This week Awesome Stories brings you storm chasing, accepting death, solar powered cars, and music for the brain.
I routinely share photos and videos by Mike Oblinski. I find his photography both beautiful and fascinating. I seem to be catching his passion for storm chasing, though I have neither the equipment or desire to do it in person. 🙂 This is Mike’s latest video project called Pursuit that covered 28,000 miles in 10 states over 27 days. Kudos Mike!
Robert Wringham makes the bold claim that accumulating stuff is a denial of death and by corollary, minimalism is a way of accepting death. Mostly I agree with his premise that leaving piles of stuff for our heirs to deal with is rather selfish and misguided if we think they will treasure our stuff. Yes, maybe a few items will be kept and treasured, but for the most part, the possessions we inherit will be casually dumped as soon as possible. I know I’m not looking forward to dealing with my mother’s stuff. She has a large house filled with a lifetime of accumulation, very little of which I have any interest in keeping. I wish we could sort through the items together while she is alive. It might free up energy and resources for her to live more fully in the present. Read this article on death and stuff for an interesting view on minimalism as strongly tied to the acceptance of death.
Sono Motors, a German startup, has plans to create the Sion solar-powered car that can drive 18 miles on solar power alone and 120 miles on a full charge to the batteries. The SION is designed for 5 passengers with unique features like the Sono App to manage the power storage, affordable repairs, air filtering, and ride sharing like Uber. So far they have pre-orders for 2000 cars but hope to have 5000 to begin production with deliveries starting in early 2018 for about $18,600 without the battery. I’m hopeful they can produce these cars for such an affordable price.
Music for the Brain
I love listening to music but am very particular about the kind of music. I’ve known for many years that music impacts my energy and emotions. This article talks about the latest research on music and the brain. Music can light up certain circuits in the brain that boost our emotions and triggers chemicals like oxytocin and dopamine. Music has also been used to aid memory and connection to the world in people with memory impairments like Alzheimer’s. Research is also showing the elastic nature of the brain and its ability to grow new connections that aid learning and new skills. And finally, music can help us focus our attention or distract us depending on the type of music. The article suggests four ideas to experiment with music; play an instrument, sing, drum, and chant. Sometimes I put on music and let it wash over me like a gentle cleansing river. 🙂
May your week be full of music, acceptance, beauty, and innovation.