last 10 degrees of the sky and more.

I printed out a schedule showing a 10 minute progress by day, mapping out day number and how many seconds or minutes one would do on such a day. sungazing for 1 minute corresponds to day 6. Plan is: If the sun is in its last 30 minutes even 45 minutes I can gaze long, but if it’s a bit higher then it is more bright and I stick to the original second count for that day number.  On day 30 one could gaze for 5 minutes, on day 60 for 10 minutes and so on.

Photos (click photo to see full size):

in the AM

Sunrise from a parking lot by a baseball field

in the PM

Evening sunset from a trail 8:20PM

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Sun Gazing – Day 2

July 15th, 2013 No comments

Date: 7/15/2013

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: trail

Barefoot: On gravel trail.

Experience:

Clouds about to hide the sun had to sungaze as soon as it was safe. Blinked a lot at first and couldnt look straight at the sun.  Being barefoot on the gravel is uncomfortable. My eyes teared up, but it felt good. Moved to another spot on the trail and did another 5 or 10 seconds this time I was able to look directly at the sun and blink normally, i found myself trying to stare and not gaze, no tears and I actually noticed the round sun disk become more visible as my eyes adapted to the light, the sun disk was large as if it was the moon setting down.  I felt humbled and had another emotion I cant explain with words. These few minutes I invested in walking on the trail and gazing at the sun felt like the best thing I did today. It felt like my eyes were getting a massage.

In total, I sungazed about 20-25 seconds. I wanted to sun gaze more but talked myself out of doing so.

I took photos, the last one comes close to showing the sun disk that I saw, but I saw it much clearer all the glare and light wasnt an issue.

I would wait until the sun is lower and redder if I could but I had to sungaze before the clouds covered the sun. However, i gazed within the last 1 hour of sunset. If the sun was lower and redder I would have gazed longer; when the oppurtunity presents itself in the future I will likely gaze for much longer periods at the red low sun (last 20 minutes of sunset).
Photo:

You can click them to see full (very large) photos.

Standing barefoot on a gravel path to sun gaze (day 2 of sungazing)

standing on gravelFirst spot, about 5 seconds of sungazing here:


Moved to another spot, sungazed more:

This was the sun I looked directly at

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Sun Gazing Log – Day 1

July 15th, 2013 No comments

Date: 7/14/2013

Time: 8:20 PM

Location: Lebanon Hills park, by a bonfire, people present and talking in the background

Barefoot: On ground, warm red bricks, felt relaxing.

Experience:

Clouds hid the sun especially towards the last 30 minutes. I managed to sun gaze about 3 times ranging from 3 seconds to 5 seconds each time.  My eyes teared up every time, but it felt good, the tearing itself felt good.

Went to bed late (had things to do). I had very vivid dreams, 3 in total, i almost died in the first dream but i didnt, i re-dreamt the same dream again from a total different point view (as a different person) and in this one i did die in a nuclear explosion, a bit lucid. The third dream was more lucid, in it i was writing down what i had dreamt in dream 1 and 2.  Woke up an hour later, felt as if I slept deeply but not long enough. No breakfast. Low energy/exhaustion all morning and brain fog until I had coffee.

Dreaming intense vivid and long dreams is a common thing in my case, has intensified over the last couple years, does cause fatigue during the day especially if I skip on meditation or overwork myself with my research in the evenings  and nights.  A couple weeks ago I had a full week of bad sleep and fatigue during the day to a degree I went to see a doctor, which prescribed a medicine that I threw away.  I could take off the counter meds or herbs, but nothing stops the dreaming, I dont have insomnia I just have very draining dreams. I am eager to see how this changes, if at all, with constant sun gazing.

 

Photo:

No photo taken of the sunset

Sunning (gazing with closed eyes throughout the day): none

 

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Sun Gazing – In the begining

July 15th, 2013 No comments

This post is for now a placeholder, I will write more about sun gazing here.

I will start to document my sun gazing with a daily blog article, an online log. I might include a photo of the sun from that day. And any other thoughts that come to mind, also any experiences I have.

