Month: May 2012

Paddy Warwick's INFORM

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. The other day however, I had a moment of clarity whilst breathing in the fresh air between Bootcamp sessions… even if we don’t have the time, we can still take the basic breathing principles and apply them briefly in our every day lives, if only for one minute.


I call this my (patent-pending!) 60-second Manly Meditation.  My reasons for calling this My Manly Meditation are threefold. Firstly, it is a great solution for businessmen, who are travelling and working a…

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Brainstorming and Mind Mapping Software. Make a Mind Map Online! – Mindomo

Great resource thanks for sharing.

Love to read, love to learn!

See on Scoop.itHandy Online Tools for Schools
Create the best looking mind map online and share it to others. Enjoy mind mapping by brainstorming collaboratively on ideas and projects.
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Jenny Connected

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.

For me being glass half empty means that I am usually prepared for the worst – so ahead of time I carefully analyse…

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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.  That person could feel uneasy being somewhere else, like at a table full of strangers.  This situation might push them out of their “zone.”

Being pushed out of one’s “zone” is not always a bad thing.  Purposely leaving a comfort zone is an opportunity for personal growth.  It doesn’t have to be caused by challenging or difficult events.

Leaving a comfort zone helps you to look at new ideas, and new ways of being. Sometimes you need to leave your…

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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. While I wasn’t posting I was taking pictures, fly-fishing, hiking, playing, walking, reading and living in every sense of the word.

The one thing I wasn’t doing this week was blogging. It really was hard. Blogging is something I enjoy – I love the ideas, the flow, the sharing and the engagement. It is fun for me. When it stops making me happy and turns into a job – then I close up the Inside Out Café…

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Larry McMurtry’s Booked Up bookstore

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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. Estimates of the number of his books in all his stores, which were abandoned buildings in the town, range from 300,000 to 400,000 books. The dispersion of his well-bought books will be a great loss to readers.

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Please Support UNICEF and KLOUT at #SahelNow campaign!

Great cause thanks reblogging

Vikram Roy's Blog

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.

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Esko Kilpi on Interactive Value Creation

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. Our mental life is co-created in a larger and larger interconnected network. What we have called the individual mind is something that arises continuously in relationships between people.

Our social interactions also play a role in shaping our brain. We know now that repeated experiences sculpt the synaptic connections and rewire our brain. Accordingly, our relationships gradually frame our neural circuitry. Being chronically depressed by others or being emotionally nourished and enriched has…

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The Ego Trick: Julian Baggini in Search of the Self by Maria Popova

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: – Image of Julian’s book also from this link and at Amazon:

Review of Julian’s Book at Julian’s Blog:

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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. Try some of the following and experiment with what works in a more independent educational setting.

  1. Take advantage of open source and courseware

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