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posted by Ethan Nichtern

All,

Sorry I don’t have a ton of time to write a major post this week. I thought instead I’d post this video of myself speaking at the author’s series at the very cool Google headquarters in NYC earlier this month. I.D. Project Member Antonella Pavese (soon to depart for a grueling month working as a field organizer for the Obama Campaign in Pennsylvania, and promising to blog about the experience after the election), was kind enough to invite me and host the event. I thought it was one of my more incoherent days, but maybe it’ll be fun to watch if you need to kill some time and don’t feel like meditation or asana practice (which I would more highly recommend than watching this). Click Below to watch it.
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Also, we had an amazing activism meeting yesterday. It looks like we are moving full speed ahead to mobilize for either a tax or a ban on plastic bags in New York (and Portland, where the work is much farther along). Want to join our great activism team? email cassiemey@theidproject.com.

Hope to see you NYC folks at class tonight. We’re talking about mindfulness and…wait for it…sex!

Peace to the cyber-fam.



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Tony

posted September 29, 2008 at 8:57 pm


I’m curious about the metaphysics behind the notion of interdependence. I don’t think interdependence is disputable at a gross, external level, in regards to things like economics or eco-systems for instance. Systems theory has also made some interesting observations in this regard:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systems_theory
However, I think the concept becomes especially interesting when applied to consciousness itself. I wonder in what way are our minds interdependent? Can the thoughts of one person give rise to thoughts in another? Can simply meditating on love create more peace in the world (when seen in isolation from the subsequent actions of the meditator)?
Maybe this level of the discussion has been purposely left untouched, and perhaps mediators should come to their own conclusions at their own pace in this regard. But I for one believe that our thoughts and emotion matter, and that they matter in more than the accepted cognitive-psychology kind of way, and if this is true, humanity’s observance of this quality of mind may lead to a major shift in our species.



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