 

To start with, I am new to sun gazing, but not enitrely. I have known of the benefits of ‘sunning’ for vision, where you close your eyes and look at the sun and move your head. It warms up the eyes nicely and is relaxing, it also has improved my vision. I fell out of that practice a year ago and now I’d like to get back into it in the form of sun gazing.

more will be added to this post later.

Fun Hobby: Gold Prospecting

June 3rd, 2013 No comments

I live in Minnesota, we don’t have much gold to speak of. I like to go on quiet walks and I like to take photos. For me, potography and biking are a couple nice excuses to be outdoors. I am considering exploring a new outdoors hobby: gold prospecting.

In Minnesota you cant expect to make any profit looking for gold, and laws allow only for gold “panning”.  If you like rocks and minerals this might be a rewarding activity to try.

I am a newbie to this, below I listed some resources I am researching, please let me know of other useful websites or areas within MN (especially the TC, and west and south the state) where  panning might yield  something.

 

thanks

 

Resources:

http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/lands_minerals/recgeo.pdf  (Recreational Geology in Minnesota)

http://umwgold.com/

http://www.minnesotagoldprospectors.org/

http://www.mngs.umn.edu/service.htm

http://goldminingandprospecting.blogspot.com/2011/03/gold-occurrences-in-minnesota.html

http://www.goldfeverprospecting.com/migodi.html

http://mn.umwgold.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MNGold/

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/geologyrec/index.html

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/minnesotagoldprospectors/

http://projects.geothunder.com/2013/02/24/placer-gold-deposits-in-minnesota/

Since people are limited to “panning” in Minnesota many seem to like using a pyramid pro pan from fossicker

 

pyramid pro pan from fossicker

 

Sister Site on BlogSpot + more..

November 23rd, 2012 No comments

Here’s a quick update:

I’ve been busy recently with reading and personal growth and research, thus I posted fewer articles here than usual. I also had some website issues that I resolved now. I also was working on a new project which is now online, more details below.

I started a blog that was easier to manage than this one, because it’s a blogspot site, and I’ll be posting new articles here on Seeking and Finding Wholeness and on that sister site which I called EZ MindBody Healing.  My hypnosis practice has the same name so I went with that as a blog for my hypnosis practice.

The project I was working on is called Holistic Minnesota, it’s a unique resource website for Minnesota practitioners and seekers of holistic care. 100% free.

Find the sister blog here: http://ezmbh.blogspot.com  (opens a new window)

Find the hypnosis practice site at: http://www.ezmbh.com (opens a new window)

Find Holistic Minnesota: http://www.holisticmn.com (opens a new window)

 

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New Resource Page Added

October 20th, 2011 No comments

This is a website announcement.

I added an online shamanism resources page here. You can find it listed under the related/useful links directory.

shamanism

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Hair Growth Research Full Steam Ahead

June 11th, 2010 No comments

long healthy hairThe answer to eliminating hair loss must lie within the 300+ pages of online-research information that I collected. During the coming days I will be sifting through hundreds of testimonials, research studies, scientific data and traditional wisdom. I have information on the use of Chinese, Ayuvedic, Middle Eastern and other Native remedies. I will be studying the old wisdom of natural and home made solutions along with the latest in science, drugs, and nutritional knowledge on vitamins, minerals. I will also look at the use of oils, essential oils and vibrational therapies in search for the answer to hair regrowth.

I’ve researched hair re-growth and hair health on and off (more “off” than “on”) for about a couple years. I’m a male, my body has the so called “male pattern baldness” syndrome. It started when I was in my 20′s, maybe even earlier, it was very subtle, so I didn’t care much for it. In the last 2-3 years, the thinning hair in the front and center part of my scalp started to thin more rapidly, it is very obvious now; that area is getting close to being bald, and the thinning doesn’t seem to be slowing.

My position on hair has been that I’d simply shave my head if this thinning spreads to more of my head. I accepted that I will likely end up shaving my head since this kind of hair loss is considered to be “genetic” (it “runs in the family”). Since I don’t like the idea of having a half head of hair, with a runway of baldness in between 2 clumps of hair on the sides; shaving seems more appropriate (even though it’s more work).

