The Psychology and Neuroscience of Happiness

By: The Royal Institution
Via YouTube | October 11, 2017

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We know a fair amount about depression, fear, disgust and anxiety, but positive emotions have so far remained mysterious.
Vin Walsh and a panel of experts discuss the psychology and the neuroscience of happiness.
Vin Walsh is a Professor of Human Brain Research at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL.
Julia Christensen is a Newton International Postdoctoral Research Fellow at City University, specialising in the neural underpinnings of emotional expertise.
Morten Kringelbach is a professor of neuroscience at the universities of Oxford and Aarhus, Denmark. His research uses pleasures such as food, sex, drugs and music to understand pleasure and well-being in the human brain.
Joe Gladstone is an Assistant Professor at University College London. Named one of the top 30 people under 30 in Finance by Forbes Magazine, Joe’s research draws from both Behavioural Economics and Consumer Psychology to understand how we can help people to improve their financial decisions
 

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Pharrell Williams – Happy (Official Music Video)

By: iamOTHER
Via YouTube | November 21, 2013

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care baby by the wayBecause I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you want to doHere come bad news talking this and that
Well, give me all you got and don’t hold back
Well, I should probably warn you
I’ll be just fine
No offense to you, don’t waste your time
Here’s why:
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you want to do-Happy- bring me down, can’t nothing
-Happy- bring me down
My level’s too high -happy- to bring me down
Can’t nothing -happy- bring me down I said
-Happy- bring me down, can’t nothing
-Happy- bring me down
My level’s too high -happy- to bring me down
Can’t nothing -happy- bring me down I saidBecause I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you want to do
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you want to do-Happy- bring me down, can’t nothing
-Happy- bring me down
My level’s too high -happy- to bring me down
Can’t nothing -happy- bring me down I saidBecause I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you want to doBecause I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you want to doCome on!
 
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How Laughing at Yourself Can Change the World

By: TEDx Talks
Via YouTube | December 2, 2015

President Obama’s appearance on “Between Two Ferns” made tens of millions of people laugh (and saved lives in the process). In a culture flooded with too much partisan information, comedy is the last great refuge of truth and access.
Brad Jenkins is the Managing Director and Executive Producer of Funny Or Die DC. For the last four years, Jenkins served as President Obama’s liaison and director of engagement to the creative and advocacy communities, bringing together creative executives, advocacy leaders, and some of the world’s biggest stars to advance the President’s agenda — including his Emmy-award winning “Between Two Ferns”

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Michael Franti & Spearhead – Good to Be Alive Today

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Good to Be Alive Today

Authors: Dwayne Chin-Quee, Michael Franti, Stephen Mcgregor
Via YouTube May 29, 2016

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Michael Franti & Spearhead – Good to Be Alive Today.

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Good to Be Alive Today

It’s a long road, oh
Everyday I wake up and turn my phone on
I read the news of the day, just as it’s coming down
I do my best not to let it get me down
I try to keep my head up, but is Babylon
This world’s in crisis, we try to fight it, this changing climate
With scientists and politicians divided by it
So many ways we could solve it but they would never sign it
This mountains tumbling down, but still we try to climb it
It’s in the Torah, Quran and in the Bible
Love is the message for some how we turn to rivals
It’s come to people always picking up their rifles
Another school getting shot up homicidal

Some people tryna look fly, some people tryna get high
Some people losing their mind, some people tryna get by
And when you look in my eyes, you see the sign of the times
We all looking for the same thing

But what if this song’s number one
Would it mean that love had won?
Would it mean that the world was saved?
And no guns are being drawn today?
What if everybody had a job?
And nobody had to break a law?
What if everyone could say
That it’s good to be alive today (oh, oh, oh, oh)
Is it good to be alive today (oh, oh, oh, oh)
Is it good to be alive today (oh, oh, oh, oh)
Is it good to be alive today (oh, oh, oh, oh)
No matter what nobody say

People used to feel safer when they would hear a siren
Like help is on its way but now they only think of violence
Another youth in the streets and police is in a conflict
And now they hear the guns click, yo
Ebola crisis and ISIS is taking heads off
A drone is bombing a village and now the kids all
Signing up to be soldiers, but they all willing now
To do the killing now, now are you willing now?
Some politicians out there making up some problems
And tryna tell the people that they can solve them
With TV shows and soundbites and quotes
But everybody knows that it’s all about the cash flow
They telling you and me, they’re making progress
But tell it to the millions of jobless
It’s like a players club with billions of dollars
To get the votes you got to make it rain in congress

Some people tryna look fly, some people tryna get high
Some people losing their mind, some people tryna get by
And when you look in my eyes, you see the sign of the times
We all looking for the same thing

But what if this song’s number one
Would it mean that love had won?
Would it mean that the world was saved?
And no guns are being drawn today?
What if everybody had a job?
And nobody had to break a law?
What if everyone could say
That it’s good to be alive today (oh, oh, oh, oh)
Is it good to be alive today (oh, oh, oh, oh)
Is it good to be alive today (oh, oh, oh, oh)
Is it good to be alive today (oh, oh, oh, oh)
And we all say

One day, one day
One day, one day
One day, we all will say
That it’s good to be alive today
One day, one day
One day, one day
One day, we all will say
That it’s good to be alive today

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6 Powerful Ways to Build Unbreakable Self-Discipline

Author: Max Weigand
Via Life Hack | January 25, 2017

If you look at your life right now, what is the reason you are not as successful, happy, or healthy as you could be at this point in your life?

