Massage Your Mind!: A Spontaneous Woo to You!

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

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Most of us haverepparttar good fortune(?) of not being tempted to live without limits. We simply can’t afford it. Still, there are many steps alongrepparttar 109409 way to excess, and we are constantly presented with choices. What is reasonable? Is it not having a television? Perhaps having one, but not two? One big one and one small one? Or maybe having a TV, but no cable? How about just basic cable? Why should you deny yourself when it seems that everyone else around you is watching “The Sopranos” on HBO? Aristotle never had a television, so how are we supposed to use his philosophy to guide us inrepparttar 109410 real world?

Ethical living enables us to become stronger individuals and to produce stronger families and stronger communities. Morality helps us createrepparttar 109411 best life possible by being selective about what we honor. Morality facilitates GENUINE HAPPINESS and fulfillment. Aristotle agreed with his teacher Plato and Plato’s teacher Socrates when he said that genuine happiness results from living an excellent—and virtuous—life.

“Be less concerned with what you have than with what you are, so that you may make yourselves as excellent and as rational as possible.” --Socrates

We need to develop our own philosophy, our own understanding ofrepparttar 109412 morality that will help us become our most excellent selves. Inrepparttar 109413 example of consumption, we must consider how each step uprepparttar 109414 TV scale affects our perception of living a good life.

What do we use as our moral compass? Perhaps it’s our passion forrepparttar 109415 planet and not wanting to use more than we need. Maybe it’s our desire to live without too much commercial influence. Maybe it’s our budget, orrepparttar 109416 size of our living room, orrepparttar 109417 fact that we are never home to watch television. Ultimately, it comes down to this: how does what we have affect our perception of who we are?

You might think that philosophy won’t be much help in defining this for yourself. Well, here’s a philosophical concept that you might want to consider. Immanuel Kant proposed what is calledrepparttar 109418 categorical imperative, which basically says that we should actrepparttar 109419 way we would want everyone inrepparttar 109420 universe to act if they were faced withrepparttar 109421 same set of circumstances.

According to his deontological theory, good happens because we are acting onrepparttar 109422 basis of our sense of duty. He took things a little too far, however, by saying that if we derive pleasure or benefit from an action, it doesn’t count as a purely moral act.

Well, that takesrepparttar 109423 fun out of being a do-gooder, now, doesn’t it? It hardly seems fair to say that you may choose to go without TV because you don’t want to consume more than you need, but if it makes you feel sort of proud of yourself it’s no longer moral!

Still, this idea is worth considering. The next time you are faced with any sort of ethical dilemma, think about Kant. Forget “What would Jesus do?” and try this: “What should everyone do?” And all you wanted was to sneak that last piece of chocolate cake….

You can do this. We're all capable of rising torepparttar 109424 challenge and becoming more excellent humans. It's why we have these big, beautiful brains!

Recognize what is good, embrace it and celebrate it.

A spontaneous woo to you!

Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse. Her course, "Massage Your Mind!: Defining Your Life Philosophy", has inspired thinkers in over 60 countries around the world. Sign up for her free weekly e-zine, the Friday Mind Massage, at Thanks for thinking!

Story telling as a tool for trainers

Written by Ram Lingam

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Findings: The Wizard asked for a long and thin wire. "He tookrepparttar first idol and insertedrepparttar 109408 copper wire into its ear. The copper wire came out ofrepparttar 109409 idol's mouth. "He picked uprepparttar 109410 second idol and insertedrepparttar 109411 copper wire into its ear. The copper wire came out ofrepparttar 109412 other ear. "Finally, The Wizard tookrepparttar 109413 third idol in his hands. He insertedrepparttar 109414 copper wire into its ear. The copper wire went right intorepparttar 109415 stomach ofrepparttar 109416 idol. Inference: Pointing torepparttar 109417 third idol,repparttar 109418 Wizard said torepparttar 109419 sculptor, "This isrepparttar 109420 best ofrepparttar 109421 three idols."

Reason: The sculptor said, "Please give a reason for your choice?"

The case study ends here. You can pause here and ask whyrepparttar 109422 Wizard choserepparttar 109423 third idol.

Rationale: The Wizard then gave his explanation, "Let us assume that each idol signifies a minister of a king and thatrepparttar 109424 copper wire symbolizes a secret ofrepparttar 109425 kingdom. Inrepparttar 109426 case ofrepparttar 109427 first idol,repparttar 109428 copper wire inserted intorepparttar 109429 ear came out ofrepparttar 109430 mouth. Such a minister will hear a secret and divulge."

"The copper wire inserted intorepparttar 109431 ear ofrepparttar 109432 second idol, came out ofrepparttar 109433 other ear. Such a minister does not pay attention to any important or secret matter. Whatever he hears with one ear goes out ofrepparttar 109434 other ear. He is not a good minister."

"Lastly inrepparttar 109435 case ofrepparttar 109436 third idol,repparttar 109437 copper wire inserted intorepparttar 109438 ear, went right intorepparttar 109439 stomach. This is a minister who hears a secret but never reveals it to anyone. He can keep a secret. He isrepparttar 109440 ideal minister and therefore this idol isrepparttar 109441 best ofrepparttar 109442 three.

The sculptor was truly amazed and impressed with The Wizard's explanation.

Debrief moral: "When what is heard is internalised, real listening happens. "True learning happens when it is internalised.

By Ram Lingam.

This article is based onrepparttar 109443 author's many experiences as a learner and trainer.

* "While walking along a beach, a man saw someone inrepparttar 109444 distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it inrepparttar 109445 ocean. As he came closer, he saw thousands of starfishrepparttar 109446 tide had thrown ontorepparttar 109447 beach. Unable to return torepparttar 109448 water,repparttar 109449 starfish were dying. He observed this man picking uprepparttar 109450 starfish, one by one, and throwing them back inrepparttar 109451 water.

Now, after watching this seemingly futile effort,repparttar 109452 observer said, 'There are thousands of starfish on this beach. It would be impossible for you to get to all of them. There are too many of them. You can't possibly save enough to make a difference.' The young man smiled as he continued to pick up another starfish and threw it back intorepparttar 109453 ocean. 'It made a difference to that starfish,' he replied." - Author unknown.

Ram Lingam is an Auckland based corporate trainer and freelance writer who focuses on corporate training - its planning, design, delivery & assessment. He also advises on publishing and document design for small businesses. You can freely reprint his weekly articles in your website, ezine, or ebook.

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