“Leadership is intentional influence.”
– Michael McKinney
“Leadership is intentional influence.”
– Michael McKinney
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ~ Aristotle
The mind moves in the direction of our currently dominating thought. ~ Earl Nightingale
We are an ecology, a collective; 90% of our cells are micro-biome, or various forms of bacteria. We are only 10% human. One of the most significant aspects of this is that our “health” is a sum not only of our DNA and genes, but very dependent on the genes of the bacteria that live in us also.
So these figures above are interesting alongside water, where the average human is between 45% (obese) and 75% (babies, healthy) water. Two thirds of our water is intracellular, and 1/3 is in our organs and blood cells, and 1/4 to 1/3 of the cells in our blood have been created by the microbes.
Have you ever thought of this in light of buying locally produced fruit and bacteria cultured items like yogurt, yeasted bread, and ultimately any plant or animal we consume is comprised too of its environment, and in some cases the microbes of the people involved.
Mind Brain Genome Microbiome – one of the most enlightening 18 minutes with two people talking I’ve experienced lately. Deepak Chopra interviews Dr. Larry Smarr who is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology at (CALIT2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership. They discuss everything from the origins of life, life in the universe, consciousness, mind brain genome, environment and the science of epigenetics.
Dr Larry Smarr believes that the four pillars of Health are:
– Stress reduction
As pointed out in this video, cortisol in your system is induced by stress and affects the environmentals of our body and that in turn affects our neurotransmitters and ultimately our mood.
The mind brain genome and related topics are active at present and there are good videos also from these other sources:
With art being pushed from every angle, it is a wonder that this sand art has not happened earlier, as it is low tech apart from speeding up the process by filming. An amazingly simple communication method.
The story of Ukraine that made her famous, told through sand by Kseniya Simonova, depicting her country’s story of life, hope, war, loss, and perseverance. With the 1945 date inscription at the end, a story about all those who lost their lives during the invasions and a glimpse into the war torn lives of everyday people in Ukraine. Very timely.
Another dramatisation put to sand
Interview with English subtitles…
A file she was contracted to do for Morocco…
Have we expressed ourselves in every way we can yet as humans? Are there other profound ways we can express ourselves and tell a story?
There has been much research into the fact that genes are turned off and on throughout our life, some that can only be turned on through a stage of development and some that can go on and off throughout life.
This article explores the genes that can be turned on with more sleep.
How much can an extra hour’s sleep change you? BBC.co.uk – You can follow the Magazine on Twitter and on Facebook
Trust Me I'm a Doctor is broadcast on 10 October on BBC Two at 20:00 BST, or catch up with iPlayer
The average Briton gets six-and-a-half hours’ sleep a night, according to the Sleep Council. Michael Mosley took part in an unusual experiment to see if this is enough. ”
It has been known for some time that the amount of sleep people get has, on average, declined over the years.
This has happened for a whole range of reasons, not least because we live in a culture where people are encouraged to think of sleep as a luxury – something you can easily cut back on. After all, that’s what caffeine is for – to jolt you back into life. But while the average amount of sleep we are getting has fallen, rates of obesity and diabetes have soared. Could the two be connected? Dr Simon Archer and his team at Surrey University were particularly interested in looking at the genes that were switched on or off in our volunteers by changes in the amount that we had made them sleep.
“We found that overall there were around 500 genes that were affected,” Archer explained. “Some which were going up, and some which were going down.”
What they discovered is that when the volunteers cut back from seven-and-a-half to six-and-a-half hours’ sleep a night, genes that are associated with processes like inflammation, immune response and response to stress became more active. The team also saw increases in the activity of genes associated with diabetes and risk of cancer. The reverse happened when the volunteers added an hour of sleep.
So the clear message from this experiment was that if you are getting less than seven hours’ sleep a night and can alter your sleep habits, even just a little bit, it could make you healthier. “Have a lie-in, it will do you good” – that’s the kind of health message that doesn’t come along very often.
Read the full article… How much can an extra hour’s sleep change you? from BBC’s News Magazine.
“There are networks of neurons that serve as information processors. They’re like little computers arranged in a spider web-like network called a parallel distributed processor. Unlike the linear computers we have, these parallel processors can actually learn and think.
