You Can Only Learn So Much Before Needing To Snooze

You Can Only Learn So Much Before Needing To SnoozeSleep recalibrates the brain’s memory cells, allowing us to solidify what we’ve learned and use it when next awake, new evidence from mice indicates.

How Do We Remember and Why Do We Forget?

How Do We Remember and Why Do We Forget?Why do so many of us forget where we put our car keys, eyeglasses, or cellphones? How does memory actually work? How and why do we remember some things and forget others? Are they forgotten or just “misplaced”?

Discover and Inspire: Leadership through Relationship

Discover and Inspire: Leadership through RelationshipThe Leader, unlike Dominants who sometimes stir up trouble to gain influ­ence, radiates a compelling, pulling energy, drawing others forward, motivating the herd through inspira­tion and optimism.

Feeling Shy to Join a Group? Five Socializing Tips for Introverts

Feeling Shy to Join a Group? Five Socializing Tips for IntrovertsHere are a few tricks that have worked for me and may help you, as well. Using these tips can make a potentially uncomfortable evening a pleasant one for those of us who are introverted. This stuff is easy and it works, so give it a try.

How People Are Affected By Where An Item Appears In A Sequence

How People Are Affected By Where An Item Appears In A SequenceWe often need to make decisions about sequences of things or people rather than just a single item in isolation. For instance, in an everyday setting, we might choose which smartphone to buy after trying out several.

Connecting With and Claiming Our Wild Woman Voice and Heart

Connecting With and Claiming Our Wild Woman Voice and HeartFor women, especially women who abide in their wild nature, this intuition is a direct link to the soul. Its voice is sure and true. Maybe this very strength, this “right-on-ness,” is what has made it the butt of jokes and the object of sarcasm.

Does Your Smartphone Make You Less Likely To Trust Others?

Does Your Smartphone Make You Less Likely To Trust Others?Imagine you are visiting a new city and get lost on your way to that famous must-see museum. In times of yore – actually just about 10 years ago – you might have had to consult a friendly local to direct you.

Which Of The Five Levels of Awareness Are You Accessing?

Which Of The Five Levels of Awareness Are You Accessing?How you experience this moment is very much like looking through a camera lens. You can look at the world in panorama or zoom in for a close-up. The lens can be focused, showing sharp lines, or unfocused, so that shapes are foggy and blurry.

How An Emotional Hangover Changes Your Brain

How An Emotional Hangover Changes Your BrainEmotional experiences can induce physiological and internal brain states that persist for long periods of time—an emotional “hangover.”

Are You Ready to Emerge from Your Protective Cocoon?

Are You Ready to Emerge from Your Protective Cocoon?The butterfly begins its journey as a caterpillar, and it may or may not be aware of what it is destined to become. But the caterpillar lives on, faithfully following the inner prompts arising within its being. It feels its way through life, naturally following the inner direction with which it was born.

How To Be A Healthy User Of Social Media

How To Be A Healthy User Of Social MediaWe can learn a lot about people through how they use social media. For example, Twitter language can be used to predict the risk of dying from heart disease.

Why Do Powerful Songs Give You Goose Bumps?

Why Do Powerful Songs Give You Goose Bumps?When you have a strong emotional reaction to something—a song, a speech, a beautiful scene—and get goose bumps, experts say it’s simply a biological reaction to adrenaline.

Authenticity: A Lesson for Individuals as well as Corporations

Authenticity: A Lesson for Individuals as well as CorporationsWhen we are authentic, we are living from our essential self; whenever we deny a truth, we are living from the social self—in other words, inauthentically. As Freya Madeline Starke phrased it, "There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do."

Why The Best Problem Solvers Think With Their Hands

Why The Best Problem Solvers Think With Their HandsDuring a lab meeting, one of our PhD researchers recalls how her father would forbid her from using paper to help solve maths homework problems by writing them down.

