Journal

Hand on heart.

As I look back at my career as an emergency department nurse, some memories continue to haunt me. For example: I fall into what must surely be a small cohort of people who have had the retrospectively profound experience of trying to keep a fellow human being alive by reaching into their chest cavity and […]

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Stillness

Make your practice YOUR practice.

In this excerpt from his blog Zen Embodiment, Corey discusses the process of developing a meditation practice that is intimate and personal. There is a lot to be said for picking a single form of practice (Zen, Vipassana, Yoga, mindfulness etc) and then sticking with it. Flip-flopping back and forth between different practices or cherry-picking […]

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Journal

Is there a good source of COVID-19 information left?

” Hey Ian, I’m just getting so sick of all the COVID/Vaxx misinformation and hate vs counter-hate in the media and online right now. I know you used to be a nurse, can you recommend a good source of info?” — Sally (USA) Actually, over the last few months, I have pretty much lifted my […]

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Anomalous

A Dutch study on NDE.

A Near-Death Experience (NDE) is a form of non-ordinary experience that can be summarised as: “the reported memory of a range of impressions during a special state of consciousness, including a number of special and universal reported elements such as an out-of-body experience, pleasant feelings, seeing a tunnel, a light, deceased relatives, a life review, […]

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Journal

Way before anti-vaccine there was anti-caffine.

I am currently reading ‘This is your mind on plants’ by Michael Pollan. A fascinating series of 3 essays on the complicated intricacies of opium, caffeine and mescaline. Walking us throught the history of coffee, Michael recounts the social unrest in seventeenth-century England resulting from the amount of time men were spending in local coffeehouses. […]

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