Showing posts from August 6, 2017

Inspirational Quote – August 12, 2017

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Two options offered here. Your decision as to which one is for you. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, just like everything in life. If you want to get where you want to go as quickly as possible, with no thought for anybody or anything else, then best not to feel hampered by too much “baggage” which may hold you back or slow you down. However, when you get “there” you might be disappointed there is nobody there to applaud your efforts or offer a welcome. If, however, if you want to go a bit further, then perhaps some company to offer support and encouragement would be a good plan. There would also be the added benefit of two heads being better than one, and someone to acknowledge your achievement and success. Which one would you opt for?

The Solace of Wild Places in Nature and Ourselves

Most of us live far from truly wild places that could give us comfort from the troubles of this world, yet we badly need this healing found in nature. The Japanese recognize this need for connection to nature and have a custom they call "shinrin-yoku," which means forest bathing. In this piece, Lucia Bettler recommends that we each take time to rest our minds and hearts in the quiet greenness of Mother Earth. "This wild world brings us solace, peace and grace." Knowing that most of us don't live near forests or mountains, she suggests developing simple relationships with nature to restore our spirits -- things like taking a walk with a pet, watching the insects in the grass or sitting in the herb garden to rejuvenate ourselves. She reminds the reader that the medicine we all need is found in connection to the earth.

Drug Addiction, Social Connection, and the Brain

A new study of opioids reveals a tie between drug addiction and social connection.BY JILL SUTTIE

Science has long known that having positive social connection is important to a happy and healthy life. But less is understood about how our brains support and encourage connecting with others. While prior research has suggested oxytocin plays a role in nurturing and trusting others, thereby strengthening social bonds, many researchers also suspect that brain opioids are important to social connection. Opioids are naturally occurring brain chemicals—perhaps the most well-known being endorphins—that cause pleasurable sensations in the body and encourage us to enjoy whatever we are experiencing. It’s possible that opioids also cause the warm feelings we get in social encounters, thereby encouraging us to be more engaged with others. But, according to a recent study, the role of opioids may be a little more complicated than that—and there are practical implications for how we treat drug addictio…

Inspirational Quote – August 11, 2017

“Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.”

Occasionally, we need to realize that there is just no point in railing against Fate, Karma etc, because of the suffering or disappointment we may be experiencing because of it. Nothing will change as a result of us feeling chagrined because we may feel unfairly singled out for “punishment” or troubled times. So, in that situation, it would pay us to accept, deal with and consign to the past anything of this nature. Trust that whatever transpired happened for a reason, perhaps not obvious to us at the time, but that things will get better in the future so it would benefit us greatly to look forward not back.

Elisabet Sahtouris on Ecosophy

In this interview Elizabet Sahtouris shares how society must unite to work toward the common goal of creating a better future for our planet. In order to overcome our tendency toward destruction, we must put aside our competitive nature to work in global harmony. Ecosophy, or "the household which is wise", she describes, is one that does not separate ecology from economy. "The old and the new worlds are living side by side or within each other right now. If we want to have a better future, all we have to do is start to create it now by living it now". Elizabet beautifully describes the phases through which our planet has gone, and how we can improve upon the next.

Why You Should Take More Time Off from Work

Not only are vacations relaxing, but they can boost our productivity and creativity—if done right.BY EMMA SEPPALA

Americans generally believe that they need to “deserve” their vacations—that they should work hard, even push themselves, before they actually take a break.  Consider these statistics:   Although Americans have fewer vacation days than people in any other country, they have been taking less and less vacation over the last 15 years. Fifty-five percent of Americans did not use all their vacation days in 2015.Even when they actually do take vacation, 41 percent are checking into work while away (i.e., they are not fully unplugging).84 percent of U.S. executives have cancelled vacations in order to work. There may be cultural reasons for this phenomenon. Countries most influenced by the Protestant work ethic, like the United States, place a lot of value on industriousness and proving oneself—as opposed to countries influenced by Catholicism, which is a salvation-based religion. In…

Inspirational Quote – August 10, 2017

“If a man wants his dreams to come true, he must wake them up.”

In order to make your dreams come true it is a good idea to have a dream in mind in the first place. Then, once you have decided on your dream, or dreams, it’s down to you to do everything you can to make it or them a reality. Be careful not to get distracted and perhaps risk losing sight of your dream(s), as it’s only by your focus, determination and perseverance that they can come true for you so very precious indeed.

Looking Past Limits: The Remarkable Story of Caroline Casey

Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a jaw-dropping revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have. At age 34 she realized the three dreams she held as a teenager: to become an elephant handler, to work for herself, and to drive a race car at 185 km/h. She went on to start the Aisling Foundation, which looks deeply at disability, its attendant loneliness and its inherent positive aspects. Follow her incredible, inspiring journey here.

How Anti-Latino Rhetoric Hurts All Americans

American society would be stronger and safer if it embraced people of all ethnicities, suggest the preliminary results of an on-going study.BY BELINDA CAMPOSLEO R. CHAVEZ
We all want to be valued members of the groups to which we belong. For Latinos in the United States, this isn’t easy. Rhetoric that casts Latinos as a threat to other Americans is a fact of life. Do words matter? To Latinos? To all Americans? In a study that started last summer, we learned that anti-immigrant and anti-Latino rhetoric can leave psychological damage in its wake. But the findings also point to a pathway for undoing that damage, by the simple act of bringing attention to a group’s positive contributions and membership in the larger group. If we can replace hateful rhetoric with language that is positive and inclusive, we won’t just help Latinos feel good about themselves. We’ll also help to build a stronger United States. Seeing Latinos as a threat Some may be tempted to think that anti-Latino rhetoric is a…