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Keep Walking

 

It seems that if you apply properly changing management you can see the sun on you street even if the sun is still behind the blocks. It is a big step forward.

Definitively is time to close the last rings that remained open and open new ones!

I Give you an advice: Keep Walking! without Johnny Walker 🙂

Our look may be changing, but our values remain constant.

It is more to discuss about this topic but also after a long debate, peoples values remains constant!Amin

 

The Road Not Taken


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

 

by Robert Frost

Generation x, y, add and baby-boomers…


This broad model for defining people appeared towards the end of the 20th century. References to it – normally for interest in a wider discussion – arise often in the western world among writers and social commentators, and also marketing people, notably in North America and the UK.

It’s a very loose theory, open to wide interpretation and debate, and is not a reliable scientific tool for demographics and profiling.

The model most commonly features three generational types: Baby Boomers, and the Generations X and Y (which are completely unrelated to McGregor’s X-Y Theory). Generational groups have been retrospectively suggested for pre-war times.

Increasingly commentators devise new groups and names, and we can expect the model to grow and become more complex as a result.

When considering the model, significantly, the teenage years and years of young adulthood are the biggest influence on people’s attitudes, not when they were born. Music and fashion are often regarded as reflecting and helping to form the character of the group.

generation name born (range, loosely) characterizing features typically described (loosely)
The Lost Generation 1880-1900 The term reflects the unthinkable loss of human life in the First World War- approaching 16 million killed and over 20 million wounded. This happened in just four and five months (1914-1918). We cannot imagine this today.
The Interbellum Generation 1900-1913 Interbellum means ‘between wars’, referring to the fact that these people were too young to fight in the First World War and too old to fight in the Second.
The Greatest Generation (The Veterans) 1914-1930 These people are revered for having grown up during the Great Depression and then fought or stood alongside those who fought in the Second World War (1939-45). As for other generations of the early 1900s, life was truly hard compared to later times.
The Silent Generation 1930-1945 Characterized as fatalistic, accepting, having modest career and family aspirations, focused on security and safety. These people experienced the 1930s Great Depression and/or the 2nd World War in early life, and post-war austerity in young adulthood. They parented and provided a foundation for the easier lives of the Baby Boomers.
Baby Boomers 1946-1960 Equality, freedom, civil rights, environmental concern, peace, optimism, challenge to authority, protest. Baby Boomers mostly lived safe from war and serious hardship; grew up mostly in families, and enjoyed economic prosperity more often than not. Teenage/young adulthood years 1960-1980 – fashion and music: fun, happy, cheery, sexy, colourful, lively.
Generation Jones 1953-1968 Acquisitive, ambitious, achievement-oriented, cynical, materialistic (a reference to the expression ‘keeping up with the Joneses’). Generation Jones is predominantly a US concept, overlapping and representing a sub-group within the Baby Boomer and Gen-X generations.
Generation X (Gen-X) 1960-1980 Apathy, anarchy, reactionism, detachment, technophile, resentful, nomadic, struggling. Teenage/young adulthood years 1973-2000 – fashion and music: anarchic, bold, anti-establishment.
MTV Generation 1974-1983 MTV Generation is a lesser-used term for a group overlapping X and Y. Like Generation Jones is to Baby Boomers and Gen-X, so MTV Generation is a bridge between Gen-X and Y.
Generation Y
(Gen-Y or Millennials)
1980-2000 and beyond (?) Views vary as to when this range ends, basically because no-one knows. Generational categories tend to become established some years after the birth range has ended. Teenage/young adulthood years 1990s and the noughties – fashion and music: mainstream rather than niche, swarmingly popular effects, fuelled by social networking and referral technology. Also called Echo Boomers because this generation is of similar size to the Baby Boomers.
Generation Z (Gen-Z or perhaps Generation ADD) after Gen-Y Too soon to say much about this group. A name has yet to become established, let alone characterizing features. Generation Z is a logical name in the X-Y-sequence. Generation ADD is less likely to establish itself as a name for this cohort – it refers ironically to Attention Deficit Disorder and the supposed inability of young people in the late noughties (say 2005-2009) to be able to concentrate for longer than a few seconds on anything. Gen-Z is difficult to differentiate from Gen-Y, mainly because (as at 2009) it’s a little too soon to be seeing how people born after Gen-Y are actually behaving, unless the end of the Gen-Y range is deemed to be a few years earlier than the year 2000. Time will tell.

The model is here mainly for interest and basic explanation, not to suggest it be applied seriously.

The framework is very loose, not scientific at all, and has no single point of origin or founding theorist, although claims of origination are made for some of the generation names within the model.

