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Cool Bluez Rating (7/10)
A compilation of different topics related to the potential power our brain possesses. If you want to improve your organization and problem solving skills, this book can be a good read.
Selected Points From The Book
Emotional stress can produce real illness-true changes in the body chemistry and structure of quite normal people.
Mind can make the body ill.
In the punishment-stop reward sequence, the punishing thought loses its potency if you do not reward yourself.
Behavioral control is more powerful than avoiding stimuli, because every refusal increases your resistance.
Biofeedback training is based on the premise that we can modify or gain control over a range of bodily functions once thought to be totally automatic. We all use natural forms of feedback to perfect skills.
Nobody is unhappier than the perpetual reactor. His center of emotional gravity is not rooted with himself, where it belongs, but in the world outside him. His spiritual temperature is always being raised or lowered by the social climate around him, and he is a mere creature at the mercy of these elements.
Fingerprint words: A word or group of words that recurs frequently is one of the surest clues to who or what is on a person’s mind.
Hospitalized mental patients use “I” oftener than any other word-about once every 12 words three times as often as normal people. As these patients recover their use of “I” and “they” goes down, and their use of “we” goes up.
Grammar counts: Verb tenses can provide a hint as to how much a person dwells in the past as compared with his concern for the present and his plans and hopes for the future. When the past tense predominates it may indicate melancholy or depression.
The person who’s happy with his job usually answers promptly. A long pause, a cough, laugh, throat clearing or sniffle may indicate trouble in that department. “Married or single?” again, in this doctor’s experience, a hesitation can be meaningful. Pauses may indicate tension or anxiety associated with the words that follow “I, er, ah love you” means something very different from a forthright “I love you”.
People who weather a crisis well are those who actively search for a solution. They thirst for helpful information. They want to know in advance exactly what surgery is like, or how to care for a premature baby. They avoid blaming themselves or others, realizing that this is a distraction from the real problem. They are not ashamed to express fears and anxieties. They learn how to rest when their efficiency falls because of fatigue, and how to discipline themselves to return to the painful struggle when they have been replenished.
Failure is probably the most fatiguing experience a person ever has. There is nothing more enervating than not succeeding-being blocked, not moving ahead. It is a vicious circle. Failure breeds fatigue and fatigue makes it harder to get to work which compounds the failure.
Tiredness in two main ways; as start up fatigue and performance fatigue. Start up fatigue: we keep putting off a task. The remedy is exertion of will power. The moment I find myself turning away from a job or putting it under a pile of other things I have to do, I clear my desk of everything else and attack the objectionable item first. To prevent start up fatigue, always tackle the most difficult job first.
Performance fatigue is the more difficult to handle. Here we are not reluctant to get started, but we cannot seem to do the job right.
I put down on paper all the reasons why this problem cannot be solved.
Sometimes the snare is not in the problem itself, but in the social situation-or so it appears.
More often, the snare that blocks us is purely personal. Subject to human distractions, we let personal problems weigh on us, producing a fatigue-failure that blocks our productivity in every sphere.
So our first step should be to use inexplicable fatigue that has no physical base as a radar-an early warning system-and trace the fatigue to it’s source; to find the defeat we are papering over and not admitting. Then we must diagnose the cause of this failure. In rare cases, it may be that the task really is too difficult for us.
Having tied yourself up in knots, stop thinking consciously about the problem for a while. Let your unconscious work on untying the knots.
The worst mistake we can make is to regard mental fatigue as if it were physical fatigue.
We are more inert than our ancestors, and cleverer at inventing excuses for indolence.
Part of the blame can be laid squarely on the doorstep of overprotective parents. In thousands of homes, well-meaning fathers and mothers blunt their children’s eagerness and sense of adventure with an endless barrage of don’ts. “Don’t climb that tree, you might fall out”, “No, you can’t camp out this weekend; it might rain”. The drive to live is a leaping flame in most children, but it can’t survive an endless succession of wet blankets.
Another reason for our watch-not-do attitude is over-preoccupation with health that borders on national hypochondria. But today, once you cross the threshold of the middle years, everywhere you look someone is separating himself from some activity or pleasure because someone else has convinced him that giving it up is good for him. And the disease of non-living can be progressive.
There’s only one answer, really. Each of us must be willing, at least sometimes, to chop wood instead of sitting by the fire. Each of us might fight his own fight against the betrayal of life that comes from refusing to live it.
