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Do what you love, love what you do: An omnipresent mantra that’s bad for work and workers.

Do what you love, love what you do: An omnipresent mantra that’s bad for work and workers.
Photo courtesy Mario de Armas/design*sponge “Do what you love. Love what you do.” The command is framed and perched in a living room that can only be described as “well-curated.” A picture of this room appeared first on a popular design blog and has been pinned, tumbl’d, and liked thousands of times. Though it introduces exhortations to labor into a space of leisure, the “do what you love” living room is the place all those pinners and likers long to be. There’s little doubt that “do what you love” (DWYL) is now the unofficial work mantra for our time. Superficially, DWYL is an uplifting piece of advice, urging us to ponder what it is we most enjoy doing and then turn that activity into a wage-generating enterprise. DWYL is a secret handshake of the privileged and a worldview that disguises its elitism as noble self-betterment. Aphorisms usually have numerous origins and reincarnations, but the nature of DWYL confounds precise attribution. You’ve got to find what you love. Related:  Génération En Quête De SensCallingluna_straluce

Et vous, vous le faites quand votre "job out"? | Didier Pourquery "Bore out", ou "job out"? J'ai reçu l'autre soir sur Linkedin un texte étonnant de James Altucher : "Comment j'ai quitté une réunion (How I walked out of a meeting) et ne suis plus jamais revenu". Le petit "out" a allumé une étincelle dans mon cerveau lessivé par ma journée. J'avais lu deux jours plus tôt sur le site Socialter une tribune de Marc-Arthur Gauthey , "Ces jeunes qui partent en courant"... Et dans les deux cas il était question de "faire son job out". Tiens,... James Altucher n'est pas le premier venu. Paradoxal, non ? "Out" dessine en trois lettres quelque chose d'assez brutal. Et je ne parle pas uniquement de préférences sexuelles. Lorsque un maitre journaliste trotskyste se met à déclarer sa flamme pour la religion et s'affiche avec Tariq Ramadan, c'est une sorte de "coming out" aussi. "Out" évoque aussi la sortie d'un système, celui du travail. Didier Pourquery est l'auteur du livre "Les mots de l'époque", aux éditions Le Monde, qui rassemble ses plus belles chroniques.

Long Hair by Deva Kaur Khalsa (Florida) Consider the possibility that the hair on your head is there to do more than just look good. From a yogic perspective, hair is an amazing gift of nature that can actually help raise the Kundalini energy (creative life force) which, in turn, serves to increase vitality, intuition and tranquility. Today most people may not notice the subtle, but powerful difference between cutting and keeping their hair. “Our hair fashions might be just a trend”, “but if we investigate,” Yogi Bhajan states, “we may find that we have been depriving ourselves of one of the most valuable sources of energy for human vitality.” Long ago in many cultures, people kept their hair because it was a part of who they were. Science of Hair The science of hair was one of the first technologies given by Yogi Bhajan when he came to : Left uncut, your hair will grow to a particular length and then stop all by itself at the correct length for you. Kundalini Hair Care Tagore said, “I was there.”

How to Discern Your Calling [Podcast] What keeps you going when the going gets tough … when you want to quit and walk off the field? I recently had an experience that made me dig deep and reconnect with my calling. I share it in this episode. But I’m not alone. Tough times are inevitable for each of us. If you aren’t clear about your calling, you will cave in and quit. Click to Listen Subscribe to Podcast in iTunes The word “calling” comes from the Latin word, vocatio. It has four attributes: It is external. So how do you find your calling? My premise is that you will find it at the intersection of three components: Component #1: Passion: What do you love? All three of these components are important. If you have passion and competence without a market, you don’t have a calling. It really does take all three circles. Listener Questions Amanda asked, “Do you have any information about your new book on life planning?” Tip of the Week In this short e-book, I share: And 94 more! Special Announcements Episode Resources Show Transcript

