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Call to Action: Global Meditation for Peace on January 26

“If you hold an anti-war rally, I shall not attend. But if you hold a PRO-PEACE rally, invite me.”

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(TMU) — With so much chaos and conflict in our world, why not stop to focus your intentions on spreading peace to the human family?

One of our goals at the Mind Unleashed is to “disseminate and inspire out-of-the-box thinking and act as a catalyst for people to discover the limitless potential that exists inside us all.” We do this by writing and sharing articles that we hope will educate and empower our readers. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfectly peaceful and blissful world so our content can be a bit heavy sometimes.

Whether we are talking about cops treating homeless folks like sh*t, Donald Trump bragging about treating the military as his personal mercenaries, U.S. drone strikes reportedly killing 60 civilians, or pedophiles among the ranks of the Boy Scouts of Americathere is an abundance of difficult news to face. While we do spend time highlighting the darker sides of humanity, we also focus on the positive and uplifting stories that we hope will inspire and encourage you to discover your limitless potential.

One of these stories involves a recent call for a synchronized global meditation for peace being organized by activist and artist Miriam Gomez. The “Mass Meditation for Peace” is part of the Meditation Flash Mob movement which originally started in 2011 when organizers held over 400 simultaneous meditations in public locations around the world.

The event states that the one hour meditation is “intended to cultivate inner peace and awareness and spark a movement of peace out into the world.” Gomez told TMU that her inspiration for this global meditation came from recognizing the perils currently facing humanity.

“We have governments calling for war, countries around the world facing terrible natural disasters, the Amazon—the lungs to our planet—facing dangerous fires, children being trafficked, and our indigenous communities continue to suffer, and generational trauma is rising to the surface to be healed,” Gomez also said.

According to the event page, the goal of the synchronized global meditation is to create an environment where people of all walks of life can come together in meditation and expose others to the practice with public displays of meditation. While Gomez is planning a meditation for her hometown of Houston, Texas, those who are interested are asked to create similar meditations and healing events in their own communities. Together the participating cities will meditate, pray, and reflect on peace for the world.

Gomez stated that she takes inspiration from the growing number of scientific studies detailing how meditation can provide health benefits as well as create a “ripple effect of positivity when we meditate in large numbers.” Indeed, there are a number of studies discussing the benefits of meditation.

A 2016 study by the University of Oxford in the UK found that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) may be more helpful than other treatments for people with recurring depression. MBCT combines traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy methods with psychological strategies such as mindfulness and mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is the practice of becoming aware of, and accepting of incoming thoughts without attaching or reacting to them. The practice is common among most meditation practices. MBCT was designed to help those suffering from chronic depression to learn to respond constructively to their emotions.

Additionally, in April 2015, Anti-Media reported on a study published in the Lancet medical journal which found that MBCT may be just as effective as pharmaceuticals when it comes to preventing chronic depression relapse. Researchers at Britain’s Oxford University and Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry conducted the first large-scale study to compare the treatment of chronic depression with MBCT and anti-depressants. They found very little difference in the results of the two different treatments including a minimal difference in the cost of the mindfulness training versus the constant use of pharmaceuticals.

These results suggest a new choice for the millions of people with recurrent depression on repeat prescriptions,” Willem Kuyken of Oxford University told Reuters.

The expanding scientific literature on meditation provides a scientific rationale for making time for quiet contemplation. It is this call for quiet contemplation and intentions of world peace which are guiding Miriam Gomez’s call for a mass meditation.

“I believe it is important to stand in our power to organize and meditate together in the masses and move forward knowing that all life is interconnected and with our hearts minds and inspired action, we can continue to make changes bringing peace to all people, all creatures and all life on earth.”

Those interested in joining the Global Mass Meditation for Peace taking place on January 26 at 12 pm Central Time can learn more on the Facebook or Evensi pages. Find your local time using this tool.

By Derrick Broze | Creative Commons | TheMindUnleashed.com

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Company Will Pay $2,400 to Those Willing to Go On a ‘Digital Detox’ for 24 Hours

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The ongoing pandemic has left many of us staring at a screen for far too long, be it a television screen, smartphone, or computer monitor.

However, one company is seeking to find out whether we can make it through a full day without looking at a screen – and volunteers could receive a reward of $2,400 if they accept the challenge.

Reviews.org is hosting a new “24-Hour Digital Detox Challenge” that will allow participants to take the ultimate test of their ability to abstain from staring into the black mirror and report back the results.

