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Back to Humanity – Andy Habermacher
Andy Habermacher is one of Europe’s leading experts on Neuroleadership — applying brain science to leadership contexts. Understanding the brain can highlight some surpassingly simple and meaningful insights into human behaviour. Andy will show that the evolution of the brain and growth of the brain in humans can point us to what is really important in life and where we can find our deepest wishes and desires. Ironically the brain’s core functioning and evolution can also draw society down the wrong path and may end up going against the needs of humanity — can we get back to humanity?
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity – Albert Einstein
Healing Damaged Relationships
Relationships are the most valuable things we have as human beings. Damaged relationships can severely handicap the quality of our lives. Learn how to take steps in healing your most important relationships.
Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what’s to be,
A resting place along the road,
to sweet eternity.
We all have different journeys,
Different paths along the way,
We all were meant to learn some things,
but never meant to stay…
Our destination is a place,
Far greater than we know.
For some the journey’s quicker,
For some the journey’s slow.
And when the journey finally ends,
We’ll claim a great reward,
And find an everlasting peace,
Together with the lord
What controls aging? Biochemist Cynthia Kenyon has found a simple genetic mutation that can double the lifespan of a simple worm, C. elegans. The lessons from that discovery, and others, are pointing to how we might one day significantly extend youthful human life.
When it comes to aging well, having “good genes” (or rather, mutant ones) is key, says Cynthia Kenyon. She unlocked the genetic secret of longevity in roundworms — and now she’s working to do the same for humans.
Why you should listen to her:
Cynthia Kenyon is revolutionizing our understanding of aging. As an expert in biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California at San Francisco, she is particularly interested in the influence that genetics have on age-related diseases (from cancer to heart failure) in living things.
Her biggest breakthrough was figuring out that there’s a “universal hormonal control for aging”: carbohydrate intake, which can have a dramatic effect on how two critical genes behave, reducing insulin production and boosting repair and renovation activities. So far, her theory has proved true for worms, mice, rats, and monkeys — and she suspects it applies to humans, too.
By studying aging, Kenyon believes that she and other scientists (many of whom have successfully duplicated her experiments) will be able to pinpoint the molecules responsible for the onset of age-related diseases in people and prevent them. She’s co-founded a drug-development company called Elixir Pharmaceuticals to do just that.
She says: “The link between aging and age-related disease suggests an entirely new way to combat many diseases all at once; namely, by going after their greatest risk factor: aging itself.”
“Ten years ago, we thought aging was probably the result of a slow decay, a sort of rusting. But Professor Kenyon has shown that it’s … controlled by genes. That opens the possibility of slowing it down with drugs.” Jeff Holly, Bristol University
Paleoanthropologist Zeresenay Alemseged looks for the roots of humanity in Ethiopia‘s badlands. Here he talks about finding the oldest skeleton of a humanoid child — and how Africa holds the clues to our humanity.
Zeresenay “Zeray” Alemseged digs in the Ethiopian desert, looking for the earliest signs of humanity. His most exciting find: the 3.3-million-year-old bones of Selam, a 3-year-old hominid child, from the species Australopithecus afarensis.
Why you should listen to him:
Paleoanthropologist Zeresenay Alemseged studies the origins of humanity. Through his Dikika Research Project (DRP) in the Afar desert of Ethiopia, he has discovered the earliest known skeleton of a hominid child, the 3.3-million-year-old bones of Selam, a 3-year-old girl of the species Australopithecus afarensis. She is a member of the same species as Lucy, discovered nearby in 1974.
In studying Selam’s tiny bones, Alemseged is searching for the points at which we humans diverged from apes. For instance, Selam may have had ape-like shoulders, made for climbing trees — but her legs were angled for walking upright. Her young brain, at age 3, was still growing, which implies that she was set to have a long human-style childhood. And in the hyoid bone of her throat, Alemseged sees the beginning of human speech.
Born in Axum, Ethiopia, Alemseged is based in San Francisco at the California Academy of Sciences where is is the Director and Curator of the Anthropology department. Prior to this, he was a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. To see more video from Alemseged, visit the video archives of Nature.
Why you should listen to him:
By analyzing DNA from people in all regions of the world, Spencer Wells has concluded that all humans alive today are descended from a single man who lived in Africa around 60,000 to 90,000 years ago. Now, Wells is working on the follow-up question: How did this man, sometimes called “Ychromosomal Adam,” become the multicultural, globe-spanning body of life known as humanity?
Wells was recently named project director of the National Geographic Society‘s multiyear Genographic Project, which uses DNA samples to trace human migration out of Africa. In his 2002 book The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey, he shows how genetic data can trace human migrations over the past 50,000 years, as our ancestors wandered out of Africa to fill up the continents of the globe.