10 Lifehacks from 100 Years Ago In the late 1880s, cigarette manufacturers began inserting stiffening cards into their paper packs of cigarettes to strengthen the containers. It wasn't long before they got the idea to put artwork, trivia, famous people, and pretty girls onto those cards, grouped into collectible series. The cards, which continued into the 1940s, are highly valuable now, with the most expensive (bearing the face of stringent anti-smoking baseball player Honus Wagner) selling for $2.8 million in 2007. In the 1910s, Gallaher Ltd of Belfast & London and Ogden's Branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co printed "How-To" series, with clever hints for both everyday and emergency situations. (Please note these cards were published a hundred years ago, when safety was not as popular a pursuit as it is now. 1. "Dissolve one pound of salt and half a pound of sal-ammoniac in two quarts of water and bottle the liquor in thin glass bottles holding about a quart each. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. More from The Week... J.K.

South Korea’s Education System Hurts Students Photo SEOUL, South Korea — After my older brother fell ill from the stress of being a student in , my mother decided to move me from our home in Seoul to Vancouver for high school to spare me the intense pressure to succeed. She did not want me to suffer like my brother, who had a chest pain that doctors could not diagnose and an allergy so severe he needed to have shots at home. I was fortunate that my mother recognized the problem and had the means to take me abroad. Most South Korean children’s parents are the main source of the unrelenting pressure put on students. Thirteen years later, in 2008, I taught advanced English grammar to 11-year-olds at an expensive cram school in the wealthy Seoul neighborhood of Gangnam. When I asked a class if they were happy in this environment, one girl hesitantly raised her hand to tell me that she would only be happy if her mother was gone because all her mother knew was how to nag about her academic performance. But that was the early 1990s.

De "l'Empowerment" Individuel à l'Impact Collectif | Axelle Tessandier Arte diffusait le 24 février un documentaire passionnant sur "Le Bonheur au Travail", explorant les initiatives innovantes pour nous permettre de changer notre rapport à cette activité qui nous occupe tant mais fournit souvent malheureusement plus de frustrations et souffrances que de bien-être et épanouissement. Les chiffres et statistiques s'accumulent: peu de personnes se sentent engagées et passionnées par ce qu'ils font. Pourtant, pour une génération qui regarde constamment les videos de Steve Jobs répétant que faire ce que vous aimez est la clé du succès et se rêvant en entrepreneur maitre de son destin, cet état des lieux devient de moins en moins supportable. "la vie est trop courte pour se complaire dans la médiocrité. Est-on vraiment fous lorsqu'on l'on exige de donner un sens à ce qui constitue un tiers de notre existence? Que celle ou celui qui veut changer le monde commence par lui-même disait Socrates. Nous y sommes. Les choses sérieuses commencent maintenant.

Recipes Ayurvedic Cooking is about guiding principles rather than rules: Food should be light, easy to digest and assimilateHeavier food is OK in Winter but in Summer it must be lighterUse spices intelligently to balance the doshasCooked food is considered easier to digest than rawCertain foods do not go well with others eg: Milk does not go well with sour fruits or banana, yoghurt and banana are also incompatible.Different sorts of food are required at different times eg: pregnancy and post illnessIdeal foods are ‘tridoshic’, balancing all three doshas eg: green mung dhal and coriander A few pointers on Ayurvedic ingredients: ‘Milk’:Throughout these recipes ‘milk’ can be taken as cow or goat’s milk, rice milk, almond milk or other milk substitute. Soya milk is less favoured unless it is very good quality as it can be quite chalky and hard to digest. Ghee (clarified butter), essential in any Ayurvedic Kitchen Ghee is one of the lightest oils, ideal for cooking as doesn’t burn easily. To make ghee:

John Dewey on How to Find Your Calling, the Key to a Fulfilling Vocation, and Why Diverse Interests Are Essential for Excellence in Any Field “Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney,” young Vincent van Gogh despaired in a letter to his brother as he floundered for a calling. The question of how to find our purpose in life and make a living of what we love is indeed a perennial one, the record of its proposed answers stretching at least as far back as Plato, who believed that it was the role of education to uncover each person’s talent, train its mastery, and apply it toward the flourishing of society. More than two millennia later, philosopher, psychologist, and education reformer John Dewey (October 20, 1859–June 1, 1952) — one of the finest minds our civilization has produced, whose insights on how we think and the real role of education continue to refine the human spirit — addressed this abiding question of purpose in his 1916 masterwork Democracy and Education (public library).

