Stay Positive

"In the midst of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." - Alert Camus

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Carton of lemons

Carton of lemons offers simple lesson about breast cancer:


Dalai Lama: 5 things to keep in mind for the next four years of Trump Induced Stress

Published on Jan 18, 2017
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta asks the Dalai Lama if he's optimistic about the U.S. after the presidential election.

Dalai Lama: 5 things to keep in mind for the next four years

By Jen Christensen, CNN

Wed January 18, 2017

Dalai Lama: 'World belongs to humanity'

Dalai Lama: 'World belongs to humanity'

Source: CNN
Dalai Lama: 'World belongs to humanity'

Story highlights
The Dalai Lama is confident about the future of the US
For people with anxiety he suggests finding self compassion and taking time to reflect
He also recommends letting go of constant anger, serving others and being kind

(CNN)The Dalai Lama has some advice for anyone who is looking for happiness, no matter what their circumstances.
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people in exile, spoke about the incoming administration in an interview with CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

The "president, of course, (is a) very important individual, but basically I (am) always telling (people), the world belongs to humanity," said the Dalai Lama during the Emory-Tibet symposium of Scholars and Scientists held at the Drepung Monastic University in India in December. "Each nation belongs to the people," he said.

In other words, take comfort in the fact that our country is not run by a lone individual, albeit one that is incredibly powerful.

"America, I consider the leading nation of the free world," His Holiness said.

In an earlier interview he said he plans to meet with President-elect Trump after his inauguration and added that once in power, all presidents are forced to work with "reality," and "so I have no worries."

America will always keep an "emphasis on liberty, democracy, rule of law," he said, and "the people elected now have the responsibility" to work together and will have to use "team work," since "America is a democracy and the power is divided."

If, however, someone's confidence in the country's checks and balances is still failing them, His Holiness has some additional advice to help you stay happy, no matter what happens in the world around you.

The 's 5 keys to happiness:

 First step, work on compassion and start by developing it for yourself.

"Mainly," he said, feeling happy is largely about "your own mental attitude."

If you remain someone who is "honest, truthful," about how you feel, you can find happiness "no matter what (the) surrounding situation."

His Holiness is talking, in part, about the Buddhist concept of self-compassion. He believes we'd all be happier people if we learned more about our own selves and embraced who we are, flaws and all.

When you have compassion for someone, typically that means you are recognizing and validating someone's pain.

Psychologists have shown when you do that, you automatically develop feelings of kindness and caring for that person. You develop concern for their general well-being.

Self-compassion, then, is when you are kind, rather than critical, toward yourself, even when you mess up or when you are in some form of emotional pain.

Don't confuse this with self-pity, when you dwell on that pain. Instead, it's when "in instances of pain or failure, rather than being harshly self-critical; perceiving one's experiences as part of the larger human experience rather than seeing them as isolating; and holding painful thoughts and feelings in mindful awareness rather than over-identifying with them," writes scholar Kristin Neff in Self-Compassion and Pscyhological Well-Being.

Neff is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin's department of educational psychology and an expert on self-compassion.

"Most people have much more compassion for others than themselves," Neff said.

If you can develop a compassion toward yourself, it is easier to feel compassion toward others "and is much more sustainable," Neff said.

And the Dalai Lama believes that with less self-criticism, your "health will be much better." Many studies back that up.

Take time to think

It's a lot easier to feel compassion if you take the time to reflect on what you're experiencing. The Dalai Lama, for instance, gets up at 3am to meditate five hours a day.

You probably don't have that much time, but even 10 minutes of meditation has been shown to help your thought process. Meditation can physically change the parts of the brain that help you better handle stress and increase your feelings of empathy, studies show.

Longer meditation sessions, even 20 minutes, can improve your mood, your attention span and memory.

Thinking more deeply, you start to realize, His Holiness said, that "nothing exists as (it) appears."
Take the time to put your feelings in context, he said, "then the very basis of these negative emotions becomes thinner, thinner, thinner."

Anger be gone

If you do feel angry about the election, or any other circumstance, don't let it dominate your thoughts. Constant anger can lead to depression, insomnia, overeating, heart problems, strokes and early death, studies show.

"Constant anger is very bad for our health," His Holiness said. "I try to keep compassion" constantly in mind and then stay "surrounded by (other) compassionate people" that can reduce your anger. Do that and your health will be "much better."

A lot of negative thought is rooted in perception, studies show, but that doesn't have to mean you become a Pollyanna about negative experiences. "If a glass is half full, you can't pretend it's full," Neff said. "If you can think about wrapping your suffering and anger in a kind of care and compassion and concern, it can activate the reward center of the brain."