“Are you burnt out from doom scrolling on your phone, re-watching old sitcoms, and trying to maintain your sanity during the pandemic?” the Salt Lake City, Utah-based company recently announced. “Have you always wanted to win reality competitions like American Ninja Warrior, but you’ve been too busy trying to beat Mario Kart and Mortal Kombat instead?”

The challenge is open to anyone 18 or older who is eligible to work in the United States, and the participants will be announced on March 29 on the company’s YouTube channel.

Upon being chosen, participants will be able to accept or decline the challenge after two weeks before picking a day that fits into their schedule. They can spend their day however they please, but they must agree to abstain for a full 24 hours from mobile devices, gaming devices, smartwatches, TVs, computers and other wearables as well as smart home devices. The digital display of your alarm clock, microwave, or other home appliances won’t count.

“Detox challengers” will also receive a safe to store their devices in, as well as a $200 gift card to purchase a tech-free survival kit that can consist of writing stationery, books, board games and other decidedly analog devices.

“We have a feeling someone out there needs a break,” the company wrote in its announcement, noting that since the start of the pandemic people have been staring at screens at an unprecedented rate. 

Those interested can fill out a short application for the challenge here, but do it quickly! Applications close on March 26. 

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10 Things You Don’t Wan’t To Know About Yourself

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“Freedom is the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear.” ~George Orwell

Sick of all those self-affirmation articles? Tired of all the self-help gurus blowing sunshine up your skirt? Need something a little more grounding? More down-to-earth? More humbling? Here’s a fresh batch of wake-up calls and kicks-in-the-shin straight from the oven. Get it while its hot…

1.) You are an animal:

“What a chimera then is humankind. What a novelty; what a monster, what a chaos.” ~Blaise Pascal
This one is painfully obvious, but you probably need a reminder.

You are a naked ape. You are blood and bones and improbable apposable thumbs. You were born from the womb and you will one day be food for worms. In the womb, you went through all the phases of evolution: from a single-celled amoeba to a multicellular tadpole to a brain-wielding infant.

In your short life, you will piss and s*** and bleed. You will rage and cry and sleep. You will go through all the profane motions of being a mortal mammal within an amoral universe. And here’s the real kick in the teeth: it’s going to hurt like hell. Hope you have a good sense of humor, because you’re going to need it.

2.) You are fallible:

“Things fall apart. The center cannot hold.” ~W.B. Yeats

You are terribly imperfect. You will make mistakes. More so, you are mistaken about a great many things. Most of which you will probably never admit to yourself, because admitting you are wrong is one of the most difficult things a human being can do.

But it goes deeper than that. There are fallibilities within fallibilities. It’s a veritable fractal forest of fallibility. A fractal wrongness, if you will.

You are more wrong about things than you can possibly imagine, and yet you insist. You force your wrongness. You are fierce with it, ruthlessly certain with it. You are so hungry for rightness that you bludgeon the Truth with your wrongness. All the while imagining that you are right.

As it turns out, you are more likely to be right by admitting that you are probably wrong than by declaring that you are probably right.

3.) You are a hypocrite:

“You have not learned to play and mock the way a man ought to play and mock. Are we not always seated at a great table for play and mockery? Learn to laugh at yourselves as a man ought to laugh. Learn to laugh beyond yourselves, and learn to laugh well.” ~Nietzsche

You are a hypocrite by nature. By the fact that you perceive an unfathomable reality with fallible faculties. It’s not even your fault. Just the fact that you are a “you” precludes hypocrisy. The self is smoke and mirrors, masks and mayhem. More akin to a chaotic theater of actors than a single personality.

Indeed, the self is masks all the way down perceiving delusions all the way up. Hypocrisy was always inevitable. Merely the biproduct of a fallible self.

Amidst this mayhem of fallible selfhood, you will experience dissimulation and self-deception, dishonesty and deep pretension, inauthenticity and artificiality. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The rest is hidden beneath layer upon layer of subconscious/unconscious double-dealings, feigned sincerity, two-faced unctuousness, and the mealymouthed choruses of canting contradictions.

Your hypocrisy knows no bounds, so you might as well own up to it.

4.) You will fail:

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” ~Samuel Beckett

Failure is a given when you are merely a fallible, hypocritical animal going through the motions of living life in an uncertain universe.

But there is wisdom hidden in failure if you are keen to it. Setbacks can be transformed into steppingstones. Tragedy can be hardwired into comedy. Catastrophe can be whittled into accomplishment. You can build a ladder out of the shattered pieces of your life and climb out of the abyss.

