Living Through Life's Challenges: An Interview with a Ninja Black Belt. Life is full of ups and downs.
Yes, this is absolutely true. But the question is what can help us live through the difficulties with greater ease and even find the joy in everyday life. Mindfulness is one of those tools, but how about zen practice or ninja training? Dr. Richard Sears is full-time core faculty member of the Psy.D. You can see maybe why I wanted to bring him here today to talk about why mindfulness is helpful for our present day maladies, a helpful tool from Zen practice, and what we can learn from ninja training to get out of our heads and into our lives. Elisha: Why is mindfulness so effective in working with our personal mental, emotional and physical maladies? Richard: I begin to feel like a snake oil salesman when I talk about all the research demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness, but the key factor is awareness.
In this fast-paced world of amazing technology, it becomes so easy to get lost in our heads, stuck in our thinking. Zanshin: Learning the Art of Attention and Focus From a Legendary Samurai Archer. In the 1920s, a German man named Eugen Herrigel moved to Japan and began training in Kyudo, the Japanese martial art of archery.
Herrigel was taught by a legendary Kyudo master named Awa Kenzo. Kenzo was convinced that beginners should master the fundamentals of archery before attempting to shoot at a real target and he took this method to the extreme. For the first four years, Herrigel was only allowed to shoot at a roll of straw just seven feet away. When he was finally allowed to shoot at targets on the far end of the practice hall, Herrigel’s performance was dismal.
The arrows flew off course and he became more discouraged with each wayward shot. Kenzo paused for a moment and then said, “Come to see me this evening.” Archery, Blindfolded After night had fallen, the two men returned to the courtyard where the practice hall was located. Immediately, Kenzo drew a second arrow and again fired into the night. Everything Is Aiming In practice, though, zanshin has an even deeper meaning. To Stay Focused, Manage Your Emotions. A leader’s most precious resource is not their time.
It’s their focused attention. Purpose. The ONE Thing: How to Get Things Done Using The Focusing Question. Source: PicJumbo.
On June 23, 1885, Andrew Carnegie stood before a room of wide-eyed students at Curry Commercial College and addressed the audience. “‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’ is all wrong” he said.  Carnegie, then 49 years old, was at his peak of success: his company, the Carnegie Steel Company, was the largest and most profitable company in the world. “I tell you ‘put all your eggs in one basket, and then watch that basket’” counselled Carnegie, “Look round you and take notice; men who do that do not often fail”. The question is: which basket do you watch? The Power of Questions We’re all guilty on occasion of going through life devaluing the importance of thinking about and deciding on the kind of life we want to live. We daydream about dieting, starting a business and running a marathon, but do little to make our goals happen or worse, blame our circumstances and do nothing at all.
People who live extraordinary lives simply ask themselves better questions. Warren Buffett. How to Stay Focused When You Get Bored Working Toward Your Goals. We all have goals and dreams, but it can be difficult to stick with them.
Each week, I hear from people who say things like, “I start with good intentions, but I can’t seem to maintain my consistency for a long period of time.” Or, they will say, “I struggle with mental endurance. I get started but I can’t seem to follow through and stay focused for very long.” Don’t worry. I’m just as guilty of this as anyone else. For example, I’ll start one project, work on it for a little bit, then lose focus and try something else. Maybe you have felt this way too.
This problem reminds me of a lesson I learned while working out one day… The Myth of Passion and Motivation. Jeff Weiner On How To Focus And Get The Right Things Done. Source: PicJumbo.
Super-Focus: 10 Natural Steps to Nurture Your Attention. How to deal with interruptions, structure your environment, enter a flow state and much more… “Pay attention.
It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. 1. It might seem strange to start a series of pointers on building attention with the directive to stop paying attention… …actually not. You can only concentrate efficiently for a certain period of time. A good general rule, though, is that most people’s ability to focus on anything starts to waver after the length of a typical sitcom: 20 minutes or so. Well-Known Trick To Boost Attention Works - But Not For The Reason You Think. 4 Funky Mind Hacks That Reduce Errors, Boost Attention and Memory. How To Focus Your Attention.