Working with Tibetan teachers over the years, she said, she has been impressed that despite their difficult circumstances of having to flee their country and live as refugees, as the Dalai Lama has since 1959, many people seem to be happy. "It is not like they deny their suffering, they are open to it, but they hold those feelings with love and compassion," she said.

Help others

Another key to happiness, His Holiness suggests, is to "try to be of some service to others." If you can help others, then "no matter what (the) surrounding situation, you can keep (up your) self-confidence and happiness."

Service can come in the form of volunteering, like at a soup kitchen, or on a candidate's campaign, but it can also be simpler, like being a good listener when people are upset.

Volunteers feel more socially connected, they're less lonely, and suffer from depression less, studies show. Volunteering creates physical benefits too: Regular volunteers are less likely to develop high blood pressure and live longer, some studies show.

Simple acts like being a good listener can also reduce your own feelings of stress and improve your feelings of well-being, other studies show.

Act like a kid

Finally, be playful and childlike. Children, the Dalai Lama said are "very honest" and often accept people without judgment.

"They don't care what's their religion, what's their nationality, they don't care what sort of family background" they have, he said. "Basic human nature is compassionate."

While competition and materialism can encourage those feelings to go "dormant," he said, playfulness can bring those feelings back.

His Holiness is constantly laughing and he's playful even when he speaks about such serious subjects.
Studies back up his advice, showing that adults who are playful have more positive relationships and better life satisfaction. They also tend to be healthier and experience less anxiety.

Considering this advice could make a real difference to how you experience the next few years.
"I will always feel there is real hope we can do something. So no matter (what the) difficult circumstances, it is really worthwhile," the Dalai Lama said.

"Make (an) effort (and) once you committed effort, even small effort results will come," the Dalai Lama said. "You get tremendous sort of satisfaction and then feel happy."

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Groucho Marx: Duck Soup (2/10) Movie CLIP - The Laws of My Administration (1933) HD

Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) lays out the strict rules of his country through song and dance... much to everyone's pleasure.

this 1933 Marx Brothers film, the mythical country of Freedonia is
broke and on the verge of revolution. Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont),
Freedonia's principal benefactress, will lend the country 20 million
dollars if the president withdraws and places the government in the
hands of the "fearless, progressive" Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx). At
his inauguration, Firefly shows up late, insults everyone in sight, and
sings a song about how he intends to abuse his power. Naturally, the
crowd cheers wildly. Meanwhile, Ambassador Trentino (Louis Calhern) of
neighboring Sylvania schemes to oust Firefly and take over Freedonia
himself. To gather enough evidence to discredit Firefly, he sends his
most trusted spies, Chicolini (Chico Marx) and Pinky (Harpo Marx). Five
minutes after they show up in Freedonia, both spies become important
members of Firefly's cabinet, though Chicolini keeps his day job as a
peanut vendor. Firefly eventually declares war on Sylvania, an absurd
farrago with Firefly changing uniforms from scene to scene, Chicolini
going to the other side because the food is better, and Pinky parading
around the battlefield with a sandwich board reading "Join the army and
see the navy."

TM & © Universal (1933)
Cast: Groucho Marx, Margaret Dumont
Director: Leo McCarey
Producer: Herman J. Mankiewicz
Screenwriters: Bert Kalmar, Nat Perrin, Harry Ruby, Arthur Sheekman

Piggy/doggy chase in your living room ...


🐷🐕🐷🐕🐷🐕🐷🐕🐷 Just some piggy/doggy action in your living room ...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Build new habits

Healthy Lifestyle:
The best way to build a habit is consistency, so think "same place, same time"  and try to stick with it.
Be flexible, sometimes you may have to change it up. Return to your schedule when convenient.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Quotes and Pictures

“Control your own destiny or someone else will.” — Jack Welch

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” — Warren G. Bennis


“You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader” — Henry Ford

Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.  _ Reed Markham

Example is leadership. - Albert Schweitzer

Michelin Tires advertisement in Houston Texas with the original Michelin Men circa 1910.

Great Depression irony as people wait in breadline in Ohio 1937

Installation of lights on the Eiffel Tower, Paris 1937
Horace Abrahams


atmospheric photograph of Waterloo Place London in 1899 by the Belgian photographer Leonard Misonne

At the bottom of every frozen heart there is a drop or two of love. — Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

King Malcolm III Canmore: Biography on Undiscovered Scotland

The Pinpointed Flaw Detection device pointed out women's flaws to help them apply their make up.

New Years Eve 1960.

Grand Central Terminal NYC 1929. The sun can t shine through like that now due to the surrounding tall buildings.  

