Archive for October, 2010

Continuous Process Improvement for the Self

I pass along an important insight from Andrea Matthews, posted at Psychology Today. Her point, made swiftly and simply, is that introspection is necessary for fulfillment. Some feel guilty about focusing on development of the self and self-awareness. It is, however, one of the most important things a person can do for him- or herself. [...]

Now. Right Now.

This article, from 2008, provides five simple principles for increasing satisfaction by focusing on the present. It is important for the skeptical among us to recognize that these principles, embodying what many call mindfulness, have behind them decades of modern research support and centuries of practical application in various religious and philosophical traditions. The point [...]

Business Creativity and Improv

Thanks, Gregg Fraley, for providing an important lesson:¬† improv can be used for serious business generation. The question, which I’m sure Gregg can answer, is how to get businesses to take such exercises seriously (and, I suppose, not). I’d be very interested in how he makes this connection with a potential client. The broader issue [...]

Maybe It’s All About Mental Gymnastics

Please read this post over at the HealthSkills blog. The post specifically deals with pain management, but the broader issue addressed is whether mental health is properly defined as having flexibility to deal with what is, and whether that flexibility can be expanded by broadening one’s repertoire of awareness and reactions. If that is so, [...]

A Friend Who Died Long Ago

One of my closest friends died more than 400 years ago. If you have read the essays of Michel de Montaigne, you will understand. If you have not, I recommend them as I do few writings. They are timeless, candid, and honest. They cover everything, from reflections on impotence (and its supposed cures), to friendship, [...]

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