Apart from many excuses, there is probably just one simple reason: Lack of self-discipline. You simply don’t do what you need to do to enjoy the levels of success you want. If you think about it, what does it really take for you to be successful in all areas of your life? Chances are, it’s no secret. Everybody knows what it takes to get in shape, but how many people are? Everyone knows what to do to perform better at their job, but how many people still don’t do it? Everyone knows which foods to avoid and which ones to eat, but most people still don’t do that, either.

In short, all the knowledge in the world is worth nothing if you don’t possess the self-discipline to use that knowledge. Elbert Hubbard defined self-discipline as “the ability to do what you have to do, when you have to do it, whether you feel like it or not.” It is the one skill that is necessary above anything else to succeed in any endeavour.

Success in life comes from the actions you take on a consistent basis; and only self-discipline allows you to do that.

Here are 6 powerful ways to build unbreakable self-discipline:

1. “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” – William Johnson

No matter what your goals are in life, there is one great law that you need to obey in order to be successful: No one else is going to climb the ladder of success for you. No one else is responsible for your health, wealth, happiness, or success. From the day you leave your parents’ house and start to make your own choices, you are responsible for your life and the choices you make. You choose the job you work in, the person you live with, and how much you exercise every day. Only you can choose how you spend your time, and the decisions you make on a consistent basis will make or break your life.

If you want a better life, you need to make better decisions. You can blame other people for your lack of results or happiness all life long, but it doesn’t change anything. Only you can change your life by changing the choices you make. Take responsibility for everything in your life, even if you can’t directly influence it. Even if it’s not in your direct control, you can always choose how you respond.

2. The Big Enemy of Success

According to motivational speaker Brian Tracy, the biggest enemy to success is the path of least resistance. If you choose what is fun and easy over what is necessary, you will never reach the levels of success and happiness you are capable of achieving in your life. That’s because every great victory requires great sacrifice. If success was easy, everybody would be successful. But because success in any area of your life requires hard work and sacrifices, most people will never reach their full potential.

Whenever you decide not to what you should be doing, you not only waste your opportunity to grow as a person, but you also lose confidence in yourself. You start to see yourself as lazy and unsuccessful, and that self-image will become a successful prophecy.

To achieve any goal you have, there are only three things you need: A clear vision for what it is you want, a plan to get there, and massive action consistently repeated over time! While the first two parts are the easy parts of the equation, most people struggle with the last part: Hard work.

There is nothing that you can’t achieve with hard work, so it is necessary that you build the habit of choosing what is hard and necessary over what is fun and easy to do. Doing this is probably the surest way to succeed in life.

3. Think Longterm

To quote Abraham Lincoln, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” If you ever wonder where you will be 10 years from now, look at your current life. What actions are you taking to make your goals reality? How many books are you reading to grow as a person, and how many new things are you learning? Which people are you associating with? Are you putting in the effort necessary to achieve your goals today?

People oftentimes think that their lives will suddenly change through some magical event in the future, but that is not the case. Your life changes only to the extent that you change. If you are not happy with your current circumstances, are you taking actions to change them? If not, you are just daydreaming. Nothing will ever change if you don’t change what you do daily. As Aristotle noted over 2000 years ago, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”

A great way to actively create your future is to ask yourself: If I already achieved my goals, how would I act on a daily basis? What books would I read, how often would I work out, and how would I spend my time at the office?

Once you answer these questions, you know what to do. Act as if you were already successful.

4. Obstacles are Part of Success

In life, nothing worth having comes easy. You have to make sacrifices in the form of time, effort, pain, and hard work if you want to succeed. There will be many setbacks, and any time you get close to finally succeeding, there will be some more adversity testing how bad you really want it. Only after passing one more test, and then another, will you be able to succeed.

The great tragedy of life is that most people give up right before achieving success. They already made it to the five yard line, and all they need is one final push to make the touchdown and bring home the sweet victory. But right before they do that, there is one final obstacle standing in their way – one last failure that they need to overcome. Way too many people give up right then and there, without realizing how close they are.

If you just take one thing from this post, let is be this: Whenever you encounter failure and adversity, keep going! Success is supposed to be hard because that’s what makes it so special. If it was easy, anybody could do it. But it’s hard, and that’s your chance to separate yourself from the people that don’t want it as bad as you.

The only way to grow as a person is by facing the biggest challenges in life and enduring long enough to succeed. No matter how long it takes or how hard it gets, always remember the words of motivational speaker Les Brown: “It’s not over until I win!”

5. Rewrite Your Goals Every Day

To maximize your self-discipline every day, it is necessary that you keep the bigger picture in mind. Only by remembering why you do what you do will you take the necessary actions and follow through even if it gets hard. After all, you don’t just work so hard for no reason. You have specific goals that you want to achieve that make all the effort worth it.

As Nietzsche said, “He who has a ‘why’ to live for, can bear almost any ‘how.’” I believe this to be absolutely true. If you know what you want to do, and you have enough reasons to do it, you will do whatever it takes.