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Watch this mesmerizing feather star—a type of crinoid—swim through the ocean

Watch this mesmerizing feather star—a type of crinoid—swim through the ocean


The progress of the world through all the evils is making it fit for the ideals, slowly but surely: Swami to an American lady

I have given you enough; now put at least something in . Let the world see .... -- Swami

to and we shall , may be , but . -- Swami




Sincerity of conviction and purity of motive will surely gain the day. ... - Swami

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Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever. ― Walt Disney

Photo published for Sadhguru on Work-Life Balance - The Isha Blog

Work has to be lived, and life has to be worked at. There is no such thing as work and life, it is life and life.

Life is a dance of time and energy. Coordinating both well is the key to a successful life.

 Photo published for Cracking the Shell in Search of Truth - The Isha Blog

 Photo published for Is Global Warming Real? - The Isha Blog

You earn a living to live well, not to kill yourself with stress.

There is no such thing as spare time, free time or down time. All you get in life is time. You either use it effectively or lose it.

If you constantly strive to create whatever you care for, whether you are in a workspace or on the street, you will always feel like you are on a holiday.


Happiness lies within your attitude, not within what you have...

Happiness lies within your attitude, not within what you have...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Atul Gawande: How do we heal medicine?

Published on Apr 16, 2012
Our medical systems are broken. Doctors are capable of extraordinary
(and expensive) treatments, but they are losing their core focus:
actually treating people. Doctor and writer Atul Gawande suggests we
take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine -- with fewer
cowboys and more pit crews.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Raccoons can be pretty funny

Waterloo Sunset - Bowie, Geldof, Weller etc on Ray Davies' British maste...

Published on Aug 14, 2015
mavens Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Paul Weller, Sir Bob Geldof, and
Clive Davis all comment on the songwriting mastery displayed by Ray
Davies in his quintessentially British tune Waterloo Sunset. Ray is
featured in performance and interview segments talking about the song,
it's mixing, his brother Dave's guitar work on it, and it's very
Englishness. ( excerpted from the 2003 blocked in USA by UMG
documentary "World Through My Window")

9 Attitudes Jon Kabat Zinn



How can mindfulness change your life Jon Kabat Zin.

How can mindfulness change your life Jon Kabat Zin talks about how it works.

The history of clinical stress Jon Kabat Zinn (click subtitles for the French version) The Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society is a visionary force and global leader in mind-body medicine. For thirty years, we have pioneered the integration of mindfulness meditation and other approaches based on mindfulness in traditional medicine and health through patient care, academic medical research and vocational training, and in society in general through various outreach initiatives and public service.

Directed by Saki F. Santorelli, EDD, MA, since 2000 and founded in 1995 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., of the Centre is an outgrowth of the famous Stress Reduction Clinic - the oldest and the largest university medical centre based on the reduction of stress in the world. Association for the Development of Mindfulness

Category: Education

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Friday, January 6, 2017


Making Sense of the News: Health Science


Published on Jan 4, 2017
new MOOC on Coursera, Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons
for Digital Citizens, is now open for registration. Go to:


Inside Nike’s Quest for the Impossible: a Two-Hour Marathon

Inside Nike’s Quest for the Impossible: a Two-Hour Marathon

Various Travel Photos


An African elephant towers among springbok and zebra at a waterhole in Namibia🐘

Swimming with elephants in Phuket, Thailand | Photography by Cesare Naldi

Kingfisher on his Throne👑 | Photo by Jon Chua

Mocking Bird Against The Rules || Photography by Dean Mason

A beautiful sequence picture of a hunting kingfisher

Rare shot of a sharing the meal with a | Photography by Wojtek Kalka

Fisherman + Waterlilies | Photography by J. Reyes
    Ostriches | Photography by Barbara Arstall
Love and Tenderness | Photo by Elena Karneeva
The world’s biggest horse 'Brooklyn Supreme' - standing 78 inches tall and weighing in at 3,200 pounds.
Squirrel And A Camera || Photography by Giedrius Stakauskas
Born in Hawaii, Zoe is the only known captive golden zebra in existence… Beautiful
  Northern Chad Oasis, Central Africa | Photography by Joseph Escu
 Photography by Jon Langeland
💀 Death Valley National Park | Photo by Dylan Schwartz
Ferocious Blue Eyed Leopard
15 Lions On A Sturdy Tree In Central Serengeti, Tanzania | Photography by Bobby-Jo Clow
 Foal born with a patch that looks like another horse
A Fine Balance || Photography By Morkel Erasmus
Sunset in Phoenix Park, Dublin👌 | Photo by Danka Lochowicz

  Mandarin Duck🐦
  Photo by Miu Anthony Kwok
This is what a crouching tiger looks like🐯