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books that caught my mind

When Enough is Good Enough

Sure fire way to make a big decision? Ask an algorithm. Hiring a secretary, choosing a wife, buying a house, the optimal method is to see a certain number (actually 37% of your possibles), but don't make a decision yet. … Continue reading

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Chewing the Cud

Thoughts going round like a hamster in a cage: a huge amount of energy which gets us nowhere. Someone upsets us and we go straight down a familiar path, which gets faster and smoother the more we use it, until … Continue reading

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Practicing the Presence

In my last post, I wrote about reading with God. By which I mean bringing mindfulness to the act of reading, so I am in a safe and sacred place, rather than my default restlessness and in attention. Serendipity again! … Continue reading

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Turning Stress Upside Down

High stress levels almost double your chance of death! Ouch! Then I read on: only if you believe it will! Talk about the power of positive thinking – and that makes me feel guilty. Does it mean that not only … Continue reading

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The Power of Ten

The power of 10 – the magic number that stands between cravings and control. Ten calms the battle between our two minds: the amygdala that craves instant gratification and the sober frontal cortex that foresees our bulging hips. Our amygdala … Continue reading

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Spare the Rod and Teach a Child to Fish

Just heard a radio review of The Battle Cry of the Tiger Mother, which I confess I haven't read. However, it made me think: what do we want for our kids? In the face of Amy Chua's ferocious discipline versus … Continue reading

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Outing the Inner Self

In the middle of the night, woken by the cat sitting on my hair, a sentence flashed through my mind: to know you are sane your inside world has to match the outside one. I had read this years ago … Continue reading

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