As a hypnotist, I’ve heard of hypnosis being used for hair health, I know a lot about the power of the mind over the physical body and about the power of positive self-talk. In fact, I believe that, if done properly, hypnosis and guided imagery could aid in hair restoration. Relaxation alone (which is easy to achieve with hypnosis) will help health in general and thus positively help the health of one’s hair. My position, however, is that doing this would require time that I rather use on other matters; it took years of thinning to be where I am now, recovery may also take years and require a lot of my time.

If you know anything about me you probably know how busy my schedule is. I volunteer, I do research on multiple issues, I’m studying multiple topics, I work, etc.. I’ve had the opinion that I don’t have the time to invest into restoring my hair (doing such things as recording my hair health hypnosis tapes, taking time out for hypnosis, relaxation, sitting down for guided imagery, or even to give myself scalp massages, making home made shampoos or even taking the time to research all my options out there for hair re-growth).

Even though I freed a lot of time by almost never watching TV programming (when I do it’s online and not often) my time remains a precious resource. I do have other things I find more important that I rather be spending my time on, such as practicing natural vision improvement, studying Chinese Medicine, vibrational healing therapies, photography, am taking college classes, practicing QiGong and meditation, volunteering my hypnosis skills to help crisis patients, managing a meetup.com group while trying to keep a social life. This is where I’m at right now, things will likely change in the future.

Appearances in our society are given more importance than they deserve. It’s one of these inconvenient [societal] “truths” that many take fore-granted. The issue of hair health is especially important when it comes to women. We all know that a man can shave his head and no one would care, but for women there is much more pressure to “look pretty”. Who decides what being “pretty” is, that’s a topic that I’m going to leave for another day.

I know of a person, who’s a female who has thinning hair and it is bothering her greatly. Like many of us, she had luscious thick hair as a kid, and as she matured, slowly but surely her hair seemed to loose its thickness, and over the last few years it started to thin in certain areas. Medical doctors so far didn’t seem to help much.

This has given me enough reason, now I was motivated to research hair health more seriously. I started a few days ago by browsing many websites and discussion forums. I use specific google search keywords to find what I’m looking for. I am finding a lot of good information and am compiling a lot of the research findings into a rapidly growing document.

Based on what I’ve found so far, I am very optimistic about being able to find things to help her have more hair than she ever wanted! I am finding a lot more useful information online than the doctor had offered her.

In a nutshell the areas I am researching include:

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I’m Going to Fast

June 3rd, 2010 2 comments

This article was written on June 1st.

I am currently studying QiGong, which is the chinese are of manipulating life energy and using it for healing. Many so called miraculous stories surround the use of life force, prana, Qi, Chee from healing the body and mind to fasting for many days.

I don’t have much experience with complete fasting (i.e. not drinking or eating anything) for many hours or days. I have tried partial fasts (i.e. eating one item and drinking water only) on a few occasions but these partial fasts never lasted more than 8 hours.

Over the last couple months, on multiple occasions, I’ve come across the mention of multi-day fasting practiced by yogis, QiGong masters and Native Americans during Sun-dancing.

On my most recent QiGong class, a couple days ago, the teacher talked about fasting and how one could breath through the skin or feed on light. He did not go into details since this teaching is for a more advanced class than the one I am attending. I was quite surprised that he mentioned this, since the idea of fasting has been on my mind. I’ve had a gut feeling/urge or feeling that I should fast for quite some time now.

This was the last mention of fasting I needed to hear, I am now intrigued enough that I am planning on fasting. I will start slow and easy and see where this will take me.

A couple weeks ago I came across a few videos on Youtube of an Indian man who claimed to have not eaten or drank anything for decades. His name is Prahlad Jani Mataji.

I will gather more info on this man and write another article soon. I will also update you on my fasting experiments.

The Link Between Meditation and Artificial Intelligence

February 17th, 2010 3 comments

Mechanical BrainSit down, put your feet on the ground, sit up straight, close your eyes, breath deeply, start to notice your thoughts. Now slowly separate your awareness from your thoughts, in other words take a couple steps back in your mind from your thoughts, notice the thoughts but don’t actually think them, start to listen and watch the thoughts as the arise.