Most depression arises from erroneous thinking, and that we have it within our power to control the furtive thoughts that dupe us into needless gloom.
Three principles of cognitive therapy:
1. All your moods are created by your thoughts or ‘cognitions’. You feel the way you do right now because of the thoughts you have at this moment.
2. When you feel depressed, it’s because your thoughts are dominated by a ‘pervasive negativity’.
3. Negative thoughts nearly always contain gross distortions.
In cognitive therapy, the doctor challenges the patient to listen to his own negative thoughts-trains him to identify these inner saboteurs and silence them. Results come quickly, usually with a few weeks.
10 most common self-defeating thoughts and patterns:
1. All or nothing thinking: you see everything in black and white.
2. Overgeneralization: you expect uniform bad luck because of one bad experience.
3. Mental filter: You seize a negative fragment of a situation and dwell on it. It’s like wearing a special lens that filters out everything positive.
4. Automatic discounting: we often brush aside a compliment.
5. Jumping to conclusions: You assume others look down on you without checking the validity of your assumption. In the second you look into the future and see only disaster.
6. Magnification and minimization: Either blowing things up or shrinking them, out of proportion. You look at your imperfections through binoculars and magnify them. But when you think about your strengths, you look through the other end of the binoculars and shrink everything.
7. Emotional reasoning: Your emotion seems to be evidence for the thought.
8. Should statements: Thinking that makes you guilty instead of motivating you to do something.
9. Labeling and mislabeling: “I’m a failure” instead of “I made a mistake”. Such self labeling is irrational. Your self cannot be equated with any one thing you do.
10. Personalization: You think: whatever happens, whatever others do, it’s my fault.
Proactive positive insights to replace negative thoughts:
-your feelings are not facts! If your thoughts make you no sense, feelings they create will be just as absurd.
-You can cope: even with genuine sadness due to real loss or disappointment, a substantial portion of the suffering comes from thought distortion. “When you eliminate distortions, coping with the real problem will become less painful”.
-Don’t base your opinion of yourself on your achievements: You can’t base your self-worth on looks, talent, fame or fortune. Most depressed individuals are in fact much loved, but it doesn’t help. At the bottom line, only your own sense of self-worth determines how you feel.
Like yourself better and you’ll feel better. “Self esteem can be viewed as your decision to treat yourself like a beloved friend”. If a famous visitor came to stay with you, would you insult him? Would you peck away at his weaknesses and imperfections? Of course not. You would do everything you could to make your guest feel comfortable. Now-why not treat yourself like that? Do it all the time.
Many psychiatrists now stress that the human mind, like the body, has a whole battery of weapons to heal it’s own ills.
An excellent illustration of this is Glenn Cunningham who having been burned as a child and told he would never walk again, not only walked but became one of the world’s greatest milers.
One person lost money in a foolish investment, he explains it as an ‘expensive lesson, worth having’.
No end to emotional growth: personality is often quite capable of straightening itself out during maturity. Emotional growth never stops. It often takes only the sunshine and rain of love, work, parenthood to make the bent plant straighten up.
The heating of love: When we fall in love, we gain a sudden new perspective on ourselves; we know how we want the loved one to see us and we try to transform ourselves to match that image. Most of us fall in love with someone whose personality is the complement of our own and through whom we can try to fulfill ourselves.
The challenge of work: Thomas Carlyle wrote “Work is the grand cure for all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind”.
Forgetting and reconditioning: Important ability that helps in curing us is human propensity to forget unpleasant things.
Psychological antibodies: Just as a cured infection leaves antibodies behind, a hurt, once healed, may leave us with a net gain-greater self-awareness, increased maturity,
Self-acceptance: None of this means that we can always sit back and complacently assume that all will go well. Natural and unconscious inclination is to mend ourselves rather than to destroy ourselves.
Sudden death in situations of psychological stress is by no means confined to humans. Trappers and zoo keepers know that animals may die after fights or when escape becomes impossible, or when they are transferred to an unfamiliar locale or exposed to abrupt stimulation.
For man’s behavior is guided more by his feelings than by his rational thinking.
Some people, tragically, can love only themselves and find it extremely difficult to have affectionate two-way relationships with others. Still others are so narrowly confined to themselves that they spend inordinate amounts of time treating themselves and talking about their illnesses. These ways of mishandling love, of course, drive other people away.
