The Power of Outrospection

What will change the world? According to Roman Krznaric, grassroots empathy and the way we think about other people. Krznaric talks about how this human behavior could revolutionize human relationships (and the environment!) in the 21st century. Watch RSA Animate | The Power of Outrospection More RSA Animate Films Read Six Habits of Highly Empathic People […]

New Year’s Resolutions that Work with Your Brain

  Resolutions like going to the gym more often or losing 20 pounds are based on trying to control the feeling that “there’s something wrong with me being just as I am.” This feeling, called Learned Distress, is what your brain uses to automatically generate the negative moments of your life…Sometimes the control mechanism out and […]

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or “Moral Injury”

“My God, what have we done?” combat soldiers sometimes gasp as they see those they or comrades just killed, especially when they include innocent children, women, and other civilians. “We knew that we killed them/…the terrified mother/ clutching terrified child,” writes former Lieutenant Michael Parmeley in his poem “Meditation on Being a Baby Killer.” In […]

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The Affect of the Mind on the Body

These links offer ideas about how the mind-body connection operates as well as the different ways it affects us–including its affect on our social and evolutionary landscape. Evolutionaries | Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science’s Greatest Idea Carter Phipps, former editor of EnlightenNext magazine, has written a book that illustrates the connections between science and spirituality […]

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The Subtle Power of Networks

The late David Bohm pointed out the lost potential of quantum physics as he saw it being assimilated by a traditional and very mechanical mindset that wanted to make it another instrument of control, prediction, and quantification. For him the power of the field was much more subtle, qualitative, and lay in the understanding that there is […]

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Hope: The Key to Using the Brain Well for Poverty Reduction & Universal Welfare

The things that keep people caught in a cycle of poverty are not solely monetary. And getting out of that cycle is not necessarily about money either. Dr. Joseph LeDoux says that part of the reason that folks are locked into cycles of generational poverty is because of the way our brain reacts to emotions […]

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Change Your Map, Change Your World?

Contributed by Premadasi Amada In the words of Lauryn Hill, “How you gonna win when you ain’t right within?” Social change work can’t succeed when those doing the work are stuck in beliefs and patterns that hold them back. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is one way to break those patterns. Cynthia Silva Parker writes about […]

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The Veil of Opulence

Political decisions are made based on the perspective of the maker, even if that perspective has nothing to do with what that person is capable of achieving in the present. In this post Benjamin Hale asks us to consider how that “veil of opulence” is causing Americans, particularly politicians, to do away with fairness. More […]

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How To Be Happy | The Fine Print

For me, “happiness” has always seemed both impossible and like a cartoon idea of an emotion–a made up thing that few people ever actually were. But in a recent study about achieving happiness, scientists discovered how you feel about what you’re doing is what makes happiness something anyone can grasp.  Most of us want to […]

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Are People Who Meditate the Top Social Change Agents?

If you meditate, you’re more likely to be for sustainability of communities, the environment, and other similar issues.  Do you meditate? A few weeks ago, the New York Times Article “How Meditation May Change the Brain” by Sindya Banhooin the “Well Blog” garnered 590 comments and was number six on the list of most emailed articles that week. […]

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Dr. Herbert Benson on the Mind/Body Connection

In terms of healing, many of us believe that the mind has an affect on the body–that if we think good thoughts, for instance, we’ll avoid the cold that everyone else seems to be getting. There’s some truth in that. The mind can affect the body.  People who meditate, can, over a long period of […]

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The Multiple Intelligences of Leaders

It’s not necessarily intelligence that makes someone a great leader. There are other factors, and you don’t have to be born with them.  Do smarter people make better leaders? Although the general answer is “yes,” it depends on what you mean by “smart.” Almost a century of research on basic intelligence (what is referred to […]

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