It is snowing, again. Yes, it is winter, and I live in New England, but it seems to be snowing every week. It’s gray, and cold, and I’m feeling trapped by COVID and the constriction of cabin fever. And I am the designated snow shoveler. A neighborhood boy had agreed to help, but he wasn’t feeling well and decided to stay in bed. So, the task had fallen, again, on my not so strong shoulders. I don't have the option of ignoring the snow, as the city will fine me for not clearing the sidewalks. I’d organized my day to do an online retreat with Alexis Santos, whose teaching has inspired me (as well as a few PT blog posts, see 11/8/2019 and 4/18/2020). I was looking forward to it. I needed a break—between patient care, teaching, family medical problems, and trying to do too much, I was feeling stretched way too thin. And I was irritable. Santos started the retreat with a powerful quote from Toni Morrison, “All important things are hard.” That felt true. He invited us to be with all … [Read more...] about Mindfulness for Shoveling Snow
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The History of Western Philosophy endlessly reveals Five Primary Modes of Obtaining Valid Knowledge, indeed, what is “Valid.” The latter ones are especially relevant to the problems we face. Indeed, they are the foundation for the modern field of Crisis Management : 1. Expert Consensus or Classical Empiricism; 2. Analytic Modeling or Classical Rationalism; 3. Multiple Models or Kantian Rationalism; 4. Dialectics or Hegelianism; and 5. Pragmatism. In The Unbounded Mind: Breaking the Chains of Traditional Business Thinking[i], Harold Linstone and I gave an extensive treatment of each. They represent distinctive ways of conducting Inquiry. In essence, they are unique Inquiring Systems or ISs for short. 1. Expert Consensus or Classical Empiricism In this IS, Reliable Knowledge, and thereby Truth itself, is the product of the “Tight Agreement between a group of Reputable Experts based on the Hard Facts with regard to a Problematic Situation.” … [Read more...] about My Lifelong Love Affair with Philosophy
Home Pregnancy parenting Prenatal Prenatal oi-Amritha K By Amritha K on February 26, 2021 Mood swings are one of the common complaints of pregnant women and legit one at that. One minute you are abounding with joy, and the next, you are having the gloomiest of all days. While not every woman will not suffer from this rollercoaster of emotions, the ones who do, in fact, go through this are definitely not fans. So, what can you do when the hormones are rapidly moving back and forth between pure, unadulterated joy and complete and utter despair during your pregnancy? Well, there are some ways you can manage these uncomfortable mood swings. This article will tell you all about pregnancy mood swings, their causes, and ways to manage them. The article will also cover post-pregnancy mood swings. What Causes Pregnancy Mood Swings? Being pregnant may sound exciting, but going through all the physical and … [Read more...] about Pregnancy Mood Swings: Causes, Ways To Manage It And Will You Have It After Delivery?
Key Points: As more vaccine formulations become available, it may be possible to allow patients to choose which vaccine they'd prefer. Research suggests that allowing vaccine choice could help bolster the immunization effort by increasing patient autonomy and engagement. However, constantly changing information about vaccines could confuse patients trying to make a decision, and logistical factors could force some clinics to limit choices. Policymakers should aim to frame the choice in a straightforward manner and focus on factors (side effects, effectiveness, etc) that consumers care about most. Imagine that you are on Yelp searching for a gutter cleaning service before winter rains arrive. In your query, you find two companies with dozens of customer reviews and nearly 5-star averages. There are a couple of others with just a handful of middling reviews and one carries the unfortunate tag “Gutters will be clean, sort of.” It looks like all will cost about the … [Read more...] about Should People Be Able to Choose Which Vaccine They Receive?
We can never fully know the depth and mysteries of another but we can be curious enough to spend a lifetime getting to know them. If our partner "bores" or perplexes us, we should ask ourselves not what is wrong with them , but what is happening within ourselve s that interferes with our natural curiosity and desire to learn. Humans have developed as a species because of curiosity, so why is it that in our most significant relationships we don’t ask more and better questions of each other? And why is it that the questions we do ask are often misunderstood and end up making things worse? Many of us have been put off asking questions because we have learned early on that curiosity is "rude," "nosy," "unkind" or "dangerous." As we grow, our childlike hunches and hypotheses about the world solidify into grown-up "facts" and we find it difficult to ask questions because a voice in our head tells us we already know the answer. Or, even worse, that we should know the answer, and … [Read more...] about Are You Asking Your Partner the Right Questions?