Monthly Archives: March 2011

The sit spot

The principle of the sit spot could hardly be simpler: Find a place outdoors and sit there everyday for at least 15 minutes.  Though it’s generally traced to Native American teachers, this ancient practise is cross-cultural. What modern Pagans call ‘sitting out’ has a more … Continue reading

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Spirit of place: What lies beneath

Most of Uluru lies beneath the surface of the desert. Human cognition is like that too: Probably 95 percent of embodied thought lies below our everyday awareness. Our cognition is like an iceberg; the familiar self is just the tip that emerges from the sea, while the vast bulk … Continue reading

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On-line and off-line, or who ate my toast?

A mate gave me some home-made marmalade, so I slapped some on my toast and sat down to enjoy it with a cup of tea. Ten minutes later I looked forlornly at a crumb dusted plate and realised I’d eaten … Continue reading

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Brains, bodies and places

Neurons used to be compared to simple on/off switches, but they’re actually much more complex. Each one works like a little brain and is in conversation with thousands of cells via hundreds of chemical signals. Your cranial brain has about … Continue reading

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Putting the bodymind in its place

Where are you? I’m not asking for a geographical label but a sense of place. Just close your eyes for a moment. Where does it feel like you are? The realization that the body and mind are one complex system was progress, but further research has … Continue reading

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Happy yet? Naturally!

Researchers at the London School of Economics are using GPS to map how places influence people’s feelings. So far they’ve had more than 2 million responses from over 36,000 people, and it seems that we’re happier in green and natural … Continue reading

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