To Practice Critical Thinking

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socratic_method

‘Know thyself’ and help others do the same.

Using the Socratic Method May promote more than critical thinking.

Especially when practicing meditation and journaling together with study, research and critical thinking, reading and writing.

Why not be a lifelong learner?

Sleep Mistakes and how the human body regulates itself

B. F. Skinner kinda had it right when he said we are just a bunch of behaviours, not good or bad, but a bunch of habits…

Okay, one mistake is to go without sleep, the human body needs about 7 or 8 hours for the average adult and anything less, bad things begin to happen to us all.

Mother nature left it up to us to regulate our sleep, I can sleep anyway I am willing to sleep, that doesn’t mean I will pick the healthiest way, but it is up to me.

The habit of sleep is arguably the most important habit I can form. It would be a mistake to say otherwise.

Think of the human body as a vessel. Throw in salt, a banana, pinch of dirt, a piece of raw fish, water, garden salad. Maybe some pepper and a small piece of plastic from the wrapper on the fish that I bought. What do you have besides my supper?

Yes, it is probably a mistake to have eaten that plastic. Micro particles will get in my bloodstream and gawd knows what kind of mistake that will do to my body and therefore the quality of my sleep tonight.

So the body mixes up all these foods and breaks them down into smaller and smaller bits that are used for nutrients, chemicals and other stuff in the ways of the universe to fuel my body processes.

There is a lot of room for mistakes there, because the body does all sorts of things we do not understand. Bottom line, millions of years of evolution has worked out most of the kinks, the plastic will probably be eliminated through the bowels, mostly the way we made it.

We are what we eat, mostly true, and the above meal is a pretty good supper. So, as long as I don’t make too many more mistakes, I will mostly have a pretty good sleep tonight.

A big sleep mistake is not to follow my sleep routine. I go to bed about the same time every night and wake up about the same time too. I sleep in a cool room and that has been proven to work better than a hot room or other. I sleep in the dark, that is also essential. I keep a blanket handy, if I wake up from the cold. That helps. And I don’t eat too close to betime or do anything else to disrupt my sleep routine: hygiene is good. You know clean sheets, sleep nude or with pajamas, low noise level, I already said ‘dark’, same thing everynight.

Sleeping pills are generally a mistake too.

Drinking is generally a mistake too.

So, unless our parents taught us good habits when we were kids, it takes time to figure all this out.

Human health depends on exercise, nutrition, good habits and sleep.

Our health, if disrupted by our genitics, environment or poor choices will also affect our sleep. This can become a slippery slope. Ask anyone who has had some cold or flu. Therefore, it pays to keep a strong immune system to fight off whatever mother nature throws our way.

Epigenetics are also pretty important too.

So any novice statistical analysis can show there is room for improvement for anyone who wants to make their sleep better.

What about the human microbiome? Yup, that could help with a good night sleep.

So, taking some responsibility for a good sleep and a long healthy life is partially up to you.

Maybe sleep hypnosis can help?

The list is long and the mistakes are even more numerous.

Sleep well and prosper.

6 Side Effects of Too Much Cinnamon

Cinnamon is an incredibly healthy spice that’s safe to eat in small amounts. However, eating too much could cause these 6 side effects.
— Read on www.healthline.com/nutrition/side-effects-of-cinnamon

Ceylon Cinnamon

Bottom line, in moderation, most spices are a good source of nutrients. But to risk the side effects, is not worth the mega does in most cases.

This delicious spice is linked to many health benefits. And dissolves well in your morning coffee.

Try picking up a bottle of “Simply Organic ” cinnamon (Ceylon Variety) from Amazon.ca. Good price point, and simple delivery method.

Start collecting fresh organic spices today. Your diet and cupboard will be full in no time, one bottle at a time!

My Globe and Mail Newspaper

From September 12, 2020 to October 9, 2020, the digital copy will cost me $29.36.

In 2018, it cost $25.16. I’ve been a customer since at least 2016.

Or that is as far as my payment history will allow me to see.

So much for ‘basic’ service.

I have had little use for the paper, in that I’ve read it, faithfully, once or twice a week.

Mostly, I skim through it.

I’ve written a few blogs about related articles on topics of interest.

I like the newspaper, and I encourage others to read and subscribe to the service.

It is a great way to get some news coverage and an important ‘go to’ news source.

