Pain and its Transformations: The Interface of Biology and Culture

mom This morning I had coffee with my mother at a coffee shop near Emory University.  The past few weeks have been quite turbulent for me and people around me.  I feel that it is time to slow down and to try my hardest to focus on what is most important in life.  In the conversations with many I love, friends and family, I keep coming back to what is the future.  Stumbling in the trauma of the recent past, my mind cannot really get a foothold on any solid idea.  A great friend and spiritual teacher that recently came back into my life after a time, Cat Moon Erickson, told me to focus on my breath and to stay there.  Bring the air into my lungs, letting oxygen flow into my blood and the eternal present to enter into my mind.  There are always new beginnings in the present.  In fact, it is here in the space of writing and reflecting that I often return to at times like these.  Looking forward, not only for myself, but for others that love me and that I love.  So, after the conversation with my mother I picked up a spiritual book to focus on today.  I have recently had trouble reading and focusing on a single train of thought so I thought that it might make sense to just read something that my heart feels it needs.  The book is called Pain and its Transformations: The Interface of Biology and Culture.  I just finished the first chapter and really like it.  The first chapter talks about something called musical neurology.  This seems quite interesting.  There is a Wikipedia entry on the cognitive neuroscience of music here.  For now, I want to see what I can do with my computer and music creation.  Maybe this might be a nice way forward for me in healing and healing others.  I wonder what kind of musical programming languages exist…

About kayaerbil

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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