Archive for January, 2007

What Does It Mean to Be Conscious?

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

The awake person is not at odds with the world. He is a part of it, but not attached to the outcome. Like Jesus, he is “in the world but not of it.” He watches as it all goes by, but he is also a participant. He knows most people are caught in the world but unaware of being caught, so he is compassionate, and does what he can to help others with their suffering. To him, the world is a play, and life is like playing a part in that play. He knows it’s just a role, but he plays it to the hilt, and enjoys every moment. But he also realizes that the script is just a script, and from the highest perspective it doesn’t matter what part has been written for him. He exerts a certain amount of control over his part, but ultimately has only limited influence over what is, because his effort is just one of an infinite number of other efforts, all with their own ends in mind.

Lower Your Stress By Decreasing The Mess

Monday, January 29th, 2007

For many, a new year ushers in opportunities for fresh starts. For those hampered by last year’s (or the last decade’s) household clutter, decreasing the mess also can reduce stress, according to organizational expert Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, a health psychologist at the University of New Hampshire.

“There is a connection between mess and stress. Life is substantially more stressful when chaos reigns. You end up taking longer to do the same amount of work,” Kendall-Tackett says. “When your home is well ordered, people and things get to where they need to be, tasks get done, and family life is cherished. Organization allows you to have a life.”

84% of Employees Are Still Searching For Their Dream Job

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

CareerBuilder.com announced the results of a national consumer employment survey conducted by Harris Interactive that reveals nearly four out of five U.S. workers (84 percent) are not currently in their dream job. More than 6,000 respondents were polled, weighing in with their thoughts and insights regarding top dream job choices for different professions and regions.

Fun Outweighs Money as Most Important Attribute in Dream Job

“Eighty-four percent of U.S. workers reported they are not currently in their dream jobs,” said Richard Castellini, Vice President, Consumer Marketing at CareerBuilder.com. “What defines a dream job is surprisingly reminiscent of childhood wishes for many workers.

Why Do Most Scientists Reject The Idea of a Supreme Intelligence?

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Much of the hostility of science toward God is a reaction against religious dogmatism and outright persecution of rational thinkers in centuries past, such as Galileo and Giordano Bruno.

But there is also a sense in science that understanding of the ways the world and the Universe work has been one of steady progress, systematically replacing mythology with genuine knowledge. It becomes tempting to extrapolate these successes to an ultimate understanding of everything using the tools and methods of science. Next time you read a science-oriented book for the general public, note how frequently “triumph” or “triumphantly” is used to describe a discovery.