Ana Maria Anghelescu

67 Flips | 6 Magazines | 76 Likes | 11 Following | 10 Followers | @AnaMariaAng | Activist through stories Feminist by conviction Arts lover Emotionally tied to creativity

What is Mindfulness? A Guide to Mindfulness Meditation

How should we support creativity?

Fancy a creative future? Then look no further than 64 Million Artists, a national campaign that wants to unlock the creativity of everyone in Britain. Throughout January it set short daily creative challenges up to 20 minutes long that were “designed to fit into your day and bring it to life, …

Creativity

A Fiction Reading List to Help You Understand the World Around You

Melissa Tandiwe Myambo, <i>University of California, Los Angeles</i><p>The real world is often overwhelmingly complicated. Literature can help. This is true at universities too: courses in comparative literature offer students new insights into their chosen disciplines by unlocking new, varied …

Maurice Sendak on Storytelling, Creativity, and the Eternal Child in Each of Us: His Marvelous Forgotten 1970 Conversation with Studs Terkel

On the lifelong pleasure of “having your child self intact and alive and something to be proud of.”<p><i>“One of the most powerful men in the United States is a dark-haired young bachelor with a mobile face, who was born in Brooklyn in 1928.”</i> So wrote Brian O’Doherty in his 1963 <i>New York Times</i> profile of</b> …

Help Your Team Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>It can be tough enough to manage your own stress. But how can you, as a manager, help the members of your team handle <i>their</i> feelings of stress, burnout, or disengagement?<p>Because work is getting more demanding and complex, and because many of us now work in 24/7 environments, …

How I Totally Changed My Life to Finally Get Organized

I figured out it wasn't just about the stuff — it was also about me.<p><i>We love the little hacks and tweaks that can make your home tidier, but the truth</i> …

Science Says You Should Quit Your Demanding, High-Paying Job

Want to be happy? Prioritize free time instead of money.<p>Working ever-longer hours to bring in more cash might make your life more comfortable, but it isn’t going to make you happy. Instead, we should value our time as the precious resource it is. That, says a new study published in the Society for …

Research

Storytelling Is the Trojan Horse of Wisdom

Most people, sometime in their life, enter into a period of seeking. The language they use to describe their quest may be different, but the intention is the same -- to tap into a higher dimension of knowing and become self-realized. The specific form their seeking takes is quite variable. Some go …

Gratitude and A Season to Pause

Posted by <b>Brad Reedy, Ph.D., Owner & Clinical Director</b> on November 25, 2015<p>The first thing I know about encouraging gratitude in others is don’t tell …

5 Unusual Morning Rituals That Will Change Your Life

I'm in!<p>The way you spend your first hour of waking up will make or break the rest of your day. If you find yourself shuffling about in the morning, …

10 Easy Ways You Can Practice Mindfulness Every Day

bodymindsoulspirit | December 6, 2015 | 1 Comment<p>by Kirsten Cowart, <br>The Mind Unleashed<p>Living mindfully is one of the very best ways that you can …

Mindfulness Adding Happiness to Life

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic, the Center for Mindfulness, and the mindfulness meditation guru who founded Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), has made many memorable quotes, but the one that resonates the most with me is<p>As long as you are breathing, there is …

Find Your True Self Through Silence

<i>by Susi Amendola</i><p>"Within each of us, there is a silence, a silence as vast as the universe. And when we experience that silence, we remember who we are..." -- Gunilla Norris<p>Many great spiritual traditions honor the practice of silence as a way to deepen the connection to our innermost selves.<p>As we …

How Mindfulness Helps Us Lead Fuller, Happier Lives

"True life" begins when we are fully present, said Thich Nhat Hanh.<p>When we think about happiness and success, many of us turn our attention to some distant horizon where our hopes and aspirations lie. But according to Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, true happiness begins with mindfulness and …

Why Tell Stories?

In the last 60 seconds, here's what happened: 168 million emails were sent, 700,000 Google searches were launched, and 60 hours of YouTube videos were uploaded, not to mention all the spam, banner ads, phone calls, Facebook posts, tweets, texts, and telemarketing calls that found their way to your …

How Storytelling Can Enhance Any Learning Experience

Hemingway once wrote a six-word novel that reads as follows: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” What makes it famous, other than the author? …

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RAW VEGAN: Bomboane delicioase de ciocolata (fara zahar)

farazahar, raw<p>M-a tinut si Radu ocupata sa-i scriu un <b>text</b>. Probabil ca l-ati citit deja. Era o reteta pentru <b>"cum sa pastrezi un barbat"</b>. Asa se face …

The Parallel Lives of Two World-Class Dancers

Joy Womack is from California, Sergei Polunin from a poor city in Ukraine. One went East to pursue a career in ballet, the other West. For both, …

Let's Just Have Sex, Cause Love, Love Will Tear Us Apart, Again | Artparasites – How Art you today?

I listen to Mark Knopfler whenever life seems dull and uninviting.<p>Something’s gonna happen to make your whole life better. It reminds me of summers …

Too much information? The writers who feel the need to reveal all

The confessional memoir is disreputable. Critics tend to dismiss it as the equivalent of a selfie, a look-at-me snapshot, a glorified ego trip. Narcissism, they say, is inscribed in the very word “memoir”: me-moi. But the genre has a long history: Ovid’s <i>Amores</i>; St Augustine, Rousseau and De …

Literature

To Confused Twenty-Something Year Olds': You're Not Crazy, And Here's Why | Artparasites – How Art you today?

23rd of November, 2015. This date marks my fifth month into multiple meetings with counselors, doctors, and psychologists. I was suspected of …

DEAR MOMMY, I DON'T NEED ROMANTIC LOVE TO FEEL WHOLE. I AM ENOUGH. | Artparasites – How Art you today?

Mommy,<p>Everyone in my class keeps writing about love,<br>Falling in and out of love,<br>Desired love and unwanted love,<br>And the list goes on and on…<br>They remind …

Relationships

You won’t win a war against Isis if you don’t know what the peace looks like

The second world war lasted six years. The war on terror is now in its 15th year. And yet things are demonstrably no better. Why? Because we still have no vision of what peace might look like. For instead of trying to figure out what the politics of a relatively settled Middle East might be, and …

Middle East

'It is like slowly falling down a black hole': men talk about their battles with depression

“Horrible, fear-filled, paranoid, self-loathing and draining. Feels like free fall and you can’t stop. Worst thing is seeing how it affects loved ones around you but you can’t stop it. It’s like a hood has been placed over my head that stops all good thoughts and feelings entering me, all I can see …

An Open Letter to My Depression: 4 Ways I Defeat You Every Day

Dear Depression,<p>I must say you have put up quite a fight. You insidiously infiltrated my life years ago completely unbeknownst to me. For years I blamed myself for the rage, despair and deep emptiness that consumed my life. But it was you all along, hiding cowardly in the shadows, vehemently …

Six Scientifically Supported Ways to Crush Procrastination

Procrastination is something that <i>everyone</i> deals with. It’s hard to place too much blame on ourselves though, as the internet offers an unlimited …

Procrastination

Embrace your bad moods and they may not take such a toll on you

"Being upset is a warmer, close-up feeling, not a chilly distant feeling like laughing at people" from Margaret Atwood's <i>The Heart Goes Last</i>Generally …