If you’re anything like us, you have a huge list of skills that you want to master in your lifetime.
The problem is, it takes time and often a lot of money in order to not just learn but excel at something new.
While researchers have debunked the idea that you need 10,000 hours to become an expert at something, there’s still the issue of finding affordable and accessible courses. It’s even better if you can do them from the comfort of your own couch.
We go through our days checking off to-do lists, accomplishing and achieving, but we all know we also need days off and vacations. Meditation is like a daily “day off,” a gift we give ourselves that becomes a gift we give others .
If you put dirt in a jar full of water and cover and shake the jar, the water becomes cloudy. Put the jar on a table and let it rest: the dirt settles to the bottom, and the water becomes clear again. A daily meditation practice gives much the same kind of rest to both our minds and bodies.
“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be,” wrote Abraham Lincoln.
Let’s face it, if happiness was as achievable as simply deciding to be happy, there’d be a whole lot more happy people. Yet not only is happiness not something we can “just choose,” when we put pressure on ourselves to feel happy, it can inadvertently set us on a war path with ourselves. Which is why adopting a mindset that embraces the “not so happy” emotions we can rise up within us is essential to living a happier life.
In an earlier article, I noted the death of the concept of “the B2B corporation”: In a world in which power has shifted to the customer, there is no such thing as a “business to business corporation.”
Barbara Oakley’s professional biography does not suggest that she was once a struggling math and science student: She is an engineering professor, author of A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science and Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential (which is not affiliated with this MindShift). Oakley co-created Coursera’s most popular course, “Learning How to Learn,” with Terrence Sejnowski, which has enrolled nearly 2 million students.
By Abbey Ryan
All winter long we wait impatiently for the weather to get warmer so we can resume regular outdoor activities. Winter ends and we’re delighted, pulling out our BBQs, splash pads, and outdoor running shoes—until we remember what the warm weather also brings… Mosquitoes.