The problem is, we tend to get so caught up in working and achieving our goals that we forget why we started in the first place. We forget why we do what we do and instead get overwhelmed by a seemingly endless to-do list. No wonder that most people seem so unexcited and even bored with life – they have no goals to strive for!

The easiest way to counter this problem is by rewriting your goals every day and imagining the future as you want it. Every morning after waking up, write down the most important goals you have for your life. This will not only immediately get you motivated and excited, but also crystal clear on what you need to do to succeed. Only when you are focused on your goals and your vision for your life are you able to make decisions that contribute to those goals.

6. Decide in Advance That You Will Never Give Up

To make sure that you stay strong in the face of adversity, make sure to resolve in advance how you will respond once it occurs. You need to have a plan for what to do when all hell breaks loose, or else it is too easy to just give up. When writing your goals, commit to making them come true, no matter how hard it may be. Determine how you will respond to failures and setbacks so you can bounce back stronger and better than ever before.

If you make this commitment and never break it, you will succeed at anything you set your mind to. Maybe not immediately, but definitely.

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Matisyahu – One Day (YouTube Version)

Matisyahu – One Day

By: MatisyahuVEVO
Via YouTube October 25, 2009

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Matisyahu’s official music video for ‘One Day’.

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What is Emotional Intelligence?

By: The School of Life
Via YouTube | Aug 22, 2017

Many of humanity’s greatest problems stem not from a shortfall of technical or financial intelligence, but what we term emotional intelligence. It is through the acquisition of Emotional Intelligence that we stand to become better lovers, workers, friends and citizens. We are rarely systematically taught Emotional Intelligence and pay a heavy price for this gap in learning. The School of Life is dedicated to fostering Emotional Intelligence.

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CGI Short Film “Extinguished” by Ashley Anderson and Jacob Mann

CGI Short Film “Extinguished” by Ashley Anderson and Jacob Mann

Authors: Ashley Anderson and Jacob Mann
Via YouTube | July 23, 2017

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“Extinguished” by Ashley Anderson and Jacob Mann In a world where flames represent love, it’s easy to get your heart burned.

Running time: 03:43

Created at Ringling College of Art and Design
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Ashley Anderson – ashleyanderson.squarespace.com

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El podcast del #Portafolio sobre la felicidad

Autora: Karina Villalobos / Los 40 Principales
Vía Karina Villalobos | Marzo 24, 2017

Sale el programa de anoche para los que no alcanzaron o quieren repetir alguno de los segmentos. Escucha el podcast de la fotógrafa, historiadora y voz de radio en Los 40 sobre la felicidad en #Portafolio.

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In Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds that Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law

Author: Earth Justice
Via Earth Justice | June 14, 2017

Victory: Ruling: Trump administration shortcut environmental review; Court seeks additional briefing on whether to shut down pipeline!

Washington, D.C. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant victory today in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the Dakota Access pipeline.

A federal judge ruled that the federal permits authorizing the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation, which were hastily issued by the Trump administration just days after the inauguration, violated the law in certain critical respects.

In a 91-page decision, Judge James Boasberg wrote, “the Court agrees that [the Corps] did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.” The Court did not determine whether pipeline operations should be shut off and has requested additional briefing on the subject and a status conference next week.

“This is a major victory for the Tribe and we commend the courts for upholding the law and doing the right thing,” said Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II in a recent statement. “The previous administration painstakingly considered the impacts of this pipeline, and President Trump hastily dismissed these careful environmental considerations in favor of political and personal interests. We applaud the courts for protecting our laws and regulations from undue political influence and will ask the Court to shut down pipeline operations immediately.”

The Tribe’s inspiring and courageous fight has attracted international attention and drawn the support of hundreds of tribes around the nation.

The Tribe is represented by the nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice, which filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for issuing a permit for the pipeline construction in violation of several environmental laws.

“This decision marks an important turning point. Until now, the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have been disregarded by the builders of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Trump administration—prompting a well-deserved global outcry,” said Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman. “The federal courts have stepped in where our political systems have failed to protect the rights of Native communities.”

The Court ruled against the Tribe on several other issues, finding that the reversal allowing the pipeline complied with the law in some respects.

The $3.8 billion pipeline project, also known as Bakken Oil Pipeline, extends 1,168 miles across North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois, crossing through communities, farms, tribal land, sensitive natural areas and wildlife habitat. The pipeline would carry up to 570,000 barrels a day of crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois where it links with another pipeline that will transport the oil to terminals and refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

Image: Flags fly at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in 2016, near Cannonball, North Dakota. LUCAS ZHAO / CC BY-NC 2.0

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Award winning short film on How to be self sufficient

Author: Homesteading One Small Step towards freedom
Via YouTube | July 30, 2015

This family is an inspiration for people who would love to be a homesteader with limited resources!

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Start with why — how great leaders inspire action | Simon Sinek | TEDxPugetSound

Autor: Simon Sinek
Vía YouTube | Publicado en Septiembre 28, 2009

 

TEDx Puget Sound speaker – Simon Sinek – Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

About TEDx, x=independently organize event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-
organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep
discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized
events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event.
The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but
individual TEDx events are self-organized.*
(*Subject to certain rules and regulations).

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La BioGuía

La BioGuía

Autor: La BioGuía
Vía La BioGuía

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La Bioguia es la mayor comunidad digital de Iberoamérica de la nueva cultura sustentable.

