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When you live your life above the line you understand that your life is a gift. You laugh easily and find much humour and joy in the everyday things many people dismiss as unimportant.

Ambitions and creativity are important to you because they are the vehicle to the joy you seek. You are a spiritual being but realise there is no point in arguing about religion. You'd like to help others find this reality but are uncertain how to connect to them?

You want to actualise your dreams with integrity but without compromising your self worth. If this is you? Why not become a guest of Motel168 Lifestyle and release an elevated life.

Advocates for abundant, elevated and inspired living!

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There is an intelligent & warm story unfolding in our world. An intelligent and kind tale written  to support and give hope to all our lives. Wisdom from the living and the dear departed Soldiers of Love. A narration  that now needs to be put together a story of human kindness.
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MOTEL168 30 Days Affirmation Challenge - YouTube

In 1956, psychologist & social philosopher Erich Fromm proposed that loving oneself is different from being arrogant, conceited or egocentric. He proposed th...
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The Power of Believing That You Can Improve

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Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.

 


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, December 18, 2014 7:49 AM

Watch also this previous talk by Carol Dweck from the Young Minds conference  2013.


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If you don't believe, you're dead in the water.

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13 Inventions and Innovations Creating a Better Future for Women

Women make up half the population. When they're held back, half the world's potential goes unrealized. But when women and girls are empowered, we're not just better by half. 


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Celebrating the joy of craftsmanship

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In a world of robotics, where machines control machines, and people wait for the attention of an automated response system, it is wonderful to re-encounter a craftsman or woman.

With huge respect to the materials they use, they labour - their hands determining the utility, beauty or eatability of the things that slowly emerge from their work.

It is a real privilege to run into this craftsmanship in making business programmes, which are so often about companies and corporate behaviour.

Craftspeople you encounter in all sorts of circumstances, such as a New Zealand special effects movie workshop, or on farms and vineyards in many parts of the world.

 

For example, in the fields of Uttar Pradesh, in India, cowpats saved for fuel are stored in huts built from the same material, and then imprinted with variously arranged handprints, for decoration.

There are craftsmen here in a fish and chip shop in central London, where I am writing this in longhand as the team fries up a wondrous plate of plaice and chips with the same skill they have been demonstrating for at least 40 years.

Craftspeople have much to teach the mass producers and the advertising agencies. They take what they do very seriously, and they take the individuals they are doing it for seriously as well - otherwise known as customers.

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Want a raise? Try taking a vacation

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As summer comes to a close, many Americans find themselves lamenting the vacations they didn't take.

 

Whether it's due to stress over the work that will pile up while they're gone, or concerns that their employer will realize that the company can get by without them, the U.S. Travel Association said last week that 40 percent of Americans don't use all of their vacation days.

 

But what if taking time off actually helped you get ahead at work?

According to internal research by audit firm EY (formerly Ernst & Young), employees who use more vacation days end up with better performance reviews.

 

"In the U.S. and Canada ... for each 10 vacation hours a person took, we found on average that performance reviews were 8 percent higher," said Maryella Gockel, flexibility strategy leader at EY.

Vacation also helped slow down employee turnover, with every 40 hours of free time extending employees' stay at the company by eight months, Gockel said. Anne Weisberg, senior vice president at the Families and Work Institute, a nonprofit that examines the "work-life fit," said that while people know there is a correlation between taking time off and better work performance, there is little research into the connection.

"We all know this intuitively, that we are not performing at our best when exhausted," she said. "Taking a break can bring you back and increase your performance. People on some level understand that. The question is what is the tone being set by the team leader?"

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Want to Change the World? Do This One Thing.

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We all want to change the world for the better.

And we know that the problems we face as a civilization are so numerous, the work we have before us is so immense, it’s hard to know where to begin. Shall I care for the homeless in my city, or go build schools and hospitals in Africa? Shall I turn my backyard into an organic farm, or devote myself to a political cause;,maybe organize a march on Washington or Wall Street?

There are millions of people who feel the call. Millions of people are working to build a better future, in a million different ways. Millions more are still wondering, “What can I do? How can I make a difference?”

Stop right there.

Stop working. Stop wondering. Just stop.

And breathe.

And awaken.

Be here now.

We all want to change the world. But there is only one thing in all the world that is within our power to change: our selves.

The ten thousand problems of society—fracking and gun violence, investment fraud, rape culture and hate crimes, and on and on—are symptoms of a fundamental delusion in our minds. They result from unconscious, unquestioned assumptions that distort the way we see the world, set our priorities, and make our decisions.

We consume more than we need, in irresponsible ways, because we are not conscious of the impact. We ignore people and hurt people—often people we love and care about—because we are not conscious of what we say and do. We play along with the broken system of oppression and exploitation because we are not conscious of our power, our freedom of choice.

