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A-to-Z Challenge: Consciousness


Hello! A few days ago, I went to a personal workshop for women called “What Color is Your Cape?” (mine’s yellow like sunshine, btw 😀 ), and I encountered the quote above. Patanjali was a Hindu author, mystic, and philosopher who codified and compiled a set of yoga practices into a systematic framework called the Yoga Sutras written in 3rd Century B.C. Though their origins are quite mysterious, some claim that the content is not mysterious at all, but rather the difficulty lies in practicing them. Sutras are an aphoristic form of short, sharp, and clear statements. He understood what it meant to find the flow in each arena of your life.

According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Hungarian American psychologist, in his book “Flow: The Psychology of Happiness”, he defined 8 Characteristics of flow:

  1. Clarity – your goals and feedback are immediate
  2. Concentration – total focus in the present moment with no room for distractions
  3. Seamless Integration of Actions and Awareness – when you become what you’re doing
  4. Lose Awareness of Self – sense of self is strengthened after each flow experience
  5. Failure Becomes Inconsequential – you only learn, you can’t fail when you’re moving forward, you fail when you quit
  6. Transcend Time – speeds up or slows down
  7. Activities Become Intrinsically Rewarding – FUN! 😀
  8. You Transcend Emotions – loss of self-awareness “What are they going to think of you?”

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VJWC: The Dormant Volcano

“This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive. ” – Alice Waters

“I wish I was a dormant volcano because I get to hibernate for a long time.” My sister expressed a wish a long while ago. When someone rubs her the wrong way, she can explode and afterwards she returns to being a sweet beautiful vision.

My family is generally active in the world, but when we’re gathered together at home or in a motel room during our family road trips, we enjoy sleeping and resting like a family of hamsters in the same space. On second thought…more space is called for. 🙂

Hamsters
http://www.fuzzytoday.com/2013/04/03/hamster-pile/

It’s great to gather with friends and talk about our latest research assignments and encourage each other when facing challenging, yet rewarding work situations. We also celebrate being able to multi-task with 30 tabs on a single window. 😉

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Gathering with people with similar concerns to discuss the impact behind an inspirational film and how our trials are woven together can also empower us to make a difference in the world around us.