Selected Mindful Moments

22nd April 2021 (Earth Day). No.1.

  1. Today is Earth Day! ‘EARTHDAY.ORG is honoured that the Biden Administration has decided to convene a global climate summit on Earth Day 2021. Many important environmental events have happened on Earth Day since 1970, including the recent signing of the Paris Agreement, as Earth Day continues to be a momentous and unifying day each and every year. We look forward to being a part of this historic climate summit and making active progress to Restore Our Earth.’…..and Somerset House marks this year’s Earth Day, with a selection of shorts, selected by film collective Sharna Pax. Each film attentively observes different environmental elements: forest, sky, river.

  2. This amazing, free, event is on from 2nd to 5th May - ‘Explore the Science, Wisdom, and Power of Emotions With His Holiness the Dalai Lama and over 30 Leading Scientists + World Renowned Teachers’.

  3. From Headspace. The Science of Feeling Good. ‘If there’s anything we’ve learned in the past year, it’s that caring for our minds is just as important as caring for our bodies. As we head into Stress Awareness Month, Headspace can support your mental well-being now and in the long run — and we’ve done some of the most groundbreaking mindfulness research in the world to prove it.’

  4. I’m a big fan of Tenzin Choegyal, who collaborated with Philip Glass on the stunning soundtrack for the film, Last Dalai Llama. Choegyal presents The Festival of Tibet 2021, starting with a special in person concert ‘Prayers for Peace – Brisbane Sings for Tibet’ at Brisbane Powerhouse Arts on 24 April. This is followed by a ten day online virtual program of events through stories, panel discussions, music, poetry, workshops and films, and will focus on the impact of  climate change in Tibet and ongoing plight of Tibetans. This is the wonderful Heartstrings from ‘The Last Dalai Llama’ -

  5. From Aeon. Marxism and Buddhism. Life is suffering, whether you sit under a Bodhi Tree or stand with the workers. But do the two schools agree on the remedy? ‘The problem with Left-activists is that they see the evil as being exclusively caused by the socioeconomic system (this was Marx’s problem too), without understanding how these factors operate within us. ‘Social change requires inner change – becoming less selfish,’ says the Dalai Lama.’

  6. Love the look of this film about 'the people's mountain', Blencathra in the Lake District. It looks at the lives of residents, children and visitors, with contributions from Ed Byrne and Stuart Maconie. Thank you Naomi Buneman for recommending.

  7. ‘America’s founding document states that the pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right. But this question has preoccupied philosophers, fascinated scientists, inspired artists, launched an enormous self-help industry—and continues to elude many of us.’ The Atlantic hosts a live event that explores the human hold on happiness—and aims to find ways to build a more meaningful life. The event will consider happiness and relationships; the role of spirituality; how social media and other technology are affecting our happiness; and the ways in which a year of social isolation has reframed our understanding of a lasting sense of joy.

  8. From The Guardian. ‘The wisdom of water: 12 ways to use blue spaces to improve your health and happiness. From relaxing baths to seaside swims, water can be a balm in difficult times. Catherine Kelly, the author of a new book on blue spaces, shares her tips.’

  9. Looking for some soothing sounds to relax to? I’d recommend a visit to the Lo-Fi Cafe. (HT (here_forth)

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