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#3641 - Monday, August 31,
2009 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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And everything comes to One,
As we dance on, dance on, dance on.
- Theodore Roethke
posted to Along The Way
What is the experience of true compassion? While recognizing mind essence, there's some sense of being wide awake and free. At the same time, there's some tenderness that arises without any cause or condition. There is a deep-felt sense of being tender. Not sad in a depressed way, but tender, and somewhat delighted at the same time. There's a mixture. There's no sadness for oneself. Nor is there sadness for anyone in particular, either. It's like being saturated with juice, just like an apple is full of juice.
Tsoknyi Rinpoche, from "Dissolving the Confusion," Tricycle, Spring 1999
Discusses how direct-path teachings differ from progressive-path teachings, and characterizes nondual realization as "seeing the cover come off" and recognizing what was underneath as having been present all along.Truth with non-dual teacher, Greg Goode. http://www.heartofnow.com -- Filmed by Roger Ingraham http://www.rogeringraham.com
|the September issue|
Biologist and science writer Janine Benyus helped chart a new path for industrial designers in 1997 with her book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature (Harper Perennial). Since then, she says, her job has been to teach engineers, scientists, and inventors how to consult lifes genius to create sustainable designs. She coined the term biomimicry from the Greek bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate. The first step she advises in solving a problem is to look at the solutions that can be found in nature. Time magazine named her one of its Heroes of the Environment, and physicist Amory Lovins wrote in Time that her work will change your life. It has already changed mine. And it may save the world.
Kupfer: What is biomimicry?
Benyus: Biomimicry is the practice of borrowing natures design principles to create more-sustainable products and processes. When designers, engineers, architects, chemists, city planners, and so on have a problem to solve, I encourage them to ask, What part of the natural world has already done what Im trying to do? With biomimicry we look to design principles in nature as examples for good behavior. I think of it as becoming natures apprentice.
Kupfer: How did you discover this idea?
Benyus: I had written five books natural histories, wildlife guides, ecosystem guides, animal-behavior studies and Id been watching how nature knits itself together. In 1990 I asked myself, Are any designers and inventors trying to mimic the designs of the natural world?
Once Id asked the question, a blizzard of examples arrived at my door: people studying photosynthesis to create better solar cells; engineers examining how spiders make their webs; pharmacologists researching how organisms self-medicate. I learned about such burgeoning fields as industrial ecology, which looks at ecosystems as models for new economic patterns. In agriculture I heard about how Wes Jackson, founder of the Land Institute, says we could replace our monoculture crops of annuals with a mix of perennials based on the natural ecology of prairies.
I started collecting these examples in a file I labeled Biomimicry. Then there were two files, then a whole drawer, and then a whole filing cabinet. Finally I wrote a book about this new field, never imagining it would catch on the way it has. The architecture community picked up on it first, and then the industrial-design community. Suddenly all these groups wanted a biologist at their tables.
Dayna Baumeister, who was working on a PhD in coevolution biology at the University of Montana, called me up and said that as soon as shed read my book, she knew: This is what I want to do. We became partners, teaching workshops for designers, architects, and engineers and doing consulting for companies. For instance, if a company wanted to invent a new glue, we would tell them how geckos adhere to walls and how mussels glue themselves to rocks underwater examples of natures nontoxic ways of adhering. The plywood used to build most houses is stuck together with an adhesive that emits formaldehyde. But with the help of scientists who study natures adhesives, Columbia Forest Products, the largest plywood manufacturer in the country, switched to a glue that mimics the adhesive mussels use. They make it out of soy flour.
Today we have twelve full-time biologists on staff. We create Amoeba through Zebra reports, in which a designer, inventor, or architect asks us a question like How does nature reduce vibration? and we answer it. Biomimicry is not about harvesting natures resources but about sitting at her feet as students.
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Want to step so quickly
Over a beautiful line on God's palm
As I move through the earth's
I do not want to
touch any object in this world
Without my eyes testifying to the truth
That everything is
To my understanding of existence
That now makes my heart always full of wonder
I do not
Want to step so quickly
Over this sacred place on God's body
That is right beneath your
~ Hafiz ~
(The Gift - versions of Haifiz by Daniel Ladinsky)
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