Editor’s Desk: THE WAYS OF COMPUTERS ARE PERFECT AND MUST NOT BE QUESTIONED

In a recent interview, meditation teacher Tara Brach led me through a guided meditation to help me work on a particular issue that often triggers a negative reaction on my part. I get triggered when technology is not working causing me to make a phone call to try to get tech help. More often than not I get connected to a bot (an artificial intelligence) that is asking me questions that don’t really apply to my issue. I’m then on an endless loop trying to get to a “live” person. Frustration is building and it’s really, truly hard to not just
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Editor’s Desk: Birdwatching Changes Your Attention

  Jenny Odell, a multi-disciplinary artist and author of How To Do Nothing: Resisting The Attention Economy, was a recent guest on New Dimensions. The interview with her Finding an Antidote to the Attention Economy (Program #3689) was broadcast in November 2019. She shared her wisdom about how social media and the Internet are always vying for our attention. She also spoke about how being a birdwatcher taught her something about the quality of our attention. She said, “[There are] different qualities of attention and they affect your sense of time. In the attention economy, for example, the effectiveness of
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Editor’s Desk: Everyday Miracles

  My dear sister of my heart, Linda Merryman, with whom I’ve been in circle for more than 25 years sent out the following piece that she was inspired to write. I love it so much and I received her permission to share with all of you. I hope you relish it as much as I do. During the storms of life, it’s such a fine reminder that there is much to be grateful for. Enjoy! -Justine After many hours somewhere dreaming this and dreaming that and forgetting and resting and replenishing, oh miracle of miracles, I awake. I am still here.
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Editor’s Desk: High Noticing Versus Habituation

When we choose high noticing, we have the ability for our eyes to be wide open and to be more aware and conscious. It helps us stay curious and open to new strategies, behaviors, and energy. Whereas habituation is patterned behavior. It’s looking from the viewpoint of the groove of what has worked before. It’s a place where we are asleep and without noticing we take the path that we’ve taken so many times before. As the saying goes, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” I’m suggesting we look deeply at where
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Editor’s Desk: Trim Tab Factor: Tiny changes that make the world a better place

  We live in a complex, adaptive system that is intricately interconnected. It’s a multidimensional web of life. A small change in this seemingly chaotic soup can and does affect the whole when it’s focused on key points. The late anticipatory design scientist R. Buckminster Fuller often talked about the trim tab factor. To understand this phenomenon, imagine a large ocean-going ship. In order to turn this vessel in a new direction one must first adjust the trim tab, which is a miniscule rudder on the larger rudder. Only when this smaller rudder, which runs the length of the main
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Editor’s Desk: You Are Deputized To Make A Difference

Busyness, info overload, squeezing too much into too little time, we’re all stressed and bowed down by the oversized burdens we’re being asked to carry in these chaotic and challenging times. I can’t blame anyone for wanting to just tag out of the fight because it is easy to feel insignificant in the face of the enormity of the stakes we face. Let me tell you what helps me keep from curling up in a fetal position and pulling the covers over my head. I get to invite the most effective, enlightened, and wise warriors of the possible to a
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Editor’s Desk: My First Act of Power

  During an interview with Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. about the Greek Goddess Artemis, “Mistress of Animals”, I related a story to her that demonstrated how this goddess spontaneously rose up in me. Jean tells us that Artemis was a “daddy’s girl.” I too was the light of my father’s eye. I grew up with three other siblings and we were so close in age that three of the four of us were in high school at the same time. My older sister was the scholar and the beauty, my older brother was the wild one with a protector spirit,
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Editor’s Desk: Playing Dress-Up and Flowers

Playing dress-up – to luxuriate in colors, the fabrics, the endless choices. Sometimes when I pick out something flowing it reminds me of the late 1950s film with Rosalind Russell playing “Auntie Mame” sweeping down a spiral staircase with gossamer robes swirling about her. Color has actual healing qualities. Sometimes I feel like gray. What does gray mean? Actually, oftentimes I choose gray. Why am I so attracted to gray? Gray the color of mist – The color of low iron clouds in a drizzling rain – The color of roly-poly bugs that live under rocks and when the rock
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Editor’s Desk: Attention: Use It or Lose It

Spiritual teacher Guy Finley makes a provocative observation in his book The Secret of Your Immortal Self. He points out that the only things that are truly ours to use are: attention and time. As I turned this remark over in my brain, I asked myself, “Is this really true?” If so, then the question that occurred to me is: “What can we truly depend on to hold us up in the gale force winds of mindless distraction and chaos?”   Former New Dimensions guest, Winifred Gallagher, makes the argument that the quality of our life largely depends on what
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Editor’s Desk: Is It Kind — Is It Necessary

Recently I was contemplating having a deep conversation with someone from whom I’m estranged. The truth is that I have my own view of the events that led up to this parting of ways. Thankfully, I paused, took a breath, and called a dear and wise friend in order to run the idea by her. She gave me some sage advice and, knowing me well, cautioned me about how easily I could get triggered and then the entire conversation would spiral into an unproductive emotional place, making it even worse. Seeing her viewpoint, I realized that I was not imagining
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