Koko

Based on research from the MIT Media Lab, Koko uses an innovative form of crowdsourced cognitive therapy.

An Old Problem

When we’re stressed, we often become our own worst enemy. We tell ourselves that we can’t do it. That we aren’t good enough. That things will never get better.

Our thoughts influence how we feel. While we can always modify our thoughts,  wrestling with our own mind can sometimes feel like a losing battle. Koko is based on the simple idea that we can be stronger together. Together, we can tame our thoughts, build resilience, and learn to stay calm and collected in the face of any stress.

A New Technology

Some of the most powerful software applications and services from the past decade have been powered by collective intelligence. Google, Wikipedia, and Quora, to name just a few, work by intelligently coordinating the collective behaviors of thousands, if not millions, of people on the Internet.

Could this same approach help promote well-being? Could we crowdsource the treatment of stress and anxiety? What benefits might come from a ‘peer support’ model, where everyone learns by teaching others?

Koko hopes to answer these questions.

The Science

In a randomized controlled trial, a web-based version of Koko outperformed an existing intervention on a host of psychological outcome measures.  The results were analyzed by researchers at MIT, Northwestern, and Columbia, and the findings were published in a leading medical journal.

In my opinion This app is definitely a great stress reliever

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Learning to say YES

I’ve recently read the stunning book called “Year of Yes“, it is like listening to your long-distance BFF tackle all the bad vibes in her life — insecurity, self-doubt and less-than great relationships — and ultimately come out the other side stronger and even funnier, all while wielding a celebratory bottle of red wine.yearofy

Though it might seem like Shonda has her life together, she’s painfully honest about both her personal shortcomings and early financial struggles. Our fave memory has to be when she’s broke and deciding on her grocery essentials: “Sometimes the toilet paper does not win. Sometimes a broke woman needs the red wine more.”

 

She focuses on her strengths and forgave her weaknesses. In an interview with Robin Roberts, Shonda revealed her original career goal was to become a literary author. One disastrous novel draft later, she realized, “I am not Toni Morrison,” and that was okay, because she had other talents. Instead of aspiring to be someone else, Shonda dedicated herself to her strengths — television writing — which ultimately led to her success.

“Ditch the dream and be a doer, not a dreamer.” In 2014, Shonda revisited her alma mater to deliver a commencement speech. While the entire speech is worth a listen, one of her best pieces of advice is her approach to dreams. She urges Dartmouth graduates to focus on concrete actions, rather than lofty dreams, so that their goals actually stand a chance at coming true.

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She owns her work. Once she found success with her shows, Shonda stopped taking network notes — she had a vision and she was prepared to execute it. In an interview with The New York Times, she told them, “What was great for me about Scandal was I had earned a lot of political capital with the network… I had done Grey’s, I had done Private Practice. What were they going to do, fire me? I wasn’t worried about what anybody else thought. This one was for me.” While accepting criticism can be helpful, it’s important to know when to draw the line, so that it doesn’t derail your creativity.

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The greatest lesson from Year of Yes is that saying “Yes!” to new experiences, the goals that you’ve been too scared to pursue and honesty in your relationships will be life changing. Instead, she said “NO” to her fears of speaking up and “YES” to championing herself. She writes that before the year of yes, she was afraid to be herself in interviews, until the challenge made her realize, “If I say nothing of substance, tell them nothing, share nothing, give them nothing… why? Why am I even there? What am I afraid they will see if I am really myself?”Shonda’s biggest “Aha” moments didn’t come from saying yes to crazy activities like bungee jumping off a cliff or sky diving.

 

Medieval Images of the Human Body

By the later Middle Ages there was great interest in anatomy and how the body worked. Medieval people made illustrations to explain medical and anatomical issues of human body. The “margin of safety was dangerously narrow between effective anesthesia and death from respiratory depression” (Campbell 39-40). Hence, surgery was not attempted short of cases of life-threatening injuries. The workload of medieval surgeons would increase during war and the Plague.

By the late 15th century the image of Wound Man became popular in medieval medical textbooks. It depict the various different ways someone could get injured in battle or by accident.

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The Eye

The 9th century scholar Hunayn ibn Ishaq (809 – 873) wrote extensively about ophthalmology. Throughout the book, Hunayn explains the eye and its anatomy in minute detail; its diseases, their symptoms, their treatments. He discusses the nature of cysts and tumors, and the swelling they cause. He discusses how to treat various corneal ulcers through surgery, and the therapy involved in repairing cataracts. “Ten Treatises on Ophthalmology” demonstrates the skills Hunayn ibn Ishaq had not just as a translator and a physician, but also as a surgeon. This drawing of the eye is based on his works.

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For convenience, Hunayn’s works can be divided into those concerning medicine and those dealing with other subjects. Among the medical works are translations of ancient texts, summaries treatises and paraphrases of these texts, and original. For this group treaties. For this area of his activity, consult the section of this article

Johannes de Ketham was a German physician living in Italy at the end of the 15th century. Ketham is known today for producing the monumental Fasciculus Medicinae, which was first published in Venice in 1491. Fasciculus medicinae was the first printed book to contain anatomical illustrations. The text is a collection of short medical treatises edited by Ketham, many of which are from the medieval period. In 1491, an Italian version of his book on anatomy was printed – it contains woodcut illustrations such as this showing a human anatomy about to take place.

Even though the popes looked down upon dissection, they did not mind much the inspection of fatal wounds by experienced physicians. “Although necropsy would not necessarily be implied in such cases, a certain amount of anatomic probing would have to be done” (Kevorkian 35). Such inspections were usually administered (and allowed) in cases of conspicuous circumstances surrounding the deaths of higher priests, popes, or nobility.

