Go Easy on Yourself, a New Wave of Research Urges Stuart Bradford Do you treat yourself as well as you treat your friends and family? That simple question is the basis for a burgeoning new area of psychological research called self-compassion — how kindly people view themselves. People who find it easy to be supportive and understanding to others, it turns out, often score surprisingly low on self-compassion tests, berating themselves for perceived failures like being overweight or not exercising. The research suggests that giving ourselves a break and accepting our imperfections may be the first step toward better health. This idea does seem at odds with the advice dispensed by many doctors and self-help books, which suggest that willpower and self-discipline are the keys to better health. “I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent,” said Dr. Imagine your reaction to a child struggling in school or eating too much junk food. Dr. Dr.
Home How to Password Protect Your Mac Your computer contains personal documents, photos, email messages, and even a log of your Internet activities. Password protecting your Mac keeps this private information safe and allows you to control who accesses your computer. You should follow these steps whether you you work primarily from work, home, or a cafe. No one should ever have unauthorized access to your Mac! Here's how to password protect your Mac: Disable automatic login to ensure that only authorized users can use the computer. Select the Require password after sleep or screensaver begins checkbox. Move the Start screen saver slider to change when the screen saver automatically starts. Pick a corner to activate the screen saver. Now your Mac is password protected. Try to remember to manually lock your computer when you get up from you desk by moving the pointer to the screen saver hotspot. Related Articles Meet Your Macinstructor <div class="disqus-noscript"><a href="
CompassionateMind.net - Home How to Explore and Study Intention: 10 steps Edit Article Edited by George AP, Teresa, Flickety, Daniel and 10 others Intention is a surprisingly important, but rarely explored part of the mind, as its significance is only important after the fact. Ad Steps 1Find out the ways you can best view intention as it happens. 10Continue to evaluate intention. Tips Consider studying how intention is treated within different disciplines in order to broaden your understanding of it. Warnings Take things a step at a time, this is understanding a major part of how the mind works and reacts. Meditation and Mindfulness Mindfulness is not thinking, interpreting, or evaluating; it is an awareness of perception. It is a nonjudgmental quality of mind which does not anticipate the future or reflect back on the past. Any activity can be done with mindfulness. Talking on the telephone, cleaning your home, driving, working, and exercising can all be incorporated into a mindfulness practice. Throughout the day, inwardly pause and become very aware of where you are, what you are doing, and how you are feeling. When mindfulness is the primary tool of meditation, the awareness that we apply to our breath (or to whatever our object–or focus–of meditation is, such as a word, image, sound, or physical sensation to which we return our attention after becoming distracted) can be expanded to include all physical and mental processes so that we may become more mindful of our thoughts and actions. It is commonly thought that meditators hope to stop all thoughts and rest their minds in thoughtless peace. by Steven Smith
Christopher Bolton's Japanese for Your Mac This site describes how to use Japanese on a Macintosh computer, particularly for people who use a Mac predominantly in English but also want to read, write, browse, and email in Japanese. This front page contains information on activating Japanese support in Mac OS: start by following the instructions below, then consult the other pages on the site for information on specific tasks and applications: email, web browsing, dictionary software, etc. The instructions on this site are for Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion), and you can use them with only slight changes to earlier versions of Mac OS X. Getting Started: How to Enable Japanese Input in Mac OS Today using Japanese with the Mac is relatively seamless. To enable input in Japanese (or other Asian languages), go to System Preferences from the Apple menu, click on the blue flag icon labeled Language and Text, then select the Input Sources tab. Do I need a Japanese Keyboard? Choosing English or Japanese Menus in Applications
Meditation Makes Us Act with Compassion You’re in a waiting room, seated next to two other people. There are only three chairs. A woman enters on crutches, a medical boot on one leg. She winces, checks her phone, sighs uncomfortably, and leans against the wall. Neither of the other people responds. Do you get up and offer her your seat? Pete Saloutos You’ll be much more likely to if you meditate, according to a new study published in Psychological Science. In the study, Paul Condon and Dave DeSteno of Northeastern University and Gaelle Desbordes of Massachusetts General Hospital assigned people with little or no meditation experience to one of two eight-week meditation classes, or put them on a wait list for a class. Both meditation classes were taught in a completely secular format. After eight weeks, the researchers observed how people responded to that waiting room situation. Speakers at the conference also considered why meditation, specifically mindfulness meditation, might nurture compassion.
How I Failed, Failed, and Finally Succeeded at Learning How to Code - James Somers The programming website Project Euler provides a plan for how to learn anything in fun, discrete steps When Colin Hughes was about eleven years old his parents brought home a rather strange toy. It wasn't colorful or cartoonish; it didn't seem to have any lasers or wheels or flashing lights; the box it came in was decorated, not with the bust of a supervillain or gleaming protagonist, but bulleted text and a picture of a QWERTY keyboard. It called itself the "ORIC-1 Micro Computer." On the whole it looked like a pretty crappy gift for a young boy. It's not hard to see why. In less than an hour, the ORIC-1 manual took you from printing the word "hello" to writing short programs in BASIC -- the Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code -- that played digital music and drew wildly interesting pictures on the screen. In a way, the ORIC-1 was so mesmerizing because it stripped computing down to its most basic form: you typed some instructions; it did something cool. I wanted in.
The Tree of Contemplative Practices The Tree illustrates some of the contemplative practices currently in use in secular organizational and academic settings. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list. Below the Tree you will find links to descriptions of many of these practices as well as a more in-depth description of the Tree and image files for downloading. Some of the practices on the tree link to further information–either on our website, or on Wikipedia. © The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society Concept & design by Maia Duerr; illustration by Carrie Bergman Understanding the Tree On the Tree of Contemplative Practices, the roots symbolize the two intentions that are the foundation of all contemplative practices. The branches represent different groupings of practices. Because this illustration cannot possibly include all contemplative practices, we offer a free download of a blank Tree that you can customize to include your own practices. Downloading and Reprinting the Tree For printing:
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