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Making Boundless Space and Taking Back our Minds

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep407-making-boundless-space-and-taking-back-our-minds.m4a Making Boundless Space and Taking Back our Minds Technology is incontrovertibly persuasive – intentionally so. Mobile applications have fine-tuned – ever perfecting – the classic incentive-reward feedback loop that classically entraps addictive behaviors. The neuropathways are created and then sealed by the neurochemicals that promote a sense of pleasure. It is like providing the…

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The Mother Gene? (not to be confused with mom jeans)

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep406-The-Mother-Gene.m4a The Mother Gene? (not to be confused with mom jeans) My daughter and I recently submitted a vial of our saliva to the ancestry and health research site, 23andme.com. I’ve learned quite a bit about genetics since beginning this project, such as the role of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), which is present in all human…

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This Is We

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep405-This-Is-We.m4a Last weekend, my sister-in-law, Rachel, suggested we watch The Greatest Showman. And how grateful I am she did! The film is not a documentary about the life of Phineas Taylor Barnum, the founder of what became the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. It is however, a wonderful story loosely based on P.T.…

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I Am Clark

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep404-i-am-by-clark-snyder.m4a I Am: Mindful Poetry My youngest son, Clark, who is 12 years old at the time of this recording, was given the task of writing a poem for his 7th grade language arts class. Each of three stanzas repeat the opening line that begins, “I am . . .” each student to follow with…

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Freedom’s Protest

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep403-Freedoms-Protest.m4a Freedom is a nebulous concept, vague and imprecise, yet for all its deftness to evade definition, we (and N American’s in particular) assert our right to wholesale freedoms. Freedom protests. This week begins Eastertide, the liturgical season that ponders and lives into the resurrection of Jesus. This week also marks the 50th anniversary of…

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The Black Panther’s True Power

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep402-The-Black-Panthers-True-Power.m4a The Black Panther’s True Power “True power exists when you can’t tell where it comes from,” Chadwick Boseman, actor, the Black Panther. In sociological terms, this kind of power is referred to as “soft” power. It does not seek to dominate or crush; nor does it require obeisance or affirmations of its power. It…

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Photography: Mindful Memory Making

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  https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep401-photography-mindful-memory-making.m4a Photography: Mindful Memory Making When our first daughter was a baby we accumulated a few child-oriented cassette tapes (do you remember those?), one of which is a collection of Disney tunes that includes the song, “Makin’ Memories.” “Long before the old model T, ‘round about the turn of the century (the last one,…

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Brain-Mind and Holy Indifference

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep310-brain-mind.m4a I began this podcast with a 10-day mindfulness challenge. I thought the start of Lent a fitting time to return to it. I encourage you consider using these 10 episodes to begin or renew a habit of mindfulness practice for your Lenten season intention. You might think that a podcast about mindfulness might begin…

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Meditation in Traffic

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep309-traffic.m4a I began this podcast with a 10-day mindfulness challenge. I thought the start of Lent a fitting time to return to it. I encourage you consider using these 10 episodes to begin or renew a habit of mindfulness practice for your Lenten season intention. Traffic: We live in the Chicago area. Driving is not…

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Body Scan

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep308-body-scan.m4a I began this podcast with a 10-day mindfulness challenge. I thought the start of Lent a fitting time to return to it. I encourage you consider using these 10 episodes to begin or renew a habit of mindfulness practice for your Lenten season intention. Our bodies are complicated terrain. Most of us have a…

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