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Critique of "Do what you love, love what you do'

Critique of "Do what you love, love what you do'
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:  Calling

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.”

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).

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.

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:

How Van Gogh Found His Purpose: Heartfelt Letters to His Brother on How Relationships Refine Us Long before Vincent van Gogh became a creative legend and attained such mastery of art that he explained nature better than science, he confronted the same existential challenge many young people and aspiring artists face as they set out to find their purpose and do what they love — something that often requires the discomfiting uncertainty of deviating from the beaten path. In January of 1879, twenty-six-year-old Van Gogh, who had dropped out of high school, was given a six-month appointment as a preacher in a small village — a job that consisted of giving Bible readings, teaching schoolchildren, and caring for the sick and poor. He devoted himself wholeheartedly to the task and, in solidarity with the poor, gave away all of his possessions to live in a tiny hut, where he slept on the ground. But his commitment backfired — the church committee that had hired him saw this as extravagant posturing of humility and fired him. Such idling is really a rather strange sort of idling.

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:

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

To find out what one is fitted to do and to secure... The 13 Most Insidious, Pervasive Lies of the Modern Music Industry... It was the future we all wanted so desperately to come true… Lie #1: Great music will naturally find its audience. The Lie: The greatest music and artists will eventually connect with their audiences, naturally, thanks to a perfectly-lubricated, social, and borderless internet. “Our kids are going to watch exactly what they want to watch, not necessarily what’s marketed to them,” then Topspin CEO Ian Rogers said as recently as 2010, while constantly underscoring that “quality is hyperefficient.” The Truth: Just like the analog old days, most great music gets left behind and wallows in obscurity if not substantially backed or otherwise supported financially. Lie #2: Artists will thrive off of ‘Long Tail,’ niche content. The Lie: The musical landscape will increasingly be dominated by smaller and smaller artists, with smaller (but stronger) audiences. The Truth: Instead of unleashing a torrent of successful niches, the internet has actually made blockbusters bigger than before.

One Giant Leap: What About Me? Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman travelled for 7 months through all 5 continents, and recorded in over 50 locations to create the most inspiring film and album they could imagine. Their mission was not only to gather insights on the huge universal themes of life from the most inspiring and illuminating people they could find, but also to seek out the cream of the world's musicians and compose immense multi-layered music with them. Sometimes you're used to a way of life where the house is open but you don't go out because you've already lost the concept of freedom. But sometimes you're so anxious for freedom that you could free yourself from any prison or chains. It all depends on the strength of your concept of freedom. You've got to realize one thing, and that is you need to tame your wild, crazy mind. This is the time for awakening for humans on the planet. Mostly what you get through the media is the madness. Watch the full documentary now -

How to Find Your Calling What’s your passion? What do you want to do with your life? What do you want to be when you grow up? Do these questions make you shudder? If you are at a total loss for how to even begin to answer the dreaded ‘passion’ question, you are not alone. Let’s kick off this post with a quote from the novel The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. “God doesn’t call the equipped. God equips the called. And you have been called.” So, with this post, I call on you. Born for This by Chris Guillebeau This is the book that can change the rest of your life. What’s your passion? “Everyone’s an expert at something is a good principle to keep in mind, and often the “something” comes as a surprise.” I wanted to highlight just one of Chris’s tips for us to use right now. I want you to identify specific skills you have that you can use to find out what you are called to do. We are going to play a game I created based on Chris’s book called: “What’s your calling?” Let’s Play: Here is a list of each skill: Now, circle all the 1’s.

Anyone can learn to be a polymath – Robert Twigger I travelled with Bedouin in the Western Desert of Egypt. When we got a puncture, they used tape and an old inner tube to suck air from three tyres to inflate a fourth. It was the cook who suggested the idea; maybe he was used to making food designed for a few go further. We hear the descriptive words psychopath and sociopath all the time, but here’s a new one: monopath. The monopathic model derives some of its credibility from its success in business. Ever since the beginning of the industrial era, we have known both the benefits and the drawbacks of dividing jobs into ever smaller and more tedious ones. The average job now is done by someone who is stationary in front of some kind of screen. In fact, it wasn’t. Polymaths such as Da Vinci, Goethe and Benjamin Franklin were such high achievers that we might feel a bit reluctant to use the word ‘polymath’ to describe our own humble attempts to become multi-talented. So, say that we all have at least the potential to become polymaths.