I don't practice yoga as much as I'd like. My priorities fall elsewhere when I have that rare moment to myself (namely working out myself and spending time with my wife). However if I could, I would practice yoga every day, but I can't. Apart from the muscular flexibility and overall range of motion benefits, the one thing I enjoy the most about yoga is the calming effect it brings.
I have been told twice, very recently, and quite often in the past - that I am a glass half empty person. In other words I am a pessimist and the implication is that this is not good. Good would be (I have been told) – to be a glass half full person – an optimist.
I have thought about this a lot – as you do when you feel that you have been criticised – and I honestly don’t feel that the criticism is justified – not because it is not true – it is (I am definitely a glass half empty person) – but because I think there is real value in being a glass half empty person and especially in relation to reflective learning.
A comfort zone is usually defined as an area of life in which people feel most comfortable. It can be considered a mental space rather than a physical one.
Obviously, physical comfort can influence where a person will feel most at ease, but usually this is because these physical things make us feel safe. For instance, one person’s comfort zone might include being in a certain room at home.
I did something really out of my comfort zone this week … I didn’t blog. There were a few times I sat at my computer and put my fingers to the keyboard but then pulled back and walked away. It was strange. I wanted to share and yet I also wanted a bit of silence.
I didn’t want my happiness tied up in the amount of posts I did or did not do.
The novelist and bookman, Larry McMurtry, opened Booked Up, a bookstore in his West Texas boyhood home of Archer City, Texas, many years ago. The bookstore is one of the finest and largest used bookstores in the world. Word has circulated that he will liquidate most of the stock and keep only his main store which is located near his home a few blocks away, where he has a personal library of around 30,000 books.
Developing learning experiences that facilitate self-actualization and creativity is among the most important goals of our society in preparation for the future. To facilitate deep understanding of a new concept, to facilitate learning, learners must have the opportunity to develop multiple and ﬂexible perspectives. The process of becoming an expert involves failure, as well as the ability to understand failure and the motivation to move onward.
At least one million young children are at risk of dying of severe malnutrition in the Sahel region of Africa. Klout and UNICEF need your help to spread the word on your networks about the #SahelNow campaign! Find out more on Klout for Good.
Emotional contagion is a fact of life. It means that our moods and even physical health are created in interaction with other people. We tilt either to the positive or the negative as a result of our relations, and the further relations, the people that we relate with have. It is a chain that goes far beyond the horizon. This is why we can no longer see our minds as independent and separate but as thoroughly social.
Very interesting post and talk by Julian Baggini on Brainpickings by Maria Popova. Do read this it is excellent!
“Why “I” is a verb, or what the building blocks of identity have to do with developing compassion.
How “you” are you, really? Character is something we tend to think of as a static, enduring quality … In reality, our essence oscillates between a set of hard-wired patterns and a fluid spectrum of tendencies that shift over time and in reaction to circumstances…”
Go here to read more:
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/06/28/the-ego-trick-julian-baggini/ - Image of Julian’s book also from this link and at Amazon:
Review of Julian’s Book at Julian’s Blog: http://julianbaggini.blogspot.com/2011/03/ego-trick.html
- Julian Baggini on the foundation of morality for both the atheist and theist (jdylanparker.wordpress.com)
- Is there a real you? Julian Baggini on TED.com (ted.com)
- Yes, life without God can be bleak. Atheism is about facing up to that – Julian Baggini – The Guardian (richarddawkins.net)
Guest Post by Kaitlyn Cole
For many curious folks, their impassioned yearning to soak up as much of the world’s wonders as possible completely transcends the boundaries of a traditional classroom. Armed with an insatiable lust for knowledge, they set out to acquire it on their own terms, although a few pointers obviously can’t hurt before departure and landing! Not every possible technique will necessarily stick with all self-motivated learners, of course, but the only way to find out is to test them.