The Science, Drugs And Tech Pushing Our Brains To New Limits

Does serotonin make you a better person? Xavier Béjar/Flickr, CC BY-SAA recent explosion of neuroscience techniques is driving substantial advances in our understanding of the brain. Combined with developments in engineering, machine learning and computing this flowering has helped us enhance our cognitive abilities and potential.

How To Unlock Your Inner Resilience

How To Unlock Your Inner ResilienceWe can all think of someone in our lives we view as being “resilient”. They are the people we know who impress us with their seemingly endless ability to carry on – no matter what.

Science Achievement Gaps Start Early In Kindergarten

Science Achievement Gaps Start Early In KindergartenThe annual back-to-school season is filled with high hopes for making new friends, meeting new teachers – and, from the view of many policymakers – promoting gains in science achievement. 

We're Actually More Antisocial In A Shared Office Space

We're Actually More Antisocial In A Shared Office SpaceIf we all work side by side in an open-plan office or “hot desk”, moving from place to place, it’s sure to increase collaboration! It turns out that may be wrong. If you don’t have your own space, perhaps you are better off working remotely with your cat for company.

The Joy and The Courage to Ask for Help

The Joy and The Courage to Ask for HelpI have to admit. I have a hard time asking for help. I have that “false pride” thing about being able to do it myself, that if I have to ask for help, it means I’m helpless. It makes me think about the two year old who proclaims, “I can do it myself!”

Why Your Self-Sabotage Peaks At Your Favorite Time Of Day

Why Your Self-sabotage Peaks At Your Favorite Time Of DayIf you’re a “morning person,” you’re more likely to undermine your performance on a stressful task early in the day, research suggests. The same goes for “night owls” and performance in the evening.

Creativity Brings Hope: Releasing the Divine Capabilities of Our Species

Creativity Brings Hope: Releasing the Divine Capabilities of Our SpeciesWhere does our hope lie? Where shall we ground ourselves for continuing on and changing our ways radically? Creativity can redeem and save our species. I agree with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés that all women and men are born gifted. All we need to do is release this creativity, get out of its way, as M. C. Richards used to say.

When You Mess Up, Get Up: The Power Of Failure

Thomas EdisonIn the middle of his bar routine – having flung himself into the air with style and skill – Dutch gymnast Epke Zonderland missed the bar at the last grasp and face-planted into the mat.

When Every Single Choice Makes a Difference...

When Every Single Choice Makes a Difference...Every day we make choices. Some seem simple, some seem complex. What will I eat for breakfast? What will I say to this person? How will I react to this situation? Some choices we make without even thinking about it, and sometimes we are simply remaking a choice we made a long time ago.

If It Doesn't Kill Us Does It Actually Makes Us Stronger?

make you strong 8 8It may seem that wise, strong people typically have gone through a few hard times in their lives. By comparison, those who have led a very sheltered and privileged life often appear to crack more easily under pressure

Can Genes Really Predict How Well You'll Do Academically?

Can Genes Really Predict How Well You'll Do Academically?Researchers at King’s College London say they are able to predict educational achievement from DNA alone. Using a new type of analysis called a “genome-wide polygenic score”, or GPS, they analysed DNA samples from 3,497 people in the ongoing Twins Early Development Study.

Why Most People Use The Status Quo As A Moral Compass

Why Most People Use The Status Quo As A Moral CompassThe Binewskis are no ordinary family. Arty has flippers instead of limbs; Iphy and Elly are Siamese twins; Chick has telekinetic powers. These traveling circus performers see their differences as talents, but others consider them freaks with “no values or morals.”

Do Your Best and Forget The Rest

Do Your Best and Forget The RestWhat the most confident-seeming people have is not brazen ballsiness, impressive bravery, courage or any of that elusive stuff really...it’s PASSION. It’s enthusiasm. It’s WILLINGNESS. It’s RESILIENCE and FLEXIBILITY.

What's Your Default Energy and How Is It Affecting Your Life?

What's Your Default Energy and How Is It Affecting Your Life?Each of us has a Default Mechanism, a subconscious pattern of returning to memories of previous experiences in your mind to find a response to a current experience. Your default powers your very first, almost automatic, reaction in response to the events of your life.