Misión
Ser la herramienta para la nueva cultura sustentable.
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El poder de la creatividad | Gabriel Lama y Daniela Sanchez | TEDxTukuy

Autor: Domingo [ Laboratorio Creativo ]
Vía YouTube | Diciembre 7, 2016

 

Gabriel y Daniela nos cuentan acerca del viaje a través de su propio proceso creativo. En esta charla descubriremos cómo todas las personas pueden iniciar su propio proceso creativo que les permita comenzar a hacer, descubrir y enfocar sus sueños y proyectos hasta hacerlos realidad.Gabriel Lama y Daniela Sánchez decidieron hace más de 4 años dejar sus trabajos y comenzar su propia aventura de crear un espacio donde pudieran generar actividades artísticas y culturales y ponerlas al alcance de las personas. Es así que nació “Domingo”, un laboratorio creativo que tiene como misión ampliar y enriquecer el Universo Creativo de las personas a través de experiencias culturales y proyectos multidisciplinarios de creación.
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Un mensaje de Tarkovsky para los jóvenes: Aprendan a estar solos

Un mensaje de Tarkovsky para los jóvenes: Aprendan a estar solos

Autor: ParadoxeParadis
Vía Faena y Cultura Inquieta | Abril 6, 2015

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El no saber estar solo es uno de los síntomas más desafortunados que el cineasta ruso percibía entre la juventud. 
La soledad es tal vez el ejercicio más natural a nuestro alcance. Es ahí cuando logramos cultivar algunos de los estados más nutritivos para la mente y el espíritu, cuando experimentamos las más sustanciosas tormentas y la más reconfortante quietud. Practicada sanamente, la soledad es un vehículo exquisito. Nuestro diálogo interno adquiere tintes particulares y nos vemos obligados a confrontarnos con nosotros mismos, nos auto-revelamos sin intermediarios. Sin embargo, en muchos contextos se menosprecia, se sospecha de ella o inclusive se le teme; se evita a toda costa y se asocia con la derrota social o el aburrimiento. Y esta aversión cultural por la soledad termina por privar a millones de personas de aprovechar, y disfrutar, las bondades que solo ella provee. ¿Qué le gustaría decirle a los jóvenes? Pregunta el entrevistador a un Tarkovsky plácidamente posado sobre un árbol. A lo que el cineasta ruso, cuya obra por cierto destacó por comulgar con elementos como la pausa, el silencio y la soledad, responde que su principal consejo sería el aprender a cultivar la soledad:
No sé, creo que sólo me gustaría decirles que aprendan a estar solos y procuren pasar el mayor tiempo posible consigo mismos. Me parece que una de las fallas entre los jóvenes es que intentan reunirse alrededor de eventos que son ruidosos, casi agresivos. En mi opinión, este deseo de reunirse para no sentirse solos es un síntoma desafortunado. Cada persona necesita aprender desde la infancia cómo pasar tiempo con uno mismo. Eso no significa que uno deba ser solitario, sino que no debiera aburrirse consigo mismo porque la gente que se aburre en su propia compañía me parece que está en peligro en lo que a autoestima se refiere.
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Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados de Cateura – Paraguay – “Landfill Harmonic”

Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados de Cateura – Paraguay – “Landfill Harmonic”

Autor: Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados de Cateura (Paraguay)
Vía YouTube | Publicado en Enero 10, 2013

Video recomendado por Javier Armas Cortez, colaborador de México para Replicación de Arttextum

 

Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados de Cateura (Paraguay).

Esta agrupación está conformada por jóvenes y niños de la comunidad de Cateura, Asunción, así como por algunos jóvenes de otras comunidades cercanas, interesados en vivir la experiencia de conformar esta Orquesta. La característica distintiva del grupo es la interpretación de obras musicales con instrumentos reciclados, fabricados a partir de Residuos Sólidos Domiciliarios, en el Taller de Luthería que posee el grupo en Cateura, donde gancheros, asesorados por Favio Chávez, técnico ambiental que trabaja en la zona desde el año 2005, han comenzado a utilizar restos de “basura” para elaborar instrumentos que emitieran sonidos musicales. Los instrumentos que ejecutan los miembros de esta orquesta imitan a violines, violas, cellos, contrabajos, guitarras, flautas, saxofones e instrumentos de percusión, pero construidos con basura. Entre su repertorio ejecutan Música clásica, música folklórica, música paraguaya, música latinoamericana, música de los Beatles, de Frank Sinatra, entre otros.

La combinación entre los residuos y la música ha surgido a partir de la experiencia de Favio Chávez, Técnico Ambiental y Músico, quién desde el 2006 al 2008 ha trabajado dentro del Proyecto Procicla,-BID, (Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo) en donde trabajo con las diversas asociaciones de gancheros en la segregación de residuos sólidos domiciliarios y comenzó a enseñar música en sus ratos libres a los hijos de estos. Dentro del mismo proyecto se constituye como el primer profesor de música de los niños y jóvenes hijos de gancheros del vertedero Cateura, de Asunción, quienes son ahora, los integrantes de la Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados.

A partir del año 2011 el grupo ha formado su propia organización y se encuentra abocado al proceso de conformar en Cateura, una Orquesta Sinfónica a partir de Residuos Sólidos Domiciliarios y desarrollar un sistema por el cual posibilitar a niños y jóvenes de comunidades de escasos recursos, el acceso a la educación musical.

