Friday, 21 August 2020

We all know that money, don't buy you love

Whether King Milinda and the sage Nagasena are looking at the individual named Nagasena, the king's chariot, or the king himself, the thing or person being perceived is actually made up of many interdependent pieces or processes, none of which exists on its own. What is being questioned, then, is the notion that particular things ultimately have an independent, freestanding, essence. The Doctrine of No Self A central tenet of Buddhism, nonself, can be can be better understood with the help of a useful analogy: Apart from those who have lost their self, most of us believe subjectively that there is a real me, a core self that is partially hidden by the facade selves that we erect in different social circumstances. But at the level of networks - of behaviour, minds, people - it depends on long-term action, is slow, incremental, often circuitous. I so desperately want to believe that change is possible, that we are not fated, like stories, that anything can happen at any time. But developmental pathways are predictable, especially if there was trauma at a very early stage, before language and visualisation had a chance to take hold - then we might expect a bias towards repeating old traumatic responses, again and again and again. Change, but really no change. There are only two outcomes. My work is based on an assumption that change is possible, too often my life on the assumption that it isn't. He suggests I write to myself as if it were twelve months from now, write from the other side of this current storm. Write, literally from your frontal lobes to your limbic system, Alasdair. Literallys - they were everywhere, used thoughtlessly as intensifiers, but also as anti-anxiety drugs against the inflationary panic of language itself. But if we pop the pills now, what are we going to do when the world really heats up? Set your timers and keep to this today. Worst-case scenario: You don't see any benefit (not possible), and you go back to your old habits tomorrow. However, if and when you do see the boost in energy and mood, you'll start to make this a major part of your daily routine and never look back. Invest some time in yourself, and the time you lose will easily be made up in enhanced productivity, more energy, and a fit and limber body you can readily use after a long day. Do you savor your shower time?

Usually because it's the most privacy you'll get all day. Maybe the hot water helps melt your tense shoulder muscles. Yes, it is therapeutic and nice to get away, but here's the challenge: Unless you have a shower filter that pulls the chlorine out of that water, you're absorbing it through your skin and breathing it through your lungs. This messes with your good bacteria and has a negative influence on your thyroid. Even if you do filter it, long, hot showers may feel great but they're not good for the environment. Genetic gifts are useful--not necessarily for sports to choose athletes but rather to help athletes choose the right sports. In fact, Hardy and Rees showed that physiological and anthropometric factors like height, weight, VO2 max, limb length, and bone density produced the highest correlation with becoming an elite athlete. It would appear no longer a case of whether there is a genetic component to sporting performance, but rather which genetic profiles make the greatest contribution, wrote Hardy and Rees. The most obvious issue for talent identification researchers in sport to solve is the problem of predicting adult performance from adolescent anthropometric and physiological data. If fact, predicting the future physical growth of young athletes may be the easier task when compared to judging the inner drive and persistence of an adolescent. Whether it be 10,000 hours of deliberate practice or ten years of sacrifice, reaching the apex of a sport often requires an athlete to adopt a lifestyle that is different, single-minded, and more difficult than the 99 percent of their peers who stop somewhere along the way. Putting an all-defining name on this special ingredient has become a fascination in popular science and produced a clash of competing concepts that, by themselves, don't quite grasp the complex psychological makeup of a champion. Grit and Growth Pete Carroll knew it right away. When I first heard her on a TED Talk, I thought she was talking about our stuff. I occasionally use the word diet to describe the change in eating patterns I'm advocating, but that's really not the right word, at least with the connotations that word now has. Think about it: going on a diet usually suggests taking a temporary detour away from normal eating patterns. For the time being, while on a diet, the person eats foods that are healthy but generally not liked. As soon as the weight is off, provided the diet is a success (which, in fact, is not that likely), the person can rush back to eating junk food again. You can see that is not what I envision for weight losers.

