Hi all! This is hmx-weekly, a list of what I’m enjoying, pondering, or working on. Enjoy.
According to the stoics our judgements play a huge role in the way we experience our everyday lives. It’s in our hands to choose how we respond to circumstances.
Consider who you are. Above all, a human being, carrying no greater power than your own reasoned choice, which oversees all other things, and is free from any other master.
The psychologist Viktor Frankl spent three years imprisoned in various concentration camps, including Auschwitz. His family and his wife had been killed, his life’s work destroyed, his freedom taken from him. He quite literally had nothing left. Yet, as he discovered after much thought, he still retained one thing: the ability to determine what this suffering meant. Not even the Nazis could take that from him. Further, Frankl realized that he could actually find positives in his situation. Here was an opportunity to continue testing and exploring his psychological theories (and perhaps revise them). He could still be of service to others. He even took some solace in the fact that his loved ones were spared the pain and misery that he faced daily in that camp. Your hidden power is your ability to use reason and make choices, however limited or small. Think about the areas of your life where you are under duress or weighed down by obligation. What are the choices available to you, day after day? You might be surprised at how many there actually are. Are you taking advantage? Are you finding the positives?
There are proven ways to combat procrastination so that it doesn’t get in the way of accomplishing your most important tasks. The next time you resist a task, consider whether it sets off any of the procrastination triggers, work within your resistance level, force yourself to get started on it, list the costs of putting the task off, or disconnect from the internet.
HEALTH & WELLBEING
…anything above 48 minutes of moderate exercise per week was a tipping point associated with improvements in overall physical functioning when compared to adults who were sedentary.
Given that the intensity of exercise does not appear to be important, it may be that the most effective public health measures are those that encourage and facilitate increased levels of everyday activities, such as walking or cycling. The results presented in this study provide a strong argument in favor of further exploration of exercise as a strategy for the prevention of depression.
There’s good evidence fasting is a good thing for your overall health, not only weight loss. This short article on fastcompany introduces several apps to track your endeavours. I saved the zero app, which also links to extensive videos by Dr. Rhonda Patrick who backs up the idea of intermittent fasting with scientific research. Fasting is an idea I played with for a while, but didn’t implement, yet. Looking forward to trying it out soon.
Stumbled upon this one in my current exam learning phase. It’s often called a classic, and I’ve seen many referrals from other books, such as theory u. The fifth disciple refers to systems thinking, which as Senge argues, is the skill that multiplies all other forces, that help learning.
From a very early age, we are taught to break apart problems, to fragment the world. This apparently makes complex tasks and subjects more manageable, but we pay a hidden, enormous price. We can no longer see the consequences of our actions; we lose our intrinsic sense of connection to a larger whole. When we then try to “see the big picture,” we try to reassemble the fragments in our minds, to list and organize all the pieces. But, as physicist David Bohm says, the task is futile—similar to trying to reassemble the fragments of a broken mirror to see a true reflection.
I’m using this app to keep track of my workouts. GridDiary allows to journal on specific questions each day. It’s highly customizable. I also use it as a gratitude journal at times.
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