They have a wide variety of courses of gratification. They find pleasure in many different ways and from many things. If for any reason, they lose some source of gratification, they have others to turn to. A person has the same problem if his only interest is his job or his immediate family, or a single hobby.
Flexible under stress: When faced with problems, they can see alternative solutions. Flexibility under stress is closely related to having a wide variety of sources of gratification.
They recognize and accept their limitations and their assets: They know they cannot be anyone else.
They treat other people as individuals: This is a subtle phenomenon and an important one. People who are preoccupied with themselves pay only superficial attention to others. They are so tied up in themselves that they cannot observe the subtleties in another person’s feelings, nor can they really listen. Mentally healthy people really care about what other people feel.
They are active and productive: Do what they do because they like to do it and enjoy using their skills. They do not feel driven to produce to prove themselves. They are in charge of their activities; the activities are not in charge of them.
Working with the central nervous system of a sea snail, they discovered that if one of the snail’s large nerves is repeatedly stimulated, that nerve cell will increase its output of acetylcholine; a neurotransmitter. If the stimulations are stopped for a while and then started up again, the cell ‘remembers’ the earlier stimulations and responds by emitting an even larger measure of acetylcholine. The nerve cell, Dr. Barondes say may ‘remember’ for hours that it should release more acetylcholine. But if the nerve cell is given dopamine, serotonin or alcohol experimentally, it’s ‘memory’ span is dramatically shortened.
Decreased nor epinephrine transmission lowers animal’s ability to perceive pleasure while enhanced nor epinephrine transmissions increases their ability to derive pleasure.
“A lot of metal illnesses”, says one researcher “may be caused by an inability to experience enough pleasureful rewards”.
Your brain is not like your muscles. It’s operations are not muscular. When your brain appears tired after hours of mental work, the fatigue is almost certainly located in other parts of the body, your eyes, or the muscles of your neck and back.
What seems like mental fatigue is often boredom. It often is not fatigue that you feel but inattention and inability to ignore distracting thoughts.
People in general only employ 10-15% of their brain capabilities.
Number of items that can be remembered is far greater than number of brain cells.
It is a pity that so many of us store up so much less learning and experience than is possible.
Many of us have unnecessary inferiority complex about our I.Q.’s-the figure that represents native intelligence as compared to that of the average individual.
Highly intelligent people also have good blood circulation to the brain, bearing oxygen, glucose and certain other important chemicals. It is possible that a person with some very special talent-a mathematical or musical genius, for example may have an unusually thick bundle of nerve fibers in one particular place in the brain.
Some of most important men in history had no more than ordinary I.Q.’s.
One of the commonest misconceptions about the brain is that as you grow older something happens to it so that further attempts to study are difficult. Except in the case of serious brain disease, however the number that die is negligible.
Brain tends to atrophy with disuse and becomes better with exercise.
A new-born baby lacks most of its myelin which is one reason why we cannot remember much that happened before we are 2-3 years old. Intensive exercise of any part of the brain encourages the growth of additional all-important myelin.
The more reasoning you do, the easier it is to go on to new reasoning.
Every aspect of your personality is stored in your brain. This includes your will power, which is also developed by practice. Each time you exert your will to drive yourself to the completion of unpleasant or irksome task you make it a little easier next time to do what you need to do.
You can sometimes even improve your tomorrow’s mood if you will say to yourself when you go to bed and believe it that you will be more cheerful in the morning.
Childhood ‘genius’ tends to be technical rather than creative. Child prodigies are good at chess but not at writing plays. They may perform superbly but they do not have the life experiences necessary for the creation of superb ideas. And later on these technical abilities may not matter so much.
Concentration of genius. Geniuses, without exception are absorbed, drowned almost, in their work. The second quality evident in the work of genius is the ability to see a pattern in things. The philosopher Schopenhauer said “Always to see the general in the particular is the very foundation of genius”.
Always to see the general in the particular is the very foundation of genius.
Most geniuses, go beyond a merely questioning and skeptical cast of mind to outright gullibility. He meant that they look at the world with the fresh and wondering vision of the child rather than with the tired eyes of the adult.
With still others the vision and creativity of childhood get worn away by the friction of the experience, dulled by the necessary formalities of education. How few of us retain the sense of challenge and newness. As we grow old we grow wise; the world becomes boringly familiar; we settle into comfortable mental and emotional routines.
