This video is a compilation of my harvests in the agroturismos of Italy, the desert of Argentina, and the sunshine of northern California. The music is one of my favorite songs of all time, it’s called Voyageur by Enigma. I moved out to California a year ago with a bottle of GrapeThinking, a bottle of ideas I guess you could say, that started filling up 5 years ago with conversation between myself, Jacob Bohall, Ruarri Rogan, Meghan O’Malley, and many others. Over the past year, those ideas have delightfully fermented, and the time has finally come for us to have a taste…
The placebo effect, in particular, is a fascinating phenomenon… if the mind believes it is taking a medicine that is supposed to heal, even if that medicine is just a sugar cube, that belief still has the power to heal the body. A mesmerizing concept and implication for the power of perception and the human mind. If the mind has the ability to heal, then it also has the ability to self evolve. It simply needs to be activated… infused
الإكسير in Arabic means al-ikseer, which is the source of the word elixir. The essence being the elixir of life… something alchemists have been seeking since the dawn of civilization. There may not be a magic potion that allows us to live forever, but the reality is that the elixir of life does exist.
The basis is an engine… a thinking engine that drives sustainable development, and more specifically, the health of the world. How do you create something in which the consumption heals the body and the production heals the earth?
Think about it
Psychotherapists and holistic healers galore out here in the bay area… lovin it. We’ve learned so much about the body and the yogic practices of release and meditation, and yet the mind is the healer and will always have the fascination. To think about how you think is such a concept.grape(thinking).It’s not so much about deciphering the mind or objectifying it, but connecting it. Fusing it, or infusing it better yet.
To simplify… how can it benefit mental health, environ(mental) health. See the layers? When we realize the sustainable mind, the healthy mind, we realize the sustainable world. To create a real elixir you have to be a neurologist and a psychologist just as much as you have to be an oenologist and a viticulturalist. With this, the liquid becomes the frontier of technology… the liquid technology. To connect technology to the earth. A fusion between circuit and cell, between web and water… between mind and vine.
This is a follow up on the Nature to the Grid theme I wrote a few posts for last year (see below for links). This one was sparked when I met with a friend of mine, Daron Joffe aka FarmerD, the other day in Berkeley. He’s a dynamic farmer developing sustainable environments. Gardens, farms, communities, and now urban farming projects. Urban gardens and farms are what seem to be the beginning of ‘greening’ our cities. A functional aesthetic.