Mindculture for Kids and Adults – New Facebook Page

Mindculture for Kids and Adults - My New Facebook Page

Mindculture for Kids and Adults – My New Facebook Page

Dear All, I started a new Facebook page, Mindculture for Kids and Adults.

Your mind is your greatest asset.
This page is dedicated to sharing info on the art and science of mind culture from cradle to grave.

If your focus in self improvement is business oriented, you may also want to visit my Business Trainer Sri Lanka Facebook page.

Please visit, like and follow. And share the good news with your friends and family.

Thanks

Nilooka

 

Research on Happiness and Bad Decisions…. from Dan Gilbert

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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:

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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.

Rewiring Your Emotions (via Mindful.org)

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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

 

 

Responding positively to provocative people and situations

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We all come across these; annoying or provocative situations and people.

Often we lose our cool and do or say things we regret later. Is it possible to avoid that? To keep our cool? Here’s a booklet on Positive Response – How to Meet Evil With Good
It is based on Buddhist texts translated and explained by Acharya Buddharakkhita.
A Buddhist Publication Society/Bodhi Leaves Publication meant for free sharing. Feel free to share with your network.

Things as They Are: Talks on Training the Mind

Things as They Are: A Collection of Talks on the Training of the Mind

By Venerable Acariya Maha Boowa Ñanasampanno
Translated from the Thai by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
 

“Just as if there were a pool of water in a mountain glen
clear, limpid, and unsullied

where a man with good eyes standing on the bank

could see shells, gravel, and pebbles,
and also shoals of fish swimming about and resting,
and it would occur to him,

‘This pool of water is clear, limpid, and unsullied.

Here are these shells, gravel, and pebbles,

and also these shoals of fish swimming about and resting;

‘so too, the monk discerns as it actually is,

that ‘This is stress…

This is the origin of stress…

This is the stopping of stress…

This is the way leading to the stopping of stress…

These are mental effluents…

This is the origin of mental effluents…

This is the stopping of mental effluents…

This is the way leading to the stopping of mental effluents.’

His heart, thus knowing, thus seeing,

is released from the effluent of sensuality,

released from the effluent of becoming,

released from the effluent of unawareness.

With release, there is the knowledge, ‘Released.’

He discerns that, ‘Birth is no more,

the holy life is fulfilled, the task done.

There is nothing further for this world.’

 

“This, great king, is a reward of the contemplative life,

visible here and now,

more excellent than the previous ones and more sublime.

And as for another visible reward of the contemplative life,

higher and more sublime than this, there is none.”

 

— Samaññaphala Sutta,  Digha Nikaya

© 1996

You can read the complete text of Things as They Are: A Collection of Talks on the Training of the Mind at Accesstoinsight.org.

Sleep – Your Mental Janitor

I always maintain that we can get along pretty well for a while without a mayor or other city officials, but not so without the janitors. I usually mention this when talking about dignity of labour. So it is good news to hear sleep being referred to as our “mental janitor” in New York Times.

A recent article in the New York Times, Good Night. Sleep Clean., reported that sleep “… may play a crucial role in our brain’s physiological maintenance. As your body sleeps, your brain is quite actively playing the part of mental janitor: It’s clearing out all of the junk that has accumulated as a result of your daily thinking.”

The March 2014 issue of Popular Science has a number of features on the Science of Sleep. Scroll down the page for the different articles.

And armed with all that… I wish you good sleep!

Improve your capacity to innovate

Insights from Richard Hamming, mathematician at Bell Labs:

1. Don’t Think Your Success Is A Matter of Luck
Lesson: Prepare your mind, and when a lucky opportunity comes, take advantage of it. Have the courage to pursue your independent ideas. You must be honest with yourself.

2. Plant Many Small Seeds From Which A Mighty Oak Tree Can Grow
Lesson: Always remember to work on many different small problems, because you never know which one will grow into the next big idea. “You can’t always know exactly where to be, but you can keep active in places where something might happen.”

3. Turn Your Problem Around. Change A Defect Into An Asset
Lesson: Many scientists, when they couldn’t do a problem, started to study why not. And from this came their interesting discovery. “Ideal working conditions are very strange. The ones you want aren’t always the best ones for you.”

There’s more… Read the full article by Dr Jonathan L Wai: Eight Scientific Strategies To Improve Creativity

With hearty thanks to Prof. Laxman Madurasinghe. Following his Facebook page is one of the best things you can do for your mind!