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Overwhelmed? Had a Busy Week? Slow Down with a Poem

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When things get overwhelming and you feel knee deep in distractions, what do you do to slow things down? Some people turn to meditation. I use poetry as my remedy. As soon as I sense a whiff of spring, I dig up the first stanza of T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” and recite these words to whomever will listen: April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. I don’t know why I memorized this part of the poem in college, but through this exercise I realized that reading and experiencing a poem can be transformative.  It takes me away from what’s happening around me, an escape…

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TED Talks: Amy Cuddy Suggests Striking a Pose to Adopt a Better Alter Ego

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Have you ever wished for a life hack that had the power to make you more confident and comfortable in your own skin? Look no further than “power posing,” developed by Harvard Professor Amy Cuddy as discussed in her TED Talk from the Global conference in 2012. In this informative, moving and motivational talk, Cuddy talks about her philosophy of tiny tweaks leading to big life changes, and the power of “faking it ‘til you become it” rather than “faking it ‘til you make it.” In addition to discussing her own personal challenges, Cuddy describes her “power posing” practice, which she researched extensively. Essentially, she found that if you hold a confident pose for two minutes, your brain chemistry reacts…

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