We have this spider web-like set of connections in our skull, which we usually refer to as the brain. But we also have neural net processors around the heart and intestines that process information in very complex ways.
These information processors of the internal organs of the body, called viscera, are not rational or logical. But it is processing information and sending signals up from the body itself, to the spinal cord in a layer called Lamina I.
Lamina I carries the information from the intestines, heart, muscles and bones upward from the spinal cord. As it comes up, part of it goes to the deepest part of the brain called the brainstem, which influences our heart rate and respiration.
Also a twig of it will go over to an area called the hypothalamus, where it will govern what to do with our endocrine system, and influence your hormonal environment.
Another branch goes to an area called the prefrontal cortex. There are two aspects of the prefrontal cortex that Lamina I data from the body receives. One twig is called the insula. It’s a part of what some people called the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex…. read on
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become. ~ The Buddha
By Chris Gayomali
Cognitive fitness software companies like Fit Brains and Lumosity are booming businesses. But whether brain games are the remedy for mental dullness and even disease, or mere digital snake oil, is hotly debated.
…“If you are doing brain training for 10 hours a week, that is 10 hours a week you are not doing something else, like exercising, Zach Hambrick, an associate professor of psychology who worked on the Georgia Tech study, told The New Yorker. “It also gives people false hope, especially older adults for whom this is a big concern.”…
What cognitive training pretty clearly won’t provide is a silver bullet to fight off brain decay. A healthy social life certainly wouldn’t hurt, and neither would an appreciation for a good book. Even Hurley admits that “physical exercise is perhaps the best-proved method for improving cognitive function in older people.”…
Read the full article or, copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://www.fastcompany.com/3027104/tech-forecast/do-brainpower-apps-really-make-you-smarter
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“The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.” ~ Channing Pollock
Recommended Article: 5 reasons why you shouldn’t work too hard
By: Brigid Schulte
“Why do we work so hard?” actor Neal McDonough asks in a commercial for a luxury car.
….remember that inspiration comes in the shower, on a walk, in a moment of rest, not when your nose is to the grindstone. It’s just the way our brains are wired…
Doctors have known for hundreds of years that when a patient expects their condition to improve, it does.
This is called the placebo, or dummy, effect.
Excerpt from the article….
A few years ago, Paul took part in a trial that Prof Stoessl was conducting. It required him to stop taking his medication.
The next day he headed into hospital, his symptoms in full flare-up.
He explains: “That’s when they gave me this capsule, and they gave you a half-hour….a normal period of time for the meds to kick in. And boom!
“I was thinking this is pretty good, my body becomes erect, my shoulders go back. There’s no way that I could be like this without having had my medication.”
Except that Paul hadn’t been given his medication – he’d been given a placebo.
Sydney J Harris, American Journalist and Author, who wrote a syndicated column, Strictly Personal, from 1944-86.
“Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better… “
— Sydney J. Harris
“Regret for the things we have done will be tempered by time. It is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.”
— Sydney J. Harris
“It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.”
— Sydney J. Harris
“The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.”
— Sydney J. Harris
“It’s odd, and a little unsettling, to reflect upon the fact that English is the only major language in which “I” is capitalized; in many other languages “You” is capitalized and the “i” is lower case.
— Sydney J. Harris
…you are communicating about who you are to you on the inside all of the time, and this “Self Image” is what your unconscious sees every second, every minute, every day, even when you are asleep and at work to help you maintain that image!
Did you know that how you see yourself might just be the key to your personal success? Have you checked yourself out in the mirror lately? No, not in the normal sense in front of your dresser. But in your mind, how do you look? What kind of adverbs would you use to describe yourself? How do you represent yourself inside?
Why is this important? Because you are communicating about who you are to you on the inside all of the time and this “Self Image” is what your unconscious sees every second, every minute, every day, even when you are a sleep and at work, to help you maintain that image. This is like a program that runs behind the things we do and think. We do not deviate from what our self image represents.
So, why not spend some time and understand how you see yourself on the inside and make necessary changes. Really ask, “is what I see on the inside matching the reality?” If not, it is time to do something about it.
