Olorgesalile Preshistoric Site - National Museums of Kenya

Food for the Soul from Kenya for Healthy Living

When you take a walk the soul seems to gain something. When you are startled, the soul again seems to gain something. Within each one of us, there is a spiritual component. For some people this spiritual component is in “good health” for others it is so badly off it leads to poor mental health.

But these are just observations based often on what we know of the people and their conditions. In either respect, this component is barely defined in the above words.

While it remains undefined it becomes even more difficult to describe religion, spirituality, and healthy living. For the reader looking for improved mental health, this blog introduces a healthy life, as the product of body, mind, and spirit.

In the quest to understand, spirituality and healthy living, explore with us as we delve through issues, and share knowledge on cultural heritage.

The Soul from the book titled, The Owl of Minerva

Gede Ruins 2- National Museums of Kenya
Gede Ruins

One of the often-cited mental health professionals, in the book titled The Owl of Minerva, was a German Philosopher from the 1800s, Schelling. This book’s commentary, on Schelling’s work, was believed to have been made by another professional, a lawyer. Of his commentary relating to Schelling’s work, the author states that except for the cyclic connection proposed in earlier work, it would be fair to agree, this work (philosophy on the mind) relates to experiences and the resultant internal states of consciousness, that emanate from external interactions.

Otherwise, the soul is the manifestation of various mental states in humans that are borne of everyday external environmental interactions.

The Soul from the book titled, The Invisible Remainder

Miji Kenda Kaya Forests 3 - National Museums of Kenya
Miji Kenda Kaya Forests

This book was included in this blog for the reason that, the author is from Slovenia. It could be on account of that, this quest could say something for the Mythological ends that may be anticipated. There are none.

From the text, Schelling in his works also introduces a notion, Grundoperation, in which he states the mind is constantly experiencing what may be described as “vanishing mediation”. This notion, the author suggests, is often conceived as the soul or spirit, and is the remainder of the Primordial decision-making process, or the act of deciding in action.

In which case, man is a product of his environment.

In which case, man is a product of his environment.

In which case, man is a product of his environment.

Is the soul attentive? Primordial decision-making process

Lake Naivasha - Great Rift Valley - National Museums of Kenya
Lake Naivasha – Great Rift Valley

If the above philosophical foundations of human consciousness are to remain meaningful to the reader and healthy living, they would translate to answering the above question.

From one of the most cited authors on Primordial function, as it relates to personal, sacred, and civil (legal) associations, we find an answer. In this text, the author mentions, as a human exists within a society, at any one time, they can only be partially accountable to these civil, sacred, and primordial demands. It is for these reasons, it is possible to suggest that, nobody is perfect, and further, we are not perfect. As a society humans are constantly “exposed” to new external experiences and responding to these experiences.

This is very interesting since it allows the mind to imagine the thought that as these experiences and knowledge continues to pervade society, we can get “Better” as individuals or as a society.

Again it seems very important to keep in mind that as “exposure” manifests, there is no telling how the response will direct the society in its entirety. As a contributor on this subject sharing older scientific observations, baby steps are advisable. This advice is not just for this reading but also to help consider healthy mental responses to the external forces that we interact with daily.

Don’t leave your soul unattended

Sibiloi National Park - Petrified Forest
Petrified Forest

This is a contentious but long-running debate that would best be completed by social learning theory practitioners and professionals. Nonetheless, it is useful to mention that social consciousness is the collection of civil, sacred, and personal roles as they have been debated upon and therefore understood by the public at large.

For this article, and for that reason, among the notable institutions that have seen humanity move in “stride” to the present is the British Journal of Sociology. This and many such institutions around the world bring together teaching and other professionals in debates to discuss concepts that relate to Social Learning Theory and Education.

While these are just a few of the institutions that can be claimed to have the answer to the above question, it can be said this far, It is very unlikely that leaving the conscious unattended is Healthy.

Miji Kenda Kaya Forests 2 2 - National Museums of Kenya
Miji Kenda Kaya Forests

Soul Care: A Moral or Political Choice

Gede Ruins - National Museums of Kenya
Gede Ruins

There are arguments in support of both moral and political arguments. To begin with, it would be impossible for this blog to incorporate all these arguments.

The goal of this blog is just to explain why it is important to investigate as an individual the history behind the philosophical and physical landmarks that dot the global landscape today. The UN global heritage sites for instance, while well documented may not be understood as they should be. These could well be some of the more perilous journeys, wars, scientific quests and memories of the “civilized” colonizing nations. Maybe we need to incorporate “other” values and cultural observations into the social learning process?

Are we as humanity aware or interested in global progress, many would agree that is there value in this Shared Global Cultural Heritage?

These observations are based on scientific study on the process of social learning that suggests, it makes sense (it is rational), and it is the learning process (actualization) in action.

Are we becoming Busy and Evolving Rapidly?

Lamu Old Town - national Museums of Kenya
Lamu Old Town

Since the 70s, the workplace and the pressure of urban railroad & road transportation, have placed new and very intense pressure on individuals, especially inside the household. This is especially true for women.

From this increased time pressure is the tendency to avoid sharing of knowledge especially among people with higher demands on their time. This because as time pressure increased the wage rate went up and many organizations downsized often combining various roles into a single job description. This and the fact many people even today, have great difficulty learning technology-related solutions to work suggests we may need to blog a little more about shared global knowledge and culture.