En el transcurso del año 2012, el grupo se ha presentado en el mes de junio, en el Foro de Emprendedurismo Social en la nueva Economía, realizado en el marco de la Cumbre de Desarrollo Sustentable Río +20, en la Ciudad de Río de Janeiro, Brasil. En julio pasado, esta Orquesta ha realizado presentaciones en Ciudad de Panamá, en donde se ha destacado el concierto realizado en el Teatro de la Ciudad del Saber, organizado por la Embajada Paraguay en dicha ciudad. En el mes de Noviembre la Orquesta ha viajado a Bogotá, Colombia para participar del Festival Internacional “Bogotá Basura Cero”.

A comienzos de diciembre del 2012 la Orquesta de Reciclados de Cateura ha tenido una proyección mundial con el lanzamiento de en la web, del video que contiene el tráiler de un documental realizado sobre la historia de la Orquesta. Esta documental ha sido producida a partir de la iniciativa de una paraguaya residente en USA, Alejandra Amarilla.

El video ha sido difundido masivamente por las redes sociales y en Facebook.

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“Si aumentas la conciencia, los cambios en tu vida vienen solos”

Autora: Ima Sanchís
Vía La Vanguardia | Junio 11, 2016

Jon Kabat-Zinn, biólogo molecular, investigador y promotor de ‘mindfulness’ en Occidente

Tengo 72 años. Soy Catedrático de Medicina en la Universidad de Massachusetts. Llevo 47 años casado, 3 hijos y 3 nietos. Debemos aprender a vivir juntos con nuestras diferencias. La diversidad es una fuerza positiva. Me interesa la experiencia directa de la interconexión, pero no las creencias.

Mi madre, que vivía conmigo, murió a los 101 años. Los últimos 25 años con ella fueron una delicia.

¿Por qué?

Era pintora y a medida que envejecía experimentaba el mundo como Monet: veía formas de luz que la mayoría no observamos. Mi padre era un científico de renombre mundial, experto en el sistema inmunitario. La suya era una polaridad muy interesante.

Polaridad que usted ha integrado.

Cierto, descubrí la meditación zen a los 21 años y desde entonces he investigado de manera científica las capacidades del mindfulness (atención plena) para sanarnos. He demostrado la eficacia de una práctica espiritual milenaria y la he puesto a caminar en Occidente.

¿Por qué le dio por meditar?

En aquella época trabajaba en el Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts (MIT) con el premio Nobel Salvador Luria. Estábamos desarrollando la comprensión del genoma, todo era muy interesante, pero me sentía infeliz. En el MIT se desarrollaban armas para el ejército y estábamos bombardeando un país, Vietnam, que ni siquiera tenía fuerza aérea.

Momentos turbulentos.

Philip Kapleau, ex-periodista, explicó en la conferencia que tras cubrir los juicios de Nuremberg comenzó a tener terribles jaquecas que consiguió sanar retirado en un templo zen. Empecé a meditar una hora diaria para comprobar si eso era posible y nunca lo he dejado.

¿Cómo consiguió aplicarlo a la ciencia?

Tuve suerte, se abrieron puertas que me permitieron crear la Clínica para la Reducción del Estrés y el Centro de Atención Plena para la Medicina en la Universidad de Medicina de Massachusetts.

Sus colegas le debían de mirar raro.

Sí, pero obtuve resultados contundentes e inapelables. Desarrollé un programa (Rebap) para la reducción del estrés basado en la atención plena y en 1982 publiqué mi primer artículo científico sobre los beneficios en pacientes con dolor crónico y estrés. El año pasado se publicaron 674 artículos, es un crecimiento exponencial. Ha llegado el momento.

¿Qué propone usted?

La conciencia plena se ejercita prestando atención de manera activa en el momento presente y sin juzgar. Desarrollar la capacidad de abrazar la realidad de las cosas es curativo y transformador, cambia nuestro cerebro, tal como demuestran las investigaciones neurológicas.

Habla usted como un gurú.

Nuestro programa no tiene nada de alternativo, formamos parte de los departamentos de medicina y tenemos pruebas científicas. Los pacientes consiguen controlar el dolor crónico, la ansiedad, el pánico y paliar los efectos del cáncer o enfermedades del corazón, pero yo se lo recomiendo a cualquier persona.

Implica un cambio de vida.

Si aumentas la conciencia, los cambios en tu vida vienen solos. Requiere disciplina, pero lo más curioso es que no hay que hacer nada. Lo que propone la atención plena no es que uno cambie su vida, sino que se enamore de ella.

Sugestivo.

La atención plena te da otra manera de sostener tu experiencia desde la presencia, algo que no nos enseñan en la escuela. Te enseñan a pensar, pero a menudo el pensamiento no nos es útil a la hora de solucionar problemas vitales.

Colab.LV | Foto: Xavier Cervera
Colab.LV | Foto: Xavier Cervera

¿La atención plena lo consigue?

Hemos documentado los cambios experimentados por 20.000 pacientes que han seguido el programa de ocho semanas en nuestra clínica, y que en el mundo son millones de personas.

¿Meditar nos cambia el cerebro?