“Don’t look at the world with your hands in your pockets”. Mark Twain once told an aspiring young author. “To write about it you have to reach out and touch it”.
Close your eyes and try to become aware of everything that is touching your body-even the air on your bare skin. We are so used to taking the body for granted that we tend to lose contact with it. But five or ten minutes of reflection will probably give you an awareness of the entire body surface-and with it greater physical relaxation and inward calm.
Everything becomes more real when heard as well as seen. It is, in fact, quite hard really to know a person by sight alone, without hearing his voice. And it is not just the sound of the voice that informs. Even the rhythm of footsteps reveals age and variations of mood-elation, depression, anger, joy.
It occurred to me then that, as our complicated civilization claims us, we lose that sense of discovery and amazement with which children see the most everyday things. We lose the capacity for undiluted delight, the capacity to enjoy what used to be known as ‘simple pleasures’. We are forgetting gradually to use and trust our senses. And I don’t think we need to.
If the matter is one that can be settled by observation, make the observation yourself.
Thinking that you know when in fact you don’t is a fatal mistake, to which we are all prone.
If you cannot travel, seek out people with whom you disagree and read a newspaper belonging to a party that is not yours. If the people find the newspaper seem mad, perverse and wicked, remind yourself that you seem so to them. This reflection should generate a certain caution.
Serendipity comes not to the person who is self satisfied and uncurious, but to the person who adventures.
In a few cubic inches your brain stores much more information than can be stored in a large computer installation costing millions. One researcher calculates the brain’s storage capacity at one quadrillion bits of information-that’s a million times a billion.
Short term memory is severely limited. But if a short term item is encountered often enough-your own zip code, the name of a new neighbor-it will be moved into permanent storage in long term memory.
Long term memory is the consummate wonder. Once a bit of information gets in, it apparently is there for life. You may have difficulty retrieving it, but it is there.
We are unconscious of the vast information we have stored but under special conditions it can be brought to the surface. Hypnosis enabled a bricklayer to recall exactly an unusual pattern in a wall he had laid 40 years earlier. A middle aged man described his first-grade schoolroom in minute details.
From present evidence, there is no single storage area in the brain. Indeed each memory appears to be stored in a number of places. As much as half the human brain has been removed without serious impairment of the memory.
Failure of the short-term memory in the elderly may trace, in part, to oxygen lack. A 1969 study reports that 13 patients (68 years averagely) spent 2 90 minutes sessions a day, for 2 weeks breathing pure oxygen under pressure. Scores on short term memory tests shoot up.
“Perhaps the best advice” said Professor Craik “is to keep mentally active by reading, observing, learning. The brain responds to exercise. Memory fall-off is far less in the intelligent, mentally active person than in others.
Older people who become alarmed at the antics of teenagers fail in empathy; instead of imagining themselves as teenagers again, they expect the younger generation to act like oldsters.
In some cases of counseling, it has been found that more difficulties can be resolved by acknowledging how the student feels than by explaining the study problems he brings. The awareness of how others think and feel can be the key to effective leadership and management.
Learning to use empathy takes patience. It’s necessary always to remember that empathy works only as long as you remain detached, acknowledging the other person’s feelings but never sharing them. But the effort is rewarding. Using empathy to enter the mind and heart of another human being can become a great adventure.
Daydreams are normal to all active minds. Through daydreams our brains put us through mental rehearsals and keep us aware of the unfinished business in our lives. They make use of to help us modify a dull situation, plan for the future or try out new ways of relating to the people around us.
Specific advantages and uses of day dreams: 1. Help make your life more creative and original : The talented individuals indulge in their fantasies and engage in playful mental explorations of the most odd and outlandish possibilities that come to mind.
Michael Faraday used to picture himself as an atom under pressure and gained insight into the electrolyte. Einstein daydreamed about what would happen if a man could fly out into the pace at the speed of light. Charles Kettering trying to determine why kerosene ‘knocked’ more than gasoline, had a visual image of a flower, the trailing arbutus, which blooms early in the spring even beneath the snow. It’s red coloration, which absorbs heat faster than other hues, gave him the idea of tetra ethyl lead.
By paying attention to daydreams, the life can be made better.
2. Help develop your personality: Say to yourself “Suppose I were president of the company, or boss of the section, or chairman of a particular committee”. Play each of these ‘as if’ behaviors out in your mind as vividly as possible. By doing so you may actually detect overlooked strengths in your personality, ambitions that are worth developing further, and many of life’s options that you may have prematurely foreclosed. You may also recognize the things that are not practical.