But guess what? You will probably fail again. The higher you climb the farther you may fall. When it comes to failure, there is always a deeper abyss. Defeat, hard luck, and utter collapse are right around the corner. Disappointment is Accomplishment’s kissing cousin. Tragedy is Triumph’s red-headed stepchild. Today’s achievement could very well be tomorrow’s tripwire. So be it. Use it all as a sharpening stone for your all-too-mortal soul.

5.) You are never not broken:

“We adore chaos because we love to produce order.” ~M.C. Escher

Wholeness does not imply perfection. It infers embracing brokenness as an essential part of being human. There is never a state in which you are not broken.
You are a walking, talking broken heart going through the motions of breaking apart and coming back together again. This also applies to the mind, the body, and the soul. You are constantly in a state of repair.

Your suffering is sufferable. What’s insufferable is your ideal of perfection. There will always be pain. There will always be heartache. There will always be existential angst. We wreck ourselves against these. Then we knock out the dents, mend the cracks, and heal the wounds. We do this in the hope that it will make us stronger. But perhaps it won’t.
The wound may or may not become a sacred wound. All you can do is hurt, heal, and hope. Hurt, heal, and hope. From fragility to robustness to antifragility, you will always be in a state of falling apart and coming back together again. Embrace it.

6.) You have a dark side:

“There are no shortcuts to wholeness. The only way to become whole is to put our arms lovingly around everything we know ourselves to be: self-serving and generous, spiteful and compassionate, cowardly and courageous, treacherous and trustworthy. We must be able to say, ‘I am all of the above.’” ~Parker J. Palmer

You have a shadow. Even your shadow has a shadow called the golden shadow. Your shadow is your repressed or unconscious self, struggling to be liberated and more conscious. Awareness is key. Becoming aware of our shadow side is shining a light into the darkness and giving our dark side permission to shine its blacklight back into the blinding light, which creates a unity of opposites.
An empowered dark side balances out the equation of the complicated human condition. Without this balance, you risk fragile one-dimensionality and a brittle ego terrified of taking responsibility for its shadow and thus fearful of the shadow of others.

You cannot fully know yourself without knowing your dark side and embracing your shadow. Such wholeness breeds wisdom and the ability to experience the full range of what it means to be human.

7.) Your beliefs limit you:

“If you adopt an idea or perception as the absolute truth, you close the door of your mind. Attachment to views, attachment to ideas, attachment to perceptions are the biggest obstacle to truth.” ~The Buddha

Your beliefs are incredibly restricting. You’ve been indoctrinated to think that you need to believe. Even worse, you’ve been brainwashed to believe more than you think.

In the battle against bewitchment, all beliefs, no matter how powerful or well-intended, are a hinderance to clear thought and self-improvement.

tter to think rather than believe. Thinking that something might be true allows for error, fallibility, and wrongness. Believing that something is certainly true cuts us off from all other possibilities. Belief is all or nothing, predicated upon faith despite facts or evidence. Thought is open-ended, taking beliefs, facts, and evidence into deep consideration and then using probability and validity to discover the truth.

More importantly, thinking rather than believing allows for skepticism and questioning. It is considered blasphemous to question a belief. Whereas questioning a thought is considered appropriate. Might as well just skip belief altogether and simply take things into thoughtful consideration.

8.) You are culturally conditioned:

“When war turns whole populations into sleepwalkers, outlaws don’t join forces with alarm clocks. Outlaws, like poets, rearrange the nightmare.” ~Tom Robbins

You are programmed to think a certain way. This programming has propped-up your identity into perceiving a particular worldview that may or may not be based in reality. It might not even be healthy. This identity tied up in your worldview is an abstraction of an abstraction, a story within a story that you’ve convinced yourself is true.

But you have the power to reprogram your programming.

We are all conditioned by culture. The key is to become aware of it and to weigh our conditioning against the truth of reality. Then recondition the conditioning. We each have our own Plato’s Cave to navigate.

The extent to which you can become aware of your own “cave” will be the extent of your flexibility, open-mindedness, and personal freedom.

9.) You know less than you think:

“Some people are more certain of everything than I am of anything.” ~Robert Rubin

You think you know more than you actually do. Your certainty about a great many things limits your imagination, creative thinking, and ability to question. It leads to dogmatic reasoning and close-mindedness.

ou are just so certain, aren’t you? Your certitude is so powerful that you cannot see past your beliefs. Hung up on what you’ve found, you have given up the search. Your journey has come to an end. Your certainty has led you to a dead-end. You are stuck. And the only way out is to question what you think you know.

