Category Archives: Philosophy

Grounding your body improves your health

GROUNDING Article/Documentary

Story at-a-glance

  • Walking barefoot on the Earth transfers free electrons from the Earth’s surface into your body that spread throughout your tissues providing beneficial effects. This process is called ‘grounding.’
  • Grounding has been shown to relieve chronic pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, thin your blood, enhance well-being and much, much more
  • Wearing plastic- or rubber-soled shoes effectively disconnects you from the Earth’s natural electron flow
  • In the Grounded documentary, you’ll hear first-hand accounts from residents of Haines, Alaska who have overcome chronic pain, sleep apnea and much more simply by getting grounded Continue reading

What can USA and British education systems learn from classrooms in the developing world?

What can the American and British education systems learn from classrooms in the developing world? inc videos

Posted by: Kate Torgovnick May August 14, 2014 at 10:59 am EDT
A group of students in Karakati, India, research the answer to a big question at one location of Sugata Mitra's School in the Cloud. According to Mitra and Adam Braun, there's a lot that Western schools can learn about education from students in India.

Students in Phaltan, India, research the answer to a big question at one of Sugata Mitra’s School in the Cloud labs. According to Mitra and his Microsoft Work Wonders Project partner, Adam Braun, there’s quite a bit that Western schools can learn from classrooms in the developing world.

Adam Braun went to school in the US and now runs a nonprofit that builds schools in Ghana, Laos, Nicaragua and Guatemala. In contrast, Sugata Mitra—the winner of the 2013 TED Prize—went to school in India and now is a professor in the UK, where his research on self-directed learning routinely brings him into elementary schools.
Both of these education activists have seen how typical classrooms function in the Western world, and both have seen how typical classrooms function in the developing world. And both say, the West isn’t always better.Braun and Mitra have teamed up through Microsoft’s Work Wonders Project to bring Mitra’s School in the Cloud learning platform into Braun’s Pencils of Promise schools. As the two pilot their partnership in a school in rural Ghana, we got them together via Skype to talk through a bold question: what can the West learn from the developing world when it comes to education? Their conversation is packed with insights.   Continue reading

Pope Francis’ top 10 tips for happiness

Pope Francis’ top 10 tips for happiness

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Pope Francis

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Tuesday August 5, 2014 – Pope Francis’ reputation for being approachable and down-to-earth has earned him the soubriquet “The People’s Pope” and factored significantly into his choice by Time magazine as their Person of the Year 2013. “In a matter of months,” the Time profile said, “Francis has elevated the healing mission of the church — the church as servant and comforter of hurting people in an often harsh world — above the doctrinal police work so important to his recent predecessors.”

Now, Pope Francis has outlined a ten-point plan for happiness. The Top 10 list appeared in an interview for the Argentine magazine Viva, which was released to celebrate the Pope’s first 500 days in office.   Continue reading

HERO THE WARRIOR – By Peter Halder – E-Book #6 released

HERO THE WARRIOR – By Peter Halder – E-Book #6 released

Defender of The Forces of Good

Hero..The WarriorPeter Halder’s E-Book number 6, Hero The Warrior: Defender of The Forces of Good, is now on sale on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com. Check the links below. The book is quartet of fantastic, exciting and action packed Fairy Tale adventures which extol the conquest of good over evil. Fairy Gloriana engages the services of a mighty hunter Hero of Creion to rescue a Royal child from a Wicked Witch, Aglaia.

In the second thrilling adventure, a Prince falls in love with a gold statue, The Golden Princess, and engages Hero The Warrior to seek out and obtain the means to make it human. In his third adventure, Hero is sent on a mission to find and return The Cross of Enna and destroy the Evil Wizard who stole it.

