To stay positive, live in the moment — but plan ahead

A recent study finds that people who balance living in the moment with planning for the future are best able to weather daily stress without succumbing to negative moods.

A recent study from North Carolina State University finds that people who manage to balance living in the moment with planning for the future are best able to weather daily stress without succumbing to negative moods.

“It’s well established that daily stressors can make us more likely to have negative affect, or bad moods,” says Shevaun Neupert, a professor of psychology at NC State and corresponding author of a paper on the recent work. “Our work here sheds additional light on which variables influence how we respond to daily stress.”

Specifically, the researchers looked at two factors that are thought to influence how we handle stress: mindfulness and proactive coping.

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“The universe is not outside of you.

Look inside yourself;

everything that you want,

you already are.”

~ Rumi

There is hope: All the reasons to be optimistic about the end of the coronavirus crisis

With the UK going into a total self-imposed quarantine, several large American cities in lockdown, and distressing scenes in Spain and Italy, life right now feels chaotic and insecure. It’s a crisis. The economy has ground to a halt.

These are the worst of times.

And yet there is hope. This is temporary. It will end. Already, there are reasons to be optimistic.

So if you’re feeling a bit hopeless, consider:

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Professor: Electrons and Quarks May Experience Consciousness

“What this offers us is a beautifully simple, elegant way of integrating consciousness into our scientific worldview…”

The only reason humans know about the existence of consciousness — the phenomenon of having subjective feelings and experiences — is because we have feelings and experiences.

But despite centuries of study, scientists have yet to make any major progress in understanding consciousness.

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El jeque Ibrahim Gazur-Ilahi, entre los directores Sufis, ha destacado que cuando el maestro ha terminado su propio viaje, lo repite una y otra vez con cada aprendiz. Esto ha sido mencionado como la analogía de la semilla que está en la planta, y de la planta que está en la semilla.

El “método de enseñanza” de los Sufis debe adaptarse a los estudiantes y no puede ser algo mecánico, aplicado a todas las personas de forma exactamente igual.

P: Pero, dado que esta información está tan disponible al alcance general, y está contenida en las obras de los grandes maestros Sufis, ¿por qué no la buscan más personas?

R: Esto ha sido siempre un hecho. La respuesta, hoy como siempre, está en esta observación:

“Los sabios saben porque han pagado por su sabiduría. Tú no aceptas su consejo porque es ofrecido por mucho menos de lo que ellos han pagado por él.”

Aprender a aprender

Ibrahim Gazur-Ilahi