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Mayim Bialik of ‘The Big Bang Theory’: Girls Rock Math and Science Too

Mayim Bialik of ‘The Big Bang Theory’: Girls Rock Math and Science Too | AUTHENTIC LIVING | Scoop.it
In an exclusive interview, Bialik shares why it’s cool to be a scientist and know ‘what it means to see a shooting star.’...

Dr. Mayim Bialik is straightforward when she talks about science and math education.

Simply put, The Big Bang Theory actress—and neuroscientist—thinks the United States needs to make science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education a priority, and she’s happy to talk to President Barack Obama about it.

“I think when you look at the statistics of which percentage of jobs will require a background in math and science, it’s about 70 percent,” Bialik says in an interview. “That is speaking to an absolute need for STEM education.”

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Caring for Your Introvert

Caring for Your Introvert | AUTHENTIC LIVING | Scoop.it
Do you know someone who needs hours alone every day? Who loves quiet conversations about feelings or ideas, and can give a dynamite presentation to a big audience, but seems awkward in groups and maladroit at small talk? Who has to be dragged to parties and then needs the rest of the day to recuperate? Who growls or scowls or grunts or winces when accosted with pleasantries by people who are just trying to be nice?

If so, do you tell this person he is "too serious," or ask if he is okay? Regard him as aloof, arrogant, rude? Redouble your efforts to draw him out?

If you answered yes to these questions, chances are that you have an introvert on your hands—and that you aren't caring for him properly.

Read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2003/03/caring-for-your-introvert/302696/
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Learning is about risk, authenticity and vulnerability

Learning is about risk, authenticity and vulnerability | AUTHENTIC LIVING | Scoop.it

As I continue to ponder openness, introversion and the start of #oped12, I am feeling an internal current of energy rising within me.  It’s all thanks to fabulous author and blogger Susan Cain and the dots she has connected for me with fellow authors I admire: Gretchen Rubin and Brené Brown.

Borrowing from Dr. Brown’s interview with Ms. Cain, I’d like to offer my own insights on vulnerability and becoming an authentic, open, outspoken introvert within the learning profession:


1. Vulnerability is: taking the risk to be authentic, regardless of how others may percieve me.



2. What role does vulnerability play in my work? Learning is inherently a vulnerable task. So is helping others to learn.

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Open Heart Vulnerability - The Emotionally Sensitive Person

Open Heart Vulnerability - The Emotionally Sensitive Person | AUTHENTIC LIVING | Scoop.it
If you struggle with letting yourself be vulnerable, considering the stages of vulnerability may be helpful.

Having close relationships, based on the research on happiness, is associated with life satisfaction. At the same time, connecting with others in a meaningful way requires letting yourself be vulnerable. To connect meaningfully is to shed pretense, to take off whatever mask you wear and allow the authentic you to be present. Brene Brown has excellent TED talks and books that discuss her research on vulnerability.

Emotionally sensitive people tend to both overshare and undershare information about themselves, sometimes telling very personal information to people they don’t know well and withholding information from close friends. There can be undesirable results for both actions.

Read more: http://blogs.psychcentral.com/emotionally-sensitive/2012/09/open-heart-vulnerability/
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Creating To Be Authentic, Not Perfect

Creating To Be Authentic, Not Perfect | AUTHENTIC LIVING | Scoop.it

“Creativity comes from a desire to express the true self.”—Gloria Steinem


Too often, art has been insulated, considered and written about as precious—something only official artists do. In her book ‘Revolution From Within’ Gloria Steinem notes that “most art in the world does not have a capital ‘A’, but is a way of turning everyday objects into personal expressions.”


And she cautions that neglecting to use our human capacities, out of fear or shame, “leaves a small hole in the fabric of our self-esteem. Think of the times you have said, ‘I can’t write’, ‘I can’t paint’… Since this was not literally true, you were really saying: ‘I can't meet some outside standard. I’m not acceptable as I am."


Read more: http://designtaxi.com/article/101896/Creating-To-Be-Authentic-Not-Perfect/

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Reflect, Without Thinking

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On learning how to enjoy our little human dramas
Ezra Bayda

Practice implores us to do the simplest yet most difficult thing: to sit still and simply be present. In meditation, we let whatever comes up, come up. We invite it in. We welcome all of it, including the resistance, the boredom, the judgments, and the endless spinning. We let it all come up and just watch it.

