I look forward to co-leading this wonderful 8 week series about Mindfulness on the Go starting in September. Fall can get pretty busy all the sudden, and the support of this workshop will provide a lifeline amidst the business for anyone who joins. Personally and in my professional life, commitment to mindfulness is among the best investments I’ve made in my life. It is exciting to see the growing research that supports the many benefits of mindfulness practices.
Disney’s “Inside Out” Trailer offers a fun illustration of the internal dialogues, urges and impulses guided by various emotions inside our human minds. We are a blend of various aspects, each with their own set of feelings, ideas, agendas and personalities. Looking and relating to ourselves as an internal team, can offer a lot of clarity, and a more compassionate attitude to work through challenges.
Different parts of the brain act almost like sub personalities with their own strengths and weaknesses. They react to, and interact with the environment, and with each other in various ways. Understanding the characteristics and dynamics of these internal aspects of our mind, and learning how to influence them through shaping our inner movies, can help us optimize and improve our performance and interactions both in our personal and in our professional lives.
I find that this TED talk video is a good reminder to how important it is to stay curious and reexamine our assumptions and beliefs about situations. It is humbling to know how fallible our perceptions and intuitions are.
The meaning expressed through a musical composition cannot be fully understood by ever more detailed examinations of the nature and character of individual notes or segments of time within the whole composition. While a greater understanding complex systems can be extracted by this method, ever greater focus also has limitations and understanding can actually reach a point of negative return. Detailed examination of systems crosses a boundary where the greater detail with which the system is examined, the less the system as a whole is understood. A fact that often goes unnoticed among us; the more detailed our focus, greater role assumption plays in filling in the gaps of understanding the whole context of which that focused part resides.
If we use a translator such as translate.google.com, the English sentence “Meaning can quite easily get lost in translation.” becomes “Significado bastante fácil perderse en la traducción” in Spanish. If the…
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This talk by Jill Bolte Taylor, brain scientist, offers a clear description, and interesting insights about how our brain works. She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions -motion, speech, self-awareness – shut down one by one. Her experience also illustrates the internal discussion and chatter that most people experience inside their minds, although not always aware.