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About the blog

This blog is about both scientific, societal/political, and yoga-related issues - individually and considered as different aspects of the same problem/solution. A longer description is found in the first blog entry, and all old posts are found in a structured way here. The blog is an extension of my main home pages yoga-link.se and isbgroup.eu. Twitter: @gunnarcedersund

The epic battle currently culminating over internet. Stop CISPA now!

internet Posted on Apr 18, 2012 14:38

We are right now in a
very fascinating time, where I think an epic battle is reaching its most
important climax. The fight is the same one as the one in which all other
celebrated humans have thought: who should have the freedom, rights, and powers
in our society, the people or the ruling elite?

Right now the fight is over these rights and freedoms and powers regarding the
internet. We have in the last few months, at least won (or at least
substantially improved) 2 major major battles on this: PIPA/SOPA and ACTA. Now
here comes one more, which might be even more important than the others. Let’s
show them that we will throw down any attempt they throw at as regarding
dismanteling the internet user rights. Then let’s throw down those from power
who attempts doing these laws. And then let’s use our new awesome people power
to – at last – bring a little bit of common sense into the ruling of this
world. And bring on all the other changes that we all know must take place in
the years and decades ahead.

Wouldn’t it be cool if we could look back at 2012 some 30 years from now, and
think that: “2012 was the year when we won the battle for internet, and
that lead to all the other amazing rapid improvements that we have seen since
then.” I truly and profoundly believe that this could be the case, but I
equally strongly believe that this is not the only possible future that we
could move towards. Who makes the difference regarding which one you end up in?
Only you! And this petition is a way of making that choice!



Look at and change the world – with inspiration burning in your heart

yoga-link.se & yoga in general Posted on Apr 18, 2012 13:18

As I wrote
already in the first blog post, at the heart of yoga-link.se is a desire to
link the spiritual, bodily, and emotional developments within yoga with a true
responsibility for the world and all societal issues and challenges. Too many
who play the spiritual game avoid thinking about such real problems, and avoid
getting involved in the games of power in the world. And similarly, the people
who are in power, and who see the problems in the world head on, are too often
without sufficient empathy and emotional insight to change the world in a sound
direction.

I feel
myself that this business of attempting to change the world has a clear danger
associated to it: that you might end up being the one who is changed, instead
of the world. By looking too deeply at problems, and by focusing too much on
making other people “wake up” to seeing and responding to all these problems,
it is very easy to get caught in a feeling of frustration, anger – with the
world, and with all other people who are not acting as you think they should.
This goes together with the problem of getting caught too long on the internet,
so that you spiral away from a feeling of inspiration and wellness in your
body.

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Here I
should explain that I think that a feeling of thriving inspiration is utterly
important for accomplishing things. This is really at the heart of my own
world-view, and it is a long standing spiritual principle, even though science
is also starting to explore these directions lately. For those of you are into (or
at least can read) the first type of these writings, I could for instance point
to Jesus, who says in Matthew 6:33 that “Seek first the kingdom of God, and
then all other things shall be given to you as well”. And the kingdom of God is
– in my view – only a place of ultimate happiness. Another spiritual teacher
who is alive today is Esther Hicks/Abraham, and their only doctrine is that your
distance from a feeling/vibration of thriving happiness is the only thing that determines whether you
are moving towards what you want, or away from it. For those of you who do not
like that kind of texts (some of you might even be deeply offended by such
texts), I could point to for instance the above TED video, which says that
the best way to accomplish things in your work, is to be happy while working. I
believe that this also holds for changing other people: if you are attacking
them with accusations and problems, they are likely to look away from you and
shut what you say out from their awareness as much as they can; if you instead
approach them with a sense of gratitude and appreciation for who they are, and
try to find the place in them that can share your vision of an amazing future,
you are much more likely to get them on your side.


My recipe for
changing the world is therefore the following:

i)
First
find a place of wellness and thriving inspiration, in whatever way you can do
that (listening to music/talks, reading inspiring books/poems, taking a walk in
nature, playing tennis – whatever works for you)

ii)
Then
approach all aspects of the world, including those that could be described as
problematic (poverty, homelessness, ecological collapses, power-hungry politicians,
oppressing tyrants, ignorant media, etc). However, as you do that, do not focus
on the problems in an attacking way, but instead try to use them to get a
clearer picture of what kind of world you actually want (a relief for the people who are now homeless, a world where
homelessness can only be found in museums, a world where a responsible media is
channeling the voice of the people while also scrutinizing and helping those in
power to do a better job, a world where we use our technology to live in harmony
with nature, etc)

iii)
When
you have focused so long on the problems that you feel depressed, attacking,
bad, imbalanced; when you have stayed online so long that you are looking for
things to attack and complain about; when you look to the world and other
people for signs of improvements, and forget that you are the most important
such sign; then stop it! Just turn off the computer, and do something else.

iv)
Try
then to gradually move back to a sense of empowerment and inspiration, or –
alternatively – distract yourself with something else, go to sleep, so that
when you come back and wake up, you can choose anew which vibration you want to
be in. In other words, go back to step 1.

This is a recipe that I just some 2-3 days ago realized
as a very natural answer to a growing feeling of imbalance that I have been
feeling more and more while engaging myself in internet activism in the last
year or two. It will be interesting to see how it works out in practice!