Archives for the month of: January, 2011

If you hadn’t already noticed, Binikou’s Encyclopedia of Solutions has it’s first few entries now!

Please check them out, add any informative and/or creative stuff to the solutions, and consider creating more solution entries to teach others about solutions to improving your quality of life that you already know and love.

In the Food category, we have: Sprouting Seeds and Nuts

And: Vitamin C from a pine tree

In the Warmth category, we have: Triangle Shelter for making geodesic dome type buildings

And in the Air category, we started off with a supercharged yogic breathing technique: the 4-7-8 breath

What do you think? Are we off to a good start? What do you want to see? What do you want to add? Check out the Solution Wish List where wishes for a better life can be granted! You now have the opportunity to grant others their wishes, and they can grant you yours…

Enjoy!

mung beans ready to sprout into a super food!

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The most ancient traditions of ritual served the purpose of keeping the balance between the unpredictable push and pull of the chaos of the universe. Ritual addresses the human desire for stability and centeredness by setting at least some regular time in our lives for meeting at least one of our basic needs. Thus, we have traditions of ritual practice surrounding food, water, air, warmth, light, and all manner of self expression.

For many people in “modern” society, rituals have become corrupt, or even disappeared entirely. Our common daily practices often involve things we definitely don’t need. I’m sure you can name many of the daily routines that you and others you know go through that decrease quality of life, rather than increase it.

Which is why I suggest, to everyone I counsel, to create a new, healing ritual, based on something they need in order to thrive, to add to their life. Many people swear by certain particular rituals, such as meditation, preparing tea, gratitude journaling, or going for a walk every day. I’ve realized that it’s less important what specific activity you do, and more important that you just give yourself permission to, and support in, doing something good for your world every day. For me, my specific activities and times when I do my rituals change regularly. But I do always do something every day that improves my world – either focusing inside my body, or outside it. I’ve been doing this for years now, though, and I find it easy to naturally just choose something to do on a whim. Others might be more happy focusing on doing just one activity each day. Whatever works best for you.

Also, notice the rituals you already do have that are healthy. Healthy practices can be things like waking up in the morning and taking a warming and physically expressive shower (washing the toxins off your body), drinking warming and hydrating herbal tea, talking a physically expressive walk in the woods in the middle of the day allowing you to get some sun and plenty of oxygen into your lungs while you exhale all that carbon dioxide for the trees to absorb, or checking in with a loved one every day or so to express your own personal stories and to get energy from theirs. These are the more normal rituals that many folks regularly do. Other, more interesting and uncommon ones might be fun to try as well. You could nibble on a few blades of some fresh wheatgrass in the morning, do some yogic breathing at sunset, or do a simple collaborative piece of writing, singing, or drawing every night with your partner before bed.

Any way you do it, if you choose to spend at least 15 minutes a day in a celebratory act of doing something to improve your world, inside and/or outside, by increasing someone’s basic needs of better quality food, water, air, warmth, light, and the freedom to express the body’s excess matter and energy, you will automatically be making the world a better place for all of us…

And, from what I’ve seen, the more celebratory healing rituals you do, the more you tend to want to do!

you can always take a deep breath at sunset

Jeremy Rifkin, economic adviser to the European Union, notes that scientific research has revealed that even in young human children, the brain is wired for empathy. When very young humans see someone else struggling, they experience similar frustration, and they actively seek to help, without ever being asked to do so. He says humans are naturally empathic at the core of our selves. And he’s working to help restructure our society so that our natural empathy is allowed to be fully expressed, so that we can evolve into a far more compassionate and collaborative species.

How do we actually prepare an empathic civilization? What I’d like to get my hands on is the school system. This school system around the world reflects 18th century ideas about Utilitarian self-interest — each individual is an autonomous agent in the classroom. Knowledge is power — you don’t share it, that’s cheating. Each person is trying to become a productive, competitive agent in the market. No wonder we’re having problems. What we want to do in our school systems is we want to set up collaborative learning environments. We want knowledge to be interdisciplinary and distributed. We should take service learning — you know when you serve in the community — and ratchet it up to pedagogy, so our young people begin to think that the classroom is the community where they engage empathically with others, and actually create relationships that are designed to express our core values. That would be a revolution worthy of America – a new revolutionary educational system.
~ Jeremy Rifkin – KQED Public Radio Forum 2010

Binikou is a big part of that revolution! We are founded on the observation that as long as the human body (including it’s brain) has the basic physiological needs reasonably well met on a regular basis, then empathy and collaboration and creativity and passionate problem solving naturally emerge in abundance.

joyfully engaging in the community!

Some people wonder what exactly Binikou is when it comes to the mainstream concept of the for-profit vs. non-profit business/organization dichotomy. Binikou is neither, and both! Binikou is really just on a whole different dimension!

Binikou is a work of ART! It’s interactive, globally networked, neurologically minded, scientifically curious, spiritually motivated art, that is. :-)

Which means that the more your brain interacts with Binikou, the more brilliant and beautiful this work of art becomes, and the healthier the world becomes!

Binikou is officially starting out as a personal project of me, Turil Cronburg, with the help and support and inspiration of two beautiful boys — Zack and Ariyeh — who I’ve had the joy to be a teacher and friend for, for the past two years. I, personally, have a neutral goal when it comes to monetary “profit” — money is just one possible temporary tool for helping increase the health and quality of life of all humans on the planet, which is my ultimate spiritual and scientific goal, following my own Prime Directive in life. Thus, any money that I and/or Binikou receive will go directly towards serving that goal in the most efficient way possible at the time. Money, and any other material resources that I have already gotten, has gone towards supporting the basic needs of those who are working on growing the project. Binikou’s most active teachers, website contributors, students, and hosts will always be the ones who’s basic needs will be supported as the first priority, so that they can contribute their best selves to the work. Any excess material resources will go towards serving other individuals and communities basic needs, in the most efficient manner available.

Does that sound good? Does that sound like a revolutionary way to do good, beautiful, true, and inspiring work? Would you like to become an active contributor to Binikou, either as a teacher, website contributor, student, and/or host?

If so, either contact me, Turil, via at thewiseturtle(at)gmail.com (add the @ symbol before mailing!), or comment here, or head on over to the wiki at www.binikou.org/solutions, because you are an important part of this art work!

Binikou is like a May Pole, a brilliant collaboration of art and science!