Massage Your Mind!: A Spontaneous Woo to You!

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

As I was driving to a friend’s house recently, I passedrepparttar Dublin Pub, a local watering hole known for its live music. Onrepparttar 109409 reader board, one band’s name caught my eye: Spontaneous Woo.

Hmmm, I thought. What a great concept. There is nothing quite like letting out a joyous, spontaneous “WOO!” when things are going our way. We might personalize our woo, making it come out as “YESSSS!” or “Sweeeeeet” or even “Woo-HOO!” No matter what elicits this response, we know it means something good has happened.

What is good? How do we define it?

Good is a moving target, but one thing we may be able to agree upon is that it IS a target. Aristotle usedrepparttar 109410 Greek word telos meaning “end or completion” and used teleology to refer torepparttar 109411 study ofrepparttar 109412 purpose of things. He believed that everything—not just people—has a purpose, or target. Nothing is random. The whole world is made up of these interrelated purposes.

“The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to purpose.” --Montaigne

According to Aristotle, we were born to think. We’re supposed to use our brains to contemplate and to appreciaterepparttar 109413 complexity ofrepparttar 109414 universe. Our purpose is to think in order to live a good life.

Ah…back to good. We use this word to describe everything from a haircut to a mathematical theory. Essentially, something is good if it satisfies a certain expectation we have of it—it hitsrepparttar 109415 target. A “good cup of coffee” could be strong, weak, bitter, sweet, milky, black, or free, depending on what you value and what you want from your cuppa. But are there certain qualities that make a life good?

“Goodness is easier to recognize than to define.” --W.H. Auden

We know good when we see it, just like we know when something is woo-worthy. If, as Aristotle says, our purpose is to live a good life and be happy, why isn’t there some simple formula we can apply to everyone? What’srepparttar 109416 minimum woo-quotient of a good life? How do we know if we have enough to be happy? We all know plenty of people who never seem to have enough of anything.

Aristotle believed that we need to use courage, honesty and moderation in pursuing pleasure. For him, moral goodness and enjoyment in life wererepparttar 109417 same thing. It’s okay to pursue anything you want, but don’t go overboard. This concept of moderation became known asrepparttar 109418 golden mean.

Not surprisingly, this became a popular idea, especially amongrepparttar 109419 rich. It was just what they wanted to hear! We must remember thatrepparttar 109420 majority of Aristotle’s students were wealthy—who else hadrepparttar 109421 time to study philosophy all day long? Aristotle’s emphasis on moderation got lost in allrepparttar 109422 excitement about pursuing whatever you like.

Hmmm. Sounds a lot like modern life, doesn’t it? What kind of life would Aristotle suggest we live inrepparttar 109423 midst of allrepparttar 109424 stuff ofrepparttar 109425 21st century? What does moderation mean now?

First, let’s start onrepparttar 109426 far end ofrepparttar 109427 stuff spectrum. Let’s talk about television. Instead of thinking about what is enough, let’s take a look at what is excessive. We can probably agree that having five big screen TVs with 150 channels is a bit much. What if we are fabulously wealthy? What limits our consumption when we can afford anything?

Wealthy people are not necessarily more or less moral than anyone else. However, they are tested more thanrepparttar 109428 rest of us because they haverepparttar 109429 ability to live an excessive lifestyle. This is where we get confused between A GOOD LIFE and THE GOOD LIFE. One little word of difference but wow, what a shift in thinking.

Story telling as a tool for trainers

Written by Ram Lingam

Story telling as a tool for trainers - Imagery at its best Once upon a time…………."Yeah right, don't tell us a story, we are not kids".

"If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive." - Barry Lopez

Story telling is an art and like many arts it can be learnt. As adults, we think stories are for kids. Despite beingrepparttar so-called matured-sophisticated adult, we ourselves get sucked into soap operas, become fans of Peter Jackson andrepparttar 109408 likes, who have basically used audio-visual media to tell stories. As a matter of fact, some ofrepparttar 109409 stories we watch onrepparttar 109410 screens are purely fictional. And yes, we pay for it only to makerepparttar 109411 storyteller richer forever for a momentary entertainment.

Story telling as an excellent resource for trainers Story telling can be an excellent way of starting a workshop or can be used as a summary towardsrepparttar 109412 end as a review. Personally as a participant in many sessions, I have foundrepparttar 109413 stories used atrepparttar 109414 end ofrepparttar 109415 session made a deep impact. In fact, as a participant. I still remember my colleagues Customer service training some 3 years ago, where he ended his session withrepparttar 109416 story* ofrepparttar 109417 man who maderepparttar 109418 difference by savingrepparttar 109419 star fish onrepparttar 109420 beach. He finished it with a punch line 'Let's makerepparttar 109421 difference'. Well I still remember it. I have also observed that many NLP master trainers use stories as useful resource to make a point.

Story when properly narrated can enhance learning and it can be narrated in many ways that suit all learning styles. Story telling need not be a mere auditory presentation; it can be narrated in many ways using various educational media like:

"PowerPoint presentation with animation and sound"Story telling with some dramatization "Puppet show"Flash shows "Cartoons on flipcharts"OHP slides with visuals "Role-plays / skids" "Stories can also be chunked as Case studies (Case studies are effectively used as a teaching method in many management schools likerepparttar 109422 Harvard Business school)

Stories as Case studies Stories can also be used as an excellent case study to achieve learning outcomes. The following is a simple story presented as a case study to participants. This story, like many, has a moral.

Situation: One day a sculptor came to The King's court with three idols. The idols were perfectly identical in appearance but there was something different in their internal make-up.

Challenge: The sculptor presentedrepparttar 109423 idols torepparttar 109424 Emperor and said, "Grand Sire, these idols look alike, but only one of them is worth looking and to be treasured. Please allow me to challenge thy wise men ofrepparttar 109425 court to pickrepparttar 109426 best idol and tell merepparttar 109427 reason for his choice."

Analysis: Inrepparttar 109428 King's court there was this wise Wizard. He was summoned to take onrepparttar 109429 task. One by one,repparttar 109430 Wizard got hold ofrepparttar 109431 idols and observed them very closely. He noticed that there were minute holes inrepparttar 109432 ears and mouths ofrepparttar 109433 idols.

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