Posts About: Education

Esteem for Classical Literature

classical literature for children

The education of classical literature begins in Swiss schools quite early and is kept in high esteem throughout the whole high-school time and even further.

Knowledge of classical literature is considered to be very valuable in a common sense of general knowledge.

It may be that as child people don’t get the importance of classical literature, but certainly later in life the interest might be brought out and esteem will be given to classical literature.

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Classical ballet for children’s self-esteem

classical ballet introduction to childrenThe City of Angels Ballet in Silver Lake near Los Angeles offers free classical ballet training for children coming from some of the city’s toughest neighborhoods.

Each afternoon hundreds of children make the long car drive to the tiny studio, their portal to ballet’s magical world.

The company was founded by Mario Nugara, a professional ballet dancer who wanted to create a ballet academy offering classes for the children of South Los Angeles.

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Esteem for pianists

Nadia Reisenberg: A Musician's ScrapbookSome pianists attract a lot of attention for their ability to perform classical music. There are other pianists who use their great skill as teachers.

They have often a hidden influence in the music world by teaching the next superstar pianists.

Nadia Reisenberg was one of them.  She was a piano soloist with the New York Philharmonic during the 1940’s and was often heard in concert and on radio broadcasts.

She was also known as a respected teacher to her peers.  Thanks to a four-CD set covering the music of Chopin received renewed attention.

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Esteem for Felix Mendelssohn’s music

Mendelssohn: A Life in MusicAs we give esteem toward people, we can give esteem toward cultures, organizations or art.

The beauty of classical music is immediate for some, but for others it takes time to discover.

Once discovered it’s easy to give esteem toward classical music because often it touches the very soul of the listener.

I was reminded of my esteem for this art when an important moment in classical music history happened.

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Esteem for Enneagram – Steps to self-knowledge

The Complete Enneagram

As follow-up to my post Self-esteem and self-handicapping I like to add some thoughts about the positive counterpart of self-handicapping. It’s about self-knowledge.

One of the most impressive systems that tries to explain personality traits and helping to find self-knowledge – I even don’t know if I can call it system – is the Enneagram of Personality or just simply called Enneagram.

It understands the human psyche as typology of 9 interconnected personality types.

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Esteem for Selma Lagerlof

Selma Lagerlof wonderful adventures of NilsIt is really not very difficult to me to give esteem to the Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf as her name is written rightly. I grew up with her books back in Switzerland, some of them were even read in school.

Selma Lagerlöf was also the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1909. What an honor and esteem given to her in a time where women weren’t esteemed for their work publicly!

She received the Nobel Prize of Literature in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings.

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Esteem for the Biodiversity on our planet Earth

Biodiversity Gaston SpicerArizona State University’s International Institute for Species Exploration announces a top 10 new species list each year as part of its public awareness campaign to bring attention to biodiversity.

The day of the announcement is not an accident. Every year it is made on or near May 23 to honor Linnaeus, the initiator of the modern system for naming plants and animals.

Almost 2 million species have been named and classified. Scientists estimate though that there are 10-12 million living species on our planet Earth, not included the unknown millions of microbes.

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Physical Activity influences Life Satisfaction

Core 4 of Wellness Nanavati

Coming back to my earlier post about Physical Activity influencing Life Satisfaction I’d like to add this recommendation for a book that’s not so long out there, but has already a great influence on people’s mind and thinking about how physical activity can influence happiness and life satisfaction.

If I need to give one short answer to the question if body exercise helps you being more happy and balanced in life, it would be this: Yes!

But there is much more to it. I found this great book and like to introduce it to you.

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Esteem for “The Little Prince”

The Little Prince

The Little Prince is French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéery’s most famous novel.  He wrote it while he was living in Asharoken, New York.

This touching novel has been translated into more than 180 languages and has become one of the best selling books of all time.

 The Little Prince is a charming story about the encounter between Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and a prince living on “his small planet” and how they experience life and other people.

It is one of my all-time favorite books!

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“They must be what they can be” Maslow

Maslow Theory of Human MotivationAbraham Maslow, the man who proposed Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation”, said once: “They must be what they can be”.

He defined with this statement self-actualizing people. Self-actualization was first coined by Abraham Maslow. He explained it like this: “A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be. This is the need we may call self-actualization … It refers to man’s desire for fulfillment, namely to the tendency for him to become actually in what he is potentially: to become everything that one is capable of becoming …”

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