This article follows from where we left off in our earlier article “The Inner Game of Success” . We are going to show you a way to check your current self image and your desired self image and how to get yourself image aligned. In many ways, this process will help you make a conscious choice about who you want to be and align your unconscious process through conditioning and self programming. Our self-image is a bit like self fulfilling prophecy, by skilfully working with it, you can have more choices in how you would like yourself to be. Like this Dove ad http://youtu.be/XpaOjMXyJGk this process can help you discover aspects of you that you can choose to nurture, so you can accentuate them to be really a part of you.
Read the following steps first, then do it. All of the steps can be done in your mind, or you can lay out all the positions outside of you by following your instincts. The purpose here is to understand more about you, not to make judgements about what is good or bad. By understanding more about yourself, changes can be made to create an inner world that suits your current needs. You might need some note paper to complete this process, otherwise with practice, you can remember your thoughts along the way.
We do not deviate from what our self image represents
You have now just made changes to your self-image. This is a powerful pattern and you might need to repeat it a few times to make refinements. There might be things that come up during the process in the form of an unhelpful belief. Challenge yourself and ask “how do I know it is true?” Take your time to implement this process and allow yourself the time to integrate; just like putting it in the back of your mind and go about your daily life.
At the end of the week, spend some time to review what is different about this week? Have a look at this new self-image see if there are any shifts or is it how you would like this self image to be? It is important to understand that you are changing something that is quite deep and fundamental and new to you, so take your time. The more that you do it, the more you are going to discover yourself and have a sense of “I can direct myself and this is within my control”.
Again, we always welcome feedback and questions, just sent us an email. The above process has been implemented many times with our clients and students with great results. The differences are that this process was done under our guidance and many challenges were dealt with easily in sessions. I am quite confident that the above process after many refinements, most situation have been catered for.
If you are NLP trained you will realise this process is a combination of many different processes and ecology is built into it. Please note, unless there is true internal agreement, i.e. congruence has been achieved, do not make the change.
Live life and prosper!
This article researches the influences around unconscious reactions to people and objects and looks at where both our own preferences and the potential for universal or overriding preferences fit in. I have also tested some of the theory on everyday objects and found that the iPad mini was the first of the Apple iPhone/iPod/iPad family to be constructed according to the Golden Ratio. Did they learn something about the divine ratios recently and had to bring out the iPad mini to fix it?
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I came across the golden ratio recently in a documentary video about The Human Face presented by John Cleese, and published by the BBC. What intrigued me was that this ratio seemed to be so profound and yet I had not heard about it. Furthermore, it’s usage seemed to be so wide, and that it appeared in nature, which for me is an endorsement in itself for me. I then researched further into it, and found a whole body of information from various sources pointing to the same ratio that really took me by surprise.
There may be implications with this ratio for how we relate, our patterns of behaviour, generalised ratios in life, and a peek into the reverence that some have for elegance, beauty and timelessness of some constructions. Phi, the Greek symbol for the golden ratio has claims into areas of mathematics, Geometry, the proportions of the human body, the proportions of many plants, animals, DNA, spirals, the solar system, art and architecture, music (hear the sound of Phi), population growth and even the stock market. So, what is it?
I will not attempt to recreate the detailed mathematics behind the Golden Ratio. Its history stems back 2,500 years at least. There are claims that the ratio also goes back to the ancient Pyramids, and that there are examples found in Feng Shui. The golden ratio is also called the golden section (Latin: sectio aurea) or golden mean. Other names include extreme and mean ratio, medial section, divine proportion, divine section (Latin: sectio divina), golden proportion, golden cut, and golden number.
See Wikipedia as a starting point for further studies into the Golden Ratio.
This ratio was first named the golden ratio by the ancient Greeks. In the world of mathematics, the numeric value is called “phi”, said to be named from the Greek sculptor Phidias. There are so called golden rectangles throughout the columns and other shapes of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The space between the columns create perfectly formed rectangles.
The Fibonacci Sequence also forms some of the fundamentals of fractal spirals, but was originally based upon the breeding patterns of rabbits, where the first season the numbers are slow to change (in fact remain as 1), but as the family grew, the number sequence increases at a rate which eventually settles to the golden ratio, where it increases by a number which when divided by the previous number, would equal 0.618 each interval. This creates a spiral that becomes progressively wider as it grows.Today, its emergent patterns and ratios (phi = 1.61803…) can be seen from the micro-scale to the macro-scale, and right through to biological systems and inanimate objects.
