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Adrian Irwin

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Mindful learning

It means cultivates insightful knowing rather than just a brain overloaded with information

Mindfulness creates space to let new information in and to allow us to see how it relates to what we already know. 

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Three Simple Mindfulness Practices You Can Use Every Day

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Mindful Reading

It is a process of quiet reflection that requires mindful attentiveness, letting go of distracting thoughts and opinions to be fully in the moment with the text. 

It slows down the reader and the reading—that alone changes the experience. It moves the reader into a calm awareness, allowing for a more profound experience and understanding.

Mindful Writing

Writing benefits from the capacities that mindfulness cultivates: being in the moment, even when remembering the past or imagining the future; not judging others and oneself while still exercising discriminating wisdom; holding multiple perspectives; being open to the new; and practicing kindness, compassion, and patience. 

Mindful Emailing
  1. Compose an email.
  2. Stop and take one long deep breath. 
  3. Think of the person to whom the email is going and how you want them to receive your message. Could they misunderstand your words?
  4. Look at the draft email again.
  5. Change it if appropriate.
  6. Send.
Mindful Listening

It's when we are fully present with what we’re hearing without trying to control it or judge it. 

We let go of our usual assumptions and we listen with respect to precisely what is being said. 

Causes of regret

Studies show that there are these are the three causes of regret:

  • Inaction
  • Lost opportunities
  • Poor judgment

When we decide to not actively pursue the things that we want to, in retrospect, it will bring enduring regrets of what could have been. There are some things that we could have done at that time and some we could have prevented had we not done it.

Valuable lessons for making difficult decisions

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  1. Make sure to spend time thinking about your decisions twice or thrice, but don't let it eat you up.
  2. Stop undermining your relationships, both romantic and platonic.
  3. Learn how to seize opportunities. You can't go back in time. Whatever you choose to do, whether study or travel or both, your experiences are your own.
  4. Lay down your personal values and make decisions based on them. As long as you have a good justification for a decision to be made now, at least you won't regret it later.

We make many decisions in life, often small, but big decisions come up from time to time where their ramifications may linger for years. It's often scary to make a big decision because of what might happen, but it's inevitable.

Certain studies showed the most common life decisions involved getting married, having children, their careers, and pursuing a degree. The less common ones involved ending a life and engaging in self-harm.

Regret is a feeling everyone experiences at one point in their life or several. It's a negative emotion that comes from the time we reflect on past decisions and wish we did something different.

Studies show that the most commonly reported regrets involved romance, family, education, career, finance, and parenting. Those in palliative care often wished they lived a life true to themselves, wished they didn't overwork themselves, or wish they stayed in touch with their friends.

Music And Self-Awareness

Music has contributed to gatherings and bonding among groups for centuries, which is always a good way to create relationships.

Music is a side effect of self-awareness and love in our species. Many birds sing songs with the purpose of attracting mates, and while a sparrow's song is not as complex as one sung by humans, it involves the same basic motivations.

Why Did We Evolve To Like Music?

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Music is related to our cognitive capacity, comprehension, and self-awareness. It is our ability to create interesting fractals.

Love and trust are connected to music as it removes logic and reasoning out of the way, letting the people come into an imaginative dream world. Music evokes true love, commitment, long-term relationships, and emotional connections between people.

That is why we don’t just like music, we love music.

What is within our control

Stoicism asserts that we don’t control and cannot rely on external events, only ourselves and our responses.

Stoicism: Practical Philosophy You Can Actually Use

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Turning obstacles into advantages

At the very root of Stoicism there is a very simple, though not easy, way of living: Take obstacles in your life and turn them into your advantage, control what you can and accept what you can’t.

“In life our first job is this, to divide and distinguish things into two categories: externals I cannot control, but the choices I make with regard to them I do control. Where will I find good and bad? In me, in my choices.”
The Stoics are men of action

Nassim Nicholas Taleb defines a Stoic as someone who, “transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation and desire into undertaking.”

Jim Rohn
"Work hard at your job and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune." 

Want to Become the Best at What You Do? Read This

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Work On Yourself

Your work is a reflection of you. If you want something different: improve yourself.

If you're not getting the results you're looking for, stop looking for better strategies. Instead, look inside. Try to continuously improve yourself, by expanding your vision, skills, and abilities.

Put Yourself In Difficult Situations

You need to put yourself into positions that create immense pressure. The kind of pressure that will either make or break you. 