The theory attempts to categorise different generations of people into obvious different demographic groups or ‘cohorts’ according to the period in which they were born, referring typically also to lifestyles and attitudes.

The notion of characterizing an entire generation, tens of millions of people, in such a sweeping way is of course daft, nevertheless there are fundamental correlations between society and the culture, on which premise the model is essentially based.

It is tempting to over-estimate the significance of when people were born and the societal influences of their formative years, and to under-estimate the life-stage changes which all people, regardless of when they were born, inevitably pass through.

Arguably Life-Stage theory is much more meaningful and useful than attempting to ascribe character on the basis of when a person was born. See Erikson’s Life-Stage Theory – it is refreshingly sensible compared to the vagueness of the generational model above.

Erikson’s theory also provides excellent guidance for anyone seeking to analyse the effects of social conditions and experiences on people’s lives, which would be relevant if attempting to substantiate or develop the reliability of the generational model above.

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Self-defeating mechanisms

 

I enjoy your company most when I am by myself.

All simplifying assumptions are too complicated.

If you remember something too long, you might as well forget it.

Anyone who goes to a psychoanalyst should have his head examined — Samuel Goldwyn.

If I don’t see you again, auf wiedersehen!

I absolutely refuse to be assertive.

None of my close friends has a close acquaintance.

I am not contradicting you.

I won’t hesitate for a moment to avoid answering.

I will now predict an unanticipated result.

Ignore this sign.

You may steal this from me.

Henceforth, you will keep your communications to yourself.

Disregard any further announcements; disregard any further announcements.

Never say “never.”

Whether you mean it or not, be sincere!

If you want to think independently, you must imitate me.

Superstition brings bad luck.

Like everybody else, I’m different.

Statistics show that statistics can’t be trusted.

I saw him do it when no one was looking.

I used to be conceited, but now I’m perfect.

Words are incapable of describing what I am about to tell you.

No one goes there anymore; it’s too crowded. (Not ascribed by Gorn to Yogi Berra.)

Every once in a while it never stops raining.

We Scorpios don’t believe in astrology.

If your father was sterile, the same is probably true of you.

To distinguish the real from the unreal one must experience both.

We need to learn how determinism forces us to act in a certain way, in order to be able to act the way we want to.

Yoga is not only about stretching the body, it is about flexibility of your mind.

the wireless mind, mintea dincolo de simturi – de la Swami Muktidharma

 

Separarea


Intrucat, asa cum spunea Swami, exista un motiv important pentru care avem un corp fizic. Acela de a avea posibilitatea sa lucram asupra materiei, a naturii noastre umane, de a purifica mintea de poluanti, “virusi”, impresii stocate profund in inconstient de generatii intregi.

Nu poti avea experiente spirituale fara o minte antrenata, separata de aceste impresii ascunse.

Primul proces pe care ai nevoie sa-l infaptuiesti este acela de a te separa de ceea ce nu te lasa sa fii o fiinta umana pe deplin. Nu poti cauta sa-l cunosti pe Dumnezeu cu o minte ce nu e libera.

Dupa ce iti stapanesti natura umana, natura spirituala vine singura catre tine. Nu o cauta – intrucat munca ta e sa lucrezi cu emotiile negative, cu lacomia, ura, violenta, posesivitatea, ego-ul.

Abia dupa ce ai infaptuit aceasta munca, ce iti sta in puteri, lumea spirituala se deschide, de la sine. Yoga este o disciplina a acestui proces de separare. Abia dupa aceea poate avea loc procesul de uniune cu Sursa din care venim cu totii. Iar aceasta uniune nu are nevoie de nicio tehnica sau traditie spirituala – ea se produce de la sine in cel care este pregatit.

 

Conectarea

Mintea e cu noi intotdeauna si peste tot. Experienta vietii noastre este de fapt experienta mintii noastre. Iar noi nu stim sa traim in armonie cu ea – ceea ce creaza in viata noastra boli, nefericire, suferinta.

Traim cu o “low frequency mind” – minte ce functioneaza pe frecventa scazuta, fiind epuizata energetic de concentrarea atentiei noastre pe problemele vietii de zi cu zi. Dar pentru a experimenta profunzimea fiintei noastre avem nevoie sa crestem frecventa energie mentale. Avem nevoie de “wireless mind”.

Noi percepem lumea in creier, prin simturi. Este o lume a materiei, inselatoare, intrucat “lumea reala” se afla dincolo de ele. Iar pentru a o accesa, e necesar sa invatam sa ne conectam la realitate in mod direct, “wireless”, fara ajutorul simturilor. Pentru a patrunde “dincolo”, in spatiul vast al inconstientului personal si colectiv si pentru a ramane constienti, avem nevoie sa reinvatam cum sa ne relaxam.

