The Still Mind

Our world observed from stillness


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The Language of Our New World – Coding

coders and rock stars

With our lives seemingly run for the most part by technology, and specifically electronic and computer-based technology, it’s not a bad idea for as many people as possible to even know the most rudimentary code. Be it simplistic web design, or full blown programs and computer coding, the human being is moving progressively into a world supported fundamentally by electronic counterparts, who speak a different language, but one that we all can learn and understand.

In the following short video, silicon surfing coders from Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, express their experiences and encouragements for us to get into the field of coding and computer science to keep up with the technological direction that our world is driving towards. Continue reading

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These Things Called GMO’s

GM Baby

A few weeks ago, TSM contributed to spreading the word about a pivotal event and movement of our time: The March Against Monsanto, with a live feed of the NYC protest (feed now offline). At the time, there was very little to no mainstream media coverage, which is almost shocking, yet very revealing at the same time, as millions of anti-GMO protestors took to the streets in their respective countries to get the word out about the genetic mad scientist-corporation, Monsanto.

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture (UKCA) defines GMO’s as a plant or animal that has been genetically modified through the addition of a small amount of genetic material from other organisms through molecular techniques. On the surface GMO’s seem to be a godsend when it comes to issues like prevention of crop loss due to climate factors and pests and “feeding the world”, however Continue reading


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Bikes To The Rescue

How often do you ride a bike? Or walk instead of drive? When we were kids, riding our bikes and going outside were more than just something that we engaged in to keep fit. It was our way of life. It kept the vitality alive and biting at the bit. As we get older, it seems as though responsibility is a realm of human life laden with over burdening devices and trinkets that are not as needed to the extent that we may think (unless, in the case of a car, one needs to travel farther than their mere muscle-powered legs can take them, fast!).

If there’s a trip that can be forged without the aid of four wheels and an engine, why not opt for biking it up, or simply walking? Catching the sight of the scenery around you as you progress down the street, adds loads to the overall effects of the trip, mentally and physically. It can keep the mind and the body fresh. If you are stressed, a walk or ride can calm the stress reaction, and not to mention the benefits of the exercise that you get from it.

Let’s Challenge ourselves to use our legs more often, and see why we should, in this informative infographic:

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Why You’re Not A Genius, But Should (And Could) Be

Geniuses are always admired by people because it seems as though they have some innate mandate from the cosmos to manifest mental brilliance and display it to the world. The most commonly known individual is of course Albert Einstein, as well as Steven Hawking; artist, Picasso; writers like Dickens and Hemingway; inventors such as Thomas Edison, and other lesser known “mental artists” like Jacque Fresco (check out The Venus Project to learn about him and his work). As brilliant as these individuals are and were, what is unknown by most people is that their abilities are not something that is outside the reach of the average person, because these individuals are (and were) people, just like you and me. So what is the difference? The difference is that they lived by their imaginations, and nurtured them and exercised them. They are in tune with what is referred to as the super-consciousness, or higher consciousness–the aspect of our being that is everywhere and in everything, and which governs our conscious and subconscious operation. The average person, when they are young is consistently discouraged from using their imagination to view the world as they ascend in age. What is not known is that imagination is not just something that is used to pass the time when one is young and then should be forgotten once one has reached a certain age. It is the aspect of oneself rooted in the frequency of existence that is trying to get one’s conscious self to create something in this reality. If it goes ignored, or worse, is actively quelled, then according the workings of the subconscious mind, over time one will learn not to listen to their intuition, and it will diminish (though not totally disappear). Let us examine why.

The conscious mind can be described as the “monkey mind,” a description very prevalent in Chinese thought where it is known as Xin (pronounced “hsin”) or emotional mind. The monkey mind jumps around like a little monkey (hence the name), rarely if ever being fully present in the current moment. This erratic mind just so happens to make up only 5 to 10 percent of the overall consciousness spectrum in which we operate. Despite this, it seems to occupy the entirety of our everyday experience, twenty-four hours a day. With such a troublesome little guy hopping around in there, it may come as no surprise that it gets in the way the majority of the time, preventing the subconscious mind from fully coming to the forefront, and unleash its total potential.

The subconscious mind, or the yi (the wisdom mind), is the part of consciousness spectrum that stores information and acts as the foundation that brings things to the surface, so to speak. Most functions of the human body are carried out subconsciously, and some can be both conscious and subconscious, like breathing for example. The subconscious mind has a big job, regulating things that the conscious aspect is too busy jumping around to handle, and it does more than command the involuntary mechanisms in the body. Deep-seeded thoughts and modes of behavior are the domain of the subconscious. I’ve found one way to describe how the subconscious mind functions using the movie Click, starring Adam Sandler. In the movie, Sandler’s character receives a remote control that allows him to operate his life as if it were a DVD player–pausing, playing, fast forwarding and reversing his reality. Eventually, he ends up fast forwarding so much, that the remote, having learned his behavior, automatically fast forwards through the same scenarios again and again, leaving Sandler’s character an old man, who missed out on his entire life. This is essentially how the subconscious mind works. It stores behaviors then recalls them at opportune moments, like an auto-pilot function. Now, this subconscious mind that is running the show below the surface makes up roughly from 90 to 95 percent of the consciousness complex. But here is the key: the subconscious mind is the direct link to the superconscious mind, which is connected to the ways of all of existence, and is precisely why, for instance, it is possible for people to know what is happening with others even when they are hundreds of miles away. Ideas that seem to come straight out of the blue, and intuition have their origins in the superconscious mind.

