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Ian O'Byrne

Exercise on learning from the view from above

On the final day of Stoic Week 2016, we are asked to consider our relationships with others and society in general. The handbook and daily prompts for the week are available here.

The reflection for this day is from Meditations, 2.3 from Marcus Aurelius:

The works of the gods are full of providence. The works of Fortune are not independent of Nature or the spinning and weaving together of the threads governed by Providence. All things flow from that world: and further factors are necessity and the benefit of the whole universe, of which you are a part. Now every part of nature benefits from that which is brought by the nature of the Whole and all which preserves that nature: and the order of the universe is preserved equally by the changes in the elements and changes in their compounds.

In this I believe that Marcus Aurelius is reminding us of our connection to nature, but also identifying a possibility for us to not be over attached to perspectives and actions outside of our own.

As indicated in previous posts, we have a lot that we can learn from our partners, friends, and colleagues. We can also learn from nature and our environment. The challenge is that we need to focus on our own goals and direction in life while striving for a life filled with virtue.

To remain focused on events in your locus of control, the following activity known as "the view from above" is recommended. This is a guided meditation that is aimed at focusing on the bigger picture in life and understanding your role in the world.

The audio recording above is a recording from Donald Robertson. Alternatively, you can read the script for the guided meditation here. Alternatively you can review the following video here.

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Tony Robbins guided meditation on resolving internal conflict

Meditation is a valuable part of my morning ritual. I find that it is helpful to quiet the mind as I reboot and start each day. Each morning I start by meditating for 20 minutes using the Headspace app. This is followed by a journaling period as I have a cup of coffee and something to eat. 

Even with these rituals, there are some times when self-doubt, expectations, and unfinished business still plague me. 

For these instances I'm saving a copy of a recent guided meditation from Tony Robbins. The audio clip is under 10 minutes (7:59). I recommend using a pair of headphones and sitting in a somewhat private setting. 

This was originally shared on episode #178 and #186 of the Tim Ferriss podcast. I edited the audio clip to cut to the focus of this post and saved it here as an archive.

 

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Learning Event 5 (#LE5) for #WalkMyWorld 2016

For the learning events in the Project 2016, I'm releasing tracks that would form a playlist for my life. You can review the whole playlist here on Soundcloud.

In each podcast I'll situate myself in my life and try to explain why this track is meaningful to me.

For Learning Event Five, track five of my playlist is West End Girls by the Pet Shop Boys.

 

The music for the bumper is Nothing to Fear by Dexter Britain shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

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Learning Event 4 (#LE4) for #WalkMyWorld 2016

For the learning events in the  Project 2016, I'm releasing tracks that would form a playlist for my life. You can review the whole playlist here on Soundcloud.

In each podcast I'll situate myself in my life and try to explain why this track is meaningful to me.

For Learning Event Four, track four of my playlist is Unsung by Helmet.

 

The music for the bumper is Nothing to Fear by Dexter Britain shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

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Interview with Kurt Becker about engineering education, design, STEM, & literacy

This interview was conducted with Kurt Becker from the Department of Engineering Education at Utah State University. 

The discussion is part of the Literacy in the Disciplines interview project on Literacy Beat.  

The video is available here. You can listen to the podcast by clicking the play button above, or listening to it on Soundcloud.

Backup of the podcast

 

The interview is wide ranging, and covers areas from engineering to engineering education, STEM, design, and cognition.

I found my time with Kurt to be fasincating...and has definitely pushed my thinking since our discussion.

Enjoy.

Ian O'Byrne

The Future of The Professions interview segment

The Future of the Professions

Leo LaPorte interviews Richard and Daniel Susskind about their book, The Future of the Professions.

In this discussion they explain how ‘increasingly capable systems’ - from telepresence to artificial intelligence, will bring fundamental change in the way that the 'practical expertise' of specialists is made available in society.

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Learning Event 3 (#LE3) for #WalkMyWorld 2016

For the learning events in the  Project 2016, I'm releasing tracks that would form a playlist for my life. You can review the first track here. You can review the whole playlist here on Soundcloud.

In each podcast I'll situate myself in my life and try to explain why this track is meaningful to me.

For Learning Event Three, track three of my playlist is Gallows Pole by Led Zeppelin.

The song is a re-telling of a centuries-old folk song called The Maid Freed from the Gallows

The graphic, or diagram I used to express the shape of the story is the image below titled The Day That The World Didn't End.

In trying to diagram the action of the plot, it's a challenge because most of the action and dialogue (at least in the version I shared) exists in the protagonist's head. I think the image I shared shows the torment that the speaker is experiencing. The image also does a good job of showing the movement in the journey.

 

The music for the bumper is Nothing to Fear by Dexter Britain shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

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Learning Event 2 (#LE2) for #WalkMyWorld 2016

For the learning events in the Project 2016, I'm releasing tracks that would form a playlist for my life. You can review the first track here. You can review the whole playlist here on Soundcloud.

In each podcast I'll situate myself in my life and try to explain why this track is meaningful to me.

For Learning Event Two, track two of my playlist is Creep by Stone Temple Pilots.

 

The music for the bumper is Nothing to Fear by Dexter Britain shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

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Learning Event 1 (#LE1) for #WalkMyWorld 2016

For my learning events in the Project 2016, I'll release tracks that would form a playlist for my life. I've wanted to do this for the past couple of years and foolishly told my class that I would finally do it.

This year in the Project I want to force myself to focus on audio and experiment with podcasting to achieve these goals. 

In each podcast I'll try and situate myself in my life and explain why this specific track is meaningful to me.

For Learning Event One, track one of my playlist is My Philosophy by Boogie Down Productions.

In the podcast I mention Jack of Spades and Love's Gonna Get'cha by BDP. 

 

The music for the bumper is Nothing to Fear by Dexter Britain shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license