3. Calm and soothe yourself: In moments of extreme tension and fretfulness, allowing you to drift into a daydream may help you to identify some of the underlying conflicts or areas of difficulty. Use of positive imagery of nature scenes can at least calm you temporarily and prevent rash actions. We can see in purely psychological terms some of the advantages of prayer and meditation.
4. Help to overcome your loneliness: Some people enjoy a kind of private dialogue with an imagery visitor from their past, a beloved grandfather or a teacher, or a famous person. Such playful exercises in daydreaming not only compensate for mild loneliness but can distract you from nervousness and fear when traveling in strange places.
5. Strengthen yourself during adversity: Danger is that we will too soon dismiss our daydreams and plunge into other activities that preclude imagination. Too often we engage in empty and inane conversations, or sit staring vacantly at the television programs. If we will just take time everyday for quite meditation and playful fantasy, we may begin to get the true benefit from the great capacity for imagination with which we all have been endowed.
Inaccuracy irritates all kinds of human relationships. But accuracy in all our dealings sweetens relationships, averts misunderstandings and helps keep the pace. To develop acuracy:
1. Facts: Do your homework: We live in a time of the instant opinion, the prefab argument and the pesudo-statistic. Facts are not always easy to interpret. But we must do our homework, know what the facts are thought to be. Proper weighting to all the relevant facts, not ‘picking our cases’ and ignoring those that weaken our position.
2. Precision: Finding what is true is not always easy. The accurate person will more often withhold his judgment than hazard a wild guess. He is more willing than most to say, honestly “I don’t know”.
We prejudge people before we ever lay eyes on them.
Irrational stereotyping begins early in life.
As grownups we are constantly having standardized pictures. Stereotyping may become a substitute for observation. Moreover, quite aside from injustice it does to others, stereotyping impoverishes us too.
If we continue to carry our childhood grievances with us, to feel overwhelmed by bad luck because everything is our parent’s fault, for instance, we won’t make any attempt to improve our lot.
Once you recognize your own role in creating less than perfect situations, you are able to make changes. The more we act to change our luck, the more we take charge, more secure we feel.
When we repeat frustrating failures and errors in specific areas in our lives again and again, the accumulation of bad results often make us conclude that we have bad luck.
If you begin o see a pattern of things going wrong, ask yourself ‘what is my role in this? Why do I feel bound or trapped in this situation? What makes me complain about it, rather than doing something about it?” In effect, be self critical.
One aspect of self criticism involves the ability to evaluate and criticize your personal relationships. Perhaps you have problem-ridden friends who are emotional dependents-who lean on you so heavily that it’s an emotional drain. We ought to examine our excuses for wasting time with emotional dependents. What really lures us?
Instead of escaping from frustrating experiences in this way, why not ask yourself “What can I do that will make me feel more competent? Forgo the pointless telephone chatter or refrigerator raids. Instead, do a task-even some household chore you dislike, like cleaning out a messy closet. That single, small accomplishment will promote new feelings of pleasure and security because you’re pleased with yourself for taking charge. Making little changes makes you like yourself better. And when you like yourself better, you begin to do more useful things and improve your life in small ways, which can lead to bigger ways.
Our society is in so swift a flux that only a man who deeply knows himself can decide which of the changing ideas he will accept as a part of what he believes and feels and is, which ideas he will reject.
The measure of a man’s worth is how much he can give to a group. He who brings special excitement to the otherwise tedious round of conventional activities is the sought after guest, the desired friend. And that person, always, is one who has studied and learned enough of himself to be more than a carbon copy of others.
Just recognizing a block of this sort will often help clear your mental circuits. Another cause of emotional block is pressure. When you are seeking new ideas or trying to solve a knotty problem, increased pressure is more likely to cause a mental block. Being too eager to succeed can produce the same results.
It’s the overzealous ballplayer who makes the wild throw: the overeager job hunter who stammers during the interview; the over intent quiz-show contestant who blanks out about something he knows.
When you face a serious problem and have been strenuously working at it without getting anywhere, ‘sticking to it’ may be a mistake. Under pressure your brain has probably developed something like ‘feedback effect’-it goes round and round, and nothing new can get in. So leave the problem for a while-go fishing, paint the house, visit a friend. Give your mind time to clear it’s circuits and let the flow of ideas begin again. When you come back to your problem, you may find a completely new approach.