How Smart Drugs Are Making Workplaces More Competitive

Smart drugs could work wonders for tired doctors. michaeljungWe live in an increasingly competitive world where we are always looking to gain an advantage over our rivals, sometimes even our own colleagues. In some cases, it can push people to extreme, unethical and illegitimate methods – something we’ve seen recently in the doping scandal that has hit the athletics world.

Are You Addicted to Your Problems?

Are You Addicted to Your Problems? Are you addicted to your problems? That's a strange question I admit. Addicted to problems? How can you be addicted to something you don't like? Aren't people addicted to things they enjoy? Exactly! We do enjoy our problems, in a perverse kind of way.

Does A Week Of Little Sleep Undo Lots Of Studying?

Does A Week Of Little Sleep Undo Lots Of Studying?"Despite the fact that most of our participants were from elite schools, they were not spared the adverse effects of sleep curtailment on their cognitive functions," says June Lo.

Looking For Love & Approval

Looking For Love & ApprovalWhat would you be doing differently if you did not have to prove yourself to anyone?  Your enemies are not your dysfunctional parents, childhood sexual abuser, or punitive parochial school teacher; your enemies are the thoughts they instilled in you that you still believe...

How To Live Consciously Using Breath and Body Awareness

How To Live Consciously Using Breath and Body AwarenessThankfully, in order for us to benefit from breath and body awareness, a permanent shift in consciousness isn’t required. When we inhabit our body, even small improvements in present moment awareness can significantly reduce stress and suffering.

Keeping Too Busy to Keep Your Soul Intact?

Keeping Too Busy to Keep Your Soul Intact?Most people have some physical symptom that signals them that they are starting to run down their batteries. A sore throat, headache, or hemorrhoid flare-up is the universe's way of alerting you that you are getting stressed.

Can People Actually Multitask?

Can People Actually Multitask?Despite the obvious limitations, we still keep trying to do many things at the same time. Many of us believe we can do two things at once. We try it every day even though our limitations are obvious. Yet we persist, so much so that laws need to be passed to deal with our foolishness.

Is The Weather Deciding What Mood You're In?

Is The Weather Deciding What Mood You're In?When you catch yourself complaining about the weather, stop. Sim­ply say, “Really? I love this weather.” Usually that produces a shock effect. Remember that all kinds of weather are necessary to keep this earth healthy. So...

The Higher and Lower Mind: Playing (and Winning) the Mind Game

The Higher and Lower Mind: Playing the Mind GameWhen we engage the lower mind, we gain only information that leads us to make the same limiting choices as in the past, which leads us to the same limited outcomes. This decision to access the field through the higher mind or the lower mind is a choice point...

On Responsibility and The Path to Self-Awareness

On Responsibility and The Path to Self-AwarenessAs we journey forth on our path to self-awareness, we need to begin to take responsibility for who we are, what we stand for and where we are going. This sounds easy enough, but to accomplish it isn't always that simple.

The Layers Within: What Self-Observation Can Show Us

The Layers Within: What Self-Observation Can Show UsAwakening to the fact we are a powerful person with something truly worthwhile to contribute during our time to walk the earth necessitates becoming aware of our unconscious habits, both in our work patterns and in our personal life.

Speeding Through Time: How Computers & Impatience Warp Our Sense of Time

How Computers & Impatience Warp Our Sense of TimeWhen I began using computers during the 1970s, I noticed they were influencing me in unexpected ways, especially with regard to my sense of time. In a matter of days I went from marveling at the speed with which the computer could complete bookkeeping tasks I used to labor over, to snarling at the stupid...

Living the 4th Purpose and Practicing the Art of Living

Practicing Life and The Fourth PurposeNo matter where you go, and no matter what the clock-face reads, you are always right here, right now. Purposes tied to past or future have no reality; they are phantom concepts conjured by the mind. By attending to the fourth purpose — this arising moment — you find...

