Sensual mindfulness and your brain

We know that there is some complex chemistry in our brain and we are not entirely in control of it. Typically we do not even care to think about it: too many factors involved. Today I want to make an exception. Also, check out here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Brain blood barrier …

Spending time with teenagers

Once we have teenage kids, we need to change the way we work with them. We can use more complex strategies, and the responses we get will be almost adult. At the same time, we still need to play with them, just using a different gaming environment. In this article, I talk from my personal …

Intuition in a blink of the eye

intuition einstein

Can we trust our intuition? Possibly. Some of the best and the worst decisions were based on intuition, especially highly creative or controversial ones. Many people have an extraordinary level of luck and intuition. Others are just never right. For more reading please see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Practical advice If …

Productivity via positivity

To be truly productive we need to be positive. Optimism increases life expectancy, our focus and our energy at work, as well as our ability to work effectively with others. Read more here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Confession of a pessimist I am not a very positive person. All of my childhood (till …

Serious people have serious problems

Many of my students complain that the harder they try, the slower their progress becomes. Let it go. It is counterintuitive to be calm and focused on things that are of crucial importance. Yet, this might be the best formula for success. In this article, I will try to explain how to get into this …

Dealing with existential crisis

existential crisis

We all need to deal with an existential crisis from time to time. In fact, this is one of the deepest recurring themes in our art and science. Once we deal with all the survival questions, a lot of questions remain regarding our purpose. As this purpose changes, we may grow as human beings and …

Remove invisible obstacles while training

If you do not progress as you should have, there might be obstacles you failed to notice. What kind of obstacles are we talking about and what can be done to remove them? Not enough training This should be quite obvious. To see progress one should train and invest effort. I am not talking about …

Independent children

Independant child

Just how independent should our children be? Ten generations ago they used to be extremely independent. From a young age, children worked to make money. They had to cook for themselves and other children. They invested in learning and walked miles to a school to learn how to read and write. I am talking about …

Magnetic mind: memories are the fundament of our identity

Our mind is magnetic and we should use it! The power of our identity can shape the way we learn.  Our experiences and memories shape our identity. We assemble ourselves from bits and pieces and attract things we truly need. For more information read here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Dr. Manhatten’s story …

Executive functions: Willpower, discipline and anxiety

Most of my students are very focused, motivated and responsible. These good qualities often have a side-effect of people pressing themselves too hard or running from inner demons. It is important to find the right balance. For more reading check here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Improving executive functions By practicing memory and visualization, …