I take walking breaks between teaching classes. I used to grab my little iPod mini (which replaced my Sony Walkman). I got tired of listening to my music. So I plugged my headphones into my cell phone and listened to TedTalks and informational videos on YouTube. The change has been tremendous!
I’ve learned about meditation, motivation, education, nutrition and much more. Because I learn during my walks, I have more to offer my students, my children, my spouse and friends. Now, my walks provide mental as well as physical energy.
What are you listening to? What are you reading? You’re in control of the input. Now – more than ever – there is “information” and “noise.” Be mindful about what goes through those ears of yours and into your beautiful mind.
I love this website. There is so much to learn. Who is “The School of Life”? They’re based in London.There is a psychotherapist on staff and many writers and researchers. They seem to know their stuff. I like their style.
Here is their Vision Statement:
BEING DEDICATED TO EMOTIONAL HEALTH MEANS THE FOLLOWING:
We want people to have better relationships
To be better parents
To be more understanding children
To be less anxious
To be less scared
To be more self-aware
To be more appreciative
To be more forgiving
To be wiser consumers
To be more mature employees, entrepreneurs and leaders
To create businesses that more accurately satisfy the true emotional needs of consumers
To help work to be more meaningful
To be better at resisting certain noxious messages in society around happiness, success and status.
To have a good understanding of one’s place in history and the distinctive challenges of living in modern consumer capitalism, with its Romantic individualistic hedonistic philosophy.
To be more modest about what happiness is possible – and at the same time more hopeful and appreciative day to day.
To be at ease with culture, mining it for what is useful, using it to enhance one’s own life, not to pass an exam: to be consoled and enlightened by culture.