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The Paradox of Awakening: David Ellzey

At the 2018 SAND Conference, David Ellzey physically and wordlessly tells the story that resolves the seeming paradox of being both human and transcendent. In a refreshing break from the intensity of wordy plenary talks he…

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What Does Being Transgender, Intersexed, Lesbian or Gay Have To Do With Spirituality Anyway?

by Francis Bennett In so many ways, I believe we must find a way to come to balance and integration in our Western society and adapt a spirituality that is appropriate to our time and context…

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All of Reality — Including Gravity — is Quantum, Say Researchers

A team of theoretical physicists has come up with a new way to explain how reality arises, encompassing solar systems and black holes all the way down to atoms and subquantum particles. And it all depends…

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Levels of Silence and Conscious Abstraction

Where Language Meets Mindfulness Practicing mindfulness suggests attention towards elementary sensory experience in the present moment. Quite often we imply that being verbally silent is the ideal setting for practicing mindfulness. However, there is something very…

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We Need Courage, Not Hope, To Face Climate Change

As a climate scientist, I am often asked to talk about hope. Particularly in the current political climate, audiences want to be told that everything will be all right in the end. And, unfortunately, I have…

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Drugs and the Meaning of Life

Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence…

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Cultivating Equanimity In Uncertain Times

If you don’t realize the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kind-hearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king. ~ Lao Tzu,…

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Human Potential Is Infinite: A.H. Almaas

At his SAND18 appearance A.H. Almaas talks about the importance and mystery of being human, and of the great opportunity and potential of human beings. He tells us that his aim is to expand our horizons…

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