The more you question, the more you realize that the only answer that makes any sense is to keep questioning. When you stop questioning the journey for truth comes to an end and stagnation, sloth, and dogmatism begin to rule your world. Keep things in perspective by accepting that you know less than you think you do and keep questioning.

10.) Your life is terribly inconsequential:

“Don’t slip on the banana peel of nihilism, even while listening to the roar of Nothingness.” ~Lawrence Ferlinghetti

When it comes down to it, your life is a flash in the pan. It’s dust in the cosmic wind. It’s an infinitesimally insignificant spark in an unfathomably dark, unforgiving, and meaningless universe. But it is a spark.

What you do won’t matter in the grand scheme of things. But it’s very important that you do it anyway. Why? Because you are the universe attempting to become aware of itself. You are an awareness machine in an otherwise unaware cosmos. You are a meaning-generator in a reality void of meaning. You might be nothing more than a speck in the universe, but you are also the entire universe in a speck.

Either way, you will one day be dust. Your tiny insignificant life will end. Face that fleetingness with a fierceness. Laugh into the abyss. Face fear with fearlessness. Climb the highest mountain and kick God in the nuts. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Or not. None of it will matter in the end. You will still be the butt-end of the cosmic joke. It’s all laughable. So you might as well have a laugh.

Gary Z McGee, Self-inflicted Philosophy, republished here with permission.

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One Man Stops Drought And Brings Fortune to Village By Planting 11,000 Trees Over 19 Years

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In the rural countryside of Indonesia, one elderly man is taking it upon himself to rehabilitate a landscape ravaged by mismanagement.

Indonesian land defender Sadiman was once viewed suspiciously as a madman by his fellow villagers in the hilltops of Central Java, but the man is now lovingly referred to as “mbah” or “grandfather” by locals after his 24-year quest to turn the barren hills into a verdant landscape.

The region was ruined after land-clearance fires denuded the region and nearly turned its rivers, streams and lakes dry, inspiring the elderly eco-warrior to take it upon himself to cover the area in trees.

“I thought to myself, if I don’t plant banyan trees, this area would become dry,” Sadiman told Reuters while clad in his ranger hat and safari shirt.

“In my experience, banyan trees and ficus trees can store a lot of water.”

So far, Sadiman has planted over 11,000 banyan and ficus trees across the 617-acre region in a bid to keep groundwater in the area and prevent the further erosion of precious land.

His efforts have already bore fruit, literally, with springs being left in his wake in what had previously been drought-stricken land. Locals now have access to water for their homes and for their agricultural plots of land.

Superstitious villagers had originally been less than appreciative of his work.

“People ridiculed me for bringing banyan tree seeds to the village, because they felt uneasy as they believed there are spirits in these trees,” Sadiman said.

Rumors even spread that Sadiman was a lunatic because he bartered saplings for goats, according to neighboring villager Warto.

“In the past people thought he was crazy, but look at the result now,” Warto added. “He is able to provide clean water to meet the needs of the people in several villages.”

Sadiman is proud that his work has brought prosperity and abundance to his neighbors, who now enjoy two or three harvests per year rather than just one.

“I hope the people here can have prosperous lives and live happily. And don’t burn the forest over and over again,” Sadiman said.

The region was ruined after land-clearance fires denuded the region and nearly turned its rivers, streams and lakes dry, inspiring the elderly eco-warrior to take it upon himself to cover the area in trees.

“I thought to myself, if I don’t plant banyan trees, this area would become dry,” Sadiman told Reuters while clad in his ranger hat and safari shirt.

“In my experience, banyan trees and ficus trees can store a lot of water.”

So far, Sadiman has planted over 11,000 banyan and ficus trees across the 617-acre region in a bid to keep groundwater in the area and prevent the further erosion of precious land.

His efforts have already bore fruit, literally, with springs being left in his wake in what had previously been drought-stricken land. Locals now have access to water for their homes and for their agricultural plots of land.

Superstitious villagers had originally been less than appreciative of his work.

“People ridiculed me for bringing banyan tree seeds to the village, because they felt uneasy as they believed there are spirits in these trees,” Sadiman said.

Rumors even spread that Sadiman was a lunatic because he bartered saplings for goats, according to neighboring villager Warto.

“In the past people thought he was crazy, but look at the result now,” Warto added. “He is able to provide clean water to meet the needs of the people in several villages.”

Sadiman is proud that his work has brought prosperity and abundance to his neighbors, who now enjoy two or three harvests per year rather than just one.

“I hope the people here can have prosperous lives and live happily. And don’t burn the forest over and over again,” Sadiman said.

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