- The ideals of work are how we materialize any ideal.
- The materialized ideal is called a virtue.
- Virtues are ways of describing mastery.
- Virtues are formed with an image of the kalon used as basis for strategy.
- Mindfulness means deliberately attending to a present sensation.
- Mindfulness activates your parasympathetic nervous system.
- Parasympathetic activation can be seen in the respiratory sinus arrhythmia, in which your heart rate slows as you exhale and raises as you inhale in a sine-wave pattern.
- Mindfulness is an act of the power of memory.
- The object of memory, and therefore mindfulness, is being.
- Hope perfects mindfulness by bringing the Eternal Being of God into present awareness.
- Making the first step of a task as small and simple as possible reduces the perceived effort required to engage it.
- Strategies for a task give you traction within a task.
- Email causes over-activation of your default mode network.
- Attention-deficit is not a character trait.
- Attention-deficit is a state of training.
- Attention-deficit is closely related to being in threat mode.
- Dread puts your amygdala into an alert state.
- The amygdala has three states of activation: quiet, alert, and alarmed.
- Being distractible is a key feature of threat mode.
- Being impulsive is a key feature of threat mode.
- Having a negative processing bias is a key feature of staying in threat mode.
- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book 10; especially St Thomas’s Commentary)