We can’t legislate our way out of it. We can’t force people to live mindfully and ethically. Treating the symptoms of our madness has us running in a hundred different directions at once.

If we want real change, we have to heal the underlying condition: our own unconsciousness.

You want to save the world? Do this one thing:

Stop. Breathe. Relax.

Bring your attention to this moment, to this breath. Learn to look inside and see the subconscious patterns playing out. Make the darkness conscious. Let fear and judgment and false beliefs dissolve in the calm, pure light of awareness.

Practice being present, and living life wide-awake.

Awake to the decisions that you face, the direction of your life, the ways that spend your money and your time; awake to the people around you, and the chances that you have to touch their spirit, to help them ease the pain of living; awake to the boring, ordinary moments that we tend to cruise through on autopilot.

You want to save the world?

Give the gift of your conscious presence, your clarity and compassion. Give the gift of your radiant smile, your innocence and joy. Offer the world your kind soul, your caring hands, your wide-open heart.

Because that’s what the world needs, is all of us, awake and present and ready for anything.

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The healing power of music

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What becomes of the broken-hearted? Often, they turn to music. Charles Nevin ponders whether the remedy is best found in cheery tunes or soothing sad songs.

 

Music, as we know, has the most powerful influence on us. Genius has been demonstrated and fortunes made in its provision and performance. It pervades every part of our culture.

 

Much of abstract art, for example, is a response to music. And then there is Justin Bieber.

 

Music is delivered more and more widely, through headphones or in the background, as muzak (which some people affect to despise, although I quite enjoy the reassuring familiarity of Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head - for the first two times, at least).

 

Music follows us to the grave, and beyond, as we were lately reminded by Baroness Thatcher and Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead. The Co-operative Funeralcare, too, has just reported that a fifth of British funerals are interrupted by mobile ring tones, including, in one case, If You're Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands.

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Sleep and Sleep Disorders in the Older Adult - Research on Aging

 As we age it becomes more difficult to get a good night's sleep. Failure to get adequate sleep not only affects our health but also poses a danger to society by contributing to traffic and industrial accidents. Some sleep disorders can even be life threatening. Jose S. Loredo, MD, MS, MPH, FCCP, professor of clinical medicine and medical director of the UC San Diego Sleep Medicine Center and VA Pulmonary Sleep Disorders Laboratory, discusses how these disorders can be managed and treated. Series: "Stein Institute for Research on Aging"
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Sleep Loss May Cause Brain Damage - YouTube

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Sleep loss may cause brain damage, according to research at the University of Pennsylvania, which found that depriving yourself of sleep has a lasting injury...

 

Could poor sleeping habits cause brain damage and even accelerate onset of Alzheimer’s disease? According to recent research, the answer is yes on both accounts.According to neuroscientist Dr. Sigrid Veasey, associate professor of Medicine and a member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the Perelman School of Medicine, this is the first time they’ve been able to show that sleep loss actually results in the loss of neurons.A second study also suggests that if you sleep poorly, you’re at increased risk for earlier onset of severe dementia.

 

Sleep Loss Linked to ‘Massive Brain Damage’

The first study in question, published in the Journal of Neuroscience,1, 2, 3 found that sleep is necessary for maintaining metabolic homeostasis in your brain. Wakefulness is associated with mitochondrial stress, and without sufficient sleep, neuron degeneration sets in.

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UF teaches cognitive improvement to residents of retirement community » News » University of Florida

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The University of Florida and The Village retirement community in Gainesville have partnered to offer UF Health Vitality Mind, a research program dedicated to maximizing brain health in older adults.

 

UF Health Vitality Mind provides residents of The Village and the community with free cognitive assessments and interventions that are designed to improve mental functioning, mood and the ability to independently perform everyday tasks in individuals age 60 and older.

“This program is an optimal partnership between UF and The Village,” said UF Health Vitality Mind program coordinator London Butterfield, a postdoctoral fellow in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of clinical and health psychology. “Vitality Mind is located in an apartment within a bustling retirement community and we are able to provide on-site assessment and interventions for seniors from which they will hopefully gain direct brain-health benefits. It also gives our students the opportunity to interact with seniors in a natural, real-world setting.”

 

A number of previous studies have demonstrated that cognitive interventions can have a positive effect on older adults’ cognition, mood and quality of life. A unique feature of Vitality Mind is that UF researchers are now evaluating whether combining these cognitive activities may offer even greater benefits.

 

Directed by cognitive aging researchers Dawn Bowers and Michael Marsiske, both faculty members in the UF department of clinical and health psychology, UF Health Vitality Mind offers activities for individuals who have concerns about their memory and thinking abilities, as well as for older adults who simply want to try for a cognitive boost.

 

Interventions include mindfulness meditation, computer training and physical exercise — all of which have separately been shown to improve older adults’ brain health in prior studies, and which are now being combined, Butterfield said.

