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”The brain secretes thoughts like the liver secretes bile”
Where rumination is concerned this quote is doubly apposite. Not only do thoughts keep on coming but they also tend to be full of vitriol and bile against ourselves, against the way we have behaved in the past and might behave in the future, and to a lesser extent against other people.
Rumination is not about the present.
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Simply giving employees a sense of agency - a feeling that they are in control, that they have genuine decision-making authority - can radically increase how much energy and focus they bring to their jobs. Charles Duhigg We all have periods when the world seems to get a way from us. Too much to do: … Continue reading A Sense of Agency: Feeling in Control.
There is a zen story about a professor of Eastern religions. He went to visit a zen master. After talking for some time about his views on Buddhism, the professor asked the master to give him a teaching. As the monk had already talked with the professor, he set out to give him an appropriate … Continue reading The Minimalist Mind
As ever, the Dalai Lama can be relied upon to get straight to the heart of any problem. Our materialistic, consumer economy is driven by the need to keep selling things to people who do not really need them. Where objects have become more important than people. The advertising industry sells us shiny toys based … Continue reading 7 useful quotes about minimalism.
Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible. Maya Angelou What is the biggest thing that stops people from living their lives in the present moment? Fear - and we must learn how to overcome fear. Brian Weiss Living in the moment and being preoccupied with our … Continue reading Pulling our own strings: The mindful art of undoing prejudice.
There is a fluency and an ease with which true mastery and expertise always expresses itself, whether it be in writing, whether it be in a mathematical proof, whether it be in a dance that you see on stage, really in every domain. But I think the question is, you know, where does that fluency … Continue reading Living Deliberately: wearing expertise lightly.
WABI SABI. The discovery of beauty in imperfection; The acceptance of the cycle of life and death. Wabi Sabi is not the Lone Ranger's younger brother, but a concept arising from a japanese aesthetic of art appreciation. It is closely linked with Zen Buddhism. It is very difficult to describe exactly what constitutes Wabi Sabi, but … Continue reading The Wonkiness of Life.
The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country. Hermann Goering As we grow … Continue reading Removing mental cobwebs: our moral obligation?