What can you do about preconceptions? If you find yourself stymied by a problem, try thinking: “How would a high school kid, or my wife, or the brightest person I know try to do it?” If this doesn’t help, then find people whose knowledge and training are different from yours and talk the problem over. May be an outside catalyst is what you need.
Education, ironically, cna be another source of mental block, especially if students are taught to approach every problem in a rigid manner.
Avoid rigid, narrow education. If teachers and parents pound into a child’s head that there is a right and wrong way to do everything, he will tend to be rigid in his thinking. If they encourage him to work things out for himself, his thinking will naturally be more flexible.
One of the most successful methods for countering mental blocks is ‘brainstorming’. The rules for it are :
1. Anything goes
2. The wilder the idea’s, the better
3. Nobody criticizes any idea.
Jot down ideas as fast as they come into your mind. You might also try to imagine what different people would say in response to each idea.
A prominent writer said about the awful time he used to have trying to get a good beginning for an article; it cost him days of wasted time. His solution: start anywhere and get going. When he’s through, he finds it easy to back up and tack on a beginning.
We can usually tell when a decision accords with our nature; it brings an enormous sense of relief. Good decisions are the best tranquilizers ever invented/; bad ones often increase our mental tension.
The right time: We should sleep on big decisions as our behavior is affected by our passing moods.
Consciously postponing a decision-deciding not to decide is not the same as indecision.
You can make it flexible: Too many of us find decisions painful because we regard them as final and irrevocable.
The final ingredient: Be prepared to stand a sense of loss as well as gain. It helps to talk such decisions over with others-it can illumine aspects of the dilemma that we may have missed but because in the process of talking we sort out and clarify our own thoughts and feelings.
When you have a good product with an apparent drawback, you don’t try to conceal the liability. You exaggerate it, present it as something special-and the minus becomes a plus.
Tips for problem solving:
1. Reversal: It frees you from old ways of looking at a problem.
2. Redefinition: The solution to problem depends on how it is stated. If you define it narrowly (how can I design a better mousetrap?) you’ll find narrow, limited answers. But if you define it broadly (How can I get rid of mice?) you open up whole range of possibilities.
3. Planning for results: Instead of looking at personalities and methods, you outline the expected results and work backward.
4. Breaking routines:
5. Brainstorming: Invite everyone to call out whatever ideas occur. There are 4 rules:
a. No criticism or evaluation is allowed during a session.
b. Participants are encouraged to think of the wildest ideas possible. It’s easier to tone down than to think up.
c. Emphasis is on quantity, not quality. The more ideas produced, the more good ideas are likely to turn up.
d. Participants are urged to build upon or modify each other’s ideas.
You can even brainstorm yourself. Write down everything that occurs to you, then put list aside. When you pick it up again, you may find the solution to problem.
e. Making a minus a plus:
Give an idea a chance to grow, cultivate it; get some facts.
Storing up information in an intellectual silo without ever using it will cause fermentation, nothing more. Both ways-starving or stuffing your mind-are delaying tactics, ways to avoid thinking.
Your mind is the one thing that never grows old and never has to. It’s resilience is astounding. It can lie dormant for decades and then spring forth like the morning.
The pleasure of learning is universal, why are there so many dull people in the world? It’s coz they were made dull, by bad teaching, by isolation, by surrender to routine, sometimes, too by the pressure of hard work, poverty. With luck, resolution and guidance, however the human mind can survive not only poverty but even wealth.
Learning means keeping the mind open and active to receive all kinds of experience. Among the pleasures of learning, we should include travel; travel with an open mind, an alert eye and a wish to understand other peoples. other places, rather than looking in them for a mirror image of oneself.
Learning also means learning to practice, or at least to appreciate an art. Every new art you learn appears like a new window on the universe; it is like acquiring a new sense.
Much unhappiness has been suffered by those who never recognized that it is as necessary to make themselves into whole and harmonious personalities as to keep themselves clean, healthy and financially solvent.
No learner has ever run short of subjects to explore. The pleasures of learning are indeed pleasures.
One of the mysteries is that the universe contains innate joy. Once you fully open your sense to anything, a sunset-a waterfall, a stone, a blade of grass-the joy comes.
William Blake said “He who binds to himself a joy, does the winged life destroy” but he who kisses the joy as it flies, lives in eternity’s sunrise.
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