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Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus

The existence and recognition of the default mode network in our brains has been enlightening. It has led to a deeper understanding of focus, flow states and host of other areas surrounding cognitive development. In the adjoining article, we found particular interest in the concept of Positive Constructive Daydreaming and how to channel creativity through its practice.

Desert Island Discs - Tennessee Williams - BBC Sounds

Having recently been selected by BBC (article in comments below) as the greatest radio show of all time, we thought it appropriate to share one of our favorite episodes featuring a doyen of American literature in the past century - Tennessee Williams. His exemplary music selection is just as intriguing as the insight he provides around their impact on his storied life and venerated work.

Self Compassion

Self Compassion is something most of us seem to understand the value of but frequently manage to overlook in the midst of our busy and frenetic lives. As Charles Schultz once observed – “the answer lies within”. This short (4m42s) thought provoking animation outlines 6 steps towards a self-compassion exercise. On this Tuesday evening, we gently remind you to be kind to yourself – you deserve it.

Unseen City: Wonders of the Urban Wilderness

99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. This particular episode explores the unique relationship between nature and human existence within the realm of the urban landscape.

How and Why Silicon Valley Gets High

Micro-dosing and its growing presence in creative endeavours has piqued our interest and this article in the New York Times delves into LSD, DMT and other such chemicals in a balanced manner. The author Kara Swisher is well known for being privy to the Silicon Valley movers and shakers which adds an interesting facet to the growing allure towards this phenomenon.

The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance

The power of positive psychology and its complimentary relationship with mindfulness has been rightfully receiving its due recognition and concerted attention of late and it made us think back to this 8 year old Ted Talk by Shawn Achor wherein he highlights how as a society we have pushed happiness over the cognitive horizon - “if happiness is on the opposite side of success, your brain never gets there”. Though he introduces the talk with some fast paced entertaining narratives, he does a great job at outlining a few specific actions that can be incorporated to rewire the brain (starting at the 10M37s mark).

For Sale, By Owner: The Psychology Of Repugnant Transactions

Having been fans of the Hidden Brain podcast, this recent episode on the existence of societally beneficial but ethically reviled “repugnant transactions” such as kidney exchanges caught our attention. The anecdote around Baby M and the historical context behind the legality of gestational surrogacy (Prof Roth introduced the case study at the 15M30s mark) was an ear opener.

Against the Illusion of Separateness: Pablo Neruda’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

In an effort to elevate the discourse surrounding award acceptance speeches, we would like to share one from a few decades ago that was delivered on a stage that is arguably the pinnacle of scholastic recognition. Pablo Neruda’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech was philosophical in its erudition and lyrical in its structure that deserved to be included as a work of poetry unto itself. We especially liked the reference to physicist Freeman Dyson’s meditation on deep loneliness arising from self-expatriation with history (scroll down past a third of the article to find it the link).