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Consciousness Isn’t a Mystery. It’s Matter. – The New York Times

“If you gotta ask, you ain’t never going to know.” — Louis Armstrong, on what jazz is… The Stone explains what consciousness is:   Consciousness, rather than being our biggest mystery, is “the most familiar thing there is, whether it’s experience of emotion, pain, understanding what someone is saying, seeing, hearing, touching, tasting or feeling. It …

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Notes from a Shaman: Moving Negative Energy and Why the World Is in Upheaval

My friend sent me this article from Goop.com — yeah, the Gwyneth Paltrow site is still around, and yeah, she’s still using that name — because she knows I love all things shaman. Notes from a Shaman: Moving Negative Energy and Why the World is in Upheaval “When you react to negativity, you send a signal …

Pema Chödrön: Life Is Glorious, and Wretched.

I absolutely adore this quote by Pema Chödrön, especially the part about grief. It’s so true, when we’re in pain, we’re able to do things we wouldn’t be able to otherwise. I’m pretty sure either Beavis or Butthead said something similar, something like “You have to have stuff that sucks to have stuff that’s cool.” …