Sam Harris, an American neuroscientist, author, and philosopher, shares his concept of the present moment and why it matters to live in the now rather than wait for the "now" of the future. This video asks viewers to live for each and every moment.
We need to realize that sometimes finding our way is challenging and part of the process of learning. This is not just for the followers, but part of the leadership mindset which is often sorely lacking.
Instincts are not some weird mystical power that are only found in the animal kingdom.
Gut instincts are degind as: an innate, typically fixed pattern of behaviour in animals in response to certain stimuli.
We are born with instincts to help us survive. As much as we may pretend we are not, we are very much animals; why do we try to deny this?
That is not to say that we aren’t incredibly smart or that we aren’t capable of complex thinking. But even though we are very intelligent, our minds are also very clever and like to try to trick us.
Instinctually we know when to run from predators; when we are babies, we know how to feed from our mothers and we know when something just feels ‘off’. The problem is when our sixth sense shouts a warning, we stall and we think.
We were reminded by several speakers that although we use the term mindfulness in English, it could just as easily be translated as heartfulness. While this was brought to our attention conceptually, what I took most from my experience at the conference was the felt sense of openness and compassion from those who presented and the attendees who I had the pleasure to meet. Compassion, or indeed heartfulness, was communicated most powerfully through being in their presence.
The in's and out's of meditation — what it is, why it's used, and the many benefits you can get from practicing it.
The word meditation can immediately conjure images of Buddhist monks in saffron robes or new-age beatniks in clouds of incense — which isn’t necessarily untrue. But meditation isn’t about religion per se, or even spirituality, really.
Three American psychologists once asked a group of students to watch cartoons and rate how funny they were.
Some were asked to hold a pencil between their lips, forcing them to mimic a scowl. Others watched the cartoons with the pencil between their teeth, simulating a smile. The results were striking: those forced to smile found the cartoons funnier than those compelled to frown. Smiling had actually made them happier.
The process works in reverse too. Frowning makes you unhappy. And a tense neck, back, or shoulders can trigger anxiety and stress. But it’s not just emotions that are driven by such vicious cycles. Pain is too.
And this is where mindfulness comes in. In addition to offering the education and training to make changes, I am always giving my patients homework that requires them to be mindful. I call these self-awareness experiments, ...
High school students increasingly see school as something to "do," not a place to learn. How can parents and educators reframe success to allow schools to become a place of deep engagement and real learning?
One of the most common complaints I hear from teachers, administrators, and staff working in public schools is something along the lines of, "I don't feel appreciated." I'd like to propose that by sim...