Asher Solomon

Sydney, Australia

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Asher Solomon
Posted almost 3 years ago
Aicha el-Wafi + Phyllis Rodriguez: The mothers who found forgiveness, friendship
@Jason your 'rigorous logic' sounds like 'if I can make a rational argument why I'm right and they're wrong then the only time that I can find forgiveness is when they agree that I'm right and they're wrong' You want some logic? Innocent children that are born everyday into families and socieities that convince them that they have an enemy. When you don't forgive, you only perpetuate this. This is not pathological altruism. This is about a practical means for trying to understand the terrible circumstances can lead up to horrific things being done by pretty much anyone - and then moving forward together. Because the only alternative is that you keep 'them' at arms distance and you perpetuate the us v them mentality in this world. What sort of world do you want to create?
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Asher Solomon
Posted almost 3 years ago
Martin Seligman: The new era of positive psychology
Hannah, I wonder why you couldn't finish your initially objective reply at '..nothing is random in a survey' and why chose to finish with a subjective personal attack? Can I assume that you listen to TED lectures, this very one as an example, because you're genuiney interested in ideas that help foster happiness, peace and connectednesss between humans in this world? You might find some happiness in playing the issue and not the person.
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Asher Solomon
Posted almost 3 years ago
What suggestions do you have or tools do you utilize to reclaim your well-being and create a healthier, happier world?
These are some of the the things that keep me in balance: - let go of all opinions about yourself, other people, the things they do.. your opinions are just that - opinions. better to make your life about understanding and improving *how* you perceive things rather than what your judgements are. - let go of your opinions about what is Right and what is Wrong in this world and focus instead on how you can act from a place of compassion. - do exercises like yoga and qi gong that make you *feel* more rather than think, and let your heart come into balance with my mind - ground yourself, make connecting with nature a regular an important ritual and way of life - meditate. The Tibetan or Chinese versions of the Inner Smile Meditation are very effective, and it has also been applied most successfully in clinic situations for thousands of people of differing conditions. the more you meditate, the more your experience of life becomes about pure awareness rather than allowing your perception to be controlled by the minds habit of fixating on its own contents. With more genuine awareness we have more natural empathy and find ourselve in greater harmony with the world around us. - visit a practitioner of a modality that has a good understanding of the connection between mind/emotions/body like authetic tai chi or Acuenergetics - eat seasonal foods, cook at home and eat fresh as much as possible, eat when hungry and don't fill yourself up. eat enough to take away your hunger and that is all.. Eat according to your circadian rhythms - "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper" - Love. Make your life about loving yourself and those around you.
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Asher Solomon
Posted almost 3 years ago
Aicha el-Wafi + Phyllis Rodriguez: The mothers who found forgiveness, friendship
"Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die" When we hold onto andger and resentment and do not forgive, we only kill ourselves, bringing ourselves and those around us down. If you think anger and resentment empowers you, then you're kidding yourself. True courage exists when we find a space to love even those that try to harm us, with a will to find common ground, a path for healing. Forgiveness is a virtue, its is an energetic flow between ourselves, other people and the past that allows us to move forward. When we don't have forgiveness, we close down the energy of our heart and we become stuck in the story of the hurt of the past.
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Asher Solomon
Posted almost 3 years ago
Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"
Very good talk Eli, but I think you could have been more blunt about the motives behind the development of these gatekeeper algorithms. Seems pretty simple to me: 1) Make people more and more deeply attached to the things that they're already attaching to. 2) People will buy more stuff, and predictably so, in this sphere the internet is a marketplace which is fair enough - its a great tool for people that want to trade. But I'd like to see a browser with the efficiency of google that the user can genuinely tailor for their own preferences, rather than the very simple parameters which are variables now.
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Asher Solomon
Posted almost 3 years ago
Naif Al-Mutawa: Superheroes inspired by Islam
Great work Dr Naif! Look forward to reading these comics! May your creations bring ever more light in the world. In addition to reaching out to the Justice League, I hope that the 99 also find the courage one day to connect with moderate peace loving Jews in Israel and around the world and build the bridges to bring our people together again. I'm Jewish and a strong supporter of inter-faith peace. I'd gladly buy these comics and get my kids to read them and i'll be telling all my friends about 99, which i first heard about on ted
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Asher Solomon
Posted about 3 years ago
Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food
I spoke to a recently graduated doctor of gastroenterology, educated at one of Australia's best universities, UNSW. He said that in the 6 years of studying to earn his degree, there was only ONE LECTURE about nutrition. I think this is a very interesting and poignant indicator which shows how detatched western medical training is detached from understanding the causes of disease. Good on you Jamie for taking the stand and making this statement. My wife is an Ayurvedic practitioner - the study of the art of living according to ancient Indian wisdom. There is a great understanding of the importance of fresh and seasonal foods, the importance of routine and home cooking. We need more of that.