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Einstein’s God: Krista Tippett and Theoretical Cosmologist Janna Levin on Free Will, Science, and the Human Spirit. By Maria Popova “How we ask our questions affects the answers we arrive at… Science and religion… ask different kinds of questions altogether, probing and illuminating in ways neither could alone.”

Einstein’s God: Krista Tippett and Theoretical Cosmologist Janna Levin on Free Will, Science, and the Human Spirit

Seven decades after a little girl asked Einstein whether scientists pray, Peabody Award-winning journalist Krista Tippett began interviewing some of the world’s most remarkable scientists, philosophers, and theologians about the relationship between science and spirituality in her superb public radio program On Being — the same trove of wisdom that gave us Sherwin Nuland on what everybody needs and Joanna Macy on how Rilke can help us live more fully.

Tippett, who was awarded the National Humanities Medal for her ennobling work, collected the best of these dialogues in Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit (public library) — an immeasurably rewarding compendium featuring such contemporary luminaries as Parker Palmer, Freeman Dyson, Andrew Solomon, and Sherwin Nuland. The Disease of Being Busy. I saw a dear friend a few days ago.

The Disease of Being Busy

I stopped by to ask her how she was doing, how her family was. She looked up, voice lowered, and just whimpered: “I’m so busy… I am so busy… have so much going on.” Almost immediately after, I ran into another friend and asked him how he was. Again, same tone, same response: “I’m just so busy… got so much to do.” 18 Ways Women Disconnect with Themselves. ~ Falan Storm. Via Falan Stormon Apr 4, 2014 We live in a society where our relationship to things outside of ourselves seems far more important than our relationship to ourselves.

18 Ways Women Disconnect with Themselves. ~ Falan Storm

We pride ourselves on our families, our jobs, our labels and our outward expressions in the world. Not only do these matter, but they can often be sincere expressions of who we really are. However, for most women our connection with ourselves often comes last, if it even exists at all. Girl on Fire: Is Your Meaning System Working for You? And What the Heck Am I Talking About!? They Call Us the "Nones," But We're So Much More. How to Create the Quiet (because it's noisy out there) Mark and I took a walk around Silver Lake (pictured above) recently, and the peace and quiet was as beautiful as the view.

How to Create the Quiet (because it's noisy out there)

Everything seemed to slow down, and the quieter it was outside, the quieter it became inside. My heart rate slowed down, and the mental chatter disappeared. A Helpful Guide to Becoming Unbusy. The Unpleasant Emotion I Feel Most Days. When I was in the last lurch of finishing up my bachelor’s degree and trying to answer the immense, looming question of what do you want to do when you grow up, I had a fantasy.

The Unpleasant Emotion I Feel Most Days.

I’d buy a small cabin near water that either rushed or swirled calmly. The cabin’s walls and floors would be made of unfinished wood. There’d be a small, cozy loft for sleeping, and each night I’d fall asleep there, awash in the peaceful glee of simplicity, a modern day, grown, Heidi. I would hang lanterns everywhere, the soft flames casting warm glowing orbs on the wood. Wildflowers would grow outside, and there’d be no lawn to upkeep. Life would be simple. I can still feel the quiet and peace of the fantasy. The Radiant Awareness Living Through Us. Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything. Kathryn Schulz: Don't regret regret. Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work. Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile. 3 Steps to Learning to Experience Life Fully. “The root cause of non-aggression is gentleness to oneself.” ~ Pema Chodron In 2009, Pema Chodron and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche co-led a week long meditation retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado entitled Cultivating Gentleness and Strength.

3 Steps to Learning to Experience Life Fully.

When Pema Chodron speaks about relating to life in a sane way, people listen. What We Need Is Here. How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes: Lessons in Mindfulness and Creativity from the Great Detective. By Maria Popova “A man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.”

How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes: Lessons in Mindfulness and Creativity from the Great Detective

“The habit of mind which leads to a search for relationships between facts,” wrote James Webb Young in his famous 1939 5-step technique for creative problem-solving, “becomes of the highest importance in the production of ideas.” But just how does one acquire those vital cognitive customs? That’s precisely what science writer Maria Konnikova explores in Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (UK; public library) — an effort to reverse-engineer Holmes’s methodology into actionable insights that help develop “habits of thought that will allow you to engage mindfully with yourself and your world as a matter of course.” The idea of mindfulness itself is by no means a new one. It is most difficult to apply Holmes’s logic in those moments that matter the most. Our intuition is shaped by context, and that context is deeply informed by the world we live in. Forget Christopher Hitchens: Atheism in America is undergoing a radical change.

It’s surprising just how much media analysis, both mainstream and progressive, continues to take as given the notion that atheism can be defined and discussed solely by looking at the so-called “New Atheists” who emerged roughly between 2004 and 2007.

Forget Christopher Hitchens: Atheism in America is undergoing a radical change

It’s easy to understand the appeal: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens became prominent representatives of atheism because they were all erudite, entertaining and unafraid to say what they thought. A lot of people, myself included, were drawn to their works because they were forthright and articulated things we had kept locked away, or simply hadn’t found the words for. Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness. 7 Ways To Access Your Body’s Unique “Knowing” Ever notice that the smallest children seem to be one with their bodies?

7 Ways To Access Your Body’s Unique “Knowing”

Unlike us, they don’t value their thoughts over their senses. They also don’t get caught up in ruminating about what isn’t directly part of the moment. Past or future: irrelevant. Finding True Refuge - AbbieL. Dalai Lama talks with Jonathan Haidt.