TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – Here’s part of an amazing e-mail message I got from Peter Diamandis (I featured a link to a video presentation he did in one of my past blog posts that you should check out, if it’s still available)…
“I’ve always been fascinated by the vision of distributed, decentralized manufacturing made possible by such technologies as 3D printers and other digital-manufacturing processes. The idea is simple, but so very powerful: You create a design on your computer, perhaps a design for a dress, a piece of jewelry or the proverbial “widget.” Whatever it is, you then upload it to the cloud, and when someone orders it in Chicago, Tokyo or Istanbul, the product you designed is manufactured on the spot at a local hub and delivered minutes later. It’s an intoxicating and powerful vision. No waiting. No large carbon footprint for transporting the product continent to continent. No large inventories.
That’s the vision that Ponoko co-founder David ten Have is espousing. David wants everyone to become a maker. It’s a thrilling glimpse of the future.
“Ponoko is enabling people to produce products that are directly relevant to themselves. Where mass manufacturing is successful is in ‘mass,’ in developing products that fit the 95th percentile,” explained ten Have. “Distributed manufacturing is developing product for you and your community, in batches of 1,000 or 100 or, in the extreme, just for one person. You recognize a need in your community that isn’t being met, and you meet it. That’s what it’s about.”
# 2 – A fascinating article about using spinach in connection with solar energy…
# 3 – A well-written blog post by Shelly Pitcher, who really took Morgana Rae‘s Money Honey concept to heart…
# 4 – I’m impressed! An extensive article about the multiple benefits of using aloe vera gel, both internally and externally….
# 5 – Food for thought from Andrew Cohen on meditation and enlightenment (excerpted from EnlightenNext’s bi-weekly e-mail)…
Meditation is a metaphor for enlightenment.
Rightly understood, meditation and enlightenment are one and the same. Meditation is the experience of a particular state of consciousness that has certain qualities, which are also the qualities of enlightenment itself. This is why meditation can be understood as a metaphor for enlightenment. When you meditate, you are consciously choosing to assume the enlightened relationship to your own experience, which is a position in relationship to your experience that is free—free from compulsive identification with time, thought and feeling. In order to do this, you can follow three very simple instructions: Be still. Be at ease. Pay attention.
Being still is a metaphor for wanting to be free more than anything else.
The decision to be still in meditation represents a fundamental posture in relationship to life itself. It means you are making a commitment that no matter what happens, even if the whole world seems to be falling apart, you will not move. In the unenlightened state, driven by the erratic nature of the conditioned mind and the wild and untamed emotions of fear and desire, we are almost always moving. This is what makes us untrustworthy, and it is why we are constantly losing our bearings. Not moving is a metaphor for the goal, because one who is enlightened is one who inwardly never moves from that which is most important.
Ease of being is a metaphor for letting everything be as it is.
Letting everything be means you are no longer grasping at or trying to control your experience in any way. When you experience ease of being, there is a profound release of a fundamental existential tension, which is the deep and often unconscious conviction that something is terribly wrong. The freedom of enlightenment is based upon this dissolution of existential tension. Letting everything be, you discover an unconditional freedom that has always been at the ground of your own experience—the liberating recognition that nothing is fundamentally wrong.
Paying attention is a metaphor for having no relationship to the arising of thought or the presence of feeling.
When you choose not to identify with the movement of thoughts and emotions, sooner or later you will have the profound experience of your own Self standing free from the mind—free from the compulsive habit of conceptualization and personalization. Your awareness will become so vast that it embraces all things, while simultaneously being the experience of freedom from all things. You will discover that you are resting as awareness itself, beyond all thought and emotion. It is the presence of this miraculous depth of attention that makes one who is enlightened appear to be unusually awake.–Andrew Cohen
This seems like a great place to add this quote I just happened to read :-)…
“Half an hour’s meditation is essential except when you are very busy. Then a full hour is needed.” –Saint Francis de Sales
# 6 – And to end on, a little stimulation from Abraham…
“Wherever you are, is just fine…You can get to wherever you want to be from wherever you are… It’s time to stop measuring where you are in relationship to where anybody else is. The only factor that has anything to do with you is where you are in relationship with where you want to be.”— Abraham
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