Awareness is power. The greater your awareness; the greater your power. Source: Awareness is power. The greater your awareness; the greater your power. by Bryant McGill

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The pleasure/happiness gap

Pleasure is short-term, addictive and selfish. It’s taken, not given. It works on dopamine.

Happiness is long-term, additive and generous. It’s giving, not taking. It works on serotonin.

This is not merely simple semantics. It’s a fundamental difference in our brain wiring. Pleasure and happiness feel like they are substitutes for each other, different ways of getting the same thing. But they’re not. Instead, they are things that are possible to get confused about in the short run, but in the long run, they couldn’t be more different.

Both are cultural constructs. Both respond not only to direct, physical inputs (chemicals, illness) but more and more, to cultural ones, to the noise of comparisons and narratives.

Source: Seth’s Blog: The pleasure/happiness gap

@DavidAmerland on How Neuroscience Is Helping Us Understand Ourselves Better

Here’s a truism: If you can’t analyze it, you can’t measure it. If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. If you can’t improve it, you can’t understand it. Apply this to pretty much anything, it is probably applicable to everything and never more so than when it comes to the brain. Long regarded as a hermetically sealed black box we could never hope to peer into the brain has turned into the latest arena where established companies, hot startups and even national armies, look to for a competitive advantage. The reason for this is because we have finally understood that everything is data. What your senses report is data. What your brain makes of the world around you is data. What you do and how you do it is data. And the impact your every action and inaction has is data too. This page, how it was created and how it is being transmitted is data. Your accessing it is data and what you will do after you have finished reading it is, you guessed it, data. Source: David Amerland on Google

The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary

Among indigenous cultures the Healer supports the principle of paying attention to what has heart and meaning. Healers in all major traditions recognize that the power of love is the most potent healing force available to all human beings. Effective Healers from any culture are those who extend the arms of love: acknowledgment, acceptance, recognition, validation, and gratitude. Source: The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary | Reflections Of A Literary Journey

Life Isn’t Short, You Make It Short

It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it. – Seneca, On the Shortness of Life. Source: Life Isn’t Short, You Make It Short

What You Focus On Is What Becomes Powerful – Why Your Thoughts and Feelings Matter

What you focus on is what becomes becomes powerful. The message is real and comes fortified with some serious science. It’s called experience-dependent neuroplasticity. The research around it has caught fire and the findings are powerful. The implications for all of us are profound.  At the heart of the research is the finding that experience… Read more » Source: What You Focus On Is What Becomes Powerful – Why Your Thoughts and Feelings Matter – Hey Sigmund – Karen Young

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