Twenty years ago, Anne Foerst, the theologian at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, introduced us to Kismet, the first emotionally responsive robot. Now, Marilyn Schlitz, Dean of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University, introduces us to Sophia, an android programmed for unconditional love, empathy, and compassion.
Sky Nelson-Isaacs sees flow and synchronicity as “mutually dependent. In short, when we align with circumstance, circumstance aligns with us.” He describes a set of steps he calls the LORRAX process as a way to cultivate flow in our lives.
Every spiritual tradition has warned us that money, power, and prestige provide only transient satisfaction and the temporary elation they provide invariably fades, leaving us once again discontent and in hot pursuit of the next deluded hope for enduring fulfillment. If spiritual sources are not convincing enough, scientific studies on happiness now confirm this perennial wisdom.
Why do we need to be exposed to difficult people? How do we deal with them at home, at work, or in life in general?