Here's A Therapy Playlist To Calm The Mind

Here's A Therapy Playlist To Calm The Mind
It may seem like we are living in an age of anxiety, where feeling worried, upset and stressed has become the norm. But we should remember that anxiety is a natural human response to situations.

How We Use Music To Make Ourselves Feel At Home

How We Use Music To Make Ourselves Feel At Home
The concept of “home” refers to more than bricks and mortar. Just as cities are more than buildings and infrastructure, our homes carry all manner of emotional, aesthetic and socio-cultural significance.

Creativity vs. Sensuality: Creating Great Goodness For The World

Creativity vs. Sensuality: Creating Great Goodness For The World
Some things have not changed since Homer's time. Now as then, the young despise boredom. Now as then, kicks are the cheapest solution. As to the beneficial uses of sensuality, dashes of it, to be sure, spice creativity. But runaway sensuality has...

The Mystery Of What Makes A Joke Funny

The Mystery Of What Makes A Joke Funny
How do you like the following joke from Sumeria in about 1900BC? “Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband’s lap."

Why Traditional Persian Music Should Be Known To The World

Why Traditional Persian Music Should Be Known To The World
The traditional poetry and music of Iran aim to create a threshold space, a zone of mystery; a psycho-emotional terrain of suffering, melancholy, death and loss, but also of authentic joy, ecstasy, and hope.

Setting Boundaries and Preventing Overload: All Devices Off

All Devices Off: Setting Boundaries and Preventing Overload
Even when we are not competing with other people, we can often feel like the world around us is competing for our time, money, and attention. One of the most resisted — and most productive — tools in The Artist's Way was one called "Reading Deprivation." Today, when I...

The Healing Power of Nature: Maintaining a Connection to Nature

The Healing Power of Nature: Maintaining a Connection to Nature
Even in the city, it is possible to maintain a connection to the cycles of the seasons and the rhythms of nature. It's increasingly recognized that regular contact of this kind is an important component in establishing and maintaining the kind of inner balance and peace that promotes happiness.

Creating Your Nature Space and Reawakening the Rhythms of Your Life

 Creating Your Nature Space &  Reawakening the Rhythms of Your Life
One of the best ways to heal a physical problem or reduce emotional stress is to interrupt our daily routines with experiences that reacquaint us with Nature. As we are swept up, captivated, and enthralled by the displays of Nature's wonder, we sense the immutable balance that is our own source...

How to Relax...You Can't Be Stressed and Relaxed at the Same Time

How to Relax...You Can't Be Stressed and Relaxed at the Same Time
Learning how to relax is one of the most powerful healing tools that I have ever come across. Emotional suffering comes from overthinking issues. Stress also plays a major role in our physical health, affecting for example, our weight, cholesterol and digestive systems.

Too Many People Think Satirical News Is Real

Too Many People Think Satirical News Is Real
In July, the website Snopes published a piece fact-checking a story posted on The Babylon Bee, a popular satirical news site with a conservative bent.

Learning Life from Mushrooms and Tide Pools

Learning Life from Mushrooms and Tide Pools
As a composer, John Cage sought to get the weight of Beethoven and the other past masters off his shoulders. He felt it was essential to be freed from the repetitive patterns of personality and style (“memory, tastes, likes, and dislikes”) and to free audiences from their expectations of what art should look and sound like.

Tips To Stress Less Outside Work Hours

Tips To Stress Less Outside Work Hours
While it’s difficult to fully disconnect from work as we head home for the day, our personal thinking styles and values can affect how well we manage the stress of work interruptions, and think about work during leisure time.

How Women and The Moon Intertwine In Literature

How Women and The Moon Intertwine In Literature
In the late 17th century, the female English playwright Aphra Behn wrote a smash hit play about a man obsessed with the moon, who was constantly travelling there in his imagination.

5 Ways To Be A Responsible Wildlife Tourist

5 Ways To Be A Responsible Wildlife Tourist
Imagine walking through a lush tropical forest. You hear a rustle overhead, and a half-eaten fruit plops onto the trail. You lock eyes with a howler monkey, before he gives a soft grunt and moves higher into the trees. These magical, fleeting connections with a wild animal can be the highlight of a holiday.

The Students and the Teacher: A Rumi Story to Illumine, Delight, and Inform

A Rumi Story to Illumine, Delight, and Inform: The Students and the Teachers
Whatever our cultural or linguistic background, we can all claim some knowledge of the lives of others, and this knowledge has reached us through stories. These stories may have been told by an animated grandparent; maybe we heard them on the radio or encountered them during a religious-studies lesson at school, where we learned about the lives and times of saints, gods, and goddesses.