When things come up that we don’t like, we try to remember that these thoughts and feelings are our teacher—we can learn from them. They’re not the enemy that we have to get away from. In other words, we don’t try to change our experience; we just try to be aware. Observing ourselves in this way does not require thinking, judging, or analyzing. It only requires watching. This is what it means to watch with curiosity as our experience unfolds, without trying to make ourselves different.

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New Moon in Leo ~ Authenticity Is Sexy

New Moon in Leo ~ Authenticity Is Sexy | AUTHENTIC LIVING | Scoop.it
" Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind" Dr.Suess

Have you ever noticed that healthy animals always seem to have a little attitude? Lions in the wild walk with such cnfidence and grace they make attitude look stunning

If you are self expressed in your own authenticity, you will have attitude. it will show in how you walk, how you move, how you speak , how you smile, how you eat, how you dance, how you make drive, how you cook, how you make love....

Do you feel free to be yourself? Is there something holding you back? What is it? What would you need to do to remove that obstacle so that you would feel completely free to express yourself? Really your only job in this life is to get to know yourself, find your passions, develop one or more of your passions to the point of Mastery and then share your Self and your gifts with the world.

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The Surprising Truth About What Makes Us Happy At Work

The Surprising Truth About What Makes Us Happy At Work | AUTHENTIC LIVING | Scoop.it
Which jobs are the "happiest" - and how to make your own job happier for you.

I just read a fascinating post by Jacquelyn Smith here on Forbes, The Happiest Jobs in America. Almost 300,000 people have read it so far – which doesn’t actually surprise me; human beings want to find out out how to be happy.  And since most of us spend so much time at work, and it’s such a big part of who we are, we particularly want to be happy at our jobs.

So then I got curious – why are people in these jobs so happy with their work? And I started thinking about Dan Pink‘s book Drive, which uncovers the science about what motivates us.  He says (and I agree) that the things we most want from work are “1. Autonomy – the desire to direct our own lives. 2. Mastery — the urge to get better and better at something that matters. 3. Purpose — the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.

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How to Care for Introverts (in 12 easy steps).

How to Care for Introverts (in 12 easy steps). | AUTHENTIC LIVING | Scoop.it
I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky…” 

~ Audrey Hepburn

I say this often but I’m pretty sure I was a cat in a previous life. If I believed in reincarnation, I’d be purring right now.

People who need to be alone often, who are jealous of their space and privacy, who purr unexpectedly or stop purring for no apparent reason (who knows, maybe they just spotted a mouse); who never come when you call them but expect you to answer immediately when they call you. Who cry often, but nobody knows.

On the wiser side of town, they look like they’ve learned to become friends with their solitude.

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Are You Scared? Fear and the Creative Process.

Are You Scared? Fear and the Creative Process. | AUTHENTIC LIVING | Scoop.it
Do you sometimes feel scared to write? To create something – anything?! Are you sometimes a bit terrified to engage with others on social media, or even at an in-person event? Do you find yourself wanting to hide away, not sharing, not connecting, and certain not promoting anything? You are not alone.

Let’s talk about fear. Terror. Panic… and the creative process. That feeling when you – the writer – stare at the blank page with a big hole in the gut of your stomach.

We don’t talk about this very often, fear. Even the depression that comes and sinks in and grabs hold for days, weeks or months.

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Without self-acceptance self-help won't work!

Without self-acceptance self-help won't work! | AUTHENTIC LIVING | Scoop.it
:: Written by Mastin Kipp

The way that I say it is that without self-acceptance your spiritual path is spiritual entertainment at best. I mean you might as well watch a movie and just observe someone else going through a transformation. It's so true.

I've spent a lot of my life trying to "change" or "fix" myself. And what I've concretely come to understand is that The Path is not so much about changing or fixing ourselves as it is accepting ourselves. Acceptance of who you REALLY are is the beginning of a brand new life.

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Brené Brown Dares Us to Dare Greatly

Brené Brown Dares Us to Dare Greatly | AUTHENTIC LIVING | Scoop.it
In Brené Brown's new book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead, she asks us to take the common view that vulnerability is a weakness and throw it in the trash.

She asks us to consider instead that vulnerability is necessary. When we show up and allow ourselves to be seen and heard, we are being vulnerable. We are daring greatly.

"Vulnerability is not weakness, and the uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure we face every day are not optional. Our only choice is a question of engagement. Our willingness to own and engage with our vulnerability determines the depth of our courage and the clarity of our purpose; the level to which we protect ourselves from being vulnerable is a measure of our fear and disconnection." Page 2

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“Wait: The Art and Science of Delay” by Frank Partnoy

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The key part of making a good decision, Frank Partnoy argues, is to wait as long as you can before acting...