Regiones que tienen que ver con el aprendizaje y la memoria se ensanchan. La amígdala, la zona del cerebro que reacciona a las amenazas y secuestra la atención, se refuerza; se mejoran las conexiones neuronales e incluso se dan cambios en el genoma.

¿Se activan y desactivan genes?

Sí, por ejemplo los genes que tienen que ver con procesos inflamatorios y por tanto con el cáncer se inhiben. Y hemos comprobado que la densidad y el tamaño del cerebro, que se encoge con los años, deja de hacerlo si meditas.

¿Qué hay que entender?

Lo más difícil de entender es que no hay que hacer nada. No se trata de intentar cambiar, se trata de en lugar de vivir dormido, vivir despierto.

Siempre hay cosas en tu vida que no acaban de gustarte.

Ahí es donde la meditación funciona, porque el hecho de que te gusten o no depende sólo de tus pensamientos. La depresión está causada por una desregulación en el pensamiento, empiezas a rumiar y entras en una espiral negativa que acaba en trastorno.

¿El mindfulness lleva la atención a esos pensamientos negativos?

Si abrazas ese pensamiento, ya no continúa reproduciéndose. Sabemos que una mente distraída es una mente infeliz. Debemos acceder a la conciencia, un tipo de inteligencia innata de la que sabemos poco pero conocemos su poder.

Tenemos sólo algunas piezas del puzle.

Suficientes como para saber que la relación que mantenemos con nuestro cuerpo, nuestra mente, pensamientos y emociones, instante tras instante, nos aporta, si es la correcta, salud, bienestar y sabiduría. El cultivo de la atención plena es un acto radical de cordura, amor y compasión por uno mismo.

El reto del científico

Se levanta a las cuatro de la mañana desde hace más de 40 años para dedicar una hora a la meditación y otra a la práctica del yoga. Yo salto como una pulga: “¡Quiero vivir, ver a los amigos!” “Diversión –me contesta con una sonrisa– etimológicamente significa salirte de tu ruta, y si estás enfermo o tienes problemas, es mejor que los resuelvas. Y sabemos científicamente que con la práctica de la atención plena podemos restablecer nuestro equilibrio mental y corporal, estimular la curación y el bienestar. Pero tiene razón, es muy difícil cambiar de estilo de vida”. Un reto que explica paso a paso en su ya clásico Vivir con plenitud las crisis (Kairós), que ha revisado y ha puesto al día con los nuevos estudios científicos.

Imagen de portada: Manantiales de armonía

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50 Years Ago, This Was a Wasteland. He Changed Everything | Short Film Showcase

Author: National Geographic
Via YouTube | April 24, 2017

 

Almost 50 years ago, fried chicken tycoon David Bamberger used his fortune to purchase 5,500 acres of overgrazed land in the Texas Hill Country. Planting grasses to soak in rains and fill hillside aquifers, Bamberger devoted the rest of his life to restoring the degraded landscape. Today, the land has been restored to its original habitat and boasts enormous biodiversity. Bamberger’s model of land stewardship is now being replicated across the region and he is considered to be a visionary in land management and water conservation.

About Short Film Showcase:
The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic’s belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

In Selah: Water from Stone by Fin & Fur Films, see how former Church’s Chicken CEO David Bamberger transformed a desert wasteland into a wildlife oasis.

Directed by Ben Masters: http://benmasters.com/

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SONIDOS DE LA TIERRA / SOUNDS OF THE EARTH con Eva Julian

SONIDOS DE LA TIERRA / SOUNDS OF THE EARTH con Eva Julian

Autora: Alícia Ninou
Vía YouTube | Diciembre 27, 2014

Entrevista recomendada por Andrea López Tyrer, colaboradora de Chile/España para Replicación de Arttextum

Entrevista de Alicia Ninou a Eva Julián, música, compositora y sonidista especializada en Bioacústica y en la aplicación terapéutica de sonido natural. Desde 1985 investiga sobre la incidencia del sonido en los seres vivos, realizando grabaciones por variados lugares naturales del planeta, diseña y personaliza ambientes sonoros terapéuticos para hospitales, centros médicos especializados, para personas en procesos vitales y para colectivos con necesidades especificas.

Sonidoyvida es el resultado de más de 27 años de investigación en bioacústica y en la comprobación de las propiedades terapéuticas y sagradas que poseen los sonidos que emite la tierra y todos los seres de la naturaleza. Eva Julián ha observado que estos sonidos son capaces de mantener el equilibrio vital de los seres vivos y reconducirlos a un estado de conciencia en armonía con la tierra y con el cosmos.

Eva Julián
http://www.soundandlife.com

Un reportaje de Alicia Ninou
http://www.TimeForTruth.es

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9 juegos de relajación para criar niños emocionalmente fuertes

Autora: Raquel Aldana
Vía La mente es maravillosa | Enero 8, 2017

 

En una época en la que se usan las tablets para calmar a los niños, se hace más indispensable si cabe entrenar a nuestros pequeños en técnicas de relajación. Podemos hacerlo por medio de juegos para que, a la vez que desarrollan recursos para la vida, se diviertan.

Así, teniendo en cuenta que vivimos en una sociedad que fomenta la prisa, los estímulos rápidos y la gratificación inmediata, es de suma importancia que tengamos a mano recursos que favorezcan un mayor autocontrol.

