7 Ways to Find Your Wild Side, Starting With a Nap; A Special Invitation from David Korten - Religion, Science, and Spirit: A Sacred Story of Our Time
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         January 2013 

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Eat like an ancient healer, color like a butterfly, and other ways to rediscover your inner wildness.
Atlanta Reforesting7 Ways to Find Your Wild Side (Start With a Nap)

The modern conveniences that increase our productivity and synch us up globally—electric light, jet travel, computers—may also be disrupting our bodies’ natural sleep cycles. The phenomenon called the post-prandial dip—that drop in energy after lunch—was traditionally treated by many cultures with an afternoon nap, a practice largely abandoned today. And science writer Jesse Gamble reports that in the absence of artificial light, humans revert to biphasic sleep that is quite different from the standard sleep pattern in industrialized society. Rather than an uninterrupted eight-hour block, we naturally sleep twice per night in roughly four-hour segments: from just after sunset until midnight, and again from 2 a.m. to sunrise. In between is a quiet, meditative time during which humans historically talked, went for a walk, or connected with a partner. Today, night waking is often diagnosed as insomnia and corrected with sleeping pills, but a book may be a better prescription. And a midday nap.

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How did we end up with Wall Street when models for a healthy economy are all around us?

Tree Branches photo by Thomas HawkWhat Would a Down-to-Earth Economy Look Like?
by David Korten

With proper care and respect, Earth can provide a high quality of life for all people in perpetuity. Yet we devastate productive lands and waters for a quick profit, a few temporary jobs, or a one-time resource fix.

To secure the health and happiness of future generations, we must embrace life as our defining value and restructure our institutions. This work begins with recognizing what nature has learned about the organization of complex living systems over billions of years.


An Invitation from David Korten

Self-organizing Organisms. Photos by Sebastian Tomus, Saddako, Aleksander Bolbot, and Albert Barr.Religion, Science, and Spirit: A Sacred Story of Our Time

Nearly 20 years ago, I began wrestling with this question: Had we become so individualistic and shortsighted that we gave no particular priority to the survival of the species, even for the sake of our own children? I’ve since realized the problem begins with stories that trap us in mutually suicidal relationships with one another and nature. Liberation begins with bringing to the fore of human consciousness a new sacred story with ancient roots that gives us a reason to care.

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