We live in a fast-paced world, and it’s unlikely we will slow down soon. Technology continues to strip away delays and pauses, giving us the ability to do, find and share things in a time frame that would have been unthinkable just a few decades ago. Whatever we want, we want instantly; whatever is expected of us, it’s expected just as quickly. This impulsiveness infects and infuses countless aspects of our lives.


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Vulnerability: The New Girl Power

Vulnerability: The New Girl Power | AUTHENTIC LIVING | Scoop.it
It's tempting to view the female confessional as apolitical. In fact, it’s a new form of feminism.

BY SADY DOYLE

I finally started sobbing-sobbing,” reads one entry from author and sometime New York Times correspondent Kara Jessella’s blog, “real crying, not illustrative crying, like leave me alone, you are terrorizing me, i just had a seizure like two weeks ago, i’ve been up all night, what is wrong with you? how could you treat anyone like this? much less ME? crying—and said if he really cared about my health why was he yelling at me.

The off-the-cuff presentation—a no-caps recap of a fight with a boyfriend, posted alongside a Kelly Clarkson song—is misleading. It’s very Internet. And thus, one might assume, very unserious. What you’d be missing, in such an analysis, is that this blog post is a harbinger of a new feminist moment.

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Face Off- Living An Authentic Life

Face Off- Living An Authentic Life | AUTHENTIC LIVING | Scoop.it
It’s a new day and as much of a new life as you want it to be. You can choose at any time to start over and present the new you, YOU 1.0, to the world. It is the real you, the authentic you, the one you may have hidden under layers of protection and conformity. But it has always been there and now you’re ready to step out with style as if a butler is announcing your arrival at a party.

We tend to do our own form of faceoff when it comes to conformity. We spend so much time wearing the masks of who we think we’re supposed to be, or mindlessly wearing the masks that will gain us approval that pretending becomes second nature and we easily forget who we really are. The desire for approval is insatiable in any case...

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Authenticity, Life & It's Process

Authenticity, Life & It's Process | AUTHENTIC LIVING | Scoop.it
"To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life."
--Robert Louis Stevenson

So, here's the deal...

I think we get sooo wrapped up in the final product sometimes, we lose sight of the process. It's the process that heals, the process that soothes and invigorates, it is the process that is a reflection of your soul, your heart ... and your mind. The process is where we gain the most wisdom, and hence.. arises the true value. It is the process, that I find most freeing.

"Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, "This is the real me," and when you have found that attitude, follow it."
--William James

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A Lesson in Authenticity

A Lesson in Authenticity | AUTHENTIC LIVING | Scoop.it
Being visible is a calculated risk: we yearn to be seen for who we are, to be understood, and to be known. Yet, when we’re visible, when we stop hiding and reveal ourselves, we risk being judged, rejected and shamed for who we are. All unpleasant experiences, and all experiences that can shake us to our core.

But a large part of me wants to take that risk. There will be days when it feels too much, and I’ll retreat behind the detached voice. I think we need to be able to have that retreat available, otherwise visibility risks becoming exposure.

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Stay Vulnerable Even When It Hurts

Stay Vulnerable Even When It Hurts | AUTHENTIC LIVING | Scoop.it
Each day that we make choices about our life and we don’t admit our vulnerability, we are robbing ourselves of our humanity.

Vulnerability is as much a part of being human as is strength. Many of us have been conditioned to be strong.

Many of us have been encouraged not to ask for help.  
 
Many of us have been persuaded not need anyone.  
 
To be human is to discover we can be vulnerable and still be strong.  
 
We can ask for help and still lead and we can need others and still be tenacious.  
 
Most creative, innovative, visionary people have been people who have lived their lives by serendipity, inspiration and vulnerability.  

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The Power of Vulnerability: 10 Life Lessons.

The Power of Vulnerability: 10 Life Lessons. | AUTHENTIC LIVING | Scoop.it
Up until the last few years, I had rejected the idea of allowing myself to be vulnerable, if even on a subconscious and cellular level.

From a young age, I had managed to push down any vulnerability or sensitivity I had in me for my own psychic survival. Looking back I realize that I suffered from some deep emotional wounds, wounds that I wouldn’t or couldn’t acknowledge...

I refused to be hurt. I refused it with such a vengeance; I probably hurt myself more in the process. I spent what felt like an eternity building emotional brick walls in hopes that they would protect my heart. Yes, I had it all figured out. Through the cunning and creative placement of walls, I would never have to feel pain again. Absence of pain equaled happiness.

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