The Fibonacci Sequence can be seen in Seed pods (Sunflowers), Pine Cones, Tree branches, Sea Shells (Nautilus), Spiral Galaxies (astronomy, the Milky Way), Hurricanes, Human Face, Human Fingers, Animal bodies and DNA molecules.
To complete this look into the Golden Ratio, by touching on beauty, where I commenced my look into it. Some theorists call the ratio the Divine Proportions when the theory is related to faces and bodies.
So, why is it that some objects, especially people can be considered beautiful or attractive and some are deemed to not be beautiful. Many too have asserted that we make these decisions about beauty and attractiveness and a host of associated attributes within seconds of seeing a person, or even a picture of a person. What is happening – have we all been brain-washed by media and been told to see this person as beautiful until we believe it? There is something going on here I am sure, but the Golden Ratio claims to override this personal attraction because of natural laws.
Is there something in our unconscious, where these golden ratios are encoded, an innate drive to breed with the best and healthiest stock? If we have paired ourselves with someone that is not of these divine ratios, have we been driven by another aspect of the person? Is our perception of self driving us towards someone who is of a similar ratio?
|These body proportions have been long held as the divine proportions, the shapes that will universally attract humans and inform us that the person we are looking at is of healthy proportions and attractive.||You can use a modelling calculator to see how close or how far you are from the divine proportions, using The Perfect Face – Golden Ratio Beauty Calculator|
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1 Sole to crown
2 Navel to crown
3 Knees to sole
4 Navel to knees
5 Navel to base of throat
6 Throat base to crown
7 Calf muscle to sole
8 Mid-thigh to end of kneecap
9 Navel to mid-thigh
10 Navel to sternum or mid-chest
11 Throat base to top of ear or brow bone
12 Brow bone to crown
13 Nose to base of throat
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1 Sole to navel
2 Navel to shoulder
3 Knees to calf muscle
4 Navel to mid-thigh
5 Navel to sternum or mid-chest
6 Throat base to temple or brow bone
7 End of calf muscle down to ankle
8 Mid-thigh to start of kneecap
9 Navel to crotch
10 Navel to sternum base
11 Throat base to earlobe
12 Brow bone to hairline
13 Nose to chin
Why is this attractiveness important or worthy of mention? Well, we live in a world where there are many stereotyped notions about the personality traits possessed by individuals of varying attractiveness, and there is evidence of this in the workplace as proposed by Karen Dion et al, in their book, What is Beautiful is Good.
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In 1972, Karen Dion, Ellen Berscheid, and Elaine Walster set out to determine whether people hold “stereotyped notions of the personality traits possessed by individuals of varying attractiveness.” Their study provided participants with photographs of subjects previously classified as attractive, moderately attractive, or unattractive and asked them to record their impressions of each. The results were astonishing: based only on the photographs provided, participants predicted attractive subjects would be happier, possess more socially desirable personalities, practice more prestigious occupations, and exhibit higher marital competence.
 Karen Dion et al., What is Beautiful is Good, 24 J. of Personality and Social Psychology 285 (1972).
 Id. at 286–87. The subjects’ levels of attractiveness had been determined in a separate study and remained consistent based on the second study’s ratings.
 Id. at 288–89.
Find out the dimensions of some of the common modern day creations that may or may not be ‘like’ the Golden Ratio, such as neither of the global standards for paper sizes – A4 and letter sizes, but the old 8×5″ photographs were. Televisions – where the old 4:3 TVs and PC screens are filling landfills, and the 16:9 was a compromise of standards and is close to the Golden Ratio.
In the world of iPhones, iPad, iPad mini… I found that the iPad-mini was the first of the Apple iPhone/iPod/iPad family to be constructed according to the Golden Ratio. I am wondering if Apple learn something recently and had to bring out the iPad mini to fix it? Could they not do it while Steve Jobs was involved? I could not find many references to suggest either way, except that Steve Jobs didn’t think the market needed a 7″ iPad, which is close to what an iPad mini is.
