On Saturday, April 24th, over 30 members of the Opera Company of Philadelphia Chorus and principal cast members from their upcoming production of La Traviata converged on the Reading Terminal Market Italian Festival in Philly. Wearing street clothes and blending in with the crowd, the artists swung into action after the first orchestral strains of the famed “Brindisi” were piped through the market, giving a rousing, surprise performance for hundreds of delighted onlookers who were there to enjoy the Italian delicacies that the Market has to offer.
The four-minute piece won a thunderous ovation that included both laughter and tears from the audience. You can see it and hear it at:
The video today is a “must see” for those of you who are interested in the brain, how to think more positively or how emotions organize the brain either positively or negatively.
It is a video of a talk given by Dr. Rick Hanson, author of Buddha Brain, to the employees of Google.The talk is titled, “Neuroscience of Happiness Love and Wisdom.” The talk is a mixture of brain anatomy and physiology (briefly), how the brain is affected by certain emotions and how it is prone to take in anything negative rather than those things that are positive. In short, his talk is a combination of psychology, neurology and contemplation.
Isn’t that what we all want? Isn’t that why you read the Self Improvement Blog – because you’re seeking:
I am not going to try to reproduce it here or paraphrase it. I am simply going to urge you to click the picture of Dr. Rich Hanson in the lower right corner of this page and watch it for yourself. It’s an hour long and well worth spending the time for.
This week’s video is an absolutely delightful talk by Amy Tan..Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, journeying through her childhood and family history and into the worlds of physics and chance, looking for hints of where her own creativity comes from. It’s a wild ride with a surprise ending. She has great humor and originality and delivers it well at a talk for T.E.D. (Technology, Entertainment, Design). TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. They make their annual conference talks available to us and, generally, they are high quality and very informative. This is certainly one of their best and I encourage you to view it.
If you are reading this video after the week of April 19, 2010 you can view the video by clicking here.
The first one tells you about the TeleSummit sponsored by Lin Schreiber. This is a “must see” for those of you in the “Boomer” category who want a new career that is satisfying and rewarding. Yes, it’s possible and Lin has gathered together a group of experts to share their secrets of success and help you jump start the change you seek. The TeleSummit will take place on April 24-25. Watch the video and enroll soon so you’re sure to be able to participate.
The Second video is about creativity and fun – something we don’t know enough about as adults. It is not only entertaining but also very informative.
If you are reading this after the week of April 11 and wish to see the video, you can reach it by clicking here.
This video will make you feel better even if you just listen to the music. For me it was pure joy. Some very smart dogs, plus their cuteness factor, plus some creative and clever editing, make this video quite delightful. So you can’t read the title. It doesn’t matter. This is one that I have played over and over and I imagine you will as well.
A new clip made by the Promotion Group of our Dogschool about the summer fun for the cold winter days. Enjoy and spread!
They use the Mirror method.
If you are watching this video after the week of April 4, click here to watch the video. Enjoy.
This video is just funny and dedicated to every woman who “gets it.” Our featured article is about hormones and the video is about when everything goes whacky at menopause. This really doesn’t need to be explained – we have all experienced it one way or another. Let the video speak for itself.
If you are reading this after the week of March 28, click here to view the video.
Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story. realized she had a ringside seat to her own stroke. She watched as her brain functions shut down one by one: motion, speech, memory, self-awareness …
Amazed to find herself alive, Taylor spent eight years recovering her ability to think, walk and talk. She has become a spokesperson for stroke recovery and for the possibility of coming back from brain injury stronger than before. In her case, although the stroke damaged the left side of her brain, her recovery unleashed a torrent of creative energy from her right. From her home base in Indiana, she now travels the country on behalf of the Harvard Brain Bank as the “Singin’ Scientist.”
“How many brain scientists have been able to study the brain from the inside out? I’ve gotten as much out of this experience of losing my left mind as I have in my entire academic career.”
If you are reading this after the week of March 21, click here to watch the video.
Melanie Brocklehurst, the guest on last week's Self Improvement Show, brought to our attention the plight of little girls in Nepal and Tibet. (If you didn't hear the show, it's worth listening to - click the video above and hear what Melanie has to say.)It is an opportunity for you to help someone … [Read More...]
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This morning when I started working on this blog, I opened the Dashboard, as usual, to deal with the comments. Often I get great comments about the articles I've posted. Occasionally, I get comments by someone who thought the article was wrong, needed changing, or just didn't measure up. I welcome … [Read More...]
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