This is how you purge out your weakness and small-mindedness. It won't be pretty. But it will change you.

Don't Copy Other People

If you're following someone else's tracks, where do you think those tracks will lead you? To your own destination or to theirs?

If you don't know who you are, you'll always try to be someone else. And thus, you'll never be the best. Your work will always be a cheap imitation. It will lack the feeling that produced the work or the idea.

Stay In Love With The Process

When you are in love with the process, you seek feedback, mentoring, and coaching , even when you're at the top of your game.

You surround yourself with people who aren't afraid to tell you the truth. You avoid people who suck-up and only tell you what they think you want to hear. 

Never Forget Why You're Doing This

Don't throw your value-systems out the door in hopes of quick success.

The moment you start compromising, you won't stop compromising.

Self-Affirmations

Self-affirmations are a reflection of who you are. It is a way of thinking and writing about yourself, moreover, the things you stand for like your values in life. They are positive statements that we use to surmount the negative thinking. They do not rely on fake confidence or creating a fake reality.

They do have a bad reputation. So you have to do it in a way that doesn’t make you cringe.

Positive Affirmations For People Who Don't Like Affirmations - Darius Foroux

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It is better to create your own self-affirmations if you do not reverberate with the whole "I radiate beauty and grace". If you don't know how, here are some self-affirmations that inspire me:

  1. You've done it in the past, you can do it again.
  2. Do it today, not tomorrow.
  3. Learn to love the difficult.
  4. Just get done with it and move on!
  5. So what!? Stop taking everything so seriously.
  6. Stop overthinking and let's go!
  7. I am a finisher. I am almost there!

Remember, self-affirmations are your core values.

Visual Learning

... is learning by seeing the information through images, graphs, and other visual materials.

6 Study Tips for Visual Learners

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  • Color Code. Assign color to common themes in your lectures, when highlighting information.
  • Organize your notes by compiling handouts, putting tabs, writing neatly, using outlines, to make your notes appealing.
  • Study the Graphics. Use charts and graphics in your textbook to easily remember information.
  • Draw pictures or figures to accompany the information you're trying to learn.
  • Watch documentaries or videos to get a bigger picture and expand your knowledge on the topic you want to learn.
  • Draw concept maps to easily categorize a certain subject. Illustrate pictures relating to each subtopic.
Seasonal Storms

Tornadoes don’t really have a particular season and can form any time of the year. They do occur more frequently in Spring and Fall.

7 Biggest Tornado Safety Myths and Misconceptions

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There is a misconception that opening house windows causes the high pressure of the house and low pressure of the tornado to cancel each other out, and that the house can explode if windows are left closed.

In reality, opening the windows does no good and only lets the wind and debris enter your house.

According to experts, seeking shelter in a highway overpass or a bridge can be dangerous, as it can cause a ‘wind tunnel’ and sweep you from right under the bridge, or worse, can collapse the bridge if it is weak.

The safer option is to lie low (and flat) in a ditch or low spot.

Tornadoes can occur anywhere but it seems they are witnessed more in small cities or rural areas. It is not to say that they cannot occur in big cities.

Tornadoes are less common in hilly and mountainous areas, due to the cool, stable air of the regions of higher elevations. The mountains have their own ‘windward sides’ which make the tornadoes break up or weaken.

Tornadoes are generally observed in flat fields, leading to the belief that they only occur in open terrains. Though mountain friction and winds do stop them a little, they can easily be formed over water, so are not entirely land-based.

Tornadoes don’t have a particular direction of arrival, like the Southwest. They can come from any side of the house and even if they come from a particular direction, the wind can blow in other directions and carry debris anywhere.

Past Deciding The Future

We let our knowledge and experiences of the past project into our future, by making concrete predictions that this or that cannot happen due to what happened in the past.

But life is constantly changing, flowing like a river, and does not follow past patterns.

You're Not Stuck That Way - Nat Eliason

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Learned Helplessness

This is a mental state where, as a result of a certain bad experience, we believe that we can’t do anything about a certain problem.

Negative Motivation

We can start to feel helpless when we see people fail in a certain plan, and this could start acting as a negative motivation in our minds.

Reaffirming Negative Beliefs
When you reaffirm your own belief that you can’t change certain things, you’re putting that belief inside the people around you. And you're especially impacting your loved ones.
Move Towards A Growth Mindset

Move out of the fixed mindset, where you are stuck in inaction, towards a growth mindset.

In a growth mindset, you see obstacles as steps to success and everything seems to have a solution.