I feel there is a better way to keep up with the news.

I like to support good coverage, listen and read the local, municipal and national news.

Most of this is covered in the Globe and Mail and other similar papers in other countries around the world.

They keep a close control over their financial interest.

And they work hard to keep it running smoothly and on time to turn a fair profit.

All in all I give it a 7 or 9 out of ten. Please read more about the importance of news, the history and the need to support ‘good’ news coverage.

I highly recommend Wikipedia as an information source for facts and accuracy.

Freedom is my goal for staying informed and doing my part . It requires that I do a reasonable job and try hard to learn and understand the world I choose to support.

Lastly, a word about free will and anonymity. Better choices are hard to make without them. I choose to live with compassion, proper use of impressions and without necessarily making it public knowledge.

I think I can be safer and healthier this way.

I am grateful for the resources to live in this world.

Good luck with your journey and happy trails…

Drug Overdose, Victoria, British Columbia

Just a cursorily look into the drug problem in our city will say it is going downhill since 2010.

What have you seen in the last ten years.

Don’t you ever wonder about that siren you hear everyday.

How long has it been since you connected the dots and realized we have a fentanyl problem, a world drug problem, and much more pain and suffering than the public can even stand to hear about anymore?

Becoming aware of the problem is the first step.

That means stop numbing out about it.

Find ways to do no harm to yourself and others.

Then maybe people will begin to help people again.

International Overdose Awareness day is a global event that happens every year on 31st of August.

Their presence was made at the Ministry of Health on Friday, downtown.

Where were you and what are you doing about it?

The answer is non-violent and helping yourself first.

The problem is here to stay and that will be what is commonly called an ongoing problem that will have systemic effects upon society as a whole.

Chances are that you probably can’t even talk about it.

You probably don’t think it is your problem.

And if you do, you probably don’t know what to do next.

Don’t walk away, this is not going to either.

Awareness is key.

Please support the effort.

“Monkey Mind”

Here is a great reference to start your search for a cure (lol).

10 Ways to Tame Your Monkey Mind and Stop Mental Chatter

The ‘hurry and worry’ we all feel can be quieted down a lot by spending some time in silence and being more 2) mindful and perhaps 3) meditating more each day.

  1. The first approach is to spend 10 minutes a day being silent.

To become aware is the goal in using any of the mental tools mentioned above.

At some point, the question will be, ‘am I aware of the mess my mind is from moment to moment?’ And, is there anyway to treat myself better?

It would be fair to say my mind is out of control when I ‘hurry and worry’ too much.

In western culture we have religion and mental attitudes that help us, “Keep calm and carry on.”

Consider starting with silence, becoming aware of your “monkey mind” and learning to do a combination of the three suggestions above.

The proper way to deal with harmful stress is to learn to be with yourself. The best way to do this is to become aware of the need for a little silence each day. This will lead to making a decision to stop doing harm to yourself and mind by practicing being more mindful and learning to meditate.

Good luck.

Dialogue: Diogenes Vs. Alexander

In this dialogue, two outspoken men philosophy about life, death and agency.

Diogenes: cynical times, nothing is certain, living through vice and corruption.

Alexander: I’d like to meet this famous cynic.

D: I love sunning myself outside this local gymnasium.

A: I am Alexander the Great.

D: I am Diogenes the Cynic

A: Your wish is my command.

D: then, get out of my light.

A: If Freedom had smiled on me, I would endure your failure to be homeless.

D: no one chooses to be without.

A: You did.

D: Or so it seems. What comes from your great sucesss?

A: Very small failures. But we are both pretending to be more than meets the eye.

D: I mock the gods or agency that forced my hand.

A: Hmm, I will meet my death like a dream.

D: then we are both imposters.

A: so it seems.

Read

www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-there-is-a-reading-crisis-in-canada-the-pandemic-will-make-it-worse/

I was held back a year to overcome my learning disability.

It was called a hormone imbalance at the time or a growing problem that some kids face.

My reading class required me to learn by taking the phonics programme.

I also enrolled in a summer reading program.

As an adult I read more than most, but I tend to spend too much time on devices and with distractions like TV or other time wasters.

Please, read this article and support the effort to help kids learn to read.

I now realize the help and support I received was uncommon.

Let’s help every kid learn to read.