Naikan – The lost art of self-reflection

Source: Qrius   I was going to Marseille for the SpaceOps conference – attending a workshop on smallsats and meeting other young space professionals. I was staying at Toyoko-Inn in Marseille, which had recently opened about a week ago. The thing about Toyoko-Inn is that it is a consistent, efficient and cozy place to stay. I have stayed with them in Tokyo and Osaka and so knew what to expect. In the grounds they have a rock zen garden and have created a sense of peace in a way that is so seemly easy. You have images of Mount Fuji, … Continue reading Naikan – The lost art of self-reflection

The answer to the Future Lawyer….

Source: Mugdom Tomorrow I am going to speak to a room full of Futurists – lawyers, economist, artists, teachers, entrepreneurs and I am lost for words….for now. Even if I were to look into a crystal ball, the view of the future is not clear, except what is clear is there is uncertainty and the question of how we are going to live, is partly embracing that certainty. If I were to look at the trends of the last few years, what is clear is that social media, not withstanding recent media attention, has taken centre stage in terms of … Continue reading The answer to the Future Lawyer….

The Secret – Law of Attraction

After the New Years, with much eating and digestion – I catch up with a good friend and entrepreneur recently working in the hot whisky sauce industry at Melbourne’s well known Brunetti‘s for a cup of coffee and chocolate cake.  The scenery full of families, couples, tourists, with the buzz of caffeine betrays the kind of seriousness to which we were discussing the State of Affairs with the world and more importantly our minds. A good friend of mine gave me The Secret by Rhonda Byrne to read a few years ago. I read it and thought what a wonderfully simple book, but … Continue reading The Secret – Law of Attraction

Being the Authentic You

Source: Stephanie Martel Yesterday, I attended a startup bootcamp with Ben Roulston and sometimes it may surprise you what half a day can do to you when you really put your mind to it. What is it that you really care about?  And why do you do it?  Drawing upon Simon Sinek‘s work of ‘Start with the why:  How great leaders inspire action’, it was nothing short of going back to revist my subconscious mind and ask ‘What am I here?’  And of course we are invited to ask ‘Why does your organisation exist?’ If we cut to the core … Continue reading Being the Authentic You

Embracing empathy

(source:   Would having VR experiences make us more empathetic human beings? The Award winning VR Experience –  The Tree  builds upon the life and death of a tree in which participants can actively direct the experience that they engage in in the life of a tree.  When the tree is destroyed ultimately and hopelessly by a fire, the struggle feels real and allows us to see what it may feel like being in the souls of the trunk of a tree. In pursuit of an empathetic machine we may need to go back and question what it really … Continue reading Embracing empathy

What is consciousness?

(source: sciencedirect) What is in the content of our thoughts? Are we conscious when we are asleep? Is someone in a comatose conscious? Laureys (2005) looks into the consciousness of those in coma in light of death. If we compare people who are conscious and those that are not and observe those that do a PET scan (brain glucose metaloblism) we can observe that when those are sleeping they use less glucose. What about people who meditate? When we sleep or can’t sleep, how does that affect our consciousness? What about external induced stimulation?  Ferrarelli F et al. looks at … Continue reading What is consciousness?

Emotional response

Are we as connected to who we are as we would like to be? Are we as connected with our family and friends as fully as we like? Are we connected with our close colleagues? How do we understand that our colleagues understand what we mean? How do we connect? How do we empathise? What about listening? How do we show we are truly listening?  And have truly understood what they are say? How about trying paraphrasing and demonstrating we’ve understood what someone has said, and how important it is. Stepping back from all the discussions, and topics that are … Continue reading Emotional response