background preloader

Against Positive Thinking: Uncertainty as the Secret of Happiness

Against Positive Thinking: Uncertainty as the Secret of Happiness

35 Must-Read Spiritual Books You’ve Never Heard Of Author Amateo Ra: You might have had an experience many of us share: We get an idea, a thought or even a dream with a theme that truly inspires us, stretches our minds or opens us up to a greater understanding ourselves and our lives. And, like magic, within a day or so, we find a book which not only confirms our thoughts and feelings, but goes deeper into the very idea we had than we even did. How cool is it the Universe works with such magic & synchronciticy? Many of us have also experienced that moment where we find the perfect book at the right time, and it exactly addresses what we’ve been thinking about, wanting to learn more of or a story whose themes directly relates our current lives and experiences. By no means is this a complete list, as there are so many incredible books out there from amazing authors. 1) The 5th Sacred Thing by Starhawk This is a very compelling read that gives a raw and real invitation for us to examine how we are creating our Future. 20) Oneness by Rasha

New study says friends the key to childrens' happiness The Queensland University of Technology has found that between the ages of nine and 14, a good friend is the key to a child's happiness. Source: Supplied FRIENDS are the key to kids' happiness, trumping families and toys as a source of joy, new research reveals. Girls are more cheerful than boys - but happiness starts to dive from the age of nine, when children become as miserable as the elderly and sick. Unhappiness among tweenagers has become so acute that schools are resorting to classroom psychotherapy to help students look on the bright side. Students are being taught "gratitude, hope and serenity", in American-inspired programs used by some of the nation's top private schools - including Geelong and Sydneys Knox grammar schools - and spreading within the public system. Behavioural economists Tony Beatton and Paul Frijters, from the Queensland University of Technology, have found that extroverted and conscientious children are the happiest.

Religion’s smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of absolute faith Should you believe in a God? Not according to most academic philosophers. A comprehensive survey revealed that only about 14 percent of English speaking professional philosophers are theists. As for what little religious belief remains among their colleagues, most professional philosophers regard it as a strange aberration among otherwise intelligent people. Among scientists the situation is much the same. Now nothing definitely follows about the truth of a belief from what the majority of philosophers or scientists think. Genes and environment explain human beliefs and behaviors—people do things because they are genomes in environments. Today there are two basic explanations offered. In addition to the biological basis for religious belief, there are environmental explanations. Despite all this most people still accept some religious claims. Why, then, do some highly educated people believe religious claims? But we shouldn’t be deceived. Or consider this anecdotal evidence.

'Queerying' gender: Heteronormativity in early childhood education (free full-text available) The AJEC Committee invites readers' thoughts on the matters raised in this article, as well as elsewhere within the journal. Letters to the editor, enquiries, comments, submissions and contributions can be sent to publishing@earlychildhood.org.au. Kerry H. Robinson University of Western Sydney This paper explores heteronormativity and argues for the ‘queerying' of gender in early childhood education. Introduction Over the past decade or so, research has increasingly documented the process of gender construction in early childhood. What is heteronormativity? What is meant by heteronormativity? The intimate relationship between gender and sexuality: Butler's performativity and ‘heterosexual matrix' Research in recent years has increased awareness of the construction of gender in early childhood education. Of particular importance to Butler is how the construction of gender is assumed to be a natural process given by biology.

how-to: the jesus prayer Many Orthodox Christians have heard of the Jesus Prayer, or seen a prayer rope. Some wear them on their wrists as a symbol of faith. But, many people, do not know the origins or the importance of this prayer. So, I thought it would be a good thing to share some of the things our saints have written throughout the centuries on this topic. What is the Jesus Prayer and why is it so important? In the book, Philokalia: The Bible of Orthodox Spirituality (not to be confused with THE Philokalia), Fr. As Jesus drew near to Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging… To catch the true meaning of these words, one must remember that the “roadside” by which the blind man was sitting was the gutter of some street in Jericho. …and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. He knew of Jesus. …but he cried all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus Stopped. Above all the noise of the multitude Jesus heard the lonely prayer of the blind beggar and He stopped. St.