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Why Organic Beekeeping is Important for Every Farmer – Dumisha...

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Is organic beekeeping even possible in this day and age and why should a farmer even care about it?

The story of beekeeping is one full of irony. Everyone loves honey but nearly everyone is afraid of bees. Blame it on Hollywood with their killer bees movies and folklore that talk of bees eating humans. But ask anyone to leave their jar of honey and we have a problem.

For the organic farmer, the question arises as to how well they can get their honey certified organic. For those living near industrial zones, this becomes a bit of a challenge. Since bees can’t be domesticated like chicken, the organic bee farmer does not control what the bees go to forage on. If your neighbors farm has a truckload of pesticides added to it every day, then your bees will bring that back to the hive. Your honey will contain traces of the pesticides.

That is why organic beekeeping has to be a community wide activity. Farmers in an area should take it upon themselves to work together in order to reap the full benefits oforganic farming.

But why should the bother after all, are their any profits to be made from organic bee keeping?

WHY GO INTO ORGANIC BEE KEEPING?

Pollination: Your garden will thank you. Honeybees help flowers, fruits and vegetables thrive.

For farmers who are looking for a shortcut to healthier plant growth, a healthy bee population always means healthy flowering for your garden. This is especially important for organic farmers who depend on nature to harvest. The bees get the nectar they need from the plants and they in turn provide a healthy dose of pollination to your crops.

Family: Beekeeping is a fascinating pastime and a great way to spend time with your family learning about nature

Those old enough to have lived in my time as a youth always remember honey hunting family affairs. To be honest, its rather interesting to keep track of bee behavior. As a family unit, there may not be a need for a TV in your home if you keep bees around. Just remember to give the youngest one in the family bee keeping equipment. They have a tendency of playing around with a  bee hive.

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E L E V A T O R 1 6 8

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Elevator168 is the official online conversation between www.motel168lifestyle.com and it's resident's. Get the skinny on happiness and in the process perhaps raise a smile : )

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I Am Resident168

I am a Soldier of Love. I am an Armchair Activist. When you align ego and spirit good is the only outcome. Music by Motel168 Music Join us https://www.facebo...
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9 Things Incredibly Successful People Do

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Some people just seem to find success easier than others. Maybe because they regularly do these 9 things that others don't.


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How do you explain consciousness?

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Our consciousness is a fundamental aspect of our existence, says philosopher David Chalmers: “There’s nothing we know about more directly…. but at the same time it’s the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe.” He shares some ways to think about the movie playing in our heads.


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Why The Most Successful People Know When To Admit They're Clueless

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You can't be "all things to all people," but connecting people and sharing the credit can make you look a lot better than bragging.

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Why We Need Caring Classrooms

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More educators are recognizing that compassion can be taught. But I don't think it's enough to have children just learn about compassion, because we need to embody our ethical beliefs by acting on them. This begins with empathy.

 

There are three main kinds of empathy, each involving distinct sets of brain circuits.

1: Cognitive empathy: understanding how other people see the world and how they think about it. This lets us put what we have to say in ways the other person will best comprehend.

2. Emotional empathy: a brain-to-brain linkage that gives us an instant inner sense of how the other person feels – sensing their emotions from moment to moment. This allows "chemistry" in our connections with people.

Those two are very important of course; they're key to getting along with other people, but they're not necessarily sufficient for caring.

3. Empathic concern – which naturally leads to empathic action. Unlike the other two kinds of empathy, this variety is based in the ancient mammalian circuitry for caring and for parenting, and it nurtures those qualities.

A positive, productive learning environment

Empathetic concern offers the foundation for what's been called a "caring classroom," where the teacher embodies and models kindness and concern for her students, and encourages the same attitude among the students. Such a classroom culture provides the best atmosphere for learning, both cognitively and emotionally.

Learning in general happens best in a supportive environment. There’s a feeling of safety, closeness and connection. In such a space children's brains more readily reach the state of optimal cognitive efficiency – and of caring about others.

Such an atmosphere has particular importance for those children at most risk of going off track in their lives because of early experiences of deprivation, abuse, or neglect. Studies of high-risk kids who have ended up thriving in their lives – who are resilient – find that usually the one person who turned their life around was a caring adult.

If you ask them what made the difference, very often they'll tell you it was that teacher who really saw them, who really understood them, who really cared about them and saw their potential.

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Fall in Love This Morning.

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Fall in love with the stranger on the street you lock eyes with---toss them a head nod, give them a smile, start your day feeling connected to the world around

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Wonderful reminder that love is all around us.
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The healing power of music: Robin Spielberg at TEDxLancaster

Robin Spielberg, a renowned contemporary pianist and composer, tells a very personal story about the healing power of music. Her experiences inspired her to share how music makes an impact on our well-being and helps us through difficulties.
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5+ Clever Tips for Creating a Healthy Habit

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We’re far past that point in the year when many people have let their New Year’s Resolutions fall by the wayside.

