The video below shows just how huge our galaxy is. Pretty astonishing!
I was recently a guest on The Art of Charm podcast (one of the most popular shows on iTunes!) to discuss the power of Taking in the Good and the ways we can build more confident brains. I had a great conversation with AoC founder Jordan Harbinger, I hope you enjoy it.
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I receive a lot of questions about the negativity bias and how to over come it.
Here are a few:
“Is the brain still evolving? Even though we have a brain sculpted by Stone Age experiences, is the brain in any way advancing into a more highly evolved version of itself?”
“What thoughts or suggestions do you have for helping me calm my brain rather than go into fearful mind states when there are sudden unfamiliar sounds?”
“What is one practice we can adopt in our everyday lives to overcome our negativity bias?”
You can find the answers to these and over 100 other questions on 20+ different topics on my FAQs page. Perhaps I’ve answered something you’ve been mulling over, or maybe you’ll simply find it interesting to read what other people are curious about!
Back to basics.
In middle school, I thought it would be cool to play a musical instrument, and picked the clarinet. My wise parents rented one rather than buying it, and I started practicing. (In the garage because it sounded pretty screechy.) After a week or two of doing scales, I got bored and picked my way through a couple easy songs. But after a few more weeks, I couldn’t go further because I hadn’t laid a foundation with scales and similar exercises – so I quit in frustration. To this day, I regret never learning to play a musical instrument.
I and others tend to skip over the fundamentals for a variety of reasons, including impatience, laziness, or a kind of arrogance that thinks we can sort of get away with not paying our dues. There’s also the subtle impact of our media, which showcases celebrities who seem to spring out of thin air – though actually it took years for them to become an overnight success.
But when we don’t take care of the fundamentals, the foundation is shaky for whatever we’ve built: a relationship, a career, personal well-being, spiritual practice – or playing the clarinet. Perhaps we can get away with this for awhile, but there’s usually a background cost in uneasiness, waiting for a day of reckoning, perhaps with the sense of being an imposter. And eventually, when a real challenge comes, the building shakes and maybe topples.
On the other hand, when you handle the basics, the cornerstones, you feel like you’re on solid ground. Even if things don’t turn out perfectly, in your heart you know you had the humility and conscientiousness to honor the prerequisites, the essential requirements, the bedrock of the matter. …Read More
RICK HANSON, Ph.D.
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