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5 Steps to Clear Mental Clutter

5 Steps to Clear Mental Clutter | 21st Century Leadership | Scoop.it

Clutter is anything that gets in the way of what matters most to you. It can certainly be material—unwanted trinkets and clothes that no longer fit—but clutter also can be spiritual, emotional, and psychological.

 

Regrets, anger, frustrations, anxieties, envy, and other nonproductive emotions may be depleting your limited energy. And, unfortunately, mental clutter doesn’t magically disappear; the only way to alleviate mental clutter is to deal with it.

 

 


Via Pamir Kiciman, God Is.
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Clear the path to increased energy and focus.

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, August 7, 2013 8:19 PM

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Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership

Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership | 21st Century Leadership | Scoop.it

 

The Drucker School of Management and Wharton Business School both offer courses in mindfulness meditation. Virginia Tech is sponsoring "contemplative practices for a technological society," a conference for engineers who integrate contemplative disciplines into their work. Google offers courses in meditation and yoga

 

Aetna, Merck, General Mills--the list goes on--all are exploring how meditation can help their leaders and employees agilely thrive in today's fast-paced business environment. And the benefits are widely publicized: sustained attention span, improved multi-tasking abilities, strengthened immune system, increased emotional intelligence, improved listening skills...And there is science behind such claims.


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Jem Muldoon's curator insight, February 15, 2013 1:15 PM

When top business schools highlight the importance of mindfulness with courses for future leaders, we now have precedence for including it in educational leadership training.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 15, 2013 4:01 PM

I like the ideas that mindfulness is combined with Peter Drucker's work and that large companies are looking at meditation as something that will benefit employees.

Lauran Star's curator insight, March 19, 2013 8:43 AM

What really happens when we meditate? How can such a simple act of sitting still actually cultivate agile, talented leaders? Read this article to learn more.

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The Brain: How The Brain Rewires Itself

The Brain: How The Brain Rewires Itself | 21st Century Leadership | Scoop.it

The adult brain retains impressive powers of "neuroplasticity"--the ability to change its structure and function in response to experience. These aren't minor tweaks either. Something as basic as the function of the visual or auditory cortex can change as a result of a person's experience of becoming deaf or blind at a young age. Even when the brain suffers a trauma late in life, it can rezone itself like a city in a frenzy of urban renewal. If a stroke knocks out, say, the neighborhood of motor cortex that moves the right arm, a new technique called constraint-induced movement therapy can coax next-door regions to take over the function of the damaged area. The brain can be rewired.

The first discoveries of neuroplasticity came from studies of how changes in the messages the brain receives through the senses can alter its structure and function. When no transmissions arrive from the eyes in someone who has been blind from a young age, for instance, the visual cortex can learn to hear or feel or even support verbal memory. When signals from the skin or muscles bombard the motor cortex or the somatosensory cortex (which processes touch), the brain expands the area that is wired to move, say, the fingers. In this sense, the very structure of our brain--the relative size of different regions, the strength of connections between them, even their functions--reflects the lives we have led. Like sand on a beach, the brain bears the footprints of the decisions we have made, the skills we have learned, the actions we have taken.

 

As scientists probe the limits of neuroplasticity, they are finding that mind sculpting can occur even without input from the outside world. The brain can change as a result of the thoughts we think. This has important implications for health: something as seemingly insubstantial as a thought can affect the very stuff of the brain, altering neuronal connections in a way that can treat mental illness or, perhaps, lead to a greater capacity for empathy and compassion. It may even dial up the supposedly immovable happiness set point.

 

 


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Geof Spalding's comment, June 13, 2013 5:52 PM
Great book Annette. As a dyslexic I had used many of the techniques many years ago and now I find that I am a writer and story teller. Interestingly without the dyslexia I would probably not have the good memory that I have.
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Jolanda Gerbecks's curator insight, December 19, 2013 1:44 PM

Hellup, altijd gelukkig, is dat nu zo fijn?

Is het niet juist die enkele down periode, waarna het licht des te sterker gaat schijnen en dat alles weer mogelijk maakt?

 

Rond deze tijd van het jaar, als de dagen weer langer worden doet de natuur het ook.

 

Dus laat jezelf ook eens depri zijn, dan is het geluk daarna weer extra fijn.

 

Dat we onze hersenen vormen met onze gedachten lijkt me nogal wiedes, dat doen de woorden hier en al onze daden in 3d immers ook. Zo boven zo beneden, zo binnen zo buiten ;-)

 

Feit is, onze hersenen dragen werkelijk de voetstappen van onze beslissingen in ons brein.

Je verleden ligt immers in al je lichaamscellen op verschillende wijze opgeborgen.

 

Geluk hierbij is dat je altijd vrij bent om opnieuw te kiezen en je eerdere mentale voetstappen uit te wissen, enkel en alleen door een ander gedachtenpad af te wandelen.

 

Dat is "The road less travelled".