Keep Your Focus in the Now: Be Where You Are

Keep Your Focus in the Now: Be Where You AreBeing present in my center is the only way I am able to be abundantly creative in managing a multitude of regions in my life: mother, writer, healer, entrepreneur, partner, and homemaker. If I tried to make a list of everything I did and cross it off in a linear manner, I would accomplish much less and with less creative insight. Instead...

Slow Down, Stop Rushing, and Celebrate Life

Slow Down, Stop Rushing, and Celebrate LifePeople are in such a rush these days, living on the fast track. Talking fast, eating fast, moving fast. What a difference from thirty years ago. Did you know you'll probably do more in this year with appointments, people to meet, places to go than your grandparents did their entire lives?

How Does Greed Affect Your Life?

How Does Greed Affect Your Life?Consuming too much is the scourge of modern Western culture. Food is not the only thing you may over-consume. Greed causes you to risk everything for the sake of acquisition. This acquisitiveness destroys the health of society and culture as well as your own life.

9 Tips to Overcome Procrastination and Tackle Your Most Difficult Tasks Without Delays

9 Tips to Overcome Procrastination and Tackle Your Most Difficult Tasks Without DelaysTasks we find difficult in some way can trigger procrastination. Luckily, there are tools we can use and systems we can put in place that help us prioritize and stay on top of those tough challenges. No matter how big or small the job, if something triggers your procrastination and makes you fall behind, it can be addressed in the following steps...

Our Future Has Not Been Written: Where Do We Go From Here?

Our Future Has Not Been Written: Where Do We Go From Here?Man didn’t believe he could fly – until the day he did. The four-minute mile was said to be impossible – until it wasn’t. Many thought it inconceivable to educate a blind/deaf person – until the day a determined teacher broke through her willing student’s isolation...

You Are Awesome and The World Needs Your Awesome!

You Are Awesome and The World Needs Your Awesome!Everyone has their own unique awesomeness. You just have to find out what yours is and be authentic and everything in life will fall into place, right? I've been hearing that one for years too. And let me tell you, it can feel frustrating as all heck to wonder "What is MY awesome?".

The Magic of Your Life Currency: Love, Nurture, and Protect Your Energy

The Magic of Your Life Currency: Love, Nurture, and Protect Your EnergyMost people never think about how they spend their energy, and at the end of the day they haven’t managed their energy and have run out. They don’t have any left to do the extra things they want to do. One of the most important things you can do every day is make sure you guard your...

Would You Call Yourself A Replica or A Rebel?

Would You Call Yourself A Replica or A Rebel? Your truth cannot have an effect if it goes unspoken, or if not acted upon. Where would we be if people did not question systems? Where would we be if people such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, Einstein, John Lennon, and Jesus did not speak and live their truth?

Change Your Life for the Better by Living One Day at a Time

Change Your Life for the Better by Living One Day at a TimeFrom this day forward you will endeavor to live just one day at a time. Yes, it’s as simple as that. No marathon to run, no lengthy report to write, no heavy-duty physical exercise (unless you want to, of course!). All that is required of you is to live today fully, as if it were your first day and your last.

We're All in Customer Service

We're All in Customer ServiceI was speaking to a friend who is the head of a customer service department. She tells everyone in the company, whether they work in the warehouse, in accounting, or wherever, that everyone in the company is in customer service. As I reflected on her words later, I realized that her sentence "we're all in customer service" had much more further reaching...

You Have To Be Willing to Believe

You Have To Be Willing to BelieveFirst you have to believe! Unfortunately many of us believe in the “wrong outcome”, as evidenced by the bumper sticker, “shit happens”. We believe in the inevitability of problems and struggle, but not in the inevitability of success and happy outcomes.

Practicing the Six Perfections on The Path to Bliss

Practicing the Six Perfections on The Path to BlissThe first among the six perfections is generosity. Generosity is of three types: giving material aid, giving dharma, and protecting from fear. 'Giving dharma' refers to the giving of teachings to other sentient beings out of the pure motivation to benefit them. Giving away one's own possessions without even the slightest touch of miserliness...