An important fact to point out is that the Church not only allowed but actually ordered caesarean sections on dead pregnant women in attempt to save the soul of the unborn infant.

It does really make a good Wolverine cover 🙂

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List of Tags that I use

Angels

An angel is a supernatural being or spirit found in various religions and mythologies. In Abrahamic religions and Zoroastrianism, angels are often depicted as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between God or Heaven and Earth, or as guardian spirits or a guiding influence
Books

Works of literature, or a main division of such a work
Books new reading

A codex (in modern usage) is the first information repository that modern people would recognize as a “book”: leaves of uniform size bound in some manner along one edge, and typically held between two covers made of some more robust material.
Also things I would actually be reading…
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Christian

Although all of them have their historical roots in Christian theology and tradition, and although most would identify themselves as Christian, many would not identify others within the larger category as Christian
Death

Death is the termination of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. Art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities, usually involving imaginative or technical skill. In their most general form these activities include the production of works of art, the criticism of art, the study of the history of art, and the aesthetic dissemination of art.
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Metaphysics

The metaphysician attempts to clarify the fundamental notions by which people understand the world, e.g., existence, objects and their properties, space and time, cause and effect, and possibility. A central branch of metaphysics is ontology, the investigation into the basic categories of being and how they relate to each other. Another central branch of metaphysics is cosmology, the study of the origin, fundamental structure, nature, and dynamics of the universe.

Mind

A mind is the set of cognitive faculties that enables consciousness, perception, thinking, judgement, and memory, a characteristic of humans, but which also may apply to other life forms.
Names

Names can identify a class or category of things, or a single thing, either uniquely, or within a given context. A personal identifies, not necessarily uniquely, a specific individual human
Peace

peace also suggests sincere attempts at reconciliation, the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all.

Philosophy

Philosophy is the study of the general and fundamental nature of reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language

Tarot

Like the common deck of playing cards, the tarot has four suits (which vary by region, being the French suits in Northern Europe, the Latin suits in Southern Europe, and the German suits in Central Europe). Each of these suits has pip cards numbering from one (or Ace) to ten and four face cards (King, Queen, Knight, and Jack/Knave) for a total of 14 cards. In addition, the tarot has a separate 21-card trump suit and a single card known as the Fool. Depending on the game, the Fool may act as the top trump or may be played to avoid following suit.
Thought

Although thought is a fundamental human activity familiar to everyone, there is no generally accepted agreement as to what thought is or how it is created. Somehow, thoughts arise in the mind from the product of subconscious brain processing.

Virtue
A virtue is a positive trait or quality deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being. Personal virtues are characteristics valued as promoting collective and individual greatness. The opposite of virtue is vice.

Let’s stroll with Walking Dead Michael Koske and Sleepless Nights Radio

Tick tock, ticky tock; are you counting the tick tocks of the clock again? Are you too afraid to go to sleep? Well you know what to do, join Karissa Fleck and Philip Siracusa on Sleepless Nights Radio as they keep the rest of the world awake with a fantastic lineup of guests. Karissa and Phil have also recently been guests on Coast to Coast Radio with George Noory talking about the incredible paranormal experiences they have had at the Horsefly Chronicles House as well.

This week’s featured psychic is: Chris

As a given, or first name, Christopher PRONOUNCED: KRIS-tə-fər has been in use since the 10th century. In Denmark the name was borne by three kings (their names are usually spelled Christoffer), and included the 15th-century Christopher of Bavaria who also ruled Norway and Sweden.

In English, Christopher may be abbreviated as “Chris” or “Kit”, the latter the more common abbreviation until the later 20th century. Another less common abbreviation “Topher” has come into wider use in the U.S.

Christopher decided to serve God by helping people across a dangerous river, where people often died trying to cross. One day a child asked for help to cross when the river was high with floodwaters. Christopher attempted the crossing, and found the child to be far more heavy than he looked. He finally made it to the other side, and told the child, “You were so heavy! It was as if I carried the whole world across the river!” And the child replied, “You didn’t carry the world, but the maker of it,” and revealed himself to be Christ in disguise.

St. Christopher Carrying the Christ Child, by Hieronymus Bosch, 1480-1490.

St. Christopher Carrying the Christ Child, by Hieronymus Bosch, 1480-1490.

Thus, the name Christophoros, or “bearer of Christ”. And thus, the common reference to Christopher as the “patron saint of travelers”.
I am a gentle, intuitive.  I am a teacher and mentor, whose path was pre-destined to do this work.

I have studied metaphysics and spirituality with many teachers for over 30 years. I receive messages from Ascended Masters, Archangels, and other dimensional beings and of course God. I am a Reiki master and can assist to remove blockages and facilitate Chakra cleansing
I am able to give you clarity in relationship situations, career decisions, health concerns, and many other areas you are seeking answers.

Allow me to work some magic in your life!”

Links :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher

https://www.kabalarians.com/Female/chris.htm

http://www.babycenter.com/baby-names-chris-462925.htm

http://www.behindthename.com/name/chris

http://www.christianmeaningofnames.com/christopher/

Wedding superstitions – General

A Lucky Bride: Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something blue, And a lucky sixpence In her shoe.

Married in White, you have chosen right. Married in Grey, you will go far away, Married in Black, you will wish yourself back, Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead, Married in Green, ashamed to be seen, Married in Blue, you will always be true, Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl, Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow, Married in Brown, you will live in the town, Married in Pink, you spirit will sink.

Good omens on your wedding day: Seeing a rainbow , having the sunshine, meeting a black cat, meeting a chimney sweep,

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