Touching Strangers

Humans in many countries are not starving for food or sustenance, but instead the most basic of human needs: A sense of connection with other humans. This is often expressed through an even more basic gesture of touching. Richard Renaldi’s project that requires total strangers to pose for a photograph in a warm embrace brings this out. Watch and share.

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Six Things Teachers Should Note

Six Things For Teachers

As a school teacher, or a college professor, or a trainer you may consider yourself to be in a teaching profession. But even if you are not in the teaching profession, you may be still imparting knowledge, wisdom, or guidance to others as part of what you do. You may be a manager, parent, guardian, artist, yoga teacher, author, speaker, leader, or an expert. In all such cases you may want to take note of the following six things to be a good teacher:

If you are lost, it helps to at least stop running in the wrong direction. So it may be important to know what mistakes to avoid to become a great teacher. Here are three of them:

1. Do not worry about becoming a great orator

A teacher is a communicator, but this does not mean you have to be a great orator. If you have to communicate using the spoken word then you have to make sure that your ideas are well understood, but you do not have to blow your audience away with your oratory skills. More important is to build a relationship of trust and rapport rather than obsessing about excellence in oratory skills.

“When you study great teachers… you will learn much more from their caring and hard work than from their style.” – William Glasser
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Nothing Good Gets Away

John and Thomas Steinbeck

John and Thomas Steinbeck

John Steinbeck the renowned author of The Grapes Of Wrath, received a letter from his eldest teenage son Thomas. This was November of 1958 and Thomas was attending boarding school. In his letter Thomas spoke about Susan, a young girl with whom he believed he had fallen in love.

Steinbeck replied immediately. His wonderful letter holds timeless wisdom that we can use even today. The letter is reproduced below:

New York
November 10, 1958

Dear Thom:

We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

First—if you are in love—that’s a good thing—that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second—There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you—of kindness and consideration and respect—not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply—of course it isn’t puppy love.
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My Personal Journey Of Healing Through Yoga

Fergus Higgins

Fergus Higgins

When I was young I played a lot of sports like soccer, rugby, tennis, and I even ran marathons. But because of work, accidents, and family, I became sedentary and ill with a laundry list of health issues.

This list includes: sciatica, premature degeneration of L4/L5 discs, carpel tunnel syndrome, spinal bone spur growths, and the list goes on… Not to mention I was depressed, overweight, using drugs, and addicted to tobacco, sugar, and fatty foods.

I went to see doctors and all they did was put me on Vioxx, Celebrex, and pain killers, and nothing seemed to help. So one day I went to see a nutritionist and I started practicing yoga. I was 44-years-old.

The nutritionist taught me about eating veggies, fruits, and consuming lots of water, and that I’d never get heavier if I ate no more calories than I was able to burn off in one day.

Then there was the yoga!

Being a guy, I was terrified to enter a place outside my comfort zone. But what I found was an amazing world:

  • A world where my body slowly healed
  • A world where my body became physically stronger
  • A world where my body became flexible again
  • A world where emotionally I suffered less
  • A world where emotionally I felt like I had more freedom
  • A world of yoga that had the tools to heal

I wasn’t doing amazing poses, I was simply going to vinyasa flow and hatha yoga classes. I would go to basics, after basics, after basics classes for years. Then one day one of my favorite yoga teachers, a man by the name of Frank Mauro at OM yoga, told me to leave his basics class and try a basics intermediate and/or intermediate.
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One morning, a guy goes into a coffee shop and orders a large cappuccino. As he is about to leave, he asks the waitress for his bill.

“$2.60,” she says.

The guy then produces 260 pennies, drops them on the floor and leaves.

This happens every morning for the next few days until one morning the guy wants to pay with a five-dollar bill.

Gotcha, thinks the waitress, who has been waiting for this day to get her revenge. She walks over to the guy’s table and drops 240 pennies onto the floor.

“Your change,” she says with a smug little smile.

The guy reaches into his pocket, pulls out a couple of dimes and places them on the table.

“Another large cappuccino, please.”

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