Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.


An Arab proverb says “The nature of rain is the same, but it makes thorns grow in the marshes and flowers in the gardens.” Both wake up, but is the ground of your life a marsh or a garden?

When we state the importance of having a greater awareness of everything, it all begins with waking up. We do it every day, but we are rarely aware of it. Is waking a blessing or a curse, flowers or thorns? It doesn’t depend on the nature of rain, of the time you have, equal for every person. It depends on you.

Each day is a surprise. The only thing you can expect is the unexpected. The parts we plan are useful for guidance, but living each day to its fullest implies welcoming the unplanned parts. Only awareness allows us to accept the unexpected as part of our narrative, no matter the cost or benefit.

How can we become more aware? Practice noofulness: a relational state of consciousness in which we are actively aware of the present, questioning new things and bringing them into context. You can begin by questioning new things, even the simplest questions. Yesterday, we saw a spider with long legs and a small body. We never saw a spider like that before. I was intrigued and eventually found out it’s called Daddy Long-Legs. It brought greater insight into the natural environment I spending my vacations, allowing me to experience greater sense and meaning.

What new question is your mind wondering?

About Miguel Panao

I am a Professor at the University of Coimbra in Mechanical Engineering. I am also author of books in the fields of environmental ethics and Science and Religion. From the several research projects, this site is personal and dedicated to the search for the best approaches, tools, techniques to improve scientific productivity.

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