Sunday, September 23, 2018

Changing Lives - Minds & Hearts


"If you want to change lives, speak to people’s feelings, not just to their minds. Enter their fears and calm them. Understand their anxieties and allay them. Kindle their hopes and instruct them. Raise their sights and enlarge them."  
~ Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (Ha’azinu 5779)


Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Ideas win peace.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks:  "Wars are won by weapons but it takes ideas to win peace."





Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Mastery of One's Personal & Professional Life

We develop a life of generosity and care when we have a sense of mastery in our own life. 

When we feel whole, complete and capable in who we are and what we do, we can offer help to others.

Tracey Dawn offers what she labels "15 Personal Goals for Work to Make You Stand Out from Your Coworkers."  If I were posting her list here, I'd label it "Habits for life that achieve eupan."  Her "personal goals" that might make a person "stand out," effectively enable a person to be a coworker who cares for others, who manages dissent, and who models a work ethic where eupan is achievable.

Read her insights including these from her list:
1.  Practice self-mastery
2.  Be grateful for where you are
4.  Celebrate each others’ differences
6.  Manage conflict effectively
9.  Show humility
10.  Model work life balance
13.  Ask for help
14.  Offer help 

Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Hate is no joke. Hate is not funny.

We do not have to joke about hatred. Ever.

I hope to have been habited out of hate.

I have been shaped by many important perspectives in social and psychological sciences, neuroscience, and the history of religion and culture to realize that our habits (rituals & daily practices) shape who we are - personally and socially. 

Team rivalries can be more problematic that persons realize even while some literature suggests they may also provide necessary anthropological "relief valves" for aggression.

Even if rivalries in team sports are "fun" and provide avenues for anger to find outlet, I find it offense and problematic to see persons wearing their "team sports" gear professing their hatred. 

Shirts like this one that I saw this morning are offensive to me. 

We can work for a world in which people do not take seriously - nor joke about - their hate.

I am working for a world where anger, resentment, hurt & hate can be transformed toward caring kindness among all persons.

We can do better.

We can be better. 


Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The War On Terror - should it terrorize us?

17 years.

It's been 17 years since leaders in the United States of America started "The War On Terror."

Do we live in a world now characterized by peace and kindness?

When will this war end?  

Where, precisely, is it being fought?

What are the costs?  [ The $ price , the loss of life and future debts, the reframed values.]

Is it possible that if we had stewarded our funds and the lives of many people differently, that a different future could now be possible for our children?

The Plough has a recent article that connects these ideas and the thinking of Martin Luther King, Jr. entitled: The Casualties of War

"We live in a world where nuclear and biological weapons proliferate, where there are war refugees in unprecedented numbers and war profiteering in an unprecedented boom, and where far-flung and unaccountable violence begets insurgency across the globe and cynicism at home. These evils cannot be denied, and can tempt us to apathy or despair rather than humility and justice."
" . . . we need 'the vision to see in this generation’s ordeals the opportunity to trans- figure both ourselves and American society.' "

Toward eupan ~

marty alan michelson, ph.d. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Great Insights for Building a Better World


The Peace Talks Radio Podcast has excellent material in every episode.

A link to every episode.

Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Gratitude Promotes Well Being

Our hope is that all persons might live a life of whole happiness.

Many studies confirm that our mindful awareness of being thankful - and expressing that thanks - shapes our total life's sense of well being.






































A few more insights on practical ways to give thanks - and reasons to attune your own heart to gratitude.


Gratitude has a lasting impact on the brain!  (University of Berkley link.)

Gratitude is connected to attaining emotional maturity! (Harvard University link.)

Gratitude benefits human body health! (University of California @ Davis link.)


Toward eupan ~

marty alan michelson, ph.d.



Image from: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/images/uploads/GratefulInfographic.jpg