What you are doing is becoming an observer of your thoughts, not participating in them, simply acknowledging them, letting them go along as you remain, a non-critical observer.

It may help if you had a word to repeat (like ‘ohm’, or any mantra) or a spot to concentrate your eyes on (with your eyes closed) to help you keep your observer self separate from your thoughts.

Soon, you may notice all sorts of thoughts, ideas, even images and sounds show up, from somewhere, and if you let them be (without judging or participating in them), fade away.

This practice of observing thoughts is fascinating and amusing. As the observer, I noticed how many of the thoughts I noticed seemed random and unrelated, some of them even seemed foreign to me.

The above is how I typically explain what it’s like to meditate.

Soon after I woke up this morning, right before I left the bed, I had an idea that connected the above experience of meditation with designing artificial intelligence software. The insight I gained from meditating, into how we are observers of seemingly random thoughts, seemed appropriately suited for artificial intelligence computer programs.

Let me clarify, I’m trying to say that artificial intelligence design may benefit (and become actualized) if and when we can mimic what human minds do. In other words, when random ideas are picked from an idea bank or generated in some fashion then presented to an observing software for split-second analysis. By generating or picking up thousands of seemingly random pieces of information, then running them through the examining software (observer) that can discard some ideas and pick others for further consideration, we may be able to give a machine the ability to find inspiration and creativity.

I am posting this idea online, in hopes that someone can pick it up and utilize it, I hope you can find this helpful, assuming that this concept is not already being utilized in AI projects.

My meditation practice allowed me to see how thoughts, almost at random, criss-crossed my mind, and how consciousness or the observer can pick some and discard others, unconsciously processing countless numbers of ideas behind the scene of the logical mind. This is very different than the typical linear and object oriented computer programming, it is also different than fuzzy logic in computer science.

We, humans, make sense and create order out of seeming chaos in our heads, with ease (unconsciously), maybe this is what AI programs have been lacking.

Let me hear your thoughts, leave a comment below. Thanks!!

Added Feb 18, 2010:

I  mentioned traditional linear, object oriented programming and fuzzy logic above. I would like to clarify that fuzzy logic (ie. going with degrees of truth instead of true/false values) can be a valuable part of the AI strategy mentioned above. The observer program would utilize fuzzy logic to evaluate all the random ideas, images, concepts, sounds being presented to it. The source of such ideas, concepts etc being presented can also be another complex program, or multiple ones, I will call the source the ‘Presenter’ program(s); the observing program is what I’ve referred to as ‘Observer’. 

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Welcome Angela!

December 31st, 2009 No comments

I am honored to welcome a new author on Seeking Wholeness .com her name is Angela. Angela is full of wisdom and love, she is an experienced Shiatsu massage therapist, Reiki instructor and Rain Drop therapist. Angela also is very knowledgeable and passionate about essential oils, if you have any kind of diss-ease she can help you in so many ways. Now, she has come here to Seeking Wholeness to share her knowledge and love with YOU!

A page will be added soon with more info on how Angie can help YOU!  You can find it under the About section on this website.

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Giving Up TV

October 4th, 2009 No comments

My TV broke 3 weeks ago. Since, I’ve had much more time for quietness and for reading. I am getting more stuff done and am flipping books like a lean mean reading machine. I do watch movies or certain TV episodes online on websites that offer streaming, flash and divx movies. But I can easily now read more, which is good since I am currently studying for the GMAT test, reading the book “Relearning to See”, taking a hypnosis class. Not to mention my day job. Life is busy, I am glad the TV doesn’t work!

Comments Working Again

August 13th, 2009 No comments

Due to the website migration many were unable to leave comments. The comments are working now.

A lot is being done on the back-end of this website, as a result I have had little time to post new articles.

I’ve just come back from Mexico where I toured the Mayan Riviera region, I will share pictures and stories that I learned about the Mayan people soon.

Thanks for all of your comments, I love to read them.

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Website Moved

July 16th, 2009 No comments

I’m pleased to announce the new home for this website.