Two of the most important questions we all ask ourselves are:
“What is the meaning and purpose of my life?”
At Lugen Family Office, we will be sharing with you many thoughts from our research into these questions. So let’s begin.
We believe that your life is your Ultimate Gift. To paraphrase my friend, Jim Stovall, you find meaning in life by discovering your unique abilities and you discover your purpose in life by sharing your gifts with others.
Australian Matthew Kelly, author of The Rhythm of Life, says that the essential meaning and purpose of life is to become “the best version of yourself.” We hear a similar message from Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Live each day with passion and share your gift with the world. This is the only way you can make a difference in the world and fulfill your life purpose.
I am not a huge fan of shortcuts to explain complicated topics since it often results in individuals or families missing key distinctions, exceptions to the rules, and potential risks. Nevertheless, our brains like to learn by this methodology so as an intro to this topic, I will describe a process that most of us have already used in our lives on this journey. I call this the 5 P’s on the Journey from Success to Significance.
Through our thoughts, feelings, surrounding events, our relationships, present circumstances, or inner spirit, we discover an aspiration of something we need or want to do in the future. This usually becomes the motivating force that moves us forward on our journey.
Through strategic and tactical planning, we begin laying out the vision and mission of the journey. Then we begin a more in-depth discovery process of the various options, tools, and resources required for us to complete our journey.
Every journey begins with a single step forward. Action is required for us to fulfill our journey. By utilizing our unique abilities, our networks, our finances, and leveraging other resources, the time frame of this journey may be shortened or lengthened. Of course, we need to monitor the outcomes being created since our activities or market conditions may be moving us closer or further away from our dreams on a daily basis.
As we focus our energies on success, we typically measure the results by things such as money, net worth, market share, position, return on investment, or effective use of our time (in regard to time, think of Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi). We all want to achieve some form of success since it enables us to experience our dreams and fulfill our Bucket List.
At some point on our journey, it is important to realize that we are human beings and not human doings. Also, money, fame, power, and things are short term elixirs on the journey. If life was really about these things, and we work so hard to achieve them, then we should be able to bring them with us after we die. This is an impossible feat. Therefore, a better approach is to be a good steward of the blessing in our lives. By discovering our true purpose in life, we will find fulfillment and leave a sustainable and positive legacy for ourselves and our family.
On this journey from success to significance, George Kinder suggests we ask three important questions:
a) If money and time were no obstacle, what would you want to do, have, and experience in your life? (Create your Bucket List of what you would like to accomplish here on Earth on a holistic basis)
b) If you went to your Doctor and discovered that you had a rare disease which allowed you only three years to live, however the disease would allow you to remain healthy until the very end, what would you do with your time remaining? How would you spend it with your loved ones and friends? What legacy would you want to leave for your family or business?
c) If your Doctor said you only had 48 hours to live, what regrets would you have about your life?
On a daily basis, I recommend that we all reflect on the following:
i) Be consciously aware of yourself and your surroundings;
ii) Remember what you are grateful for;
iii) Review what happened in your day. Did you do the most important things first;
iv) Ask for forgiveness for things that you did wrong. Make a decision to reconcile with someone you have hurt;
v) Prepare yourself for tomorrow by becoming aware of the next day.
I wish for all our members: happiness, success, significance, prosperity, love, joy, many blessings, and great health on your journey in life.
1) Personal Capacities: What do you think, feel, and do wth your life and time? What are you doing about your health?
2) Relational Capacities: Who are the most important relationships in your life? What are you doing to nourish them? Who is in your World – family, friends, colleagues, professionals, community, church, country, etc.
3) Material and Lifestyle Capacities: What do you have in your life? Do you match your cash flow to your values? What are you attracting into your life and does it help you fulfill your life purpose? Are you living the life of your dreams? Are you being true to yourself or are you building assets for the sake of having the assets or to impress people you do not really care about?
4) Experiential Capacity: What are your core values? What meanings have you attached to your life experiences? What are you passionate about? Do you have a Bucket List of the most important things you want to experience while you are alive?
5) Spiritual Capacity: Are you a human being trying to develop your notion of a spiritual life OR are you a spiritual being living a values based human life? Are you a steward of God‘s Will? Do you believe in a cause greater than yourself for the benefit of others?
Marian Wright Edelman says, “Service is the rent we pay for living. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.” Richard Leider, in his book, “The Power of Purpose,” describes the following advice that Cancer Therapists Carl and Stephanie Simonton tell their patients,
“You must stop and reassess your priorities and values. You must be willing to be yourself, not what people want you to be because you think that is the only way you can get love. You can no longer be dishonest. You are now at a point where, if you truly live, you have to be who you are.”
This is something all of us should remember each day since one day will truly be our last. Leave your World a better place rather than leaving it with regrets.