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Reason and Emotion: Integrating Passion and Intellect

reason and emotion September 9th, 2018

There is an interesting metaphor for living in the world: that we ride atop an elephant (our emotion, our instincts, and our desires) and that our rational mind is like the human who attempts to direct the elephant where one wants this beast to go. This blog is about the ability to integrate reason and emotion, and the positive effects it can have on creativity, habit formation (and habit-breaking), and living a fulfilling and happy life. And what does one need to cultivate in order to ensure that rational thinking enjoys the benefit of passion and emotions? As usual, the answer is: wisdom. The bulk of the following is really quotations about reason and emotion, as exemplified by this quote by the distinguished scientist, evolutionary biologist, and author, Edward O. Wilson: “Brain scientists have vindicated the evolutionary view of mind. They have established that passion is inseverably linked to reason. Emotion is not just a perturbation of reason but a vital part of it.”

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Hostility, Obsession, Stress and Heart Attack Risk

August 14th, 2018

One’s attitude makes a difference in health and well-being, but also literally in regard to heart attack risk. Hostility, anger, stress, and obsession kill, but optimism, relaxation, and mindfulness help us live happier, healthier, longer, more productive lives. So chill out!

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A Life of Value: Mindfulness Training in Prison

mindfulness July 27th, 2018

I recently spent a weekend at San Quentin prison learning mindfulness, sharing meditation, and holding space, I came to a deep understanding that when one travels across a long personal Spectrum, their experience and wisdom is so bright and so full of light. GRIP (Guiding Rage into Power) is a year-long training program for inmates

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10 Keys to Well-Being (Plus Motivational Quotes)

well-being March 20th, 2018

The very interesting Greater Good Science Center at UC-Berkeley has some assertive and scientifically-based ideas on wonderful topics such as well-being, fulfillment, meaning, happiness, flourishing, etc. Along with U-Penn’s Positive Psychology master’s program, these are two powerhouse schools that take the science of optimism, happiness, flourishing, and well-being seriously. It’s neat to see, since at times in the past, topics such as these, or meaning, goodness, love, wisdom, and “psi” were not considered suitable subjects for psychological science to research and investigate. Click through to learn which ten keys the GGSC, positive psychology, and I suggest for greater fulfillment, joy, contentment, and success.

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How to Find Happiness in Modern America

happiness March 9th, 2018

Attitude is everything, so they say. There is truly something to that. According to one strain of research, our happiness is about 50% “determined” by our genes. There is little we can do to stray very far from our “set point” level of happiness. A death will bring us very low, and that “new car smell” will give us a happiness bump for days, perhaps weeks. A promotion will engender some greater satisfaction, but it’s effect, too, will fade (perhaps only leaving a somewhat larger paycheck and potentially greater stress associated with increased or different responsibilities). The point is, If genes account for 50% of one’s level of happiness, what does that leave us with? This is a blog about psychological research, applied philosophy, and values and virtues such as personal growth, free will, and responsibility.

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“Oh, To Transcend Mundaneness!”

to transcend mundaneness December 24th, 2017

An ode to emotion, vision, gratitude, fulfillment, joy, and contentment. Much of what makes life really worth living:

To write a thoughtful poem;
To give help when sorely needed;
To seek and find elusive faith;
To have really succeeded.

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Siddhartha Gautama, Founder of Buddhism

Buddhism November 28th, 2017

Siddhartha in the ancient language of Magadhi means “one who has accomplished a goal.” This is a very fitting name for a very influential historical figure that is still shrouded in myth and legend — Siddhartha Gautama, also known as The Buddha. While we do know he existed, there is still a lot that we don’t know about him (and will never know). It has been over 2,500 years since The Buddha’s death, and to this day his insightful and inspirational message influences and motivates hundreds of millions of people every day. This is what living a life of value is all about: pursuing a path for oneself that is functional and fulfilling, while at the same time helping, loving, and guiding others the be the best possible versions of themselves. Let me share a bit more about Siddhartha Gautama, and then I will present some very interesting quotes by the man who literally invented Buddhism.

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Quotations About Mindfulness, Gratitude & Relaxation

quotations about mindfulness November 3rd, 2017

Fulfillment has much to do with how you perceive some aspect of your life, some experience. Attitude is important. Happiness, it has been said, is a state of mind. Gratitude is an optimistic and positive way to look at the world. You are responsible for your own happiness and the state of your life. Optimism is clearly the best outlook if one had to choose. The journey should be treasured and goals should be de-prioritized. Spirituality is as important as the mental, emotional, and physical. The most important things in life cannot be touched, monetized, kept, or produced. Meditation and mindfulness are important ways to live a better and healthier life. God is all around us and can only be known by perceiving not with the eye, but the heart. Wisdom comes from reflection, but sometimes, staring right at a thing shrouds it in obscurity. This is a blog featuring quotations about mindfulness, gratitude, and relaxation.

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An Ethical and Fulfilling Life (V&E-12)

an ethical and fulfilling life November 1st, 2017

The following piece about an ethical and fulfilling life is chapter 12 in the book Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom (itself based on an Internet-based talk radio show of the same name I did in times past). My insightful and experienced partner in dialogue is Jan Phillips. Jan’s words are indicated by the initials JP, and mine are JM. For paragraphs with no initials, assume they are a continuation of the speaker who was speaking in the previous paragraph. I highlight words having to do with values and virtues by placing them in boldface type. Enjoy this look at an ethical and fulfilling life based on wisdom, enlightenment, self-growth, vision, and fulfillment with author and thought leader, Jan Phillips.

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Buddhist Wisdom: Meditation, Awareness, Stillness

Buddhist wisdom September 17th, 2017

When it comes to wisdom, the Buddhists occupy a unique position. One thinks of monks and other practitioners of a very devout kind of Buddhism as up there with Indian sages, old men with Fu-Manchu mustaches, Gandalf, and assorted grandparents as being quintessential purveyors of wisdom. Meditation, mindfulness, stillness, open-mindedness, self-discipine, awareness, ethics, and insight are the stock-in-trade of Buddhist monks. The Dalai Lama is always reliable to have a mature, enlightened, very ethical perspective on any question posed to him. This blog is about finding wisdom in Buddhist principles.

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