#OccupyMyself: Confessions Of A Social Media Deserter

She misses the interactions, but values even more the time and mental space she’s regained. Will social media “deserter” Paula Góes ever return to Facebook and Twitter?

Read it at Global Voices Online.


The Oracle of Delphi – Know Thyself

Ars, Arte et Labore

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly.” – Richard Bach

I was watching a tv documentary last night by Michael Scott about the oracle at Delphi (link for UK readers ) and he was explaining how those who visited the Oracle should have paid more heed to the motto at the site, which read “Know thyself”.

Most of us are familiar with the phrase, but many people don’t spend the time thinking about its meaning, and still less spend the time learning to “Know Thyself”.  It means understand yourself, but so much more than merely self observation.

The quote above from Richard Bach explains far better what Michael Scott was getting at – that the answers given by the Oracle were ambiguous, and could only…

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BuddhaFest Online Film Festival

I am excited to discover the BuddhaFestOnline Film Festival, an online film fest featuring six Buddhist films. It has just started on Tuesday this week and will continue through Sunday, July 8th.

The programme includes six full-length feature films, as well as related teachings and guided meditations by Sharon Salzberg, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Congressman Tim Ryan, and other teachers, plus interviews with several of the filmmakers. Here is the full festival guide – all for only $30!

Spiritual Revolution

Spiritual Revolution

I am really looking forward to Spiritual Revolution (photo), running June 4 – June 24:

Spiritual Revolution is a gateway to exploring the points of convergence between ancient Eastern traditions and cutting-edge American science and medicine. In addition to being a Who’s Who of spiritual leaders, it also features noted scientists, psychotherapists, and scholars, who discuss the ways that life on the planet—and your life as well—can be filled with happiness and hope.

And very curious about “Ram Dass: Fierce Grace”, starting on July 1st:

When Harvard expelled faculty members Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary in 1963 for LSD experimentation, Alpert, the son of a wealthy Boston lawyer, traveled to India, met his guru the Maharaji Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately know as Maharaji, and returned to the United States as Ram Dass, or “Servant of God.” Since then, Ram Dass has continued to teach, inspire and serve others for more than three decades. Named by Newsweek as one of the Top Five Non-Fiction Films of 2002, Ram Dass: Fierce Grace offers an engrossing, poignant meditation on consciousness, healing and the unexpected grace of aging.

Meanwhile, I am watching today or tomorrow Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet

Compelling interviews with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and Tsultrim Allione place the practice of the Nangchen nuns in the context of the largely male dominated history of Buddhism in Tibet.