The Intention of Becoming One, David Cates

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David Cates borrows from the science of neurobiology to describe the ways in which human beings relate, and proposes that the rhythmic entrainment of music, dance and breath is a way to reduce the tension between “large mammals in close proximity.” He puts this idea into action, showing how we can switch off the high-alert signals of social anxiety and emotional guardedness, and flood the body with oxytocin. And he invites us to notice that the human nervous system is not independent of others, and that tension operates not just at the muscular level, but at the electromagnetic level too. Meditation may bring about the cessation of thought, he says, but enlightenment is a function of the cessation of all tension at all levels in the system.

New Paradigm of Animal Consciousness

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Far more animals than previously thought likely have consciousness, top scientists say in a new declaration — including fish, lobsters and octopus

Indigenous Knowledge & Climate Crisis: Nonette Royo

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Robust Indigenous and local land rights are vital for managing forests, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preserving biodiversity, and improving livelihoods

Indigenous Solar Eclipse Stories From Across Turtle Island

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From rodents of unusual size to flaming arrows, communities across North America share solar eclipse traditions

Chasing Cicadas

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Amid the cacophony of a cicada emergence, Anisa George reflects on her choice to leave the Bahá’í faith and its promise of a new civilization

The Possibilities of Regeneration

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Origins of regenerative agriculture, offering a story that is both new and ancient in its roots

Ghost Pipe, Illness, and Mycoheterotrophy

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No matter how sick I feel, I’m still afire with a need to do something for my living

Listening to Stones: Little Bear

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Little Bear believes there is an unspoken language that makes it possible to bridge every worldview

Love as the Ground of Being

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Iain McGilchrist and Rowan Williams discuss the limits of materialism.

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