In a recent interview Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit and Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, described a psychological state called “cognitive tunneling.”
Cognitive tunneling is responding without thinking: a natural reaction when stressed or scared. In the moment of overwhelm – when it is difficult to think clearly and deeply – the tendency is to respond to the most obvious stimuli.
For example, we hear a smoke alarm sound. Do we focus on finding a way to turn off the alarm or do we seek the source of smoke? If we choose to turn off the alarm first, then we miss an opportunity to address the more serious threat of fire…
Thank you for all the warm birthday wishes last week – I felt very seen and loved. In celebration of my birthday, our community generously supported the Little Free Pantry by bringing non-perishable food and by donating money. I am happy to report, in monetary donations alone, the Little Free Pantry raised $380. Thank you for recognizing not everyone is food secure and for wanting to make a difference in our community: I appreciate you all.
On Friday of this week, the moon marks the midpoint of summer. (The sun marks the midpoint of summer on August 2.) In ancient Celtic traditions, the full moon, halfway between the Summer Solstice and the Fall Equinox, was called Lughnasadh after the Irish god Lugh…
First of all, a big THANK YOU to everyone who took time out of their day to write a response to last week’s newsletter. Your kind words and insights touched my heart. Please know I will respond to each one of you – I am just slow.
Because of my inquires last week, I found myself in a conversation with an Ayurvedic practitioner discussing “the right use of the senses.” The idea behind “the right use of the senses” is to find a balance between what you are perceiving and how you are responding.
One purpose travel serves is to break up routine and to experience new things. I find every time I venture I learn something new about myself and have a better understanding of what I need. My recent trip to New York is no exception. Here are some things I learned:
Greetings friends and welcome to the season of summer! Last Sunday the Sun crossed the equator moving into the Northern Hemisphere. This astronomical event is called a solstice and literally means “the sun is standing still.” In the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice initiates summer. In the Southern Hemisphere, the June solstice initiates fall.