Intrinsic Motivation Doesn't Exist, Researcher Says COLUMBUS , Ohio – While some psychologists still argue that people perform better when they do something because they want to – rather than for some kind of reward, such as money -- Steven Reiss suggests we shouldn't even make that distinction. Reiss, a professor of psychology at Ohio State University , argues that a diverse range of human motivations can't be forced into these categories of intrinsic and extrinsic motivations. Psychologists say intrinsic motivations are those that arise from within – doing something because you want to – while extrinsic motivations mean people are seeking a reward, such as money, a good grade in class, or a trophy at a sporting event. “They are taking many diverse human needs and motivations, putting them into just two categories, and then saying one type of motivation is better than another,” said Reiss, who outlines his argument in the current issue of the journal Behavior Analyst. “But there is no real evidence that intrinsic motivation even exists.”

Praying with the body: the hesychast method and non-Christian parallels : theological portal Bogoslov.Ru Metropolitan Kallistos addresses the question of whether there are parallels between the hesychastic method of prayer and other apparently similar techniques of prayer in Hinduism and Islam. Looking at the origins of hesychasm and the teachings of figures such as St Gregory Palamas, St Gregory of Sinai and Nikiphoros the Hesychast, Metropolitan Kallistos addresses the question: is the Jesus Prayer an essential and authentically Christian practice, or is it unnecessary and perhaps even harmful? Remember God more often than you breathe. St Gregory of Nazianzos A ghost in a machine? ‘Glorify God in your body’, says St Paul (1 Cor. 6:19). In reality a body-soul division of a Platonic type has no place within Christian tradition. It is not enough, however, simply to assert this holistic anthropology in theory. ‘Ah’, said he, ‘that’s The Philokalia. The Pilgrim responds with a pained protest: ‘Don’t think in that way about this holy book, sir’, I answered. Entering the place of the heart

THE FOUR INTRINSIC REWARDS THAT DRIVE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT Motivational dynamics have changed dramatically to reflect new work requirements and changed worker expectations. One of the biggest changes has been the rise in importance of psychic, or intrinsic rewards, and the decline of material or extrinsic rewards. This author draws upon recent research to explain the popularity of intrinsic rewards and how these rewards can be used to build a high-engagement culture. I have been researching workplace motivation for about 30 years and I’m amazed at how much has changed recently. Most of the motivational models used today were developed in earlier eras, when work and workers were different. Extrinsic and intrinsic rewards Extrinsic rewards—usually financial—are the tangible rewards given employees by managers, such as pay raises, bonuses, and benefits. Extrinsic rewards played a dominant role in earlier eras, when work was generally more routine and bureaucratic, and when complying with rules and procedures was paramount. Sense of meaningfulness.

Saying the Jesus Prayer | St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary By Dr. Albert S Rossi "Prayer is Not Optional" A layman, at the St Vladimir's Seminary Summer Institute, wrote this sentence as the most important thing he learned all week. Which Words The classical form of the Jesus Prayer is, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." The actual words of our short prayers can vary. Monks of old said, "Lord, make haste to help me. The history of the Jesus Prayer goes back, as far as we know, to the early sixth century, with Diadochos, who taught that repetition of the prayer leads to inner stillness. Abba Macarius of Egypt said there is no need to waste time with words.

20 mental barriers you should let go of photo by admitchell08 You are in an imaginary hot air balloon. It’s just you and all of your belongings in the wicker basket. The only immediate solution is to get rid of excess weight and throw off at least half of your belongings. This happens to all of us in less dramatic circumstances. Our mental life follows the same fate. Some of them are useless ideas that drag us down considerably. So if you were in the hot air balloon situation, which of these mental barriers should we let go? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Related posts:

Related: