The Friday Dose #73

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Today’s Dose is about the remarkable, consistent and unconditional love of animals. Our pets love us in such a pure way. They know everything about us and yet if we’re not conscious enough to do anything about it, they still let us get away with fair amounts of neglect and they will still meet us with love.

Today your mental distraction starts with the brilliant mind and eye of a German photographer who specializes in pets, and in particular Dog photos that could be featured in ways that communicate their personalities. Her work is delightful, it’s gorgeous and it’s very likely to make you happy. Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you Elke Vogelsang and her models:

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Elke Vogelsang Photography

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And after that bit of lightness we will proceed on to an absolutely beautiful film that will has a great lesson for all of us in life. It’ll make you cry in that way we all love doing, where you feel better afterwards–even you tough guys out there. This is a story narrated by Denali, about his life with cancer, and the living he did with his best friend, Ben Moon. I highly recommend it:

Thanks everyone. If anyone’s interested in any more dog material, here’s the link to my last day with my beloved dog Mo: Mo-ments

Have a great weekend everyone. Love who’s present.

peace and love. s

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The Friday Dose #69

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How is everyone today? Fantastic I hope. And since everything changes, if you’re not fantastic, I hope that change is up real soon. Either way, if it’s tough just take the value from the lessons and do that until fortune rears its head. You’ll be fine.

Today on the Dose I’ll give you three completely different distractions. If you’re locked into a thought loop about something upsetting, think about giving this a quick read. It’s quite inspiring. When a wife in her 50’s was diagnosed with cancer and given one month to live, the reaction she and her husband had was to switch to a raw food diet and to—and I mean this—run a marathon every single day for a year. That was almost ten years ago and they’re still running.

Terminal Cancer Patient Runs a Marathon a Day for a Year!

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Next I’ll give you visualists a chance to relax with some beautiful photos. The photo at the top of this page (Dreamscapes) was taken by a friend, the very talented photographer Frank Grisdale. It sets up this series of forest photos. They’re all taken by different photographers and the shots are from all over the world. They help to remind us that all forests are different and yet all forests are perfect. People should consider applying that theory to themselves and others.

World’s Most Beautiful Forests

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And let’s finish off with some mesmerizing music. Written by Radiohead bassist Thom Yorke, with inspiration from Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, Creep is performed here by the velvety tones of Haley Reinhart and Vintage Postmodern. Enjoy:

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Have yourselves a fantastic weekend everyone!

peace. s

Scott McPherson is a writer, public speaker, communication facilitator and corporate storyteller who works internationally with businesses, individuals and families.

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The Friday Dose #66

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Today’s Dose will start off with the photographic project Exactitudes, which looks at the real meanings behind our fashion choices. Photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek demonstrate that our selections are ultimately far less about our own individual identity and much more about belonging to a group:

Exactitudes

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Next we’ll listen to the story of Suzanne Crocker and her husband Gerard Parsons who left the hustle and bustle of Dawson City (pop. 1400) because they never had enough time for their family and their own interests. The two doctors took their kids into the wilderness with no running water, no electricity but no shortage of time. This interview is a fascinating look into what the parents and the kids experienced by being so unplugged. In the end everyone got closer and no one wanted to go back to the city. Here’s why:

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Many years ago I was involved in some research on Sensory Deprivation Tanks. It’s funny that the word deprivation is in there because you get so much from being in a tank. It was the great Dr. John Lilly (one of the world’s leading experts on dolphin human communication) who pioneered a lot of the research into the value that changes in consciousness can bring through the tank process. They even made a movie that related loosely to Lilly’s research called Altered States. Here’s Joe Rogan (who swears a bit) explaining some of the value of floating:

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And we’ll end with a stunning display of calm and self control. How a flock of geese can emerge from this incredible act is amazing. But you’ll realize as she finishes just how amazing Miyoko Shida Rigolo’s delicate skills really are. Super wow. This is almost unbelievable:

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Told you. Incredible isn’t it? Have yourself a fantastic weekend and do it by ignoring all of the crap in the world because there are plenty of amazing things that deserve your attention instead.

peace. s

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