The SAND Conference
(aka Science and Non Duality
for those new to the event or concept) is one of my favorite events of the year. The event weaves in dialogue around consciousness, mind/body balance and meditation with science, art and technology all in one place — you are bound to think about the world in a new way by the end of the weekend. From experiential classes on sound, art, meditation, Qigong, yoga, breathing, and tantra, to lectures on Quantum Physics and everything in between, SAND
brings together an incredible group of smart and caring thinkers that will leave you more than just a little transformed.
Held every year in San Jose California, be sure to read up my recap of SAND 2015
, SAND 2014
and SAND 2012
Speakers range from Middle East-born Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas)
who is an author and founder of the Diamond Approach
, a spiritual teaching that utilizes a unique kind of inquiry into realization, where the practice is the expression of realization, world renowned guru Deepak Chopra
who has published more than 70 books on consciousness and spirituality, Matthew Fox
, an internationally…
We used to do a lot more book reviews here than we have recently, largely because I haven’t had much time to read and it needs to be relevant to where WBTW is heading, which is all about having balance in our lives when we travel. Mindy/body/spirit balance is key to longevity and key to happy days on the road, particularly if you travel often. Here are five great finds, some newer than others, but life lessons are timeless. Let’s start with a new author I recently discovered in an OLD bookstore in New Hampshire
on our trip back east this summer: Skye Alexander.
The Best Meditations on the Planet
By Dr. Martin Hart
and Skye Alexander,
think of this book as your own personal encyclopedia of specific meditations for physical, emotional, and spiritual health and healing. They offer 100 techniques to beat stress, improve health and create happiness in just minutes a day. A lot of people avoid meditation because they think there’s ‘something’ to learn, or they won’t “get it”
fast enough, or they’re too busy or too frustrated when they start to meditate and start to get antsy real quickly. I’d fall into the latter category more than the others…
If you haven’t heard of this ancient place, then you should. Banaras
is the most visited pilgrimage destination in all of India. One of the seven Holy Cities, one of the twelve Jyotir Linga sites and also a Shakti Pitha site, it is the most favored place for Hindus to die and be cremated. Myths and hymns speak of the waters of the Ganges River as the fluid medium of Shiva’s divine essence and a bath in the river is believed to wash away all of one’s sins.
“Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older than even legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together”- Mark Twain..
“Kashi” as locals calls it, is a city that should be savored slowly- almost like the ‘paan’ that comes associated with this name in its prefix. It is a city that you either like for its character or dislike for its dirt. So, while packing your suitcase, pack patience. Because, if you don’t wear that, it will be hard for you move along or experience it.
Be it, for allowing the musky smell of camphor to entice you, the sounds of hyms and chants to invigorate…
I’ve known about Wisdom 2.0
for awhile now but never managed to secure a ticket in time to attend, at least not formally so since I’ve been to a few sub-events and parties here and there. As I scanned the sessions, I realized I knew half a dozen speakers on the main stage, which would serve as a place for discussions over three days at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco.
Facebook tells me that I share 30 mutual friends with its founder Soren Gordhamer
, although somehow given where I’ve been spending more of my time lately, I’m surprised it’s not more. I couldn’t align with his vision more. His vision is centered around how we use technology and making sure consciousness is at the core. Essentially Wisdom 2.0 addresses the great challenge of our age: to not only live connected to one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, effective in our work, and useful to the world.
I’ve been starting to see more and more technologies crop up that aren’t necessarily healthy for us physically or emotionally. CES over the last…
From experiential classes on sound, art, meditation, Qigong, yoga, mindfulness and tantra, to lectures that range from the convergence of Quantum Physics
to consciousness and everything in between, the SAND Conference
brings together the smartest and most creative minds for one long weekend, where it’s hard to not leave just a little bit transformed.
By Transformative Travel
at We Blog the World,
we mean just that — unique experiences that will transform how you view the world, whether that be hanging out with polar bears in the Canadian Arctic
, meeting ice glaciers on a luxury cruise ship in Chilean Patagonia
, simple reflective moments on Curacao’s Caribbean beaches
, or being present at a consciousness conference
where you will inevitably meet some of the most interesting and caring people you’ve ever met. (see my write-up from 2014
Pre-conference workshops covered a myriad of things from the Salka Experience of Consciousness and Feeling the Universe to transforming your life through the Power of Sound. Sacred Science and the Mystery of Christ even ended up on the agenda, so whether you’re an atheist, agnostic, a believer in God or have no
explores consciousness, human suffering and beyond in his on-stage talk at the SAND Conference
this year. As always, powerful. His solo talk explores consciousness, awareness and happiness. When we think of the word happiness, do we think of the word seeking? Or does true happiness come from no seeking at all — it happens in the moment and when not labeled, it becomes pure joy.
Happiness is not at the end of seeking, its at the source of seeking. As the finite mind plunges, the consciousness mind shines. Says Deepak, “the Human Universe is the only universe that is rooted in consciousness.”
In other words, I am the universe. Science is consciousness. God is consciousness, we are consciousness. He asserts that the Quantum Universe has led to too many mathematical guessing games, all leading to the uncertain universe.”
Below, a video I took on-site, he also explores the “awakening of bacterial consciousness.”
He refers to studies they’ve done that attribute a purposeful consciousness life to healing around many conditions including leaky gut syndrome.
Other leading consciousness guru Rupert Spira
(below) says, “the fulfillment of the longing is never at the #destiny of attention, its at the source of attention. Once we have
While a cemetery visit may appear to be a surprising “tourist” suggestion, we found the site fascinating, full of history, tradition and a great understanding of the Bolivian culture. Our visit to the cemetery was accidental as we stumbled upon the site without prior knowledge.
One afternoon, Miro and I set out to explore the sprawling city of La Paz from above, riding the modern teleferico transportation system, built with precision by a Swiss company. Miro and I both were engaged in the the incredible birds-eye view of the grand city, peeking into the neighborhoods below. We sat speechless most of the time, drinking in the sites below, rooftop laundry lines, unfinished brick homes, dogs and children playing on the surrounding streets. We noticed the imaginary lines dividing the neighborhoods by class, illustrated by collections of structures and their state of completion.
Miro and I rode the yellow and green lines, and the last line we set out to explore was the red line. As we approached the “cementerio” station, we saw below us the enormous sprawling grounds filled with rows and…
Photo courtesy of Dave Bouskill, ThePlanetD.com
Last year, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared June 21 to be International Yoga Day at the United Nations General Assembly and 177 nations supported the resolution. Modi said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness within yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”
WHEN I STARTED TO attend yoga classes in Toronto more than 20 years ago, I couldn’t bend my back. I remember trying in vain to do basic poses, like “downward dog,” but it was when I attempted cobra, a back bend, that I knew I was in trouble. I could not lift myself more than a few inches off the floor, while everyone around me were floating up in graceful arcs.
So, in the beginning, my…
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