18/05/2012

The power of a good smile

The power of smile is so big that only the fact of slightly doing it already produces beneficial effects. Richard Wiseman, a Public Understanding of Psychology professor in the University of Hertfordshire, in UK, remembers us in an interview with Eduard Punset that ‘when you force yourself to smile, it encourages you, it makes you feel happier. This said, you have to keep your smile for 15 seconds, keep it there’.

A simple exercise: stop, breathe gently and focus your attention on your face. Start with your forehead; be aware of the feelings that come from it, if there is any type of strain, relax it. Pay special attention to your jaws and tongue, because we tend to keep them strained. Breathe and relax them. Relax your mouth. Gently, put the tip of your tongue on your upper gum, behind your front teeth. You will see how you lips are immediately relaxed and you gently smile.

Your face is one of the most sensible parts of your body. A set of various elements, each of them unique, forms your presentation card: eyes, mouth, forehead, eyebrows, cheeks… Fear and rage, some of our most common tensions, tend to gather around some of these parts —your jaw and forehead are neuralgic points—. This is the reason why it is important to know how your face is, what it says about one y be aware of it, relax our muscles and start to change our attitude.

Many people from different times and cultures have referred to the smile’s extraordinary singularity and its ability to make the transition between one’s self to others. In words of María Jesús Ribas, ‘the smile it’s not only the display of an inner feeling of joy, harmony or welfare; it is an exclusive form of expression for human beings and it is as well the most visible part of an intimate union between two minds’. The Dalai Lama considers ‘a smile as something unique in a human being. A smile is also a powerful communication tool. A sincere smile is the perfect expression for human love and compassion’. Mother Theresa of Calcuta was convinced that ‘peace starts with a smile’ and Russian writer Leon Tólstoi even said ‘a kid recognizes his mother by a smile’.

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Fritjof Capra es físico, teórico de sistemas y director fundador del Center for Ecoliteracy, sito desde 1995 en Berkeley, California, que promueve la ecología y el pensamiento sistémico en la educación primaria y secundaria.

Americano nacido en Austria en 1939, obtuvo su doctorado en física teórica en la Universidad de Viena en 1966. Realizó investigaciones en física de partículas y teoría de sistemas durante 20 años en la Universidad de París, la Universidad de California, Stanford, el Linear Accelerator Center, el Imperial College of London y el Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Mientras estuvo en Berkeley fue miembro del grupo Fundamental Fysiks, fundado en 1975 por Elizabeth Rauscher y George Weissmann, que se reunía semanalmente para discutir sobre filosofía y física cuántica.

Durante los últimos años, Fritjof Capra ha estado investigando el trabajo de Leonardo Da Vinci —Imagen Cirone Musi

Capra aboga por que la cultura occidental abandone el pensamiento lineal convencional y las visiones mecanicistas de Descartes. Critica la visión cartesiana reduccionista de que las cosas se pueden estudiar por partes para comprender el todo, y fomenta un enfoque holístico.

Ha escrito varios libros sobre las implicaciones de la ciencia, el más popular El Tao de la física, subtitulado con precisión 'Una exploración de los paralelismos entre la física moderna y el misticismo oriental'. El autor considera que, en el intento de comprender el misterio de la vida, el ser humano ha seguido diferentes caminos, entre ellos el científico y el místico. Propone la tesis de que los conceptos de la física moderna conducen a una visión del mundo muy similar a la de los místicos de todas las edades y tradiciones. El propósito del ensayo es explorar la relación entre tales conceptos, motivado por la creencia de que los temas básicos que utiliza para comparar la física con el misticismo serán confirmados —de hecho, están siendo confirmados— en lugar de invalidados por las investigaciones futuras.

El libro afirma que tanto la física como la metafísica conducen inexorablemente al mismo conocimiento

Para Capra los dos pilares de la física moderna son la teoría cuántica y la teoría de la relatividad, que son abordadas en la primera parte del ensayo. Las filosofías orientales a las que se refiere en la segunda parte son el Hinduismo, el Budismo y el Taoísmo.

Fritjof Capra is a physicist and systems theorist, founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy located since 1995 in Berkeley, California, which promotes ecology and systems thinking in primary and secondary education.

American born in Austria in 1939, Capra attended the University of Vienna, where he earned his PhD in theoretical physics in 1966. He conducted research in particle physics and systems theory for 20 years at the University of Paris, the University of California, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, the Imperial College of London and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. While at Berkeley, he was a member of the Fundamental Fysiks Group, founded in 1975 by Elizabeth Rauscher and George Weissmann, which met weekly to discuss philosophy and quantum physics.

For the past few years, Fritjof Capra has been researching the work of Leonardo Da Vinci —Image Cirone Musi

He advocates that Western culture abandon conventional linear thought and the mechanistic views of Descartes. Critiquing the reductionistic Cartesian view that everything can be studied in parts to understand the whole, he encourages a holistic approach.

Capra has written popular books on the implications of science, notably The Tao of Physics, accurately subtitled 'An exploration of the parallels between modern physics and Eastern mysticism'. The author considers that in the attempt to understand the mystery of life, the human being has followed different paths, including the scientific and the mystical. He puts forward the thesis that the concepts of modern physics lead to a vision of the world very similar to that of mystics of all ages and traditions. The purpose of the essay is to explore the relationship between such concepts, motivated by the belief that the basic themes he uses to compare physics with mysticism will be confirmed —they are being confirmed, in fact— rather than invalidated by future research.

The book asserts that both physics and metaphysics lead inexorably to the same knowledge

For Capra the two pillars of modern physics are quantum theory and relativity theory, addressed in the first part of the essay. The Eastern philosophies that he refers to in the second part are Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism.

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