O relaxare atat de profunda incat sa pierdem “constiinta corporala” data de simturi si sa incepem sa percepem realitatea altfel. Noi facem acest lucru in fiecare noapte, dar fara a ne pastra constienta. Cum facem asta ziua, insa?

 

Poarta

Poarta dintre cele doua lumi in care traim simultan – cea materiala si cea energetica, spirituala – o reprezinta propria respiratie.

O minte linistita, “meditativa” are ca aliat o respiratie calma, inceata, armonioasa. Cand ne observam respiratia percepem ceva dincolo de ea: prana, energia.

Ea este de fapt cea mai importanta hrana care ne sustine viata. Cand inspiram incet si profund dam ocazia corpului sa primeasca un influx mai mare de energie.

Prana, energia cosmica se combina cu rezerva ta de prana, o improspateaza, o dinamizeaza, sprijina procesele celulare – iar acesta e motivul pentru care respiratia corecta are o insemnatate covarsitoare. Cand dormim, ritmul respiratiei incetineste si mintea constienta este “blocata”, avand acces catre inconstient.

Cand intram intr-o relaxare si meditatie profunda are loc acelasi fenomen. Cu o postura corecta, fara tensiuni, ritmul respiratiei incetineste, pierdem treptat perceptia corpului si putem patrunde in inconstient – de data aceasta, fara a adormi, ca noaptea, ci pastrandu-ne constiinta.

Acesta este modul in care putem explora realitatea descoperind esenta ei, ceea ce este neschimbator, permanent. Astfel, ramanem mereu in centru si, asa cum spunea Swami, putem pastra aceeasi atitudine in fara oricarei experiente a vietii – ceea ce reprezinta modul corect de a trai.

Moon Phases

Moon Phases Simplified

It’s probably easiest to understand the moon cycle in this order: new moon and full moon, first quarter and third quarter, and the phases in between.

As shown in the above diagram, the new moon occurs when the moon is positioned between the earth and sun. The three objects are in approximate alignment (why “approximate” is explained below). The entire illuminated portion of the moon is on the back side of the moon, the half that we cannot see.

At a full moon, the earth, moon, and sun are in approximate alignment, just as the new moon, but the moon is on the opposite side of the earth, so the entire sunlit part of the moon is facing us. The shadowed portion is entirely hidden from view.

The first quarter and third quarter moons (both often called a “half moon”), happen when the moon is at a 90 degree angle with respect to the earth and sun. So we are seeing exactly half of the moon illuminated and half in shadow.

Once you understand those four key moon phases, the phases between should be fairly easy to visualize, as the illuminated portion gradually transitions between them.

An easy way to remember and understand those “between” lunar phase names is by breaking out and defining 4 words: crescent, gibbous, waxing, and waning. The word crescent refers to the phases where the moon is less that half illuminated. The word gibbous refers to phases where the moon is more than half illuminated. Waxing essentially means “growing” or expanding in illumination, and waning means “shrinking” or decreasing in illumination.

Thus you can simply combine the two words to create the phase name, as follows:

After the new moon, the sunlit portion is increasing, but less than half, so it is waxing crescent. After the first quarter, the sunlit portion is still increasing, but now it is more than half, so it is waxing gibbous. After the full moon (maximum illumination), the light continually decreases. So the waning gibbous phase occurs next. Following the third quarter is the waning crescent, which wanes until the light is completely gone — a new moon.

Some explains about relation between lunar phases and human relation:

When the moon is full, people, both male and female, will experience a slight change in their mood and behavior. They will suffer more from stress and become more emotionally unstable. Persons will be more sensitive to details and the slightest change could affect their emotional stableness. Work overload will cause an influx of intense stress. Persons will want alone time to deal with their own frustrations. They will lack the attention span to deal with others and will have a lack of assertiveness.
When a new moon occurs, people, male and female, will experience a sense of calmness. Their emotions will stabilize and their willingness to accept difficulties will reach its peak. The persons will be more energetic and open-minded. Optimism will also result from this moon phase. They will become more susceptible to change. Along with this sense of emotional tranquility, the individuals will get more work done. The quantity of work, no matter the amount, will not effect their emotions as significantly, as compared to when the moon is full. In addition to looking at different moods in relation to the phase of the moon, we will also be looking for variations between the genders.
Women and men have obvious differences. Stereotypically, women display their emotions more frequently than men do. Our prediction is that the moon will have a greater affect on the change in behavior of women than men. The men will not show this change in behavior as strongly as women will. We are also taking into consideration women’s moods in relation to the menstrual cycle; we realize that this time could alter our results. In our survey (see below) we will ask this question and see if it affects our outcome.

 


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