Knight Foundation’s Prototype Fund Announces 24 New Projects Photo courtesy of Knight Foundation Earlier this week, the Knight Foundation announced funding for 24 new projects as part of its Prototype Fund. The fund allows innovators to move from idea to demo with $35,000 in funding. A spokesperson for the fund says there are several noteworthy elements particular to the current round of funded projects. First is a new, “human-centered design approach,” where projects now go through a six-month prototyping period that begins with a crash course in human-centered design, directed by the LUMA Institute, an organization focused on accelerating the pace of innovation. Chris Barr, a media innovation associate with Knight, explains that the workshop is focused on simple innovation methods that help ensure that projects are being developed with specific attention to people. While most of the 24 newly-funded projects have some relevance for journalists, these 10 show the most promise to bolster and transform the task of news-gathering and reporting:

How To Interview a Woman Writer If she is attractive; tell your readers exactly how attractive, within the first paragraph. Speculate on whether she is attracted to you. If she has become successful and not moved to a Western country; ask why, speculate on if she realizes how attractive she is: could this be the reason why she hasn’t moved? If she writes about a non-Western country; see if you can find a dead white guy to quote. It will help orientate any readers who are feeling panicked. Here’s a helpful guide: - India: Walt Whitman or Rudyard Kipling - China: W. - The Caribbean: Graham Greene - Africa the country: Joseph Conrad or Winston Churchill If a character in her book has had an abortion; speculate on whether she has had an abortion. If she is a writer of colour; compare her skin to food; chocolate, caramel, coffee, raisins, tater tots, brown bread. If she is a writer of colour; ask how her race has impacted upon her writing. If she is blonde; mention it. If she is slim; mention it. If she is a woman; mention it.

L'Eveil | Axelle Tessandier TECHNO - A Las Vegas, chaque année la communauté numérique du monde entier se donne rendez-vous au CES, l'endroit où vous pouvez découvrir aujourd'hui les innovations qui feront partie de votre quotidien demain. Cette année, entre les allées, je n'entendais parler que "d'objets connectés", d'autant plus que la France se positionne très bien sur ce marché particulier. En regardant les démonstrations et naviguant dans le centre de conférences, j'essayais de trouver tout cela inspirant. Pourtant, bien que les inventions laissaient présager d'un avenir totalement réinventé, d'une vie optimisée, simplifiée, quantifiée, mon cerveau était certes conquis, mais restait les tripes et le coeur, qui eux se sentaient un peu délaissés. CES avait lieu du 6 au 9 janvier 2015. L'innovation technologique sans humanité pourrait d'ailleurs s'avérer catastrophique. Il est certes de bon ton ces temps-ci de croire à la fin du politique. La transformation numérique est jeune. Un mouvement en marche?

Spiritual Healing "Healing and Teaching: Three Forms of AlternativeHealing and their Implications for Teaching" by Gerald Grow School of Journalism, Media & Graphic Arts Florida A&M University, Tallahassee FL 32307 USA Available: Metaphysical Healing Spiritual healing is based on the belief that life's problems are caused the erroneous, limiting, crippling way we believe things to be. Spiritual healers help people identify the large-scale limiting beliefs they hold about themselves and life and replace those with a more generous vision. Someone coming to this view for the first time is likely to find it strange, for it violates so many important concepts in the normal view and creates so many complicated simplifications. Spirit Guide Healing Another form of spiritual healing that has a long history believes that the physical universe is the product of normally-unseen spiritual forces. Shamanism Reconnecting to the High Self Implications for the Teacher Goal Setting Healing by Presence