Sleep is the best meditation~Dalai Lama
Sleep is the best meditation~Dalai Lama
Here’s what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a leading expert on well-being and author of Flow: the Psychology of Optimal Experience says you can do to improve happiness and well-being:
The above is an excerpt from a Time magazine article. Click on link for the original article, Getting Serious About Happiness, by Jeremy Caplan.
Research shows that when we (humans) make decisions, we tend to focus on what we’re getting and forget about what we are forgoing.
I was just going to share this interesting article–Buried by bad decisions–by Dan Gilbert with you. But then I happened upon Dan Gilbert’s TED Talks:
You can access them all at Dan Gilbert’s Ted page.
Enjoy the article. Its really interesting. Enjoy the talks, I am yet to complete all three. But I’ve watched the first one some time ago.
This is a pdf file containing five poems by Fydor Tuytchev, Afanasy Fet and Alexei Tolstoy.
Humans are evolutionally designed for relationships with others. Find out how.
Today would have been my brother’s birthday, and I’ve been saving this passage from Boris Pasternik’s Doctor Zhivago to mark it. Here the title character, Yura Zhivago, is speaking to Anna Ivanovna who feared she was terminally ill. He offers what he thinks happens to us when we die, and the primacy of our social connections:
“So what will happen to your consciousness? Your consciousness, yours, not anyone else’s. Well, what are you? There’s the point. Let’s try to find out. What is it about you that you have always known as yourself? What are you conscious of in yourself? Your kidneys? Your liver? Your blood vessels? No. However far back you go in your memory, it is always in some external, active manifestation of yourself that you come across your identity–in the work of your hands, in your family, in other people. And now listen carefully. You in…
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Amazing by Mel Bochner, 2011
Let’s put it this way. I am an art fanatic. This is mostly confined to looking, of course, and admiring others’ work. I actually spent my first three days in London inside the National Portrait Gallery (and almost got picked up by a charming old Scotsman) but I’ve not seen the usual London tourist spots like the Tower of London etc. Even my MBA thesis–which one would expect to be as far from art as possible–was based on the management issues of a Scottish art gallery.
I have eclectic tastes in art, as in the books I read. And I think that is great not to be able to be easily stereotyped. I really do not know much about art appreciation. Nor can I tell you much about art, artists, art history or different periods and styles. I just know what I like. Its all to do with emotions and little to do with anything else…
Sometimes I like things that just draw my eye. These are not the kind of things I’d go after, seeking out an exhibition or even visit a website for. But this piece, by Mel Bochner, which I saw in a NY Times slideshow really took my eye. So here I am sharing it with you.
It piqued my interest. This is why I visited the artist’s own website. That is even more interesting. Here are some visuals you will see… But I do recommend a visit, when you have a few minutes to spare.
Mindculture is about giving new experiences to our minds. And imagining what an artist was trying to convey, what was going though their mind, what made them come up with one piece or another is really something I enjoy. Giving flight to imagination is great for anyone’s mind.
Here’s an article from the New York Times about a current exhibition–Mel Bochner: Strong Language–at the Jewish Museum in New York.
Words have been the subjects and primary constituents of the enigmatic yet acerbically provocative paintings Mel Bochner has been creating over the past 12 years. “Mel Bochner: Strong Language,” an elegantly produced exhibition at the Jewish Museum, gives them their due and traces their roots back to text-based works that Mr. Bochner created in the ’60s and early ’70s, when he was one of New York’s pre-eminent Conceptual artists.
There is a great slideshow of a few works, including Amazing above.
Here are some other Mel Bochner works from different periods.
Portrait of Robert Smithson, 1966
Two Planar Arcs, 1977
That is all for now. The artist’s website is really worth a visit.
Enjoy the visit!
And if you really enjoyed this feature, please let me know so I can do similar ones in the future.
Think you’re destined to respond the same way emotionally to the same old triggers?
Not necessarily so, says Sharon Begley. With a little mind training, you can chart new pathways.
Here’s the full article: Rewiring Your Emotions
Appreciation of beauty and excellence is one of the 24 character strengths in Positive Psychology. If it turns out to be one of your biggest strengths, finding ways to exercise this strength daily can make you feel happier. Here’s more information about it: http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths/Appreciation-of-Beauty-and-Excellence
In the meanwhile, enjoy this post from http://returnoftheprodigal.wordpress.com
Food for thought from the thought provoking technoscience people blog.
For nearly four decades, Langdon Winner has been one of the most widely cited and influential STS scholars, not only in the US and among Anglophone audiences, but across the world. His work has remained centered around one theme during this time: seeking means of politically directing the influence large technical systems have on human communities and our environments. Always the champion of democratic control of technologies, Winner’s provocative scholarship and teaching challenge us to investigate and intervene in technical matters as a necessity for increasing popular participation and social justice more broadly.
In this talk, Winner suggests that the predominant “God Term” in contemporary society is “innovation.” He explores the detriments of a culture that refuses to scrutinize the normative and political values that are veiled by this term.
Thinking Outside the Box IS the New Box – A talk by Langdon Winner, May 9, 2014 (Recording, original…
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