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How To Solve Problems Like Sherlock Holmes

How To Solve Problems Like Sherlock Holmes | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Are you a Dr. Watson or a Sherlock Holmes?If we could choose between a Watsonian and Holmesian mind, I’m sure most of us would prefer Holmes. He’s brilliant and perceptive: the consummate problem-solver.

Via The BioSync Team
Les Howard's insight:

Really interesting article. I particularly liked the idea of a brain break.

The BioSync Team's curator insight, September 3, 2013 11:29 PM

How to practice mindfulness, memory storage and person perception with Holmesian devotion ... or at the very least read the new book by Maria Konnikova that says you can train your brain to be a creative problem solver just like Sherlock!

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7 Ways To Practice Mindfulness In The Age Of Technology

7 Ways To Practice Mindfulness In The Age Of Technology | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Technology is here to stay. Why not embrace it and use it to raise our levels of presence? We can do this by tuning into our breath, our feelings and bodily sensations. This lets us know how we are relating to technology in the moment.

Via ThinDifference
donhornsby's curator insight, January 16, 2013 7:10 AM

(From the article): Here are seven ways you can practice mindfulness with your technology platforms. Try these practices as an experiment to raise your own awareness. Refrain from judging yourself or being too harsh about how these practices work for you. These exercises are intended to raise awareness by simply being aware.

Wise Leader™'s comment, January 16, 2013 7:57 AM
Some great practices to help ensure our technological gadgets serve us rather than the other way round.
Annette Schmeling's curator insight, January 16, 2013 12:14 PM

Technology can be an anxiety-producing energy depending on our approach. How we discipline ourselves and think about the daily onslaught of e-mail, voicemail, and text messages impacts how much we are truly connected or disconnected in our life. Mindfulness practices recommended in this article are very practical and impacts the quality of connections between people and their capacity to feel seen, heard and valued. 

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4 Steps to Mindfulness

4 Steps to Mindfulness | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

In today’s fast-paced world, we hardly have a spare minute to do the things for ourselves that help us stay energized and focused. By focusing for a few minutes a couple of times a day to intentionally breathe can completely change our disposition. A study out of the University of Pennsylvania shows that carving out a mere 12 minutes a day to do just that—intentionally breathe—can go a long way toward improving your mood. In addition, meditating can help you get better quality sleep, show more kindness towards others, and reduce inflammation.


Here are a series of mini-meditations you can call on throughout your day when you’re feeling like you are coming apart at the seams and need to find your center.


Via The BioSync Team, ThinDifference, Lynnette Van Dyke
Peg Gillard's curator insight, February 2, 2013 9:50 AM

The power of intentional living and being in the moment heals and strengthens. 

Annette Schmeling's curator insight, February 7, 2013 10:40 PM

Following these four simple steps daily will help make mindfulness a part of ordinary time and will open your heart and mind to the world in front of you. 

Shane Davis's curator insight, March 10, 2013 3:19 AM

These are easy and they don't require any special conditions to do little mini-meditations. I did two of them before but the lunch one wasn't really my thing. I will be trying it to see how it makes me feel.