Monday, August 12, 2013

5 Questions To Ask Before Commenting Online

The Internet is great. It is the most expansive and pervasive meeting space ever created; a place where minds from across generational and geographic lines can communicate and share ideas.  It has the potential to bring us together in ways that allow us to think deeply and work together more creatively.  Or it can basically be like a high tech bathroom stall.  

Have you ever regretted something you said online?  If you are like most of us the answer is yes.  While the internet is a powerful tool to bring people together it can also tear us apart. Much of the disconnect between connection and outhouse humor centers on how we react and comment on the content we discover online.  What we write in the comment line has the power to move discussion forward or halt it in its tracks.  For the sake of your sanity and our evolution as a species here are five filter questions to consider before you post something online.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

6 ways mindfulness can make you more productive and happy

For many people mindfulness conjures up images of monks chanting or drops of water on a still pond. Something great for the mystic but not for those of us with lives and jobs. However mindfulness, when you boil it down, is simply awareness.  Awareness of your body, emotions and what is going on around you.  It really isn’t more complicated or mystical than that.  Achieving awareness however can be very difficult. In an age where each of us has in our pocket a device specifically designed to take us somewhere else; being present has become a rare and lost art. We are not just driving while distracted, we are living while distracted. This lack of mindfulness can affect not just our work but our health, relationships and emotional state.  So how does a person become more mindful?