Creativity: Exploring The Vastness Of Our Own Potential

Creativity: Exploring The Vastness Of Our Own PotentialIt is my observation that true creativity often involves a marriage (or surprising connection) of two things that are not related to most people’s minds. The larger point I am trying to make here is that creative people often see connections and build bridges where others see no such things (until someone shows them! Then many of us can cross the same bridge).

The Better City Bike Maps Are Made By Volunteers

The Better City Bike Maps Are Made By Volunteers

Not all bike routes are equal. Some places that are marked as bike routes on a map feel precarious when traversed on two wheels, including shoulders covered in debris and places where you can feel the wind from speeding cars.

How Children's Books Have Written Mom Out Of The Story

How Children's Books Have Written Mom Out Of The Story

Here’s an interesting fact for Mothering Sunday. When it comes to children’s books, the word “mother” is the most frequent noun used to refer to female characters – and has been since the 19th century.

7 Unexpected Things That Libraries Offer Besides Books

7 Unexpected Things That Libraries Offer Besides BooksLocal libraries are often thought of as places to check out books or engage in some silent reading. But libraries offer so much more than just what can be found on their shelves or done in hushed tones.

Groovy Findings: How And Why Music Moves You

Groovy Findings: How And Why Music Moves You

When Stevie Wonder’s 1972 hit “Superstition” comes on, you might find yourself bobbing your head, tapping your feet and maybe even dancing along.

From Enlightenment to Romance in One (Not So) Easy Step

From Enlightenment to Romance in One (Not So) Easy StepAs I hiked up the old E4 trail above the temple complex at Delphi, romance was the last thing on my mind let alone a dalliance with the ancient forgotten Greek god of Light and Wisdom. It was April of 2015, and all I wanted to do was to get away from the tourists and my worries about a book deadline with Simon & Schuster...

Why See China's Latest Sci-fi Blockbuster The Wandering Earth

Why See China's Latest Sci-fi Blockbuster The Wandering EarthAs China demonstrated its space credentials by landing a lunar probe on the far side of the moon in January 2019, a science fiction movie was hitting mainland cinemas that could also redefine China’s credentials as a maker of global cinema.

The Surprising Reasons We Love Art

The Surprising Reasons We Love Art
“Why do people love Pierre Bonnard so much?” asks The Guardian’s art critic Adrian Searle in his review of the painter’s current show at London’s Tate Modern.

The Psychology Of Roller Coasters

The Psychology Of Roller Coasters
Roller coasters may seem like a very modern type of entertainment – constantly getting bigger, faster and scarier thanks to advances in technology.

Does Warming, Decanting And Swirling Make Wine Taste Better?

Does Warming, Decanting And Swirling Make Wine Taste Better?
Do you inspect the appearance of a wine before swirling it around the glass (holding the stem, naturally)? Inhale deeply while describing the flamboyant nature of your Shiraz? Do you do that slurpy thing that some love but others loathe?

How To Boost Kids' Skills And Memories With A Weekly Game Night

How To Boost Kids' Skills And Memories With A Weekly Game NightThe winter months are an ideal time to turn your attention inward and think of how you can establish something new for your family to do together indoors. If you can find the right thing, perhaps it will become a family ritual.

Ego and Creative Energy Create Our Life Experiences

Ego and Creative Energy Function Together to Create Our Life ExperiencesPhysicist Max Planck demonstrated that the behavior of energy is influenced by the intent of the observer -- the implication is that you can intentionally impact how your creative energy acts. The way in which energy behaves depends on what the observer expects to see. If you intend to see certain events, your creative energy will transform itself into those events.

Why The Wizard Of Oz Has Been So Influential

Why The Wizard Of Oz Has Been So InfluentialFilm director Joel Coen – one half of the famed Coen Brothers – once quipped that “every movie ever made is an attempt to remake The Wizard of Oz”

Fantastic Beasts And The Mysterious Real Life Questions Behind JK Rowling's Magic Tales

Fantastic Beasts And The Mysterious Real Life Questions Behind JK Rowling's Magic TalesEven in the real world there are witches among us, and fantastic beasts – and a touch of magic, too. And so to mark the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, University of Birmingham experts have answered some of the more mysterious questions behind JK Rowling’s magical fiction. And they’ve made a series of short video explainers, too.

