18 Minutes That Will Change Your Life…The Overview Effect…40th anniversary of photos of Earth from space.


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Directed by Guy Reid

Concept: Guy Reid and Steve Kennedy





Link: http://vimeo.com/planetarycollective/overview


This portrayal of planet Earth has effected me beyond words…




Astronaut Edgar Mitchell sought to find a philosophy that would express

what he experienced viewing planet Earth from space.

After a search, with no results, he contacted an university to research this,

and they told him about a Hindu philosophy, Sankalpa Samati.


Sankalpa Samati 

“For the success of the sankalpa, certain conditions must be met.

The sankalpa is like a seed that will have tremendous power,

but only if it is sown in fertile ground, looked after and tended daily,

with the inner certainty that the seed will produce its fruit in its own time.

After the sankalpa is made, the mind nurtures it at deeper levels

as the roots of the seed go further down, the emotions express it as a

positive feeling that has power and strength, the body resonates with it,

and the intellect does not question it – ever.

Faith is where all the dimensions of the personality are in harmony,

undivided and moving in the same direction together. How can it not succeed?

Lastly, the sankalpa need not be influenced by words alone.

It may also be visualized symbolically as an image,

felt as a sensation; it may bring up certain feelings which have a recognizable force

or are just quietly known.

In the end the sankalpa is not just something nice you say three times twice in yoga nidra,

but it is a motivating force that you are living and moving toward

all the time, every day.”

                                                      Swami Anadakumar Saraswati



“I  think you start out with this idea of what it’s going to be like…and then when you do finally look at the Earth for the first time…you’re overwhelmed by how much more beautiful it really is, when you see it for real.

It’s just like its this dynamic, alive place, ..that you see glowing all the time..”

-Nicole Stott, Shuttle, ISS Astronaut

“When we look down on the Earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet, ..it looks like a living, breathing organism..”

Ron Garan, Suttle, ISS Astronaut

Stewart Brand

About 40 years ago I wore a button that said, “Why haven’t we seen a photograph of the whole Earth yet?” Then we finally saw the pictures. What did it do for us?

The shift that has happened in 40 years which mainly has to do with climate change. Forty years ago, I could say in the Whole Earth Catalog, “we are as gods, we might as well get good at it”. Photographs of earth from space had that god-like perspective.


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A short film released by Planetary Collective called “OVERVIEW” has some fantastic interviews with astronauts who described their experience seeing Earth from space.

It’s something that can’t be replicated and it totally changes your perspective.

The “overview effect,” first described by author Frank White in 1987, is the sudden recognition that we live on a planet. The experience transforms a person’s perspective of Earth and mankind’s place upon it, and he or she begins to think of Earth as more of a “shared home” and have a strong feeling of awe.

From shuttle astronaut Jeff Hoffman:

“You do, from that perspective, see the Earth as a planet. You see the sun as a star – we see the sun in a blue sky, but up there, you see the sun in a black sky. So, yeah, you are seeing it from the cosmic perspective.”

Shuttle/ISS astronaut Nicole Stott:

“We have this connection to Earth. I mean, it’s our home. And I don’t know how you can come back and not, in some way, be changed. It may be subtle. You see difference in different people in their general response when they come back from space. But I think, collectively, everybody has that emblazoned on their memories, the way the planet looks. You can’t take that lightly.”

Shuttle/ISS astronaut Ron Garan:

“When we look down at the earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet. It looks like a living, breathing organism. But it also, at the same time, looks extremely fragile.

… Anybody else who’s ever gone to space says the same thing because it really is striking and it’s really sobering to see this paper-thin layer and to realize that that little paper-thin layer is all that protects every living thing on Earth from death, basically. From the harshness of space.”


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A View of Earth from Saturn

A View of Earth from Saturn (Photo credit: alpoma)

English: Astronaut Nicole Stott, mission speci...

English: Astronaut Nicole Stott, mission specialist/flight engineer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Gift of Spiritual Healing, a Guided Meditation with Tara Brach.

Shiva Dances for the Earth

‘Shiva Dances’, 2007, oil on canvas, 5′ x 5′.

Shiva Dances

Shiva dances for us, our planet, and under Shiva’s foot,

Shiva is crushing humanities ignorance of spiritual reality.

When I write about Climate Change, my emphasis is on healing; healing humanity,

and therefore our planet. I address the human contribution to pollution,

air, water, land; we have polluted our earth.