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|The golden ratio (or golden mean, golden section) as applied to rectangles, as written and embedded from www.Dharmasphere.com
To use the calculator, put in any dimension of the object you are measuring, and the calculator will return two figures, a Higher and Lower ratio. If either of them are the second dimension of your object, then the object would be conforming to the golden ratio.
For instance, if you put in 16 to test the 16:9 ratio for new TVs, you’ll find that it returns 10 in the Lower ratio, whereas if you put in 15, it will return 9. If you include another decimal place (just by putting in 146 or 150), the figure might more accurately be 146:90 or dividing by 10 again, 14.6:9, so the golden ratio for a TV might be closer to 15:9 rather than 16:9.
You can add your own findings into the comments of this post.
Maybe there is something very universal with the golden ratio. A part of me still wonders if we have been conditioned to see these relationships and consider one shape or proportion as ‘good’ when compared against another. Do countries adhere to this and some do not? Does it span cultures and timeframes or eras?
I wonder if we could do an experiment, where participants where not primed with notions of a ratio, and they were presented with shapes, some adhering to the golden ratio, and some not, and see if there was skewing towards a ‘golden’ rectangle or spiral. I am guessing some would need to know the purpose or context for deciding which is better.
Are there some other areas that we could apply the golden ratio? Like the wake:sleep ratio, where we perform better if we have 38.2% of our time in quieter, meditative or sleeping states? 38.2% of our day would be just over 9 hours.
Has the ratio (especially the spiral) been applied to when a video or post goes viral, where the number of hits grows at a rate of 1:618 just as rabbits breed (its origin)?
Well, nothing directly…. However, when we start to uncover some of the biases and influences we and those around us have as humans, there can be some bearing on our behaviour. That can be for you to decide if in your opinion, there is evidence of the ratio and how it may affect you and/or your clients.
There is another aspect regarding any concept like this – when we consider the world of metaphors, we observe patterns in nature and make connections as appropriate to our world or the world of our client, and the more we know about the world around us in terms of broad principles (golden ratio and perfect spirals), the richer might our metaphors be. So, whether we remember this as a piece of maths, a guide to beauty, knowledge of body proportions, a law of nature or a theory that bears little relevance to you personally, what can we learn and where can we apply it? For me personally, I will be viewing the world with open eyes (and maybe a tape measure) and see what relevance it has to my world.
Are there implications to learning, patterns of study or teaching. For example concentration span – there have been many studies into the length of time that classes should be for teaching, and some say 40 mins, some 50 mins – the golden ratio would be 37:23, where this could be trialled as 37 mins teaching with a 23 minute break.
Are there other areas for high performance states, patterns that could be trailed to improve these, proportions of predicates…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oL0wpOXX5-k (Phi-Matrix for photos)
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=golden%20ratio (Golden Ratio photo group)
http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/calculate_convert/goldenratiocalculator.html (iPhone/iPad Application)
http://www.goldennumber.net/facial-beauty-new-golden-ratio/ (Facial beauty ratios)
http://www.maths.surrey.ac.uk/hosted-sites/R.Knott/Fibonacci/fibnat.html Fibonacci References
http://pinterest.com/goodstfconsgmts/golden-mean-ratio-fractal/ (Golden Mean Ratio Fractal group on Pinterest) including Fractals, TEDxCharlotte 2010 – Randy Powell – Vortex Based Mathematic, Golden Mean (Beauty Ratio), Leonardo da Vinci, Vitruvius, Pythagoras, Parthenon and TODAY, and many other references, articles, images and videos.
http://www.phimatrix.com/examples.htm Examples of applications of Phi in graphic design
http://www.goldennumber.net/uss-enterprise-golden-ratio-design/ (Star Trek’s USS Enterprise conforms to the Golden Ratio)
http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/other/the-golden-ratio-in-web-design/ Usage in web-design
http://d2o0t5hpnwv4c1.cloudfront.net/163_goldenratio/images/page-anatomy.jpg Usage in web-design
http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2011/06/goldenratio.jpg iCloud, using the 1 and 1.618 relative sizes for parts of the clouds
http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/06/the-sound-of-phi/ The Sound of Phi (the Golden Ratio) on Wired