This website used to be called Wholeness Blog and used to be housed at the URL WholenessBlog.com

Subsequently, the website grew to be more than a blog hence the name change to Seeking Wholeness and now resides at SeekingWholeness.com

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Finding Pleasant Thoughts In Rough Times

April 18th, 2009 4 comments

amusingI found myself at urgent care having trouble breathing last week. After many hours of tests and waiting, I was admitted in at the hospital and diagnosed with Pulmonary Embolism (a blood clot in the lung with a 30% mortality rate). Luckily, the one I had was small in size and I bounced back on my feet quickly.

If you know me you will know that I’ve always believed that everything in life has positive aspects, even seemingly dangerous, unpleasant or unforeseen situations can still offer glimmers of positiveness, sometimes lots of positiveness. Not only that, but that negative events could be turned around and used as opportunities for improvement. Unfortunately, some people take offense when I mention that ‘bad life events‘ can be positive things.

I am about to share with you actual thoughts I had while I was at urgent care and from the time that followed at the hospital. You will soon notice the majority if not all the thoughts were somewhat silly, somewhat childish, but that doesn’t matter because I know that all of them made me smile.

I am often amused easily by nature and seldom by man made things. I believe that anyone can be as amused as me by what nature has to offer, it’s not difficult; it is also possible to amuse at life events just the same. The way I see it, people and life events are parts of nature.

Now let me share with you my thoughts. Some of these thoughts were vocalized as soon as they materialized in my mind resulting is some chuckles, smiles or laughs by people that were there. In general, finding the positiveness in little things made the whole experience of being at the hospital much more pleasant for me and more tolerable for others.

You may want to read the post about my Pulmonary Embolism (here) to get the time line of events. The thoughts below are organized in chronological order.

Feel free to laugh at my easily amused self :)

Why am I sharing theses?

To show you that you can find intriguing, exciting, amusing, beautiful, even amazing and positive aspects to everything and every event, including when you are in pain and at the hospital.

Here goes:

On the CT scan

Thought: Wow, my first CT scan, I wonder how different it is from an MRI.

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What I Learned About Being Happy

April 15th, 2009 8 comments

impmsgWont you say that the pursuit of happiness is one thing that is programed in most of us?  Not counting mentally unstable individuals, its safe to assume that we all want to be happy. The interesting thing though is how little we know about what it takes to be happy or satisfied. We often seek happiness only to create suffering.

I use the words ‘happy’ and ‘satisfied’ interchangeably, the way I see it they are the same. Suffering also needs to be clarified here, suffering encompasses any of these: stress, negative emotions, misery, pain, etc.

Why is the list below so long (80+ topics)? Well, after getting a pulmonary embolism last week, a potentially lethal medical condition, I decided to write down a list of ideas and concepts that are dear to me in one post and to push them out on the Internet. This article is essentially my message to the world; I was planning on writing an article for each of (or a combination of) the topics listed below; as you will notice some article have already been written; however, who knows if I’ll live long enough or if I’ll ever have the time to write articles on all these topics.

The list below is a compilation of things I learned or developed (through thought processes), philosophies, beliefs and ideas that I consider dear to my heart and I do live by.  I do not want to take credit for any of the topics below, these were passed on to me through people, nature and other life events. I only learned them, tried to sincerely live them, and now, wrote them down. I believe that the more of these that you embrace the more satisfied and happy you will become.

Please share your tips for happiness by leaving a comment.

Message to the world, brought to you by Wholeness Blog:

