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Johnny Stork
Technology Guru - Blogger & Photographer - Spiritual Warrior - Jolly Mystic Dude
Technology Guru - Blogger & Photographer - Spiritual Warrior - Jolly Mystic Dude


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An interview with the Jolly Good Fellow himself, Chade-Meng Tan from Google. The most important take-away from the interview with Chade-Meng - which is also supported by psychological science and neuroscience - is that "happiness is a highly trainable skill".

"My favorite definition for happiness comes from the Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, known in the press as the "Happiest Man in the World." He defines happiness as, "a deep sense of flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind…not a mere pleasurable feeling, a fleeting emotion, or a mood, but an optimal state of being.” That is also the definition of happiness I use for myself in my daily life."

"...happiness is a highly trainable skill. We are not stuck with the level of happiness we are born with. With proper training, we can dramatically increase our level of "baseline happiness." I myself went through that process. In the past, if nothing was happening, I was miserable. Today, if nothing is happening, I am jolly. The proper mental training enabled me to move my baseline happiness from misery to jolliness."

#happiness #joyful #johnnystork #jollymysticdude

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The Multidimensional Brain

"A sensational discovery has been made by experts as scientists have found that the human brain is home to structures and shapes that have up to 11 dimensions. Neuroscientists welcome the discovery saying: “We found a world that we had never imagined.”"

#consciousness #brain

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The Divine Masculine

"Divine Masculinity represents action, direction, movement, responsibility, strength, focus, fatherhood, generosity, encouragement, abundance, clarity, intellect, transformation and growth."

"The divine masculine is what is going to support the birth process of the new earth, which is being brought into manifestation by divine feminine. Thus, the new earth is a co-creation that depends on divine feminine and divine masculine both coming into its full respective power. To allow the divine masculine within yourself to surface, search for these aspects within yourself."

"Every Man is a unique expression of the divine masculine. Therefore, coming into alignment with the divine masculine within you is not about conforming to an archetypal idea of what divine masculine is or isn’t. It is about releasing the things that disallow your own unique masculine essence from radiating through you. It is about re claiming who you really are."

"Most men associate masculinity with being a jerk and hurting people. Even though hurting people has nothing to do with masculine. The goal for you, as a man, is to awaken the highest aspect of masculinity within yourself, not to become testosterone driven, competitive, egomaniacs."

~Teal Swan

#spirituality #masculinity #divinemasculine

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Nokia's Slick New Phone

"At its core is a top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM. I've already run some benchmark tests and its scores easily rival Samsung's Galaxy S8. In my experience so far, there's not much you can throw at this phone that it can't handle."

"The 5.3-inch display is pin sharp, thanks to the ultra HD resolution (2,560x1,440 pixels) and it's bright enough to use under the midday sun."

#technology #cellphone #nokia #johnnystork #zentechnology

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The Lack of Platonic Touch

From men or women....this has been the toughest part for me during the past 18 months. Being single and in a new community with no close friends.

"In American culture, we believe that men can never be entirely trusted in the realm of the physical. We collectively suspect that, given the opportunity, men will collapse into the sexual at a moment’s notice. That men don’t know how to physically connect otherwise. That men can’t control themselves. That men are dogs."

"And where does this leave men? Physically and emotionally isolated. Cut off from the deeply human physical contact that is proven to reduce stress, encourage self esteem and create community. Instead, we walk in the vast crowds of our cities alone in a desert of disconnection. Starving for physical connection."

#platonictouch #masculinity #touch

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Psychedelics & Ego-Dissolution

It's all about self-transcendence.

"Psychedelic drugs are making a psychiatric comeback. After a lull of half a century, researchers are once again investigating the therapeutic benefits of psilocybin (‘magic mushrooms’) and LSD. It turns out that the hippies were on to something. There’s mounting evidence that psychedelic experiences can be genuinely transformative, especially for people suffering from intractable anxiety, depression and addiction. ‘It is simply unprecedented in psychiatry that a single dose of a medicine produces these kinds of dramatic and enduring results,’ Stephen Ross, the clinical director of the NYU Langone Center of Excellence on Addiction, told Scientific American in 2016."

"Just what do these drugs do? Psychedelics reliably induce an altered state of consciousness known as ‘ego dissolution’. The term was invented, well before the tools of contemporary neuroscience became available, to describe sensations of self-transcendence: a feeling in which the mind is put in touch more directly and intensely with the world, producing a profound sense of connection and boundlessness."

#psychology #psychedelics #transpersonal #ego #self

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Computational Photography

"n brief, computational photography is using computers, algorithms, and computer processing (processes) to process your photographs to look better. To remove noise, distortion, to improve sharpness, skin tone, etc."

#technology #photography #computationalphotography #johnnystork #zentech

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The Paradox of Tolerance

#philosophy #tolerance #karlpopper


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Faraday On Mental Discipline

200 years before we had "confirmation bias" in our language...

"The force of the temptation which urges us to seek for such evidence and appearances as are in favour of our desires, and to disregard those which oppose them, is wonderfully great."

"That point of self-education which consists in teaching the mind to resist its desires and inclinations, until they are proved to be right, is the most important of all."

"Among those points of self-education which take up the form of mental discipline, there is one of great importance, and, moreover, difficult to deal with, because it involves an internal conflict, and equally touches our vanity and our ease. It consists in the tendency to deceive ourselves regarding all we wish for, and the necessity of resistance to these desires. It is impossible for any one who has not been constrained, by the course of his occupation and thoughts, to a habit of continual self-correction, to be aware of the amount of error in relation to judgment arising from this tendency. The force of the temptation which urges us to seek for such evidence and appearances as are in favour of our desires, and to disregard those which oppose them, is wonderfully great. In this respect we are all, more or less, active promoters of error. In place of practising wholesome self-abnegation, we ever make the wish the father to the thought: we receive as friendly that which agrees with, we resist with dislike that which opposes us; whereas the very reverse is required by every dictate of common sense."

#psychology #michaelfaraday #confirmationbias #johnnystork #jollymysticdude

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It's All An Apparition - Ya Gotta Laugh!

Everything is but an apparition
Since everything is but an apparition,
Perfect in being what it is,
Having nothing to do with good and bad,
Acceptance or rejection,
You might as well burst out laughing!

~ Longchenpa

#happiness #joyful #buddhism #johnnystork #jollymysticdude #zentech
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