How to Focus A Wandering Mind, by Wendy Hasenkamp. New research reveals what happens in a wandering mind—and sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus. We’ve all been there. You’re slouched in a meeting or a classroom, supposedly paying attention, but your mind has long since wandered off, churning out lists of all the things you need to do—or that you could be doing if only you weren’t stuck here… Suddenly you realize everyone is looking your way expectantly, waiting for an answer. But you’re staring blankly, grasping at straws to make a semi-coherent response. But don’t worry—you’re not alone. This suggests it might be good to find ways to reduce these mental distractions and improve our ability to focus.
What happens in the wandering mind? For something that happens so often, what do we really know about this process of mind-wandering? For thousands of years, contemplative practices such as meditation have provided a means to look inward and investigate our mental processes. The benefits of building focus.
Home. Mindfulness in Education - Mindfulness Meditation Exercises | Inner Explorer. Introducing Programs to Fit Your School’s Needs Mindfulness-based social emotional learning (MBSEL) programs from Inner Explorer enhance traditional education by promoting ‘Learning from the Inside Out’. How Mindfulness Practices Work Typical teaching methods deliver content in a “top-down” format, focusing primarily on the intellect as the path to knowing. We now understand that some types of learning, particularly social and emotional learning, must be embodied (bottom-up) to be fully realized and integrated. Mindfulness training, with the foundational practices of contemplation and reflection, allows children the space and opportunity to access and embody their inner wisdom, self-control, compassion, and focused understanding.
These skills grow and develop, from the inside out, with consistent practice. We’ve developed MBSEL modules for Pre-k through 12th grade by using evidence-based research in key learning areas: Mindfulness Programs from Inner Explorer Inner Explorer Programs. Peach & Coconut Communicate. Peach and Coconut Communicate: A training exercise Heather Robinson. President SIETAR USA Seattle, WA, USA About a decade ago I encountered the model of “Peach and Coconut” as a metaphor for differences in the way people in Germany and the US communicate. Some say the model is based on Kurt Lewin’s work in which he graphically represented public and private domains in the personal psychology in Germany and the US. I developed this training exercise as a consultant working for DaimlerChrysler when those two companies came together. Purpose and learning objectives: To introduce the “Peach and Coconut” model contrasting US and German communication style.
Target audience This activity can be conducted in monocultural German groups, monocultural US groups or in bi- cultural German- US groups. Time Forty-five minutes Materials Procedure: Ask the participant group to describe a peach: Common comments include: Ask the participant group to describe a coconut: (ask about the milk, “Is it sweet?”) -Friendly. Www.creativityatwork.com/strategic-conversations-arts-based-dialogue/#.UUS2DrbB1-U. Art is an invitation to have a conversation. Art is a potent catalyst for a deeper inquiry into business issues, providing the means for ‘artful reflection’ in organizational development.
Art helps define who we are and what we stand for. Its function is to express meaning – in our relationship with ourselves, with each other, the world we live in, and with God. The arts lead us to wisdom and truth. Through art we can make it safe ask the deeper questions that lead to the emotional truth about a situation. Collaborative art-making processes help nurture relationships between dissimilar groups, fostering an appreciation for diverse and pluralistic points of view. Art making helps us slow down, quiet the mind and put us in touch with our inner wisdom. Artful Reflection and Leadership Presence Otto Scharmer’s Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges Visual dialogue combines visual thinking processes — which involve painting, clay, drawing or diagramming— with Appreciative Inquiry. Five remembrances for deep peace (Day 90)
In learning to experience deep peace in the face of impermanence, we need to consider not just our inner experience, as I did yesterday, but our very lives, and the lives of those around us. Life is short; we all face loss. These things aren’t really different from what I was discussing yesterday, since it’s our inner feelings about changes in the world that we largely have to deal with, but the same situations can be looked at from different perspectives. When we’re actually experiencing loss, instability, and change, we can work on accepting the the feelings that arise with equanimity.
But we can also prepare ourselves philosophically for painful changes that may happen in the future by reflecting on their inevitability. And this is a technique that the Buddha encouraged. In the Pāli canon there is a set of five remembrances that help us to recollect that change, loss, and death are not unusual events, but are woven into the very fabric of existence. These remembrances are: PS. The Daily Habit Of These Outrageously Successful People. "Meditation more than anything in my life was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I've had. " That's what Ray Dalio, the billionaire founder of Bridgewater Associates -- the world's largest hedge fund firm -- explained in 2012.
Dalio is in good company. More and more leaders in the corporate world have been taking note of the benefits of meditation, which include lower stress levels, improved cognitive functioning, creative thinking and productivity, and even improved physical health. A number of Fortune 500 companies, including Google, AOL, Apple and Aetna, offer meditation and mindfulness classes for employees -- and the top executives of many major corporations say that meditation has made them better leaders. Ford Motor Company chairman Bill Ford and former Google.org director Larry Brilliant are also among the executives advocating the mindfulness practice. 1. 2. “It’s almost like a reboot for your brain and your soul,” she said. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
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