Read more:  Go to Peter Halder’s blog to comment, look inside, and order 

Guyana Glows Within – By Dmitri Allicock + video

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Guyana Glows Within

By Dmitri Allicock

 

A thousand miles and poles apart

Guyana glows within your heart

Where precious memories reside

Sad or happy you can decide

.. Continue reading

Hiraeth – By Hugh Yearwood

Hiraeth – By Hugh Yearwood

Hugh Yearwood

Hugh Yearwood

I treat my own bouts of hiraeth by writing about my experiences as a child growing up in Guyana. I was fortunate to travel and work in the interior and luckily kept an irregular journal during the years 1980-1981. I left Ebini Ranch in 1983 to study veterinary medicine in Poland where I have remained since. Here is my second story.

This article attempts to explain my feelings of “Hiraeth”.

“I am, more importantly however, a permanent resident of the human race and no matter where I go, I’d like to think that I will always belong.” Says Tricia Yearwood in her article, “What It Means To Be A Guyanese Emigrant”

Wise words to end this honest and, at times, soul tearing piece on how leaving the old country is only really accomplished physically. I know this ache intimately that she writes about “…my eyes began to ache with the same disconnect …”. I became very familiar with this constant feeling of ‘ache’ and ‘disconnect’ during the 31 years that have passed since I left Guyana. Continue reading

THE DANCE OF DEATH – Peter Halder’s 4th e-book released

THE DANCE OF DEATH

 Peter Halder’s fourth E-Book, The Dance of Death is now on sale at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com. The links to purchase it are below.

The book is a crypt of seven chilling, spell binding and spine tingling supernatural tales that portray the folklore of Guyana.

The Dance of Death highlights a CUMFA ritual and its fatal objective. Obadella The Obeah Woman uses witchcraft to exact revenge for a young lady who was abused. The Moongazer of Kingston uses her power to save the life of a man who harmed a spirit. The Obeah Man, the male counterpart of an obeah woman, uses black magic to cement the love between a married couple. Four schoolmates face terror in a haunted house when they are confronted by a blood sucking, The Old Higue of Belfield. The Devil Woman entices a girl to the woods for an evil purpose but the courageous girl turns the table on her. A baby is seized by a supernatural water devil which turns it into The Gold Ringed Alligator that relishes little girls.

 The Dance of Death by Peter Halder:

Go to his Website/Blog to comment and more info on his book on Amazon as well as ordering information. [Click here ]

The Story of Your Enslavement – video

The Story of Your Enslavement

Uploaded on Apr 17, 2010  -We can only be kept in the cages we do not see. A brief history of human enslavement – up to and including your own.

 

 

Getting Free Of Self-Importance Is The Key To Happiness – Polly Young-Eisendrath

Getting Free Of Self-Importance Is The Key To Happiness: Polly Young-Eisendrath

At TEDxMiddlebury 2013   Polly Young-Eisendrath discusses the idea that we can control and manage our lives as counter to our happiness. After considering the true meaning of happiness, Polly highlights several uniquely human emotions—shame, guilt, envy, and jealousy—that pose as obstacles to this happiness and offers solutions to overcome these emotions.

Polly Young-Eisendrath is a speaker, writer, Jungian analyst and mindfulness teacher. She is a long-time practitioner of Zen Buddhism and Vipassana in the tradition of Shinzen Young (in which she is a certified teacher). She has published many chapters and articles on Buddhism, psychotherapy, spirituality, resilience and Jung’s psychology.  Continue reading

“FREDDY” KISSOON AND THE COLUMN OF THE STREET By Nigel Westmaas

 “FREDDY” KISSOON AND THE COLUMN OF THE STREET

 By Nigel Westmaas

'Freddy' Kissoon

‘Freddy’ Kissoon

He mounts his charge, armour of steel and honour and his lance ready, the contemporary Don Quixote, except he slays not windmills, but real dragons clawing at the heart of a nation. Enter the combatant, with passion and fire of old time crusaders, against sins of omission and commission on themes of human decency, justice, and cleanliness in public affairs.

No Guyanese newspaper columnist in recent times has personified and combined the impulses of social activism, and figure of controversy than Freddy Kissoon. He has contributed more than any other individual in the media in consistently and flambouyantly exposing corruption, Guyana’s foibles and the nature of contemporary Guyanese society. Continue reading

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