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Fridays @ Five: Five Things We Loved this Week

We have been doing Fridays @ Five for a little over a year now. You know the format. The kinds of things we like to share. Have you ever wanted to share something on Fridays @ Five? Here’s your chance! 

Send us your favorite resources with a short blurb explaining why you like them. We will select the resources that seem most in line with our mission and message, and we will credit you if you want. Send your [email protected] ideas to [email protected] and put Fridays @ Five in the Subject Line. Include whatever personal information you want to share (name, type, country of residence). 

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Every Friday, we send out an exclusive list of five unique or interesting things we’ve found (or explored) around the web during the week.

It may include books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks/tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff we dig up around the web. It’s often focused on Intuitive things and personal growth. Please feel free to spread the word with friends who would also enjoy.

 

1.  AERO FARMS IS TRANSFORMING AGRICULTURE 

After looking over this website, I find I am a little less concerned about the future of agriculture in the world. Aero Farms use an indoor vertical farming method that requires less than 1% of the land required by conventional growing. Indoor vertical farming also uses 95% less water than traditional farming, and the food is healthier and tastes better since it isn’t grown in soil saturated with pesticides. The vast majority of America’s salad greens are grown in California and Arizona, but thanks to Aero Farms (which seems to have most of its locations in New Jersey) the northeast has some healthier, tastier options.

2.   TED TALK: WHY DO PEOPLE JOIN CULTS? 

I came across this interesting video on why people join cults. There are thousands of cults around the world. Not all cults are religious; some are based on political ideologies or self-improvement. A cult is a group of people “with a shared commitment to a usually extreme ideology.” The term cultist originally referred to people who simply cultivated the worship of a particular deity, but it has since come to represent excessive devotion. Check out the video for more information on how these movements target and recruit new members, and how they use fear to maintain loyalty.

3 .  “LSD WAS VERY PROFOUND.”  

I’m a huge fan of Francis McDormand. I first discovered her in the Coen Brothers classic Fargo. In 2003 she appeared on the cover of High Times magazine holding a joint and sporting a Cannabis leaf t-shirt. In the article, she admitted to being a recreational smoker of Weed. It wasn’t until Colorado and Washington legalized Cannabis that she came out about other substances she had experimented with:

“[LSD] was always recreational, and it never became a part of my daily existence. But I really, really enjoyed LSD. And I really enjoyed mushrooms very much. It’s unfortunate, I think, that drugs were not handled properly. Politically, they’ve been used to separate the economic classes. Thankfully, it’s all getting fixed now with the marijuana laws. But with LSD, because it was countercultural, and because it was used as an experimental drug, it was not marketed properly. It if had been marketed properly, we would have it… We needed a PR person for that LSD! It was very profound. Very profound. I liked LSD.”

4.  HOME IS WHERE WE REMEMBER WHO WE ARE 

A friend shared this article with me, which explored how important it is for us to create a home and surround ourselves with the things that correctly represent our identity. I realized I have a lot of stuff in my house that used to represent my identity but no longer does. I think it is time for a purge.

“An object feels ‘right’ when it speaks attractively about qualities that we are drawn to, but don’t quite possess strong enough doses of in our lives day to day. The desirable object gives us a more secure hold on values that are present, yet fragile in ourselves; it endorses and encourages important themes in us. The smallest things in our homes whisper in our ears, they offer us encouragement, reminders, consoling thoughts, warnings or correctives… Home means the place where our soul feels that it has found its proper physical container, where, everyday, the objects we live amongst quietly remind us of our most authentic commitments and loves.”

5.   SIMON SINEK ON MILLENNIALS

I came across this video on Facebook the other day. It’s been out for awhile, so I am surprised I hadn’t seen it before. The version I encountered had the heading: “This is what’s wrong with Millennials!” I think that statement implies a flaw, whereas the video candidly explores how the Millennial generation grew up and how technology has impacted the way they interact with the world. It has created some challenges for them (some more than others, of course, since everything is on a spectrum), but I don’t think of it as a flaw. It’s a part of their character, which should be of no surprise to us since they are the first generation to spend their formative years immersed in technology and the internet. I think it is easy for older generations to label younger generations as flawed because we can’t understand why their motivations are so different from ours. This video helped me have some compassion for Millennials and look forward to the gifts they will bring to society.

 

 

So there you have it.

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Charis Branson
Charis Branson is a Medical Qigong practitioner, professional massage therapist, speaker, author and thought leader. As an INFJ (Perspectives/Harmony in the Genius System) she understands many of the challenges that the Intuitives in the Personality Hacker community deal with. Charis is the Director of Operations for Personality Hacker.

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