Andrew Solomon is a writer on politics, culture and psychology. Full bio
TED Talk : Andrew Solomon: Love, No Matter What
What is it like to raise a child who's different from you in some fundamental way (like a prodigy, or a differently abled kid, or a criminal)? In this quietly moving talk, writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents — asking them: What's the line between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance?
Andrew Solomon is a writer on politics, culture and psychology. Full bio
Jeremy Dean : PsyBlog : 04 Oct 2014
When you look back over your life, which moments have given you the most pain - and which the most pleasure?
Some might guess it's individual achievements, like getting a promotion, or individual failures, like failing an exam. In fact, research suggests that it's the highs and lows of social relationships that provide the highest highs and lowest lows that people experience across their lives.
Dr. Shira Gabriel, whose study this finding is based on, said: "Most of us spend much of our time and effort focused on individual achievements such as work, hobbies and schooling. However this research suggests that the events that end up being most important in our lives, the events that bring us the most happiness and also carry the potential for the most pain, are social events - moments of connecting to others and feeling their connections to us." Across a series of studies people were asked about the most positive and negative events in their lives (Jaremka et al., 2010).
College students generally reported intimate moments with their partners as being the happiest of their lives, as did middle-aged people. For college students and middle-aged people their best non-social moments were academic and work successes respectively. However, whether people were college students or middle-aged, they consistently reported events that were related to others as providing both the best and worst moments they'd experienced.
Dr. Gabriel explained that these were... "...the moments when close relationships began or ended; when people fell in love or found a new friend; when a loved one died or broke their hearts.
In short, it was the moments of connecting to others that touched peoples' lives the most."
Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened -- as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding -- she studied and remembered every moment.
This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.
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Linguistic experts argue in new research that people's brains do not slow down with age, but actually show the benefits of experience. Tests that had previously been taken to show cognitive decline as people age, they maintain, are actually showing the effects of having more information to process.
The linguists, from the German University of Tübingen, publish their findings in the journal Topics in Cognitive Science (Ramscar et al., 2014).
While accepting that physiological diseases of old age clearly exist, they say that the usual cognitive changes associated with age are exactly what you'd expect as the brain gathers more experience.
The authors conclude by saying:
"...population aging is seen as a problem because of the fear that older adults will be a burden on society; what is more likely is that the myth of cognitive decline is leading to an absurd waste of human potential and human capital. It thus seems likely that an informed understanding of the cognitive costs and benefits of aging will benefit all society, not just its older members." (Ramscar et al., 2014).
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Conversations with God ....
On this day of your life, I believe God wants you to know...
...that the reason so much of humanity commemorates
this day is that so much of humanity seeks
to give and receive love.
During this holy time, know that all times are holy, that
every religion holds truth, that each tradition is sacred,
and that it is in the simple sharing of love that we make
our beliefs come alive, and our dreams come true.
Let this Christmas Day remind us that Christ came to
invite us to offer love to all humankind, and to open the
door of God's kingdom to every soul.
Merry Christmas, everyone.
NealeDonaldWalsch.com Neale Donald Walsch is the author of the 'Conversations with God' books
Quantum Physics leads to the conclusion that this 'reality' is a thought in the mind of God/All That Is/Prime Creator. Every part of this reality is part of the infinite, eternal, loving Creator Spirit, and every part contains consciousness in varying degrees, including galaxies, stars and planets.
All beings on Planet Earth (Gaia) are expressions of the Creator experiencing Itself as an evolving third dimensional planet within this 'thought reality' universe.
Human Beings have aspects of divinity within the greater multidimensional part of our DNA - the part which cannot be measured by science ('junk DNA') - but as we have the gift of free will it is up to each one of us to choose whether or not to activate this DNA and remember our connection to God. The key to activating our divine DNA is Love, for ourselves and for our fellow Human Beings - as demonstrated by the evolved soul Jesus, a living example of the pattern we need to follow to achieve Christ Consciousness.
Our purpose in being here as individuated manifestations of the Creator is to remember Who We Are and to become divine Co-Creators with God, the greater Whole, in an eternally evolving Creation. High vibrational energy - Christ Consciousness/the 'Second Coming' - is now flooding this planet from the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy via our Sun and is helping to spiritually awaken those who are ready to receive this energy. This is an unprecedented opportunity for accelerated spiritual growth, for those who are ready. This is the time foretold in the Bible and in many ancient prophecies.
There is only one Being - the Creator/All That Is - and we are individuated expressions of that Being. And we are not alone in this intelligent, aware, loving Universe within the mind of the Creator.
Digital Physics' Argument for God's Existence
Thanks to Pinterest.com and to all those who created and those who pinned the above images. Messenger Spirit
This poem was nominated by the UN as the best poem of 2008,
written by an African child
When I born, I black
When I grow up, I black
When I go in Sun, I black
When I scared, I black
When I sick, I black
And when I die, I still black
And you white fellow ....
When you born, you pink
When you grow up, you white
When you go in sun, you red
When you cold, you blue
When you scared, you yellow
When you sick, you green
And when you die, you gray
And you calling me colored?
"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you." [Princess Diana]
Our inherited concept of a machine world — the clockwork universe — is giving way, and the vision of a 'web' is rising to take its place. New and profound rethinking is taking place across modern science, from anthropology to physics. Interdependence is now seen as central to understanding organization and change at all levels, from chemical networks and living cells to ecosystems, cities and economies. Current realities and new scientific insights are being woven into a fascinating vision of history and science, progressing through upheavals and rebirths up to the present day.
Humankind, too, is bound into the patterns and processes of this web world, and there are the already visible signs of an emerging 'integral Society' in which head, heart and soul need no longer be at odds.
Integral culture has the potential to build a more sustainable and peaceful civilization. Yet all great change comes as a result of pressure and our present social and economic systems are already becoming unstable. If we do not integrate the core lessons of the web world — learning, collaboration, and intricacy — into our ways of life, we face the spectre of collapse.
This is the current human condition, socially and scientifically laid out for all to see.
From: After the Clockwork Universe by S J Goerner
Sub-titled The Emerging Science and Culture of Integral Society and published by Floris Books of Edinburgh
Just beautiful. The very best in humanity is Love. Here it is in spontaneous action. Love Zen http://www.zengardner.com/no-greater-love/
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