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Marshmallows and Meditation

Posted by telecommatt on July 12, 2007

I will be taking a short vacation this weekend, so no posts for the next few days. I’ll be tramping around the woods and listening to frogs. I’ve come to realize how important it is to take time out and go someplace that reminds us of why we love the world we’re in. It doesn’t have to be nature. It could be downtown Chicago or New York. It doesn’t really matter where, as long as we go someplace where we can release our old, stale, pent up energy and exchange it for something new and fresh. Everyone has their place where just breathing is exciting.

There’s a whole lot of psychology and physiology behind our response to being someplace that recharges us. It’s solid science that we can benefit both mentally and physically, but that’s all a bit beyond my expertise. What I know is that you have to let yourself respond to the place you’re in. If it’s someplace that recharges you, you have to acknowledge that, or it won’t help you at all. When I wander through the pine forests up north, I have to admit to myself that I want to walk away feeling fresh and recharged. I have to be willing to let go of all the crud that’s built up around me and willing to feel happy about being someplace special. That’s not easy to do. It requires letting our guard down, even if it’s just letting our guard down to ourselves.

Going away, leaving our routine, letting go of old energy and letting new energy takes its place– what we’re doing is really a sort of meditation. It’s an exercise in awareness, in stillness, in just being. What’s really cool is that you don’t even have to do anything; you just stop doing what you’re doing and let it happen.

So, like I said, there will be no posts this weekend because I’ll be taking a short vacation. I will be up north, sitting around the campfire, toasting marshmallows, and meditating.

Cheers!

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Matt’s Cuppa LinkRoundup for 7-11-07

Posted by telecommatt on July 11, 2007

Web Analytics and Google

Google Analytics,
is a great, free tool to help you better understand where you traffic
is coming from, what keywords are generating traffic and even how your
landing pages are converting.

Great article on the ins and outs of Google Analytics

OnStar teams with Red Cross for location-based disaster info

OnStar‘s
new Crisis Assist capabilities will not only provide access to
“specially trained crisis advisers” that can contact emergency
responders and provide real-time updates to the situation(s) at hand,
but subscribers that can actually drive away from the disaster will be
routed to the nearest established shelter. Additionally, frantic
customers can be connected
to friends and family that they have listed as close to their heart on
the American Red Cross Safe and Well website, and public safety
officials can be notified of a request for help and track down that
person’s location using OnStar’s embedded GPS.

Uber-Eco-Towers: Top 10 Green Skyscrapers

Green skyscrapers offer so much for the average “EcoGeek” to drool
over. Each one can contain hundreds of innovations that make the world
a cleaner place, they build up, rather than out, and many of them are
freaking gorgeous. Here are the top 10.

Startup Tips Day 6: Sumaya Kazi from TheCulturalConnect.com

Sumaya’s Tips

  1. Surround yourself with people smarter than yourself. It can only breed success.
  2. While having a start-up you and everyone else on your core team
    must have a PhD mentality. That is, of course, to be poor, hungry and
    driven.
  3. More often than not, people sit on great ideas. Don’t be one of them.
  4. If you think you can’t do something – you probably can’t. It’s
    those that reach for the impossible that make many more things possible
    happen along the way.
  5. Network like hell. When you’re young and have a start-up, it’s
    important to leverage the connections you’ve made. You’d be surprised
    to see how far you can go when others are just excited about your
    start-up and about your ideas.
  6. Innovate. Innovate. Innovate. You might have a great idea today, but will it be the same tomorrow?
  7. Try to maintain enough ambition and energy to achieve your goals,
    but also enough humility to accept the challenges and rejection that
    comes with being an entrepreneur.

Bob Thurman on happiness and becoming Buddha — on TED.com

Amid TEDGlobal’s talk of our global connection and interconnection, it’s a fine time to present Bob Thurman,
Buddhist monk and scholar, on the Buddhist view of the universe. In our
hyperlinked world, we can know anything, anytime. And this mass
enlightenment, says Thurman, is our first step toward becoming Buddha.
When we can know everything, we can see how everything is
interconnected — and we can begin to feel compassion for every living
being. (Recorded December 2006 in New York City. Duration: 12:17) Read Bob Thurman’s profile on TED.com >>

Do-gooders doing Google Earth

The mapping app has become a powerful tool for nonprofits with global messages about saving forests–and lives.