Introvert or Extrovert? Normal or Abnormal? The Problem with Personality Types

Introvert or Extrovert? Normal or Abnormal? The Problem with Personality TypesThe idea that people can be classified into types has a long history. Writing 23 centuries ago, the Greek philosopher Theophrastus sketched 30 characters that are instantly recognisable to this day. They include the chatterbox, the back-biter, the ungrateful grumbler, the penny-pincher and the patron of rascals.

Whatever Spirit Wants, Spirit Gets

Whatever Spirit Wants, Spirit GetsYou don’t need to manufacture success alone. You are in partnership with the Intelligence and Love that guides the entire Universe. Great events are not random. They are a part of a divine design.

Five Ways to Cope with Stress plus Ten Ways to Relax

How to Cope with Stress with Ten Sure Ways to RelaxStress comes from anxiety, fear, guilt, and pressure. Stress causes headaches, earaches, toothaches, chest pains, palpitations, skin rashes, and butterflies in the stomach. Stress makes us hold our breath or breathe unevenly, gives us indigestion and diarrhea, or causes constipation. Stress leads to...

Humans Are Wired For Prejudice But That Doesn't Have To Be The End Of The Story

rubber duckyHumans are highly social creatures. Our brains have evolved to allow us to survive and thrive in complex social environments. Accordingly, the behaviors and emotions that help us navigate our social sphere are entrenched in networks of neurons within our brains.

How To Shatter The Bonds of False Beliefs

How To Shatter The Bonds of False BeliefsStudy carefully the following list of six false beliefs and the false responsibilities that are never far away from them. Dare to learn everything you can about your own false beliefs and then watch how the weight of false responsibilities falls off of you.

Bashing Down Walls and Flying Freely

Bashing Down Walls and Flying Freely

Sometimes when things don't go the way I want, rather than letting things go their own way, I start pushing and shoving and trying to make things happen. Can you relate to this one? We start insisting on things going our way...

Bankers Lie At The Toss of a Coin But Only When At Work?

Bankers Will Lie At The Toss Of A Coin – But Only When At Work

There is something in the culture of banking that lends itself toward making otherwise fairly good people do bad things. That’s the finding of a new study published in the journal, Nature. And it may simply confirm the suspicions of many following endless news of bankers being outed for bad behaviour.

Confidence: Being the Best Me That I Can Be

Confidence

Rather than comparing ourselves to others or competing against others, author Keith Johnson suggests "Focus on becoming your personal best. Compete with yourself by becoming your best; then compare against only yourself.

Mastery of Self: All Things In Your System Doing Their Work Perfectly

Mastery of Self: All Things In Your System Doing Their Work Perfectly

To master a desire does not mean to suspend that desire so that it is not felt any more, but to change the course of the force that is active in that desire, so that something of value may be accomplished now while that force is in working condition.

Eleven Laws to Set You Free

Eleven Laws to Set You Free

If we want to grow inwardly we must find new ways to learn about ourselves. These higher discoveries call for higher learning. Think of each of the following eleven laws as individual magic strands of a flying carpet. Make it your aim to weave them together in your mind. Then watch how these lessons combine to effortlessly lift you to...

Giving All Of Yourself

Giving All Of Yourself

by Alan Cohen. It is not so important how much we give; it is how we give that counts. If you have a lot, but offer a little, you have given little. If you have a little, but give it all, you have given much. Our actions are real not for their outer...

A Magic Wand To Help Us In Our Struggles and Confrontations

A Magic Wand To Help Us In Our Struggles and Confrontations

It may sometimes seem as if new obstacles are placed in our path constantly. Rarely does everything proceed as planned or without unexpected problems. Yet... a life without setbacks, failures, regrets and sickness is not a real life. These negative developments are as real as everything else in life.

From Should to Would: Leaving the World of "Should"

From Should to Would: Answering Your Soul's Call

by Alan Cohen. My eight-year-old neighbor Mark keeps me on my toes. Mark asks lots of questions, which I am sometimes tempted to dismiss as childish. But when I think about them, I usually discover a profound lesson. The other day Mark asked me for a ride to the local grocery store...

