- May 26, 2010 -- Written by: Tim Johnson
Great love is born of a deep understanding of the thing loved. - Leonardo DaVinci
Learning new information, new skills, new tricks, is something that is so highly reverred and encouraged among our young, but our lifestyles generally tend to steer us away from learning as we grow older. Other priorities and responsibilities become too abundant to avoid, and we are gradually weened from the intrinsic desire (and even instinct) to learn.
In today's wonderful world, humanity and the technology industry is brining so many new and useful tools into your home to make it easy to pick up where you left off and keep learning. Podcasts, video classes, free encyclopedias, and a myriad of other sources of knowledge is only seconds away from you right now.
You can find free math and physics classes online at http://www.academicearth.org These classes are actual videos of a full semester course at the top academic institutes in the country: Harvard, Yale, MIT, etc.
USC Berkely now has tons of podcasts online for free at http://webcast.berkeley.edu/courses.php
Learn out loud also specializes in podcasts and other media designed to teach you new and interesting things.
What is the Importance of Learning?
Learning (anything) offers a great opportunity to increase your appreciation for a certain subject, or life in general. If you have ever had an appreciation for something - and I'm certain that you have - you will inevitably by knowledgable on the subject, at least to some extent. This can work in both directions, if you find that you're depressed, or stuck at your job, or can't find the happiness that you'd like, try picking up some new knowledge on a subject.
For instance, I recently took a course through The Teaching Company, on Ancient Egypt. And having no prior knowledge on the subject, I was clueless as to what I would take away from it. The course was 24 lectures, each 45-60 mins, and I learned all about the pharaohs Normer, Hatshepsut, Ramises and all the way through Alexander the Great. It was a great lesson and now that I'm finished, I have a great appreciation for life in 2000 BC and the struggles that people faced.
No matter what you learn there will always be something that will give you some sort of appreciation.
Leave a comment about something you're learning now, or something you'd like to learn about.
- May 12, 2010 -- Written by: Tim Johnson
Getting to know yourself is a major turning point on the way to truly enjoying your life. In order to understand the world around you, you must first understand yourself and how you react to stimuli in any given situation. Physical awareness is the very first step to take on the road to full awareness of mind and body. Mental and spiritual awareness would follow, but for now let's just focus on the body. This helps us to realize what we can and can't do and also how others perceive us. Here is a short list of 10 questions that will, if you take the time to honestly consider them, will help you to better understand yourself and become more physically aware.
- What is the distance from the tip of my thumb to the tip of my little finger when my hand is outstretched? (This can be very useful when taking quick measurements of objects around the house.)
- What does my normal sitting posture look like? What would I need to do to improve it?
- What is my average reflex time? (Take this online test) Is it above or below average?
- What is the speed of my resting heartbeat?
- What is the duration of one full breath? How does it change depending on my mood or activity?
- How much weight can I lift without injuring myself?
- When standing or sitting, is my center of gravity perfectly centered over my feet or chair? Is my weight naturally shifted? This could mean issues with your posture.
- How high can I jump? How far can I jump? (See Always Challenge your Limits)
- How long is my normal walking stride? This will increase accuracy when pacing off distances.
- What volume of food is comfortable for me to eat and not be stuffed, or left hungry? (See 10 questions to avoid over-eating)
Feel free to add your own questions to the comments.