Does Mixing Drinks Cause Hangovers?

Does Mixing Drinks Cause Hangovers?
As a general practitioner, I hear a lot of colorful advice from my patients about what they believe constitutes “safe” drinking and how to avoid a nasty hangover.

Do Hangover Cures Actually Work?

Do Hangover Cures Actually Work?
It seemed like a good idea at the time. But a few drinks with friends turned into a few more, and the next morning you’re not feeling so crash hot. Is there anything you can take to help?

Revolution 50: The Beatles’ White Album Remixed

Revolution 50: The Beatles’ White Album Remixed
Last year, in 2017, the 50th anniversary remix of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band gained considerable respect from critics and fans alike. Now we have the 50th anniversary remix of The Beatles, universally known as The White Album thanks to its ultra-minimalist artwork.

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse: Animation's Greatest Showman Is 90

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse: Animation's Greatest Showman Is 90

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho recently criticised his players for not having the courage to take penalty kicks, declaring: “I don’t like Mickey Mouses.” His choice of words made him surely just the latest to misunderstand one of the most significant icons of our times.

Imagining Your Own Escape to Nature and How Media Inspires Our Great Escapes

Imagining Your Own Escape to Nature and How Media Inspires Our Great Escapes
Many people dream about moving to the country, escaping the city for good. Most Australians live in cities, but there seems to be a collective desire to escape the concrete and glass for green fields and open spaces. Those who do this are popularly known in Australia as seachangers and treechangers.

The Animal Guide To The Good Life: Play Hard, Work Hard

Play Hard And Work Hard: The Animal Guide To The Good Life
I am always repeating the mantra that we should “work hard and play hard”. But is having fun professionally productive? As someone who studies animal behavior I sometimes look to my experimental subjects for an answer.

Older Than Dracula: In Search Of The English Vampire

Older Than Dracula: In Search Of The English Vampire
The story of Count Dracula as many of us know it was created by Bram Stoker, an Irishman, in 1897. But most of the action takes place in England, from the moment the Transylvanian vampire arrives on a shipwrecked vessel in Whitby, North Yorkshire, with plans to make his lair in the spookily named Carfax estate, west of the river in London.

Why Has Halloween Become So Popular Among Adults?

Why Has Halloween Become So Popular Among Adults?
Halloween used to be kid stuff. To quit dressing up was an important rite of passage. It meant you were one step closer to becoming an adult. Not anymore. Today adults have become avid Halloween revelers, especially young adults.

The Snake Charmer: Can Anyone Live Beyond the Laws of Nature?

The Snake Charmer: Can Anyone Live Beyond the Laws of Nature?
There is an old story our Elders teach us about a Water Snake who lived in a pond up high at the base of a sacred mountain. He was a very healthy, wealthy, strong, and handsome man. He was on top of the world, you might say. He had the whole pond to himself and he had everything a person could ask for in life: plenty of natural resources, open space, lots of food, good weather, ample shelter...

What The World Can Learn From Greece's Passion For The Arts

What The World Can Learn From Greece's Passion For The Arts

Throughout the ages, Greece has created an inspiring legacy in the arts and culture. Renowned Greek philosophers, architects, sculptors, poets and playwrights like Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Herodotus, Sophocles, Euripedes and Aeschylus have made remarkable contributions over the centuries to the arts and culture and have left an indelible foundation for future generations.

Creativity Is A Human Quality That Exists In Every Single One Of Us

Creativity Is A Human Quality That Exists In Every Single One Of Us
When you think about creativity, it might be highly creative people like Mozart, Da Vinci or Einstein who spring to mind. They were all considered to be “geniuses” for their somewhat unique talents that led to global innovation in their fields.

True Innovation Generates Ideas, Not Wealth

True Innovation Generates Ideas, Not Wealth

Ancient innovators were poets, thinkers, artisans and scientists, not business owners. The classical Greek philosopher Socrates did not become famous for the massive dividends that he provided to his shareholders in the hemlock industry.

An Upshot Of Having ADHD Is Thinking Outside The Box

An Upshot Of Having ADHD Is Thinking Outside The Box
People often believe those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder face challenges that could hinder future employment, but a new study finds that adults with ADHD feel empowered doing creative tasks, which could help them on the job.

How African American Folklore Saved The Cultural Memory And History Of Slaves

How African American Folklore Saved The Cultural Memory And History Of Slaves
All over the world, community stories, customs and beliefs have been passed down from generation to generation. This folkore is used by elders to teach family and friends about their collective cultural past. And for African Americans, folklore has played a particularly important part in documenting history too.

