Kale For Your Mind, March edition: What's making my life better now
Once a month, I offer an annotated list of articles, videos, and other inspiration that recently changed my life for the better. Here’s to spreading the love and curating the wealth of free knowledge on the internet.
To Watch: Kelly McGonigal on How to Make Stress Your Friend
During my compassion cultivation teacher training, I had the great fortune to learn about the science of compassion from Kelly. She was thoughtful, thorough, and impeccably research-based without being rigid.
Excerpt from talk: “But what if you viewed [physical signs of stress] instead as signs that your body was energized, was preparing you to meet this challenge? Now that is exactly what participants were told in a study conducted at Harvard University. Before they went through the social stress test, they were taught to rethink their stress response as helpful. That pounding heart is preparing you for action. If you're breathing faster, it's no problem. It's getting more oxygen to your brain. And participants who learned to view the stress response as helpful for their performance, well, they were less stressed out, less anxious, more confident, but the most fascinating finding to me was how their physical stress response changed. ..hopefully the next time your heart is pounding from stress, you're going to remember this talk and you're going to think to yourself, this is my body helping me rise to this challenge. “
I just restarted Twitter and am following a bunch of information highways I don’t usually get exposure to. MIT Tech Review has been a gem.
Excerpt: “…last year Caslav Brukner, at the University of Vienna in Austria, came up with a way to re-create the Wigner’s Friend experiment in the lab by means of techniques involving the entanglement of many particles at the same time…They use these six entangled photons to create two alternate realities—one representing Wigner and one representing Wigner’s friend…The experiment produces an unambiguous result. It turns out that both realities can coexist even though they produce irreconcilable outcomes, just as Wigner predicted.”
This amazing video of a father running onto the racetrack to rescue his son from a burning car.
What are you loving right now? What’s blowing your mind? Please share the love and add your own kale for the mind in the comments.