Fridays @ Five: Five Things We Loved this Week
Every Friday, we send out an exclusive list of five unique or interesting things we’ve found (or explored) around the web during the week.
It may include books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks/tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff we dig up around the web. It’s often focused on Intuitive things and personal growth. Please feel free to spread the word with friends who would also enjoy.
Here’s some great stuff to check out over the coming weekend…
1. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT JOURNALING PROMPT
Antonia posted this journaling prompt in our Intuitive Awakening facebook group. I’ve spent several days pondering over my answers to her question, what it says about me, and whether I like that answer. I encourage you to try out this prompt for yourself and let me know your thoughts.
Use 10 words to describe “you” as you experience yourself.
Use 10 words to describe the “you” you’d like to become.
What’s the best way to get from the first 10 words to the second 10 words? (“Best” being subjective. You can define it as most efficient, or most complete, or whatever is congruent with your journey.)
2. MORAL SENSE TEST
I found a website that has a series of test around an individual’s moral judgement. The tests are based around either judgement, disgust, social interaction, and general morality. I think the tests could serve as a solid, physical metric of what your values are- the purpose of the metric is, in my mind, the ability to view how we see the world and if that worldview aligns with our sense of self. I, for example, am secretly more petty than I would like to be. This became very clear during the social interactions test, when I realized that I judge people for really miniscule things without consciously realizing it. And not in a “oh, that thing is probably not great” way, but in a “that is so dumb why would you do that” way. That worldview doesn’t line up with how I see myself, and I’m working to change some of those patterns of thought. Click here to take the Moral Sense tests.
3. IN BETWEEN
A reader (hi Amanda!) emailed me last week with a recommendation to watch this video. It is a short animated French film about a woman who is diagnosed with a crocodile. Her doctor tells her that “she isn’t the first to deal with one, and she won’t be the last.” Thus begins the saga of one woman trying to cope with a very invasive, tiny blue crocodile.
I included this because, for me, a huge chunk of my personal development journey has involved dealing with the day-to-day nuisances that come with personal demons, illness, or trauma. Sometimes coping with the little annoyances are worse than dealing with one big event at once. Do you think this video relates to your personal development experiences? Why or why not?Click here to watch the video.
4. PERSONALITY HACKER: REEVALUATING WORLDVIEW
This article by Charis is one of the most powerful, thought provoking things I’ve ever read. She shares her experience with leaving a belief system and completely changing her worldview. It’s not something I have gone through on the bedrock, fundamental level that she has, but I think most people have had to alter the way that they see themselves or the world in some profound way over the course of their life. My favorite line from the article is “I’ve seen a lot of people who left the same belief system I did who won’t move past it. They don’t heal. They continue regurgitating the resentment and anger over the things they felt were robbed from them.
Losing one’s belief system is like seeing someone you love die. You will go through the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. If you never move past the anger stage, you don’t grow. If you’re not growing, you might as well be back where you started.”
5. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL USES MEDITATION TO CURB DETENTION
This article is a testament to how powerful a small change can be for an individual. The Robert W. Coleman elementary school, located in west Baltimore, has recently implemented a system where students are sent to a “mindfulness room” to spend time reflecting in silence or meditating instead of receiving detention. The school has reported no school suspension incidents since the program has been implemented. This story is great encouragement for tweaking seemingly small things to improve one’s quality of life.
So there you have it. Of course these picks reflect some of my personal biases and interests – but having hung around the Personality Hacker community for a while now – and being personal growth focused – I’m pretty sure you will find at least one thing from the above list to be interesting.
Also – leave a comment or your thoughts below. Love to hear what you think.
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