John Muir Project: Can Regular Psychogeographic Drifts Serve as a new Kind of Christian Mindfulness based Therapy for Bipolar Disorder?


The way the image is constructed it looks like I am bouncing off the images in my representation of a psychogeographic drift.  What did the situationists say about “forces of attraction?”  Three sets of first impressions of this image:

1.  Animal.  Nature.  Water.  Environment.  Person.

2.    тхинк. рандом. тхоугхтс. оф. анимал. хеадс. (Think. Random. Thoughts. of. Animal. Heads.)

3.  Movement.  Emotion.  Surprise.  Connection.  Transformation.

In the past few decades, significant advances in the elucidating genetic and neurochemical factors behind incidents of mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder. This progress is due the revolution in molecular biology, DNA sequencing, and psychopharmacology. In stark contrast environmental influences have been difficult to identify. This is perhaps due to the challenges with performing controlled scientific studies on human subjects that have grown up in diverse environments with a myriad of different factors influencing their growth and development. Indeed, each individual is unique taking a distinctly individual trajectory through life. Even if such studies on environmental influences of mental illness can be performed it can be difficult if not impossible to distinguish between correlation and causality. Despite this caveat, researchers have made significant progress on identifying environmental that may contribute to mental illness. One of the most well established environmental factors that is associated with the emergence of mental illness is living in an urban environment (urbanicity). [06252013 work in progress]…

If this is true, then it may be possible to reverse the environmental effects that cultivate suffering and fear in the average American, including my own, heart by both active and passive practices of compassion prayer and meditation. Active meditation and prayer involves such practices as lectio divina (the repetitive reading of spiritually healing passages and scripture), walking meditation, yoga, [526 words for 06202013] …

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I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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