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We Are All the Dust of Stars…

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“Humans are genetically connected with life on Earth, chemically connected with life on other star systems and atomically connected with all matter in the universe.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson”

The Difference Between Dreaming and Having Vision

“He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher… or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.” ~Douglas Adams

Quote by Why This Harvard Economist Thinks You Should Unplug & Recharge

“Epiphanies often come at the most unexpected moments. When Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan accidentally dropped his cell phone in a toilet, he had an important realization: Being overly connected was preventing him from better focus and productivity. Without having to worry about sending and receiving texts and emails, Mullainathan found that he was more present that evening at a dinner with friends — and he even had a better time than he might have otherwise. “My bandwidth for those two hours was focused on the thing I wanted to be focused on,” he said at the Aspen Ideas Festival, as quoted in a LinkedIn blog last week. According to Mullainathan, our problem in the workplace isn’t that we have too little time. It’s that we don’t have enough mental “bandwidth,” as he puts it, to focus on important tasks and projects — partly because we’re constantly distracted by technology. Now, he no longer has work email on his phone, and he avoids checking email before a meeting in order to be less distracted. “All those times that I thought I was using my time well — ‘Hey, I’ve got five minutes, let me check my email’ — I was actually using my bandwidth badly,” he said.”

Quote by William J Federer’s American Minute for January 1st

“Both served in the Continental Congress and both signed the Declaration of Independence. Both served as U.S. Ministers in France. One was elected the 2nd President and the other the 3rd. Once political enemies, they became close friends in later life. An awe swept America when they both died on the same day, JULY 4, 1826, exactly 50 years since they signed the Declaration of Independence. Their names were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.”

John Adams on celebrating the 2nd of July

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“The Second Day of July 1776 will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” – John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776. 1776 filled the calendar with dates deserving of remembrance and even celebration. John Adams, delegate from Massachusetts to the Second Continental Congress, wrote home to his wife Abigail that future generations would celebrate July 2, the date the Congress voted to approve Richard Henry Lee’s resolution declaring independence from Britain for 13 of the British colonies in America. Two days later, that same Congress approved the wording of the document Thomas Jefferson had drafted to announce Lee’s resolution to the world. Today, we celebrate the date of the document Jefferson wrote, and Richard Henry Lee is often a reduced to a footnote, if not erased from history altogether. Who can predict the future? (You know, of course, that Adams and Jefferson both died 50 years to the day after the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1826. In the 50 intervening years, Adams and Jefferson were comrades in arms and diplomacy in Europe, officers of the new government in America, opposing candidates for the presidency, President and Vice President, ex-President and President, bitter enemies, then long-distance friends writing almost daily about how to make a great new nation. Read David McCullough’s version of the story, if you can find it.)”

The Simple Trick That Strengthens Your Brain

“As a holistic physician and meditation practitioner with more than 25 years of experience, I have always believed strongly in the mental and emotional benefits of regular mindful meditation practice.

The practice of regular meditation has been found to increase brain density, boost the connections between neurons, decrease the symptoms of depression and anxiety, provide clarity of thought, and increase positive mood endorphins. Other published studies have shown that meditation can improve physical functioning, decrease chronic disease risks, and enhance overall quality of life.

These studies demonstrate that regular meditation effectively supports mental, emotional, and physical health in numerous tangible ways. In building upon this strong body of evidence, researchers are continuing to deepen our understanding of the profound and inspiring benefits of regular meditation practice in everyday life.” – via Tumblr

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