  1. Appreciate and delight in the smallest things and the simplest things.
  2. Plan the future but don’t get obsessed about it. You can plan so much, but when something unplanned happens, then it is what it is, collect yourself and move on.
  3. Many unexpected things may happen, sometimes things are what they are, sometimes they are not. Know which is which.
  4. If you are faced with bad news, a bad reality, you will have to first accept it before you can deal with it. Some people go through denial and other moods, but you cannot move forward until you accept reality.
  5. Take what you have and go along with it. Make the best with what you have.
  6. See the positives and the lessons in everything  you experience.
  7. Don’t see the obstacles and the so called ‘negative’ things, you will only pull yourself away from living a better life.
  8. When you dream or plan, be free, explore all the possibilities, identify your dream as if no restrictions exist at all. Then, add the restrictions, examine which are real and which are self imposed, then create plans.
  9. There is no good or bad. A few things are absolute good or bad, the rest are all in between, they are shades of gray. Even in your life, what you see as bad, may actually be good, your evaluation of something as bad is your own opinion, your own view, and your view is influenced by your mind set. (Read this on the good and bad).
  10. Keep your mind OPEN to seeing the good in everything.
  11. Stop and notice nature, birds, the wind, beaches, rain, smells, grass, dew drops, plant leaves, etc.. and see the beauty and life in them.. See the good in them.
  12. See the good in you, all you’ve done, all you’ve overcome, the past events and challenges you lived through. Appreciate what you’ve managed to do and deal with. See how all these things made you who you are now and how they made you more mature and stronger.
  13. Respect yourself. If you don’t no one will.
  14. Love yourself. If you don’t no one will.
  15. See the good that you have, your healthy blood, brain, eyes, ears, oh so many things that you are fortunate to have.
  16. Demand respect of others, BUT give it back.
  17. Treat others as you wish to be treated.
  18. Make peace not war, in your mind, in your heart, with others, with nature and with everything.
  19. Appreciate what you got. Do not take anything for granted. We got countless of things that should not be taken fro granted, for instance: Your house, the roads, the water, sewers, the food, the highway system, having fuel, electricity, the sun, the clean air, the money you have, your job, pets, rain, the night sky, green plants, fruits and on top of them all your health.
  20. Remember, so many people are not as blessed as you are.
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News Update

March 15th, 2009 No comments

As many of you noticed, I haven’t written in over a week.
I had to take time off using the computer to recover from an elbow surgery, all went well and now I can type with both hands again.

I found it very interesting that after the surgery I could not feel that tingling sensation all over my body as I used to anymore. About 3 days after the surgery however I meditated and felt the tingling almost exclusively in the elbow area where the surgery was.

A couple days later I did one guided imagery session, this time I felt the regular tingling all over my body and it was intense, I was happy that the tingling was back. I noted that day as the day when the tingling returned.

I am going to be traveling next week so I anticipate a slow rate of new articles for one more week.

I have also decided to start a few new sections, basically new categories. The new categories are:

Be The Change You Wish To See:
- Against Norms
- Be Environmentally Friendly
- Be Socially Responsible

World:
- Crazy World
- Science & Technology

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About Peter Russell

March 4th, 2009 No comments

If you know me you’d know that I enjoy browsing through people’s biographies, education, field of work and authored works. As I read about people that interest me for whatever reason I will share with you their biographies here. Here is the first of these Biographies.

About Peter Russell M.A., D.C.S., F.S.P.

1) From: http://www.peterrussell.com/pete.php

pete2Peter Russell is a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, of The World Business Academy and of The Findhorn Foundation, and an Honorary Member of The Club of Budapest.

At Cambridge University (UK), he studied mathematics and theoretical physics. Then, as he became increasingly fascinated by the mysteries of the human mind he changed to experimental psychology. Pursuing this interest, he traveled to India to study meditation and eastern philosophy, and on his return took up the first research post ever offered in Britain on the psychology of meditation.

He also has a post-graduate degree in computer science, and conducted there some of the early work on 3-dimensional displays, presaging by some twenty years the advent of virtual reality.

In the mid-seventies Peter Russell joined forces with Tony Buzan and helped teach “Mind Maps” and learning methods to a variety of international organizations and educational institutions.

Since then his corporate programs have focused increasingly on self-development, creativity, stress management, and sustainable environmental practices. Clients have included IBM, Apple, Digital, American Express, Barclays Bank, Swedish Telecom, ICI, Shell Oil and British Petroleum.

His principal interest is the deeper, spiritual significance of the times we are passing through. He has written several books in this area — The TM Technique, The Upanishads, The Brain Book, The Global Brain Awakens, The Creative Manager, The Consciousness Revolution, Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God.