Featured Firefox Extension: Make all web page text interactive with Hyperwords

Who needs environmental monitoring?

We monitor the stock market, the weather, our blood pressure. Yet
environmental monitoring is often criticized as being unscientific,
expensive, and wasteful.

New Green Social Network Is Planting Trees

Green Six will plant 6 trees for every person who signs up for a sneak peek to their beta site.

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StumbleUpon Thyself

Posted by telecommatt on July 1, 2007

I’m in the process of resurrecting my StumbeUpon profile, which I haven’t logged into in years. It seems funny to say that StumbleUpon is that old, but yeah, it’s been probably two years since I last used my account there. There’s a part of the profile section that asks your personality type with Myers-Briggs type answers in the drop-down menu. Next to it is a link to a site where you can take what they call a Jung personality test. At something like 45 questions, it’s a heck a lot shorter than the Myers-Briggs. You can see my results and find the link to the test at the bottom of the right hand column of my blog.

Introverted (I) 67.65% Extroverted (E) 32.35%
Intuitive (N) 67.57% Sensing (S) 32.43%
Thinking (T) 66.67% Feeling (F) 33.33%

Perceiving (P) 54.84% Judging (J) 45.16%

My results here were very similar to results I’ve received when I’ve taken the Myers-Briggs in the past. The first three indicators always end up being the same: I,N,T. The last indicator seems to vary depending on the day, how high the sun is, what I’ve had for breakfast, or some other obviously important element of my life at the time. You can see how close to equal they are. That’s normal for me.

I guess this goes to show that you can’t just box a person in and say that they are this predefined thing. We’re more complicated than that. We’re human, and that introduces a complexity that masquerades as randomness at times. It reinforces that fact that we’re never really though knowing someone– including ourselves.

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After the fact: Found a website with pretty good descriptions of the MB personality types. You can read more about INTP’s here:

http://www.typelogic.com/intp.html

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What If All We Are Is Lost In Thought?

Posted by telecommatt on June 7, 2007

abarefootman.co.uk » Archive » Self-rejection

What if it turns out that the reason we spend all this time thinking instead of being is simply because we refuse to accept ourselves as we are, and so are forced to live in the only place that can keep that illusion alive – lost in thought.

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So Much for Reality

Posted by telecommatt on April 25, 2007

According to today’s Buzz Out Loud podcast, physicists has determined that there is no way no prove that the world actually exists when we can’t see it. Does that worry anyone else???

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abarefootman.co.uk » Archive » Getting Somewhere, Doing Something

Posted by telecommatt on March 16, 2007

abarefootman.co.uk » Archive » Getting Somewhere, Doing Something

Just like the wheels on the bus, our minds go round and round. A thought arises, we attach to that thought, and it becomes a train of thought. Notice the use of modes of transport – the mind is always trying to get somewhere.

We do not need to be slaves to this “getting somewhere, doing something” mentality. Instead we can detach from thought, let those thoughts flow down the river into the distance.

I really like this post. I don’t know about you, but most days I need a reminder that I do not need to be taken to where ever my racing mind goes. If I choose, I can just sit down and watch my racing mind go by. As an info geek, I’m always thinking about where the next idea could take me. When someone says to me, “Let’s go here,” I’m already three steps ahead wondering what else is in the area that I could get done while I’m there. I hate watching TV because there are too many other things I might be missing on other channels. I sometime need to force myself to just sit and be with myself, and, as the author does, watch the traffic go by. Hope this is a good thought to start your weekend with!

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JPAB: Consciousness and the Environment

Posted by telecommatt on January 7, 2007

JPAB: Consciousness and the Environment

To have a complete interaction with your surrounding you need to use all ways of perceiving, thus besides the rational everyday waking reality also transrational ones like meditation, trance, dreams, imagination and divination. Anthropologist Laughlin states that when you focus just on one of these (monophasic) your interaction with your surroundings is fragmented and in misbalance.

I thought that this was an interesting article. Okay, actually it smacked me in the forehead. One of the reasons I meditate is to get away from the world for a bit. It’s true, though, that meditation can bring us into the world in ways that allow us to better understand the totality of the problems we face. Can we really hope to change our world if the only world we recognize is the one in front of our faces?

Cheers,

Matthew Murphy

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