Archive for the ‘Mind Tools’ Category

And Without Drugs or Vengeance!

Lisa Firestone recently wrote a good article on how to improve your mood instantly. It requires neither drugs nor vengeance. Instead, pay attention and engage with other people. Sound familiar? Yes, this is more practical endorsement of mindfulness and connection. When we pay attention to what we are actually thinking and doing, we improve our […]

More (Brief) Thoughts on Mindfulness

Just to add a coda to the post earlier today, Mary Ann Christie Burnside provides a great little reminder list of benefits of mindfulness. Think about it.

Mindfulness – The Hard Science

Bronwyn Robertson has a great article at the describing the science behind the benefits of mindfulness. Take the time to read it. As I’ve blogged about at length at various points in this blog, whether or not mindfulness is approached as a spiritual practice, the practitioner derives practical results.

Expertise Has Its Cost

Jonah Lehrer, one of my favorite authors about the brain, had a great article in Wired Magazine recently. His point was that the patterns we create in achieving expertise and mastery may inhibit our ability to accept and process new information. I actually don’t know whether I agree with Jonah’s core point, that the brain […]

The Spigot and the Flow

Creative people routinely complain that the “normal,” everyday world requires restrictions on the flow of awareness. The analogy I was using with a friend the a couple of weeks ago that the mental spigot controlling information input and output for some creatives seems to be naturally more open than the spigot for the average person. […]

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