Consciously Curated: Sharpening Focus, The World is Watching, Trumpland

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Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

The Art of Manliness: 11 Ways to Strengthen Your Attention
“Try to attend steadfastly to a dot on the paper or on the wall. You presently find that one or the other of two things has happened: either your field of vision has become blurred, so that you now see nothing distinct at all, or else you have involuntarily ceased to look at the dot in question, and are looking at something else. But, if you ask yourself successive questions about the dot,—how big it is, how far, of what shape, what shade of color, etc.; in other words, if you turn it over, if you think of it in various ways, and along with various kinds of associates,—you can keep your mind on it for a comparatively long time. This is what the genius does, in whose hands a given topic coruscates and grows.”

Mic: Music for Your Mind and More
“What we found was the more a child trained on an instrument,” Hudziak told the Washington Post, “it accelerated cortical organization in attention skill, anxiety management and emotional control.”

Thinking Good: Mayor Steve Benjamin on Life’s Biggest Stage
“Key takeaways are: Dads should kiss their kids more; It is okay to be different (even when 20 million pairs of eyes are watching); Micah 6:8 and the importance of knowing what you don’t know.”

Mother Jones: Trump’s America
“Some people cannot leave their homes during times of unfortunate weather. Many still dry clothes by hanging them on wires with clothespins outside. These people are nowhere near the top, or even the middle, of any hierarchy. These people are scraping the bottom of the barrel, and they, seemingly, have nothing to benefit from maintaining the system of order that keeps them at the bottom.”

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