Shared Cultural Heritage & the Prospect of Virtual Video of Global Excursions

Fort Jesus Mombasa _ national Museums of Kenya
Fort Jesus Mombasa

Why is it useful or even relevant to consider global cultural heritage sites, even in passing?

Not everyone can make these trips on an expensive and long-anticipated vacation. But, everyone can learn from the realistic narrative accounts of landing on an uncharted shore many years ago.

While it may not suit everyone in light of the costs, technology, and time, studies on the value of heritage sites suggest they are useful to building national identity.

Fort Jesus 2 - National Museums of Kenya
Fort Jesus Mombasa

Studies indicate that some sites (The British Museum, and the English Lake District) reportedly lack the effective feeling. This inability to relate to present learning needs should be readdressed to add value to these lessons. Whereas the artifacts from these sites are expensive in light of transportation, renovation, and maintenance costs, the prospect of a dull Museum is disenchanting.

Presently the easiest way around this would be to travel to these sites, or have a local record and share the in-aspect audio-visual accounts of the sites and historic journeys from these locations.

Fort Jesus 3 - National Museums of Kenya
Inside the Fort – Archeological Artifacts

Virtual presentations are quite common today and may serve the same purpose as an actual visit. Furthermore, they may serve to bring in that needed teaching that may be lacking at Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving dinner tables. This idea may allow each person at the table to have something of value at these conversations, adding to the joy of a shared experience. This would be especially useful for the real-time establishment of a Global Cultural Identity.

Understanding Pedagogy: The Teaching and Learning Processes

Lake Bogoria - Natonal Museums of Kenya
Lake Bogoria

It is possible to look at this problem with three useful questions which lead to a suitable solution to the complication. These are,

What is teaching?

As we discuss the possibility of using teaching as a professional concept to resolve the global cultural heritage and “travel” dilemma, the issue of autonomous professional development is food for thought. Can teachers as professionals contribute to the process of knowledge sharing and improved returns from the curriculum in schools and the global political agenda?

It has been mentioned that blogs and wikis are a disruptive form of technology, in that they support new networks from which people can learn. However, the question that follows is not problematic but equally disruptive since it may prompt a new journey of evolution as far as teaching is concerned. Is it time for a new medium of pedagogy? As the reader may guess, the answer is probably both yes and no. Blogs and wikis are diverse and allow for flexibility in choosing content but may as yet lack the journalistic or other professional considerations that are used to develop curriculum material acceptable in schools and universities.

Other questions the reader may want to investigate to resolve these issues include;

  1. How does society or groups in society introduce thoughts to school and regional education boards?
  2. Are there existing mechanisms that can be used to improve the status of blogs and wikis to the level required by the educational curriculum standards in place?

And, the political and socio-economic factors that may be of relevance to making the process of transition smooth and inclusive.

Lake Nakuru - National Museums of Kenya
Lake Nakuru – Flamingo Sanctuary

Interactive learning and shared knowledge

Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya – 2nd Highest Peak in Africa

The use of interactive technologies such as blogs and wikis has been investigated in the past for teaching and sharing knowledge. In one study on the use of these web 2.0 technologies to address learning in the university setting it was noted that their adoption would require inclusion/introduction of social constructivist or connectivity theories to realize their maximum potential.

One research-based observation on the use of social constructivist theory is the observation that “friending”, a concept associated with social media is a possible solution. It goes without saying that while alluring, the potential challenges associated are well-known and possibly better addressed today than at the onset of the use of social media.

It appears that a more useful appropriate solution lies in the concept of social connectivity theory as it applies to blogs, wikis, and other disruptive technologies. This theory seems to describe the desired relationship more appropriately as one based on Collaboration in preference of connectivity. This learning theory seems to introduce the needed rigor for such an exercise relying entirely upon the requirements for professional collaboration seems much more appropriate for building rules/guidelines/standards.

Cultural Heritage Sites from Kenya

Next up are 7 major cultural heritage sites from Kenya. It is a start…

The Global cultural heritage of Kenya, East Africa

Parting thoughts  from the book titled,  A Universe from Nothing – L.M. Krauss (2012)

Thim Lich Ohinga 3 - National Musems of Kenya
Thim Lich Ohinga – Sacred Site

From Chapter One of this book, some ideas conveyed allow the introduction of philosophical observations.

The initial mystery for any journey is: how did the traveler arrive at his starting point in the first place? Lousie Bogan, from the book, Journey around my room.

The Chapter also details a remarkable journey through which science evolves from the fundamental understanding of gravity on earth to the theory of relativity.

Thim Lich Ohinga - National Museums of Kenya
Thim Lich Ohinga – Sacred Site

Knowledge and learning are forever advancing towards a greater understanding of the planet, universe, and sustaining life as it was “found” by that initial inquirer.

Aside from science, this blog on consciousness arose from a series of events that just like the Universe described in the book relates to the movement of persons, cultures, political forces, and much more. More specifically, this blog, the interest in the subject of cultural heritage, the solutions proposed, and even the winding narrative were used to serve that end.

For the above reasons, all the above reasons, nothing in this blog is cast in stone, rather it is a welcome message, and shared experience that it is hoped will arouse the reader, not just to understanding but towards healthy life and improved consciousness.

Were it not for digital communication technology and the advanced devices and networks, this tale may have been, even better (personal and most anticipated actualization), much worse (self-conscious adjustment), or bland (English language).

This blog is dedicated to friends, family & fellow Kenyans. Thank you for Loving Our World, Together, As One and As Each Other’s Keepers.

With appreciation for contribution, appreciation, & education towards an improved shared understanding of family and global relations.


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