Por eso, basándonos en esta premisa, en este artículo hemos recopilado algunos juegos que se constituyen como técnicas de relajación para los más pequeños de la familia. Veamos en qué consisten:

1.¡¡A soplar la vela!!

Este juego consiste en aprender a respirar de manera profunda, es decir, cogiendo aire por la nariz, inflando la barriga y expulsando poco a poco el aire mientras soplamos la vela con intención de apagarla. Una vez que están comprendidas las instrucciones, situamos al niño en una silla a dos metros de la vela, que se encontrará encendida encima de una mesa.

No puede levantarse ni inclinarse, por lo que es esperable que no consiga apagarla. Así que lo acercaremos medio metro aproximadamente. Realizaremos acercamientos progresivos hasta que la apague. De esta manera tendremos un rato de juego de unos 5 minutos en el que el niño adquirirá la habilidad de respirar profundamente.

2.El juego del globo

La técnica del globo es un juego maravilloso que nos ayuda a fomentar la relajación a través de una correcta respiración. ¿Qué necesitamos? Un espacio amplio y globos de colores. ¿Qué debemos hacer? Inflar un globo tanto que explote e inflar otro globo y dejar que expulse el aire lentamente manipulando la boquilla.

Después, les pediremos a los niños que cierren sus ojos y se imaginen que se convierten en globos mientras toman aire. Luego, les solicitaremos que expulsen el aire lentamente, como si fueran globos.

Tras hacer esto pediremos a los niños que nos cuenten situaciones en las que se sienten como globos, situaciones en las que no pueden soportar o tolerar algo. Entonces, les invitaremoss a que nos indiquen cómo lo han resuelto, ofreciendo alternativas si necesitasen ayuda para tomar conciencia de esas situaciones.

3.La relajación progresiva

Si bien podemos darles nosotros las instrucciones, en youtube tenemos un vídeo estupendo basado en el texto original de la relajación de Koeppen que narra las instrucciones de relajación con una fantástica música de fondo cortesía de Salvador Candel. No obstante, cabe decir que las instrucciones también podemos dárselas nosotros, ambientando la situación con música relajante que favorezca un entorno cálido y sosegado.

Como nota adicional, cabe decir que para favorecer que generalicen este tipo de relajación en contextos más “naturales” como el colegio, podemos decirles que si se ponen nerviosos en clase, agarren la silla mientras están sentados y tensen los brazos y el tronco al mismo tiempo que hacen fuerza con los pies en el suelo.

4.El juego de la semilla

Con música relajante de fondo y luz tenue, simbolizaremos el crecimiento de un árbol. Comenzaremos por ponernos de rodillas en el suelo con la cabeza agachada y los brazos extendidos hacia adelante, como si fuésemos gatitos desperezándose.

Somos una semilla que, al son de la música, va creciendo y convirtiéndose en un árbol grande con hermosas ramas, que serán nuestros brazos extendidos hacia arriba cuando estemos de pie. Este ejercicio es ideal para hacerlo con ellos por la noche, antes de acostarlos.

5.El cuento de la tortuga

El cuento de la tortuga, desarrollado por Schneider, es magnífico para fomentar habilidades de autocontrol. En el enlace se narra la historia de una pequeña tortuga que se enfadaba por todo y explotaba con gran facilidad.

Un día, tras sentirse sola y aislada, se encuentra con una sabia tortuga que le da un truquito para controlarse cuando se enfada: meterse en su caparazón, contar hasta calmarse, frenar sus pensamientos y relajarse.

Este cuento es ideal para narrarlo a niños entre los 3 y los 7 años. Para favorecer la puesta en práctica de esta habilidad podemos darles una pegatina o un papelito con una tortuga cada vez que realicen el ejercicio en una situación de tensión. Lo tenemos descargable y listo para imprimir en este enlace.

6.El frasco de la calma

Llamamos frasco de la calma a un bote en el que metemos agua, silicona líquida para dar densidad al contenido y, por ejemplo, purpurina. Podemos fabricarlo con ellos con una manualidad más y es ideal para que lo contemplen tanto en momentos de tensión como en momentos que podemos llamar “zen”.

Consiste en que lo agiten y observen el movimiento, después de ello les explicaremos que la purpurina es como sus emociones, que se agitan y agitan hasta que se tranquilizan. Es ideal para fomentar la reflexividad.

La sola observación de la purpurina moviéndose lentamente les ayudará a concentrarse y relajar su mente tras momentos de gran activación. Os dejamos un enlace en el que se explica cómo fabricarlo y cómo usarlo. ¡¡No olvidéis sellar el bote con pegamento extrafuerte para impedir que se abra y se desparrame el contenido!!

7.El juego del soplador de bola gigante

Otro recurso más para divertirse y aprender a respirar de manera profunda es el juego del soplador. Consiste en que mantengan durante el mayor tiempo posible la bola en el aire. Divertido, ¿verdad? Lo cierto es que este juego les encanta y es muy funcional para favorecer la relajación.

8.Arrugar papeles, aplastar bolas, garabatear

Garabatear, arrugar papeles o aplastar bolas blanditas tipo anti-estrés es otro juego maravilloso para ayudarles a canalizar sus emociones negativas. Además, al mismo tiempo favorecemos el desarrollo de la motricidad fina, ya que les ayudamos a fortalecer los músculos de sus pequeñas manos.