We pollute by our unconscious action and behavior,

we pollute because we are not paying attention.


pol·lute vt

1.            to cause harm to an area of the natural environment, for example, the air, soil, or water, usually by introducing damaging substances such as chemicals or waste products

2.            to make somebody morally or spiritually impure

3.            to violate the sacred nature of a holy place

Encarta® World English Dictionary © 1999 Microsoft Corporation.


Today I received a gift from a spiritual healer, Dr. John Fu.

When I met John, he was a Psychological Councilor for California State University, Fresno.

He now leads a therapy group about healing, in Fresno.

John sent me a YouTube link to a Guided Meditation by Tara Brach, PhD.

As a healer and meditator myself, I recognized Tara’s gift to us.

She takes us to the place where we are one with God and Nature,

which is our true self.

Published on May 10, 2012

This is a four part, 4 hour 37 minute – Introduction to the Art, Science and Practice of Meditation (combined into one file).
Part 1: Mindfulness of Sensations and Breath. Part 2: Mindfulness of Emotions. Part 3: Mindfulness of Thoughts. Part 4: Living from Presence.



Tara earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Institute, with a dissertation exploring meditation as a therapeutic modality in treating addiction. She went on to complete a five-year Buddhist teacher training program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, under the guidance of Jack Kornfield. Working as both a psychotherapist and a meditation teacher, she found herself naturally blending these two powerful traditions—introducing meditation to her therapy clients and sharing western psychological insights with meditation students. This synthesis has evolved, in more recent years, into Tara’s groundbreaking work in training psychotherapists to integrate mindfulness strategies into their clinical work.

In 1998, Tara founded the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC (IMCW), which is now one of the largest and most dynamic non-residential meditation centers in the United States.  http://tarabrach.com/about.html





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The National Wildlife Association’s report on the human psychological

effects of Global Warning. 

The National Wildlife Federation released a report on “The Psychological Effects of Global Warming on the U.S.” This peaked my interest not only in natural history but as a mental health professional.

Some of the report’s findings are:

Climate Change will become a top-of-mind worry in the future.

Major Segments of U.S. Society are more psychologically vulnerable now including:

  • Children will experience increasing acute stress disorders as natural disasters increase
  • Elderly and low-income will be less able to pay for need good, services and have less mobility
  • People with preexisting mental health conditions will find fewer resources available
  • Members of military and their families may be dealing with conflicts to destabilizing economic, politically and environmental effects on fragile countries from Climate Change

The mental health system is not ready to handled the wide-spread psychological stress or climate change and there is a low first responder preparedness to handle immediate trauma of climate disaster victims.

Some climate change related conditions and their psychological effects:

  • Summer heat wave – there is a relationship between rising heat and aggression
  • Coastal and river flooding – stress due displacement, loss possession and future uncertainty
  • High impact and more intense storms – PTSD, slow recovery of infrastructure, anger at government response
  • Severe Drought and reduced snow pack – despair and depression
  • Increase large-scale wildfires – anxiety and anticipation, grief from destruction
  • New Disease Threats – fear and anxiety

Suggested Solutions and recommendations include:

  • Mental health practitioners, first responders and primary care professionals should have comprehensive plans and guidelines for climate change; they need to develop
    tools and approaches to help respond to disasters and to take care of patients faced with emergencies.
  • Priority should be given to training mental health professionals who serve the most vulnerable populations. e.g., school counselors, pediatric specialists, aging specialists, public clinic staff
  • Improve the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of people suffering from climate related mental health problems
  • A rigorous estimate should be made of the cost of addressing the psychological effects of climate change vs. the costs of ignoring the problem
  • Governments should develop and deploy mental health incident response teams
  • Helpful models for positive individual and community action should be developed
  • Psychological implications of global warming should be factored into public policy development

Please read the National Wildlife Association’s report on the human psychological effects of Global Warning.


Forum Participants

Victor Balaban

Travelers’ Health and Animal Importation Branch

Division of Global Migration and Quarantine

Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA

William Becker

Executive Director, Presidential Climate Action Project

The Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy

School of Public Affairs University of Colorado Denver, Boulder,


Peter G. Bourne, MD, MA

Visiting Scholar, Green-Templeton College, Oxford

Vice Chancellor Emeritus of St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies

Chairman of the Board, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC)

Wales, UK and Washington DC

James H. Bray, Ph.D.

President, American Psychological Association

Department of Family and Community Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX

Gillian Caldwell, JD

Campaign Director, 1Sky Tacoma Park, MD

Eric Chivian, MD

Founder and Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment

Professor of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School Boston, MA

Lt. Gen. Daniel W. Christman (Ret.)

