Random acts of kindness

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Lessons in Compassionate Leadership

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This message was written on a London Underground noticeboard in a tube station in the capital of Great Britain. Kindness is truly one of the greatest gifts you can give to each other.  I have witnessed many random acts of kindness in Redding, California. From people donating to students who needed financial support to a pastor collecting shoes, slippers, toothpaste, soap and other essential items for the homeless. They say that a random act of kindness is a nonpremeditated, inconsistent action designed to offer kindness towards the outside world. ‘ These are truly moments of compassion.

Growing up in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), I was blessed to have a grandfather who showed the love of Christ to the poorest of the poor – the Rodi community in Sri Lanka – there were those who did not want to know them or help them as they were deemed almost inferior…

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5 Signs You’re In a Relationship With An Enlightened Woman

An enlightened woman has an air of humble confidence about them; they know what they want, but they won’t trample over others to get it: 5 Signs You’re In a Relationship With An Enlightened Woman

Lessons to myself

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Today is the beginning of my new life

You might have noticed that somehow, instead of being an account of how I do things differently every day, this blog is becoming a manual of lessons. Lessons to myself.

I am a fan of Brancusi (a great sculptor long dead). He would let the stone or wood “speak to him” and would work it in accordance with the material’s own behavior, lines, nature … until the piece of art would emerge.

In the same way, I don’t want to push the direction that my blog takes. I want to let it become what it will and if it is a set of lessons, then be it.

To be honest, I have thought about creating my own therapy for some time now. In many of my blog posts, I use the tag “self-therapy”, “writing-therapy”, “photo/therapy”, “therapy-Brancusi-style”, “flasher-therapy”, “insecure exhibitionist’s therapy” and probably some more. This is because I have long…

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Greater depressive symptom severity linked to smaller amygdala volume in young adults

“A key brain structure that regulates emotions tends to be smaller in young adults with greater depressive symptoms, according to a new study published in Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. The research examined the relationship between the amygdala, a pair of almond-shaped brain structures, and depressive symptom severity.

“Volumetric differences in several brain regions have been reported in people with depression. The amygdala is interesting because studies have reported smaller, larger and the same average amygdala volume in depressed people as compared to controls,” explained study author E. Sherwood Brown, a professor of psychiatry and director of the Psychoneuroendocrine Research Program at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

“Since the amygdala is involved in the processing of emotions, such as fear and anxiety, it is possible that depressed people might process more strong emotions which would, in a sense, make the amygdala work harder and increase in size. On the other hand, increases in the stress hormone cortisol in depression might be harmful to the amygdala and make it become smaller. Finally, it is possible that one might just have either a smaller or larger amygdala which alters processing of emotions and make one more vulnerable to depression.”:: Greater depressive symptom severity linked to smaller amygdala volume in young adults

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Our obsession with taking photos is changing how we remember the past

Source: Our obsession with taking photos is changing how we remember the past

These Days of Less Sunlight

Each Friday, we share three topical longreads in our Weekend Reader newsletter. This week, LionsRoar.com’s associate editor Lilly Greenblatt looks at the bittersweet lessons of winter: These Days of Less Sunlight

Sunday Morning

Forever one of the best bloggers on WordPress.com — David Kanigan!

Our time always shortening.
What we cherish always temporary. What we love
is, sooner or later, changed…
Giving thanks for what we are allowed
to think about it, grateful for it even as it wanes…
And occasionally the bright sound of broken glass.
All of it a blessing. The being there. Being alive then.
Like a giant bell ringing long after you can’t hear it.

~ Jack Gilbert, excerpt from “Burma” from Refusing Heaven


Notes: Poem via Mythology of Blue. Photo: Maximus Audacious of Bell

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