9.Pintar mandalas

Pintar mandalas no solo favorece la relajación y la reflexividad, sino la capacidad de concentración y la habilidad creativa. En librerías y en internet encontramos numerosas alternativas adecuadas para ellos que les encantarán.

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World’s First Braille Smartwatch Lets Blind People Feel Messages on Screen

Author:​ Rokas L
Via Bored Panda | March, 2017

 

There are over 285 million visually impaired people in the world, and some of these lives are about to get a lot better. South Korean developer Dot has produced the world’s first Braille smartwatch, and its features are just what you’d expect from a 21st century device.

The Dot displays information using 4 active dynamic Braille cells, and its users can select the speed at which the characters update. The Dot connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth (just like any other smartwatch) and can receive any text from any app or service (think Messenger, directions from Google Maps, etc.). Users can also send simple messages using its buttons on the side. The Dot also supports Open API, which means that anyone can develop or adapt apps for it.

Various digital devices for the blind have been around for some time now, but the vast majority of them use sound. This creates problems, because either a user has to plug in headphones and detach from surrounding sounds (that are vital to blind people), or make their information public. Also, existing digital Braille reading devices are mostly bulky and expensive – only about 5% of visually impaired people own one.

The Dot smartwatch has been in development for 3 years, and the company will finally start delivering its devices to some 140,000 backers (they also claim that Stevie Wonder is one of them). They plan to ship 100,000 watches in 2017, starting March, and the rest 40,000 next year. 1,000 units will be sold on retail in London for $320 too.

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Bomba Estéreo – Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

Author: Bomba Estéreo
Via KEXP | April 3, 2013 / Published on April 24, 2013

KEXP.ORG presents Bomba Estéreo performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded on April 3, 2013.

Songs:
Bailar Conmigo
Sintiendo
Pájaros
El Alma y el Cuerpo

Host: Cheryl Waters
Audio Engineer: Kevin Suggs
Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Scott Holpainen & Justin Wilmore
Editor: Jim Beckmann

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Rodrigo y Gabriela – Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

Author: Rodrigo y Gabriela
Via KEXP | May 11, 2014 / Published on Jun 4, 2014

KEXP.ORG presents Rodrigo y Gabriela performing live at The Triple Door. Recorded May 11, 2014.

Songlist:
The Soundmaker
Santo Domingo
Torito
Diablo Rojo
Fram
Orion
The Russian Messenger

Audio Engineer: Dan Marchan
Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Shelly Corbett, Jenna Pool & Justin Wilmore
Editor: Justin Wilmore

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The scientist who gave up his job to fold origami

Author: Faena Aleph
Via Faena | June 1, 2015

 

Dr. Robert J. Lang has revolutionized the wonderful world of origami to be able to make anything that enters his imagination.

Origami is pleasantly nostalgic. One remembers, perhaps, when one was a child and made their first bird that looked like a crane but had few features in common with the real bird. It could be described as one of the first meditative activities that we carried out voluntarily and full of expectation. The minute concentrations we put into each fold of paper blocked out anything else that happened around us. And that, for a child, is no small feat. But the obsession with the possibilities of a sheet of paper have gone far beyond a healthy and aesthetic educational entertainment; to begin with, they led one scientist to leave his job and dedicate himself full-time to folding paper and, in doing so, he revolutionized the world and the limits of origami.

That man is Dr. Robert J. Lang, an electronic engineer who, while he worked for a fiber optic company (JDS Uniphase) in the 1970s, invented the origami Jimmy Carter, Darth Vader, a monk and an inflatable rabbit, but whose real passion were insects (albeit in those days, together with crustaceans, they were impossible to create in origami as nobody had solved the problem as to how to fold paper into figures with robust bodies and thin limbs).

Dr. Lang’s obsession and talent were such that he began to investigate mathematical equations that would allow him to create figures beyond thirty folds, at the time the maximum number of folds that the Japanese art of origami had reached. By the end of the 1970s origami had changed so much thanks to Lang (insects were now possible as well as all kinds of complex figures) that he gave up his job to carry on experimenting with its possibilities.

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The Japanese could not believe that a Western man could be an origami expert, and those who knew him as a scientist were amazed to find out that their colleague was one of the world’s most famous origami artists. But Lang, who had received his first book of origami at the age of six, was so infatuated with the possibility of creating three-dimensional creatures, almost magically, that he could do nothing else but dedicate himself to that.

In Japan, the art of origami has been practiced as a recreation for at least 400 years under one beautiful and simple principle: the sheet of paper is the essence, no matter what it becomes, there is never more or less paper; the same paper remains. What Dr. Lang added to that world of figures, and always respecting the rule of not cutting the paper, were mathematical equations. More precisely, the elegance of mathematical equations. And thanks to that, naturalism found its most beautiful three-dimensional accompaniment.

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In 2003 Lang published the book Origami Design Secrets and now, as well as designing sets for films and commercials, Lang has various jobs as a scientific designer. He has designed medical instruments and space telescopes and he made it possible for a cellular antenna to fit inside a mobile telephone.

Lang believes there is still much to be done with origami. And while his main activity is refining his beloved insects, its scientific application knows no limits in practice. Origami is no longer just an art, but is also mathematics, geometry, physics, philosophy and religion, all folded into a beautiful figure.

Images: courtesy of Robert Lang and FunCheap

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