Month: January 2016

Compassion builds on empathy, which in turn requires a focus on others. If self-absorbed, we simply do not notice other people; we can walk by utterly indifferent to their predicament. But once we notice them we can tune in, sense their feelings and needs, and act on our concern.

Moral sentiments drive from empathy, and moral reflections take thinking and focus. One cost of the frenetic stream of distractions we face today, some fear, is an erosion of empathy and compassion. The more distracted we are, the less we can exhibit attunement and caring.

– Daniel Goleman, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

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On Compassion and Distraction

Ang SuperEpic Stories ay isang bagong series dito sa aking blog. I will feature stories from characters from the Bible, from history, and in our present day that illustrates the ideas and concepts in the book: “May Powers Ka to Be #SuperEpic.” Feel free to use this as part of your devotion or study at para na rin matulungan ka para maging mas mabuting leader….

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Open awareness creates a mental platform for creative breakthroughs and unexpected insights. In open awareness we have no devil’s advocate, no cynicism or judgment–just utter receptivity to whatever floats into the mind.

But once we’ve hit upon a creative insight, we need to capture the prize by switching to a keen focus on how to apply it. Serendipity comes with openness to possibility, then homing in on putting it to use.

Life’s creative challenges rarely come in the form of well-formulated puzzles. Instead we often have to recognize the very need to find a creative solution in the first place. Chance, as Louis Pasteur put it, favors a prepared mind. Daydreaming incubates creative discovery.

– Daniel Goleman, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

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Open Awareness, Creativity, & Daydreaming

Ayala: Traffic sa Fast Lane

Posted by January 25, 2016

After crossing the Guadalupe bridge, you’ll soon approach the intersection of EDSA and Ayala Avenue. If you turn left, you’ll go to the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, where a lot of big name companies hold their offices. If you turn right, you’ll find yourself in the middle of Ayala Avenue that serves as the main thoroughfare of the Makati Central Business District. Either way,…

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David: Fighting Giants

Posted by January 22, 2016

Ang SuperEpic Stories ay isang bagong series dito sa aking blog. I will feature stories from characters from the Bible, from history, and in our present day that illustrates the ideas and concepts in the book: “May Powers Ka to Be #SuperEpic.” Feel free to share, use this as part of your devotion or study at para na rin matulungan ka para maging mas mabuting…

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What matters in the end is not our becoming but what we become. In the 1950s, Martin Heidegger observed that the looming “tide of technological revolution” could “so captivate, bewitch, dazzle, and beguile man that calculative thinking may someday come to be accepted and practiced as the only way of thinking.” Our ability to engage in “meditative thinking,” which he saw as the very essence of our humanity, might become a victim of headlong progress. The tumultuous advance of technology could, like the arrival of the locomotive at the Concord station, drown out the refined perceptions, thoughts, and emotions that arise only through contemplation and reflection. The “frenziedness of technology,” Heidegger wrote, threatens to “entrench itself everywhere”.

It may be that we are now entering the final stage of that entrenchment. We are welcoming the frenziedness into our souls.

– Nicholas Carr, quoting the philosopher Martin Heidegger, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

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Internet, Distraction, and ‘Frenziedness’

Kung dumaan ka sa Crossing Ibabaw, asahan mong luluwag nang bahagya ang traffic pagpasok mo ng Boni hanggang tumawid ka ng tulay sa may Guadalupe. But then again, it might not. Superepic level kasi lagi ang traffic sa EDSA tuwing rush hour. Nag-calculate nga minsan ang isang friend ko na nagbiyahe from Ortigas to Makati. Sabi niya, ang average speed niya ay 5 kilometers per…

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Ang SuperEpic Stories ay isang bagong series dito sa aking blog. I will feature stories from characters from the Bible, from history, and in our present day that illustrates the ideas and concepts in the book: “May Powers Ka to Be #SuperEpic.” Feel free to use this as part of your devotion or study at para na rin matulungan ka para maging mas mabuting leader….

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Every morning at work, I try to monitor my Twitter list of people and organizations working with young people. Through this, I have come across interesting research, trends, and articles on youth ministry and youth development work around the world. The PEW Research Center came up with a new report on how parents are monitoring how teenagers use the Internet in the United States. Here…

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On any given day, sobrang traffic mula sa Kamuning Flyover hanggang paglampas mo ng Cubao. But it eases up a little bit pagdating mo ng Ortigas. Marami na kasing mga sasakyan ang sasampa sa flyover, either to go to the Ortigas Business District, or magpatuloy Southbound EDSA. But as you travel through this part of EDSA, you can never miss the imposing statue of Virgin…

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