My diet is not a temporary aberration from one's normal eating. Instead, it is a lifestyle change. What I am prescribing are the eating habits you should stay on for your whole life, provided you want that to be a long and healthy one. Lifestyle changes will make the difference when diets don't make the grade. But the lifestyle changes laid out in this article do not stop at eating (as you've seen). What it boils down to Many of our beliefs and behaviours about food and our bodies come from our family, school, friends, media and society at large. They were passed on as verbal messages or through the way we saw adults around us behaving as we were growing up. As children, seeking love and approval, we tend to swallow them whole. When we're told that we have to clean the plate before we can leave the table, we do it, or get into trouble. If, as adults, we continue to eat everything that is on our plate, because that's `what you do', we keep ourselves stuck with other people's rules, without giving ourselves the chance to find out what works for us. Swallow and digest them, or spit them out As adults we can decide what beliefs to believe in; It is interesting to see where specific messages come from because once we have identified them they are easier to deal with. Our parents most probably did their best; Belonging -> Cause Ann Ramer became so incensed after her dying son Brent was denied access to clinical trials because he was under eighteen that the mild-mannered mom became an outspoken advocate for pediatric cancer patients, giving fiery speeches, lobbying the vice president, badgering the FDA. Lisa Heffernan and Mary Dell Harrington, both moms in Westchester County, New York, were so shaken when their children started going to college that they started a Facearticle group called Grown and Flown to offer guidance to struggling empty nesters. Belonging -> Agency Peggy Battin was a philosophy graduate student in Southern California who had never been that committed to what she called husband and children and conventional country club life, so when a great job opened up in Utah, she left her children with her husband and went to pursue her career.

Shirley Eggermont was content to be the mother of seven and a supportive wife for forty-one years, but when her husband ran off with a younger girlfriend to find happiness, she realized how manipulated and controlled she had been and became a different person, more independent and self-confident. Finding a calling is a great font of well-being and something many people move toward in their lives. But some who build their lives around a cause grow weary from giving too much. Cause -> Agency John Austin spent twenty-five years in federal law enforcement, ultimately becoming an assistant special agent at the Drug Enforcement Administration, before a health scare prompted him to give up the precious job security and open a risk management firm. But, nothing, Elizabeth interrupted me, You have personally felt the effects of the unspoken rules, the class-oriented behaviors first hand yet you are still willing to argue with me that it exists. I accepted Elizabeth's chastising. Wealthy women have learned that to be successful in their socio-economic class that it is imperative to invest in these types of cultural capital. A high value is placed on cultural capital in their world because the unspoken rule is increased cultural capital leads to stronger relationships and increased opportunities. I don't know how it will ever feel normal to live this way. Like any other change in life, it starts by building the habit of it into your daily routine. Start out by researching the social manners of events and practices you currently participate in and then apply what you learn. When an unexpected social event occurs, reference the articles I've recommended and do as they say, even if the actions sound foreign to you. Over the years, you will become polished in your ability to carry and represent yourself in any social situation. I had to admit I was far from excited about learning the rules of etiquette. This is because your mind is under your control and is not directed outwards. There is instead an inward turning. There is no reason to flinch and nothing to fear. You cannot fear because your input channels (your sensory nerves) have been told to not respond. Just as the tortoise withdraws its limbs, so when a man withdraws his senses from the sense objects, his wisdom becomes steady, explains the Bhagavad Gita.

Consciousness becomes far more sensitive when it detaches from the senses. Further, as the senses withdraw, the intuitive mind awakens. It is however impossible for the yogi to explore the inner realms of the mind if one is easily distracted by the external senses. Next time your yoga teacher is sitting upright with a perfect posture and hands in some sort of mudra teaching yogic meditation, go and pinch her arm. If she screams, you can ask why he/she has not withdrawn his/her senses since this is a precursor to meditation and if such a wise teacher is teaching yogic meditation, how did he/she feel that pinch? However, that is a view primarily in the Western world. In the West, the analogy for the mind is a peach in which, after you have peeled away the flesh, you find the pit, the core self, at the center. In the Eastern world . In the East, the concept of the self is more like an onion. You peel layer and layer away, one after the other, but there is no central core, merely a final layer. How then, in the East, can there be a self? To use an analogy, the self is perhaps more like a river. The water flows along the river and the water in the river is always changing and never the same as it was a moment ago, yet the river exists. Let us look a bit deeper into what Buddhism has to say about the concept of nonself. The Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion has this entry for nonself under the Sanskrit term anatman: I can't do it . A dozen goes and my future self sounds so manically, mechanically happy, more pathologically fake than the self it is trying to rescue, drowning him in hope. Rather write a response in reverse, from the fractured patient of the future to the present's smug-sounding doctor (me that is), thanking him for nothing, asking to be left alone, threatening a malpractice action. Dear Dr Samuels, I am your patient.

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