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Saturday, November 13, 2010

An hour for his dad and his beliefs


The health care debate is roaring, and by now most of you have opinions or are just ignoring it. That said, if you read the linked transcript and or watch the video, it should stir some blog debate.
And for my students there is an additional reason you may wish to watch this video...extra credit. Not now, but later in the term.
For extra credit you will need to analyze a speech using all of the applicable terms and concepts from the textbook, lecture and Angel. There is no limit to the potential speeches, however this special Countdown with Keith Olberman may be used. Do not do this until it is nearer the end of the term, as much of the material you may not have been exposed to yet or have experienced in your own speeches. You can use a transcript, however then you would be missing eye, movement, pace and other elements you should be observing and commenting on.

First posted October 7, 2009.


What is Meditation? - www.eckharttolle.com

Meditation and the Fear of Speaking

Contributed by a student (no product endorsement implied, nor is there any required sales in this message or the link she provides):


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The following is by the student and not the work of Art Lynch, this blog or its editor:


I just wanted to throw this out there for those who a really nervous about standing up and talking in front of people.  Acupuncture has been around for over 5000 years and thanks to modern technology, beginning to understand how it work.





Fortunately, there is a FREE process that anyone can try that taps (literally) into the energy system of the body that acupuncture uses.  A warning, if you clic "the emofree" link, you will get unsolicited e-mail and sales pitches.  An easy to use form of this is called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and there is a free guide on how to do some simple exercises available on the site www.emofree.com.  There are other more complicated versions, but this one is good enough for most people.




Some people get amazing results with just a few times, others need more consistent practice.
Another thing that can really help is mediation.  Most people think meditation involves sitting in painful pose and breathing funny : )  But there is a wide variety of meditation forms.




One of the goals is to balance the autonomic nervous system, which in our culture is heavily  weighted on the "fight or flight" response (sympathetic dominance for those of you thinking about a field in medicine).  Our modern day bodies can't tell the difference between the stress of running to get out of the path of a careening vehicle and a speech.  the chemical responses are the same.  For the later, it doesn't require much thought.




You have one goal - survive!  For the latter, you need to be able to have access to higher executive function (you need to be able to think, organize, and assess).  Meditation (especially combined with visualization) can REALLY make a difference.  Technology has really proven that bodies in a meditative state will respond "as if" whatever you are visualizing is actually happening.  Visualization is used by NASA, sports, and by many others with great benefits.




Hope this helps : )


The above was provide by a student.
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