Who was Confucius? - Bryan W. Van Norden The philosopher Karl Jaspers said that Confucius, Jesus, Socrates, and the Buddha were similar in that each was an “axial figure” in one of the world’s great philosophical or religious traditions, yet we know almost no indisputable facts about any of them. Consequently, almost everything about the life of Confucius (as with Jesus, Socrates, or the Buddha) is controversial. Most of the quotations you hear attributed to Confucius are made up. Consequently, if you want to know what Confucius actually said, read him yourself. One of the most influential translations of the Analects was by the Victorian-era missionary James Legge. Confucius’s lifetime was in the Spring and Autumn Period, an era in which China was divided into a number of states vying for supremacy. Along with Buddhism and Daoism, Confucianism is one of the Three Teachings of China, its three most influential religious and philosophical systems. References to Confucius often pop up in surprising places.
11 Morning Habits That Will Change Your Life (And Make You More Creative) Your alarm clock goes off and it’s time to mindlessly shower, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, then head to work. Is that really all there is? In order to prime yourself to think creatively in the day ahead, your morning shouldn’t be a thoughtless drag. The author Annie Dillard once wrote that “how we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives,” but she might have been being too general. Our mornings set us up either to be primed for creative insights or to be numbed and mindless, merely trudging through our day. So check out a few of the scientifically proven habits that the most creative individuals use each morning and see if it’s not just your mornings that are transformed but your lifelong creativity as well. 01. Making time for mindfulness in the morning is one of the most important habits a person can form for her creative progression. 02. 03. Great news. 04. 05. The key to creative insights is not solely in the amount of hours you sleep but in how, exactly, you wake up.
How memories form and how we lose them - Catharine Young Memory: It isn’t just something, it's everything. And although scientists have pursued and puzzled over it for centuries, a definitive explanation of the actual memory process still eludes us--partly because our brain is so incredibly complex (it is made up of approximately 90 billion cells after all!). Let’s take a look at the basic neuroanatomy elements, which makes memory possible. Brain cells, called neurons are the core component of the nervous system and have the remarkable ability to communicate with each other and transfer information. In order for new memory formation to occur, information needs to undergo certain processes. Memory can go through several different stages before it stored long-term. Want to test your short-term memory? While many of our short-term memories are quickly forgotten, making a conscious effort to retain this information allows it to continue on the next stage--long-term memory.
22 Habits That Will Make Your Life a Little More Peaceful Each Day | Brianna Wiest 1. Throw out, sell or donate everything you don't need. Use this guide to minimalism to help you decide what you're keeping in excess. If there's anything that will immediately release your anxiety and put you at ease, it's making the choice only to keep the physical things that either serve a purpose or hold a positive meaning for you. 2. Organize everything you do. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. Also on HuffPost: Close Alamy Diversify Your Investments “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” can be applied to investing. From Alexa von Tobel Diversify Your Investments“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” can be applied to investing.
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave - Alex Gendler Want to read the Allegory of the Cave in its complete format? Go to this site and get started. To better understand the allegory’s larger context, try reading the rest of The Republic by Plato and these classic lectures. Want to see two different visual representations of this allegory? You may also want to read a summary of the Theory of Forms and how it relates to language. Interested in comparing Plato’s Allegory of the Cave to a real-life issue such as alcohol and addiction?
How to Brighten Your Morning (and Whole Day): 7 Powerful Habits “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”Marcus Aurelius The alarm bell goes off. You slowly open your eyes. A new day lies before you. A day of unexplored potential and opportunities. How can you make it more likely to become a positive and good day? Today I’d like to simply share 7 habits that I have used to make my mornings and whole days better. 1. How will you start your very first moments and minutes of the day? One good way to get off to a good start is to have a note, a reminder on your bedside table that will be one of the first things you see after you have woken up. A couple of suggestions for what to write down on your note: A low bar for happiness. 2. Giving one genuine compliment to your partner, a family member, friend or co-worker during your morning can not only lift his or her day but also make yours a little brighter and happier. 3. 4. Getting started is most often the hardest part. 5. 6.
Make the most of your 20s: Meg Jay at TED2013 In her 20s, Meg Jay saw her first psychotherapy client, Alex, who was there to talk about her guy problems. Jay didn’t take the sessions all too seriously at first. But then her supervisor gave her a wakeup call. While Jay said, “Sure she’s dating down and sleeping with a knucklehead. But she’s not gonna marry the guy.” For Jay, it was an a-ha moment. There are 50 million 20-somethings in the US — that’s 15% of population. “Claiming your 20s is one of simplest things you can do for work, happiness, love, maybe even for the world,” says Jay. Jay worries that messages in the media about the changing timetable of adulthood, and the 20s being an “extended adolescence,” are trivializing this important decade. Jay also takes issue with the phrase “you can’t pick your family, but can pick your friends.” “Too many 30-somethings and 40-somethings look at themselves and say about their 20s, ‘What was I doing? So what can 20-somethings do? Meg Jay’s talk is now available for viewing.
The 5 Steps to Creating Lasting Change in Your Life Believe it or not, change doesn’t come overnight. There is actually a workable process you can take up upon to cultivate a change in you. It doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go through some big, or perhaps even traumatic event in your life in order to create change. It’s entirely up to you. You can take charge. Let me list down the steps you need to take. 1) Get inspired, this is your initial WHY First of all, get inspired. Be it intentionally or by chance, do what it takes to FEEL that inspiration and bask in it. That feeling is something you should remember for the rest of your life; it should be your WHY. So do what it takes to get inspired. Get that feeling and hold on to it tightly. 2) Start on your change by doing a TINY piece of work The whole idea is to start. Without a start, all your inspiration is for nothing. The best way to start is to simply do so with a tiny piece of work. This is to kickstart your change, to show that you’re serious and ready to try something out. From there…