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Wishing you lots of Christmas for 2014

Posted by juttajerlich on 30. December 2013

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, a religious event and a widely celebrated cultural holiday.  When you ask people the question “How do you celebrate Christmas?” or “What does Christmas mean to you?”, you will get quite diverse answers.

Everybody has a different way of celebrating. In some places Santa Claus comes through the chimney and delivers gifts to children on the 25th of December. Where the population is predominantly roman catholic, the birth of Jesus as the “Christkind” is celebrated on the 24th of December with a family gathering and attending church service.  In other countries Christmas is a festivity with a more commercially motivated.

         Christmas tree 2013

The essence of any festival for me is the coming together, meeting family and friends, cooking and eating together. This is what my family does at Christmas. It was not always like that. It developed into this format. The special dish this year was Carp in salt crust and it was delicious. But it was not about the dish. It was about the time spent together and the thoughts exchanged while decorating the tree, preparing the meal and cleaning up afterwards.

This is my feeling of Christmas. I enjoy all festivals of all religions that bring people together, open their minds for each other and lead them back to what connects them: common roots, same goals, shared views on life, friendship and love.

I hope that this kind of feeling was part of your Christmas holidays and I wish you lots more feelings like this for the New Year 2014

I wish you lots of Christmas occasions throughout the year.

Thanks for the thought exchange, support and collaboration to

my family and friends
my colleagues, advisers, mentors and companions
my former students in Japan
my current Creativity Engineering students

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Body language and its effect

Posted by TabeaSano on 8. December 2013

Communication happens on so many levels. Words, Eyes, Body, Mail, behavior online by simply clicking “like” on Facebook. It happens every day from waking up until going to sleep when saying good night. But in my opinion communication is underrated. People say they are bad at expressing themselves, they quickly switch to informal language and shorten everything they say with hashtags. We talk differently than 20 years ago and the World Wide Web is a big part of it. But communication is crucial to understand each other. Learning a new language gives you a key to the culture, because it reflects a big part of the culture itself. For example, in Japanese the word “I” is used less than in English or German, which I think reflects the importance of the groups rather than the individual.

One thing you don’t get taught when learning a new language is the body language. You have the stereotypical cold Scandinavian and on the other hand the kiss on the cheek giving South European. But besides cultural differences, body language in your own country is very important. It also has a huge effect on yourself, which Amy Cuddy reflects on in this talk on TED:

I found this video very inspiring and added it to my list about communication. For more info also have a look at these people:

Paul Ekman – One of the leading scientists on microexpressions and body language. He states that the basic expressions are universal and has a lot of interesting insights on how we e.g. mask a lie!
Stefan Verra – This man startles you all over again when analysing you and your body language. He has a lot of knowledge about what you tell others when standing, sitting or behaving in a certain way.

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Times change but some things always stay the same

Posted by juttajerlich on 5. December 2013

empathyIt seems to me, more often than before, that essential life lessons a human being has to learn have not changed through the years, even though our environment and practical gadgets we are surrounded with do change at a very fast pace.

I just came across Roman Krznaric, an Australian cultural thinker and co-founder of The School of Life in London and his new book “How Should We Live? Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life”.

He speaks about Leo Tolstoy and what he began writing 150 years ago. Most people think of him as one of the 19th century’s greatest novelists. Few are aware that he was also one of its most radical social and political thinkers. During a long life from 1828 to 1910, Tolstoy gradually rejected the received beliefs of his aristocratic background and embraced a startlingly unconventional worldview that shocked his peers. Tracing his personal transformation offers some wise — and surprising — lessons for how we should approach the art of living today.

Lesson 1: Keep an Open Mind

Lesson 2: Practice Empathy

Lesson 3: Make a Difference

Lesson 4: Master the Art of Simple Living

Lesson 5: Beware Your Contradictions

Lesson 6: Expand Your Social Circle

Sounds familiar ?
This is definitely something that has not changed since then – the same lessons are still valid for today.
Maybe this is a general recipe for rethinking life?

LINKS

Details about Tolstoy`s 6 lessons
www.outrospection.org
hello Peace

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