Friday, May 29, 2020

World vs Mind

Pema Chödrön: This Lousy World - YouTube

Cover It All in Leather - +1 | Optimize

Chodrön uses the lessons of the Indian Buddhist monk Shantideva to make a very powerful analogy about moving through the world constantly pissed off and disappointed. …

[She says]: “We’re laughing, but that’s what we all do. That is how we approach things. We think, if we could just get rid of everything and cover it with leather, our pain would go away. Well, sure, because then it wouldn’t be cutting our feet anymore. It’s just logical, isn’t it? But it doesn’t make any sense, really. Shantideva said, ‘But if you simply wrap leather around your feet.’ In other words, if you put on shoes then you could walk across the boiling sand and the cut glass and the horns, and it wouldn’t bother you. So the analogy is, if you work with your mind, instead of trying to change everything on the outside, that’s how your temper will cool down.'”

Sunday, February 16, 2020

book: Counterclockwise

Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility - Kindle edition by Ellen J. Langer. Health, Fitness & Dieting Kindle eBooks @

Ellen Langer 'Counterclockwise: the power of possibility' at Happiness & Its Causes 2012 - YouTube

PNTV: Counterclockwise by Ellen Langer - YouTube

The Psychology of Possibility - Interview | Optimize
"Ellen Langer is a professor of psychology at Harvard and one of the world's leading experts on the science of wellbeing, and what she refers to as the "psychology of possibility." Dr. Langer was first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University, and is the the author of eleven books--including Mindfulness, The Power of Mindful Learning, and her Counterclockwise--and more than two hundred research articles. She has been described as the “mother of mindfulness” and through her work, Dr. Langer challenges us to overcome our mindless patterns, let go of false limits, focus on the process and notice all the wonders present in our lives."

MIND Reviews: Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility - Scientific American

Ellen Langer: books

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Best Coursera courses

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  1. An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (Part 1) from Rice University ★★★★★(3160)
  2. Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (“ModPo”) from University of Pennsylvania ★★★★★(184)
  3. Python Data Structures from University of Michigan ★★★★★(3914)
  4. Mountains 101 from University of Alberta ★★★★★(333)
  5. Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects from University of California, San Diego ★★★★★(8997)
  6. Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python) from University of Michigan ★★★★★(8484)
  7. Aprender from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México ★★★★★(106)
  8. Presentation skills: Designing Presentation Slides from Tomsk State University ★★★★★(141)
  9. Learning How To Learn for Youth from Arizona State University ★★★★★(134)
  10. Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential from McMaster University ★★★★★(2503)