As one of the more revolutionary futurists Peter Russell has been a keynote speaker at many international conferences, in Europe, Japan and the USA. His multi-image shows and videos, The Global Brain and The White Hole in Time have won praise and prizes from around the world. In 1993 the environmental magazine Buzzworm voted Peter Russell “Eco-Philosopher Extraordinaire” of the year.

2) From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Russell

Peter Russell M.A., D.C.S. (born May 7, 1946) is a British author of ten books and producer of three films on consciousness, spiritual awakening and their role in the future development of humanity. He has designed and taught personal development programs for businesses, and been a popular public speaker.

Early Life and Education

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Reading Biographies

March 3rd, 2009 No comments

As part of my graduate school (education/life planning) search methodology (view here) I am reading about people that work / or write in areas that I find interesting. You can find a list (a work in progress) of these people in the people index (view here)

I have completed or worked on the majority of the phases identified in the search methodology, namely phases 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. The two remaining phases that need more time now are phases 2  (Research the Bios of authors, professors, practitioners, and researchers that work in the fields that interest me) and 3 (recommended/ accredited programs by organizations, associations, accreditation orgs that interest me).

As part of phase 2, I am now looking at biographies. I will start by posting an article about Peter Russell, he is one of these authors that interest me. Stay tuned.

Later on I may post articles on organisations that interest me, you can find the organisations that interest me in the Related Links page (view here)

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Grad School Search Progress – Feb 2009

February 11th, 2009 No comments

I decided to spare you reading about my education plans, this is one of the last articles I will publish on this topic, mainly because things are clearer now in terms of grad school and other development and advancement plans.  I thought about my graduate school options for a long time, a few years actually. I also discussed the topic in this blog, you can find the first article (here) that I posted on this topic. This article was followed by this (requirements) and this (methodology).

Like everything in life, most of these areas are related, these are the tracks I find interesting in terms of grad school, research & practice.

Revised Tracks / Areas of Study:

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And A Researcher Was Born

January 19th, 2009 5 comments

We all have secrets (things we rather not tell others) due to our need to be accepted and liked by others or due to our fear of retaliation because we’ve gone against the so called ‘norm’. Certainly, no one wants to loose a job or be ridiculed by his coworkers.

For years and years, and years, I kept a few of my fascinations and interests hidden from the world. Besides my closest family, I have kept my life-long interest in everything labeled as ‘UFO’ secret.

I am almost 30 years old now, I started reading on UFOs (Aliens, Extraterrestrials, area 51, Flying Saucers, or whatever you want to call the subject) at the age of 7. Immediately, I was hooked, and started on a journey full of research and astonishing learning.

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Happy New Year

January 1st, 2009 2 comments

Wishing you all wellness, happiness, fulfillment and enlightenment

2009 comes with many challenges and hopes

Whatever is to come

Keep on seeking

Wholeness

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Philosophy MA, PhD and Jobs – Useful Websites

December 15th, 2008 No comments

I took all the philosophy books off the shelves and am now reading and browsing through them. I also continue to research online, and read wikipedia pages on philosophers. I am enjoying this research a lot. I just wish I had more free time.

This article contains links to useful websites.

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My Interest In Philosophy

December 7th, 2008 No comments

I’ve always been a thinker, sometimes a compulsive one. As a child, I loved to diagnose, break down, examine, and rebuild, ideas, norms, concepts, traditions etc.. and I never stopped. I was born a thinker. I also believe that we are all born thinkers, however some of us grow out of that interest.

These are the fields of philosophy that I’m interested in:

  • Ontology – Being (existence, objects’ properties identity and existence – part of Philosophy of Metaphysics)
  • Epistemology (the nature and limitations of knowledge)
  • Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness
  • Philosophy of Psychology & Human Nature
  • Philosophy of Science – Math, Physics
  • Eastern philosophies & Native American philosophy
  • Morals, Ethics, Politics
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Logic / AI
  • Aesthetics
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Grad School Search Into Naturopathic Medicine

November 10th, 2008 4 comments

These are naturopathic schools. As of now, none of these will work for me due to location (not in MN). I am not looking at naturopathy any longer.

These schools can also be found here: http://www.cnme.org/links.html

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