By Carsten Knox
How do you make kindness a requirement in gainful employment? It can be done.
Florida resident, journalist and humorist T.M. Shine, chose to document his experience of being laid off from a large corporation in 2008 following 18 years of service, and has written about it (in a fictionalized way) since.
Writing about his circumstances brought some livelihood, but not nearly as much as he’d expected. A visit to a job fair was very discouraging.
Then he had an epiphany of sorts. He wanted to work at a job where kindness was important.Read more »
This is one of the most common questions I'm asked by people wondering if mindfulness is for them. There’s often a subtext behind the inquiry: most mindfulness courses ask participants to practice for up to 45 minutes a day, the suggestion being that this will be a vital part of the learning process. Forty-five minutes a day seems a lot of work for most people, especially in a culture where sitting still and "doing nothing" for any time at all is unusual. If mindfulness just means paying attention, why can’t I do that without having to meditate? Can’t I just decide to notice things a bit more?Read more »
It’s not too late to learn how to listen to your body talk—and you can do it with two wonderful teachers at Windhorse Farm in Nova Scotia this coming weekend, July 13-15.
So often in the practice of mindfulness we tend to think it’s about doing a specific practice, while all the time our body knows it’s a lot about just being.Read more »
Of the multiplicity of amazing and not-at-all amazing features that appear on the web, my hands-down favorite is RSA Animate. It’s never failed to please me. In a nutshell, the Royal Society of Arts in London invites authors and innovators to give short talks on new and challenging thinking. The talks are then given to animators who take the ideas and turn them into pictures, capturing short phrases that summarize what’s being said and the RSA produces a short YouTube video with the talk providing the voice-over for the animation. For some magical reason, it makes it so much easier to absorb the information. Sometimes, I wish I could RSA Animate a table conversation, or even a column or blog I’m reading. The visual and the aural interplay so beautifully.Read more »
Did you know that Minnesota has one of the highest concentrations of eagles in the country? A couple of years ago, I had a chance to visit the National Eagle Center, just south of Red Wing.Read more »