None other than Marks Daily Apple has a recent post with a Beginners Guide to Why You Should Practice Meditation. You can start simply, even just a few minutes. He talks about 10 minutes to start, and I think even just one or two minutes to start is great if you can make it a daily habit.
Sit in a chair or on a cushion. Start with following your breath as it goes in and out. If it helps you to begin you can count breaths. 1 to 10, then start over again. If you get distracted or lose count, no problem, you can start back at 1. Just focus on the breath and begin. After some meditation practice you will be able to try and focus on other aspects of your mindfulness practice during meditation.
With Google Reader being deactivated, I am reviewing the news feeds, newsletters, podcasts, and blogs that I read each day, but are not helpful, while also finding new ones that do add value.
In the book The Primal Connection they bring up studies that half of all news broadcasts are full of violence, conflict, and suffering. That watching these events can create feelings of anger, fear, and helplessness. I now find myself unsubscribing from news I have read for years or sites that have many updates per day that end up not really helping me in day to day life. Not just world or national news, but even sports and technology news I often have to wade through lots of useless junk to find things of interest.
Like the advice that you are the average of your 5 closest friends, is your online experience the average of your 5 favorite blogs?
I have been pleasantly surprised by the new blogs I have searched out. After unsubscribing from many things, I have found new gems that I never knew existed. This makes me look forward to reading my news feed much more, rather than the dread I felt wading though the junk I had in there before.
The closing of reader is a great opportunity to review what you consuming online and make sure it is helping you, rather than dragging you down.
When the web was fresh and new, many of us who were on it back in the mid-nineties could tell it had the power to change the world and help spread ideas far and wide. I believe that one of those successes is the paleo diet movement.
The paleo blogs, podcasts, and social media have more information than you could ever read or understand in a lifetime. I still find however that the message of paleo is not getting out to the wider mass market. Having been paleo for over 3 years I thought it was such a good idea that it would move faster than it has.
Today’s superbowl will be full of ads for Coca-cola, Pepsi, Doritos, M&M’s and Oreos. None of these things are food. Grocery stores are still dominated by boxes and boxes of things no paleolithic person would consider food.
The vast majority of health care providers still recommend calorie restriction and exercise, that has not worked for 20 years, somehow this will work now? Some prescriptions have recommendations to take them with fatty foods, including pepperoni pizza, blueberry muffins, and ice cream. Where the hell does the fat in a blueberry muffin come from?
It may be that we just have to wait for the mass market to change, like the newspapers that are undergoing change brought on by the plethora of news blogs, eventually that will get to television, radio, and your doctor’s office.
In the meantime, the message that is supported by the paleolithic and ancestral health movement seems to be stuck getting to a wide audience that desperately needs it, and I would like to help change that.
Viruses are such a huge influence the environment of earth via the effects on their hosts. This is a talk by Carl Zimmer about his book A Planet of Viruses. “The most abundant organisms on earth are viruses. Viruses are planetary forces”
Carl Zimmer: A Planet of Viruses from The Long Now Foundation on FORA.tv