Those individuals who have allowed themselves to develop a firm relationship with this aspect of their being, have extreme insight and thus develop ways of doing things that the average person deems to be impossible. Why? Because the average person’s subconscious programming is such that they believe that they are separate from everything else, and that they can’t be creators or geniuses. For if you have been told throughout your life that the world is the way that others say it is, and each time that imagination (the superconscious mind) has attempted to manifest something, it was immediately quelled, one’s subconscious programming thus learns that this being that they are cannot do anything unless it is derived via pre-approved behavior and methods; the momentary flashes of inspiration and quirkiness are dismissed as mere childish fantasies. As a result, they don’t get nurtured, and thus fail to become anything other than silly daydreams. And what those who know not how to think outside the indoctrinated programming attempt to do, is make others think the way that they do. Unbeknownst to them, essentially what they are doing is inhibiting the progression of the human race one person at a time, by attempting to eradicate extraneous and “divergent” modes of thinking. This is all too common with parents and their kids, where the child is discouraged from living in “fantasies.” Parents usually have the best intentions in mind when it comes to their kids, so it is understandable that they would want them to be able to fit in and succeed in society. However, what they usually fail to realize is that the very thing that they are trying so desperately to stop their child from engaging in is precisely the thing that could serve to make their child succeed in a whole new way. Conversely, one whose mental faculties have been nurtured and humored on a consistent basis, tend to become unbounded in their abilities, and have the infrastructure in place to create things which other’s say are impossible.

 

How To Access The Super-Consciousness

Everyone’s brain can be limitless, it just depends on whether you allow it to be or not. The best way to start to explore this side of yourself is through meditation. It’s true that there is always a steady, cliché drum beat all over of “meditate meditate meditate,” but that is for a reason. Meditation will quiet the monkey mind, giving one the ability to access the part of their consciousness that can only be fully realized when it is nurtured and given room to grow. Since this is not a post on meditation, I will not delve into any details of its practice. If there are questions as to how to do meditation, there is an abundant resource on the web, or you can also contact me directly. I will be happy to answer any questions concerning meditation and some of its subtleties. My contact information can be found on the “Contact” page of this blog, or you can just leave a comment below. 


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Song Shu Says… [Humans]

 

Oh, you humans….

 

A pine seed will only grow into a pine tree;

An apple seed can only grow into an apple tree;

So, too, will the mind grow into its own true nature.

But like seeds, where a pine seed can not grow into an

orange tree,

And an apple seed can not grow into an oak tree;

The mind will grow into what ever tree it is able to

grow into.

Application of the force of will is futile;

Force against those you raise will damage their roots.

Force will not make growth happen;

Instead it will ultimately end up killing the seed.

When it grows, and what it grows into is up to the seed

and the seed alone.

 

No supposed to be…

No should be…

Competing against those who are perceived separate,

will kill both,

For both believe that both are superior to both.

There is enough for everyone, and it will only become clear,

once everyone knows who they are.

 

If no one knows who they are, then there will always be

turmoil.

If you know who you are, then you know existence is on

your side.

… No need to bend it to your will,

because there, then, is nothing to fear.

 

Your brains are bigger than a squirrel’s,

yet it is a squirrel who seems to know more about

being human than you.


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Indoor Gardening Update – A Study In Hydroponics

I am currently in the process of updating my indoor garden, and working on ways to increase yield, and the best solution that came to mind was to create a hydroponics system.

Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture and is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel, mineral wood, or coconut husk.

Researchers discovered in the 18th century that plants absorb essential mineral nutrients as inorganic ions in water.In natural conditions, soil acts as a mineral nutrient reservoir but the soil itself is not essential to plant growth. When the mineral nutrients in the soil dissolve in water, plant roots are able to absorb them. When the required mineral nutrients are introduced into a plant’s water supply artificially, soil is no longer required for the plant to thrive. Almost any terrestrial plant will grow with hydroponics. Hydroponics is also a standard technique in biology research and teaching.

-Wikipedia

For this system, I used a water fountain that someone gave to me some years back. I’ve been looking to construct a hydroponic system for a while now, and since the fountain wasn’t getting much use as of late, I started to think of other uses for it. Empty milk cartons serve as the growing compartments, with holes cut out in key locations to allow for various matter to be passed through them (straws/hoses, water ect.). The growing medium is hydroton, which is expanded dry clay pebbles.

I originally had three levels, but since I am using the pump from the water fountain, the water pressure is not strong enough to pump up to the third level, so I was forced to reduce it to two levels, however the system is designed to have as many levels as I have cartons. The top carton still has all the holes needed to expand.

The nutrient rich water is picked up by the pump, lifted via tube to the top of the system, where it is deposited into the top compartment. There are holes in the bottom of the compartment (the caps of both cartons) so the water can drip down to the next level. When the water makes its way back down to the bottom of the system, in the tank, it is pumped back up again, and the cycle continues. It is pretty much a constant supply of water and nutrients, that cycles around.

tube leading from fountain pump attached via shaved wine cork, to straw turned hose, feeding up through to cartons, and terminating in the top compartment

The two plastic container tops are melted together to create one solid structure, but the milk carton is free floating to allow for manipulation of the system.

I only have two Bok Choy plants in the bottom at the moment because I’m still in the process of evaluating the system, and seeing if there are any issues that may need to be sorted out before I move straight into full out planting mode.

The rest of the garden is moving along quite nicely.

I moved the carrots into a larger vessel since they are starting to mature quickly, and the former styrofoam bowl wasn’t going to cut it anymore.

Carrot sprouts

I also added another batch of Bok Choy, and will keep cycling planting for a continuous supply of greens.