Go With the Flow, But Keep Paddling

Go With the Flow but Keep Paddling, article by Barry Vissell

Here’s what I’ve learned so far from “Mother River”: Go with the flow! Most times the main current will bring you through tricky areas without any struggle on your part. But how often do we fight against the flow, not trusting the divine current to keep us safe. One of my favorite...

Community Celebrations and Dancing in the Streets

Community Celebrations and Dancing in the Streets

Why is joy so important? Because to inspire people to bring about change — to work to create a culture of caring — we need the strongest, most motivating emotion there is, and joy is the ultimate experience of happiness, the essential desire of our lives. On a personal level we're isolated and...

Human and Planetary Evolution: What We Can Learn from the Atlanteans

Human and Planetary Evolution: What We Can Learn from the Atlanteans

We need to awaken a crucial understanding at this time of evolution... What we need to become aware of is that the choices many of us have made on Planet Earth are not resounding with the highest truth, and therefore our planet is not evolving as fully as it could...

Calling Forth Brilliance & Genius: Be An Uplifter, Not A Downer

A Reputation to Live Up ToA number of years ago I went on an intense lecture tour that left me feeling exhausted. The last event of the trip was a full-day workshop, and as I pulled myself out of bed that morning to get ready for the seminar, I wondered how I would gather the energy to present a decent program. When I arrived at the venue, I...

The Ending Doesn't Matter

It is easy to be seduced by the idea that how things turn out is more important than what happens in the process. The real question is not "How did it turn out?" The question is, "What happened to your spirit as you journeyed?"

Enthusiasm

There are some mornings where I can't seem to get moving. Now, I am not talking of those mornings when I may be physically tired and need the extra sleep. I speak rather of those mornings when I've had enough hours of rest, yet can't seem to get motivated to "rise and shine".

Unburden the Memory

Whenever you live something consciously it never becomes a loaded thing on you. If you go to the market to purchase something and you move consciously, walk consciously, purchase the thing consciously, with full remembrance, mindfully come back home, this will never be a part of your memory. If you want to remember it, you can remember it, but it will not be constantly forcing your attention towards it...

The Sequel's Not Equal

The thing about sequels is that they rarely measure up to the original. Like movies, there are two ways to live a life: hiding out in history, or dancing on the cutting edge. History is safe, but reeks of regularity. The cutting edge seems scary, but it bestows life...

Aversion to Good, Aversion to Evil

Words which contain a reference to good and evil have become degraded, especially those which refer to the good -- not only courage but also effort, patience, love and hope -- are met with cynicism and indifference. Unless we boldly confront cynicism and indifference, we cannot make fundamental and effective responses.

Great and Noble Things

We all want to leave our children a better world than the one we found. The greatest legacy you can bestow is joy, which is a choice you can make right now. If you wait until the world changes to let your light shine, your dream will wither and die. Make your joy conditional on nothing outside you and on everything inside you...

Eagle Speaks

I had arrived at my first powwow. As I sat listening to the drums I couldn't help but wonder... Did I have the strength to align myself with the power of the eagle? The courage necessary to take on the responsibility of becoming so much more than I thought I could be? The integrity to accept a powerful new dimension in my life?

The Loving Present

The present is complete; it has no limitations. When I am in the past projecting images of the future, I am dreaming. In reality there is only the present. You say, "I'm helpless, I can't be in the present. I wish I could." And I say, "Miraculous things happen in the present, when you do not compromise." In the present, whatever you do would be of love.

Getting to Yes

When we do not acknowledge our feelings, we may reactively eat for comfort. Not facing tensions in a relationship can lead to fear of arguments or anger at disagreements. Seeking escape from the discomforts of life may trap us in patterns of...

What's It All About?

What's It All About?Have we not all asked ourselves this question at one point or another? "What's it all about?"  Since to every question there is an answer, I asked my Inner Self to provide an answer. The answer I heard was "It's all about you!" Well...

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