On the flip-side, many have been obsessing about bathing suit season for months, and programs for “Bikini Ready Body in Six Weeks!” or “Flat Abs in Seven Days!” abound.

The harmful part of these approaches to changing habits is that they are quick fixes, and often intended to be short term. If you’re going to do things that make you feel and look better, why would you want to do them temporarily?

 

If you want to get out of your health and wellness rut, here are a few things to consider for creating a healthy habit that sticks…


1. Why do you want to add the habit?

Is this something you want to include in your life, or something you think you should do? Is it something your partner wants you to do? Is it something you read about and think would be good for you? All of those reasons are valid, but you are more likely to stick with things with an internal motivation.

If you know why you want to do something, it can help you stay motivated. If you want to start a daily yoga practice because you want to gain strength, flexibility and greater internal calm, you have a better chance of sticking with it than if you just read that Adam Levine does it and thought it might be cool.



Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-clever-tips-for-creating-a-healthy-habit.html#ixzz33vnNI5jE
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HOME the documentary

We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate.

The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.

For this purpose, HOME needs to be free. A patron, the PPR Group, made this possible. EuropaCorp, the distributor, also pledged not to make any profit because Home is a non-profit film.

HOME has been made for you : share it! And act for the planet.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand
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14 Surprising Reasons You're Dehydrated

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By K. Aleisha Fetters

Your body is about 60 percent water. Lose even 1.5 percent of that H2O -- the tipping point for mild dehydration -- and your mood, energy levels and cognitive function all drop, according to research from the University of Connecticut. And while there are obvious reasons you can end up dehydrated -- a sunny day, exercise or not drinking enough in general -- other triggers are less obvious. Check out these 14 surprising causes of dehydration and how to prevent them.
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How Big Data is Helping Seed a Farming Transformation - A Smarter Planet Blog

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Is organic beekeeping even possible in this day and age and why should a farmer even care about it?

The story of beekeeping is one full of irony. Everyone loves honey but nearly everyone is afraid of bees. Blame it on Hollywood with their killer bees movies and folklore that talk of bees eating humans. But ask anyone to leave their jar of honey and we have a problem.

For the organic farmer, the question arises as to how well they can get their honey certified organic. For those living near industrial zones, this becomes a bit of a challenge. Since bees can’t be domesticated like chicken, the organic bee farmer does not control what the bees go to forage on. If your neighbors farm has a truckload of pesticides added to it every day, then your bees will bring that back to the hive. Your honey will contain traces of the pesticides.

That is why organic beekeeping has to be a community wide activity. Farmers in an area should take it upon themselves to work together in order to reap the full benefits oforganic farming.

But why should the bother after all, are their any profits to be made from organic bee keeping?

WHY GO INTO ORGANIC BEE KEEPING?

Pollination: Your garden will thank you. Honeybees help flowers, fruits and vegetables thrive.

For farmers who are looking for a shortcut to healthier plant growth, a healthy bee population always means healthy flowering for your garden. This is especially important for organic farmers who depend on nature to harvest. The bees get the nectar they need from the plants and they in turn provide a healthy dose of pollination to your crops.

Family: Beekeeping is a fascinating pastime and a great way to spend time with your family learning about nature

Those old enough to have lived in my time as a youth always remember honey hunting family affairs. To be honest, its rather interesting to keep track of bee behavior. As a family unit, there may not be a need for a TV in your home if you keep bees around. Just remember to give the youngest one in the family bee keeping equipment. They have a tendency of playing around with a  bee hive.

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Healing Power of Music for ADHD Children

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Sound… you heard it, from before the time of your birth. As early as the second trimester of human development, children can hear the sounds of their mother’s heartbeat, digestive system, and voice vibrations. Even the sounds outside the womb entered into an unborn child’s ears – human laughter, dogs barking, traffic, conversations, etc.

 

Music’s Effect On The Human Brain
Music – regardless of what form it is in – is a mechanism that helps to organize our thoughts and movements. There is no doubt that music has the ability to impact the human body. After all, we respond to a beat by tapping to the rhythm, more than we respond to a flashing light or image. Music also has a calming effect on the body by helping it to relieve stress and anxiety.

 

When music is played, it produces a complex neuro-feedback loop between both the motor and auditory cortexes. Playing a musical instrument requires three motor control functions:

- Sequencing

- Spatial organization of movement

- Timing

 

Music can spark the synapses, increasing the brain’s dopamine levels. It is this neurotransmitter that is responsible for motivation, working memory and attention regulation. It has been shown that ADHD brains have low levels of dopamine. However,

listening to music increases dopamine levels, and can help ADHD patients to better function in society.

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