This week Awesome Stories brings you flow, plant power, awe, soulful singing and uplifting children.
Focusing on Flow
Here’s a good article on three tricks to find your flow. I have moments of flow, but overall don’t feel like I’ve been living in sych for far too long. Flow can be athletic peak performance, mental clarity or spiritual alignment. I prefer the spiritual approach like in the Tao, where flow means aligning with God/ source. Living in spiritual flow creates more ease by working with life rather than struggling to achieve things on our own. Christine Carter has a more practical approach, and suggests clearing the clutter, creating the time and space, and using tools for optimum brain function.
This sounds like science fiction, but it’s not. Scientists have found a way to harvest energy from plants. Plant-e’s founders found excess energy in plant photosynthesis, during which extra sugars are produced and cast off through the root system. In turn, bacteria in the soil use the sugars and give off electrons which their scientists harvest using electrodes. Using a modular system of containers, they have powered LED lights in the first demonstration of plant power in the world! The next step in their vision is to use green roofs with built-in Plant-e systems to power about half the home’s energy needs. Long-term, they see Plant-e systems in rice fields and wetlands, providing clean, green and affordable energy around the world.
Josh Daniel wowed the judges and audience on The X Factor with his soulful singing performance. He does a great job of conveying his feelings through the music. Plus, the song was dedicated to a friend who died, so many of us were touched to the point of tears. You might want a tissue handy!
Maybe the next generation of leaders, business executives and advertisers will use awe to inspire us and elevate our choices. Currently, fear is the typical motivation used by leaders and advertisers. The latest research from UC Berkley and UC Irvine shows that people who experience awe are more likely to behave generosly and ethically. Even compared to love and compassion, awe seems to be the best emotion for stimulating compassionate behavior with a “reduced sense of self-importance and an elevated sense of connection to something bigger than themselves.” Participants showed a greater tendency toward fairness in distributing resources between themselves and others too. Maybe schools, hospitals and businesses should just show awe-inspiring music and videos all day!
The Antidote for Bullying
This dad sure knows how to inspire and uplift! I love how he created such a beautiful and fun way to uplift his daughter and anyone who suffers from bullying. With loving messages like in his song, we would all have much healthier self-esteems. Esteem is something I’ve struggled with for most of my life. Everyone deserves love and respect. Ideally, we receive them from our families, friends and community. If not, then we need to find ways to love, nurture and uplift ourselves. Watch his beautiful video and please share it with any children you know.
You must work – we must all work to make the world worthy of its children. ~ Pablo Casals
Thanks to the children, young and old, who remind us to laugh, play and see the world with fresh eyes.