Sr. Vice President for International Affairs United States Chamber of Commerce Washington DC

Robert W. Corell, PhD

Vice President for Programs H.J. Heinz Center for Science, Economics

and the Environment Washington DC.

Kevin J. Coyle, JD

Vice President for Education and Training National Wildlife Federation Reston VA

Spencer Eth, MD

Vice-Chairman and Medical Director, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services

Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers New York, NY

Sherri Goodman, JD

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Center for Naval Analyses

Executive Director, Military Advisory Board, “National Security and the Threat of Climate Change” project Alexandria, VA

Jeffrey T. Kiehl, PhD

Senior Scientist, Climate Change Research National Center for Atmospheric

Research. Boulder, CO

Douglas LaBier, PhD

Founder and Director Center for Adult Development, N.W.,

Washington, DC

Andrew Light, PhD

Director, Center for Global Ethics George Mason University, Fairfax, VA Senior Fellow Center for American Progress

Washington, D.C. 20005

George Luber, PhD

Associate Director for Global Climate Change

National Center for Environmental Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Edward W. Maibach, PhD

Director, Center for Climate Change Communication

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

H. Steven Moffic, MD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, WI

Jerilyn Ross, M.A., L.I.C.S.W.

President and CEO, Anxiety Disorders Association of America

Director, The Ross Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Inc. Washington, DC

The Dalai Lama and climate change.

Posted from: WBUR

Dalai Lama Considers Climate Change At MIT Forum

By  October 15, 2012

Tibetan exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama waves as he takes the stage for the "Ethics, Economy and Environment Panel" at the Global Systems 2.0 Conference at MIT on Monday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Dalai Lama bows as he takes the stage for the “Ethics, Economy and Environment” panel at the Global Systems 2.0 Conference at MIT on Monday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Every nation will suffer if governments don’t think about common interests and responsibilities in dealing with climate change, rather than national interest, the Dalai Lama told a crowd in Cambridge on Monday.

“Whether we can really solve these problems or not, we have to make an attempt, that’s how I feel,” the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said at a forum hosted by the The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values, a nonprofit think tank at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rising Sea Levels

new report out in the Journal of Coastal Research shows sea level rise is accelerating along the Northeast coast, threatening cities such as Boston. The latest study, from researchers at Virginia Institute of Marine Science, confirms two earlier studies.

The rising sea level and other climate change issues were among those discussed at the forum titled “Ethics, Economy and Environment.” The forum addressed what one scientist on the panel called “one of the biggest problems facing humans today — global climate change.”

The Dalai Lama said when he was growing up he didn’t think much about the environment. The water near his home was always very sweet but, he said, when he reached India and was told it wasn’t safe to drink the water, he started to consider the degradation of the environment a very serious matter. He lamented that the problems are largely invisible to the general public.

“Unlike violence, war, bleeding, dying, these are images that are stuck in our mind,” the Dalai Lama said, “the environment [is] not that kind of visible.”

Meditation Series,Enlightenment Brings Compassion, D.A. Hartley

Meditation Series,Enlightenment Brings Compassion, D.A. Hartley


A leading MIT scientist on the panel said if this generation doesn’t act now to address global warming, there will be severe consequences, including not only rising sea levels but also heat waves, floods, droughts, more powerful hurricanes and an acidic ocean.

The Dalai Lama sat quietly on stage in his maroon robe silently nodding his head. He said even though he doesn’t have children, all of humanity’s children will be affected by climate change.

“We have the responsibility to think about their future, their life,” he said.

Education is the answer, and governments and the media have the responsibility to raise awareness, the Dalai Lama said.

Looking For Solutions

Rebecca Henderson, an economics professor at Harvard Business School, says we need to transform the world economy from one where resources are cheap and waste is free, to one where resources are properly priced. That, she says, will change polluting behaviors. Henderson says the challenge is convincing businesses to manage morally and ethically.

“I think there’s increasing consensus that business as usual may have unacceptable social and environmental costs,” Henderson said.

Penny Chisholm, a professor in the environmental studies department at MIT, looked at the latest efforts in geoengineering — tinkering with nature to try and reverse the effects of climate change. Scientists are looking at technical solutions such as collecting carbon in the atmosphere and storing it deep in the earth, controlling the temperature of the earth, or adding nutrients to the ocean. But, she told the Dalai Lama, these solutions could be dangerous.

“We aren’t going to know what will happen,” Chisholm said. “So to take that risk with our planet is too great when we know there’s a solution at the root cause.”

The solution, she said, is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


When will we reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Starting when?