Can Art Be Knowledge?

Can Art Be Knowledge?

Knowledge can take many forms. There is “knowledge by acquaintance”, as in knowing a person or place. There is propositional knowledge, or “knowledge that” – for example, knowing that the UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016. There is also “knowledge how”, as in knowing how to ride a bicycle.

The Urge To Share News Of Our Lives Is Neither New Nor Narcissistic

the urge to share news of our lives is neither new nor narcissistic
Narcissism is defined as excessive self-love or self-centredness. In Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love when he saw his reflection in water: he gazed so long, he eventually died. Today, the quintessential image is not someone staring at his reflection but into his mobile phone. While we pine away for that perfect Snapchat filter or track our likes on Instagram, the mobile phone has become a vortex of social media that sucks us in and feeds our narcissistic tendencies. Or so it would seem.

Should We Bring Back The Sabbath As A Radical Act Against Total Work?

Should We Bring Back The Sabbath As A Radical Act Against Total Work?As a boy in late-1940s Memphis, my dad got a nickel every Friday evening to come by the home of a Russian Jewish immigrant named Harry Levenson and turn on his lights, since the Torah forbids lighting a fire in your home on the Sabbath. My father would wonder, however, if he were somehow sinning.

The Future Of Golf May Not Be On The Golf Course

The Future Of Golf May Not Be On The Golf CourseCould disc golf become more popular than ball golf by 2028? Ask disc golfers and they’ll say, “You bet – our sport is growing like crazy.” But for most Americans, the answer is, “What’s disc golf?” And the typical ball golfer will likely respond, “No – and stop calling my sport ball golf.”

Here's A Way To Deal With Bad News Overload?

Here's A Way To Deal With Bad News Overload?

For almost two years now, Americans have been confronted daily by ominous tidings. We are living through stressful times. Reading the news feels awful; ignoring it doesn’t feel right either.

Why It Matters That Teens Are Reading Less

Why It Matters That Teens Are Reading Less
Most of us spend much more time with digital media than we did a decade ago. But today’s teens have come of age with smartphones in their pockets. Compared to teens a couple of decades ago, the way they interact with traditional media like books and movies is fundamentally different.

Memory Loss Isn't Just An Old Person's Problem: Here's How You Can Stay Mentally Fit

Memory Loss Isn't Just An Old Person's Problem: Here's How You Can Stay Mentally Fit
When I give talks, I am often approached by people who are worried about their memory. Maybe they are studying for an exam and don’t feel that they learn as well as their peers. Maybe they keep forgetting to close the window when they leave the house. Or maybe they struggle to remember an event that happened a few weeks ago but which everyone else can describe in vivid detail.

Pop's Superlative Shapeshifter Madonna Turns 60 With Style

Pop's Superlative Shapeshifter Madonna Turns 60 With StyleOne of the first albums I owned was a tape of Madonna’s 1987 remix collection You Can Dance. I’m not sure where I got it from – and I’m not sure I even liked it – but the bright red cover and Madonna’s hard, direct stare are etched in my mind’s eye even now, 30 years later.

Video-On-Demand And The Myth Of Endless Choice

Video-On-Demand And The Myth Of Endless Choice

If you like independent, art-house films or other specialised movies, you may have heard of the Romanian comedy-drama Sieranevada, which was released in 2016. The film was formally premiered as part of the main competition programme of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and was subsequently shown at other international film festivals, including Toronto, New York and London.

Now We Finally Know How Ancient Greek Music Sounded

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In 1932, the musicologist Wilfrid Perrett reported to an audience at the Royal Musical Association in London the words of an unnamed professor of Greek with musical leanings: “Nobody has ever made head or tail of ancient Greek music, and nobody ever will.

Our Stories Allow Us To Make Sense Of Our Lives

Our Stories Allows Us To Make Sense Of Our Lives
Our brains hold the magic that allows us to find our stories and to make and remake our meaning. When split-brain research began in the 1960s, the findings expanded horizons on how our storytelling minds work.

Why Sacha Baron Cohen's New Show Is Just What We Need In An Era Of Fake News

Sacha Baron Cohen’s new series is based on 12 months of undercover interviews.
British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Ali G, Borat, and Brüno), is back – just in time – with his new show: Who is America? Based on 12 months of undercover interviews, this satirical comedy series “explores the diverse individuals… across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate the United States”.

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