Simple Yet Profound Thoughts by Ellen Langer

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Dr. Ellen Langer presents at PopTech’s annual conference at Camden, Maine, where she discussed the illusion of control, perceived control, successful aging, and decision-making.

Dear Laura,

Click on the image above and it will take you to Ellen Langer’s interview by Krista Tippet on her show On Being.  I want to be sure you know who she is because she has been studying health and happiness for over 35 years at Harvard University.   In fact, she was the first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department there.  What a wealth of inspiration for our generation!  She is a powerful, intelligent woman speaking directly about what we are exploring in our work together- presence.  She calls it “noticing” and states that we do not have to meditate or do yoga or study the ancient mystics to be present in this life (however she does enjoy these).

AND you probably won’t be surprised that she has an active art practice along with her research practice.  This encourages me to see that I can do both my art practice along with my teaching practice in the years to come.  I have always seen art and teaching as the same way of being in the world, and I am always thrilled to find people who see this too.  I will be reading her book On Becoming An Artist to remind myself to never undervalue my creativity as I launch into a new teaching experience this Fall.

I think her book Mindfulness is one you will get a lot out of.  Maybe we could read it together. Let me know what you think after you listen.




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