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The Meditating Brain

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We live in a time when scientific research is finding the same results that the meditative traditions have clearly explained, advocated and shared with humanity through the ages.

 

An encouraging finding in many of these studies is that the measureable benefits of meditation are available to use with relatively short training, and positive effects remain well after each meditation period. In fact, certain ways of being and thinking can become lifelong.

 

Meditation increases concentration. It leads to better decision-making by removing emotions that may cloud clarity. Self-awareness is boosted because meditation works in the area of the brain associated with it. Several studies have shown that there’s a greater activation in the left prefrontal cortex as a result of meditation. This area is linked to positive emotions and greater responsiveness to negative events.


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Positive effects of meditation and mindful awareness of self, and the present moment. Positive emotions for greater Well-Being.

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Another post from my own Reiki Help Blog with many links to other scoops here, and on the blog itself...

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Meditation is one of the most productive and healthy exercises you can do.

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Beyond Why with Simon Sinek

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This is 2nd revision of Ozzie's post  with both of us collaborating on making more complete.It is in form I will share with my members. Andy Bourey

 

For those who didn't make the Chair and member gathering here's a good summary of Simon's thinking beyond why. He shared the thoughts that will be in his new book out in Sept. 2013.

 

There is much to think about. He reflects some of Lee Thayer's seminal thinking around Communication.

 

In the spirit of Chair collegiality
Ozzie
Group Chairman. Vistage 29
San Diego CA
ozzie.gontang@vistage.com
Cell.  619-895-9273 

 

Excellent Blog by Terry Morawski

Beyond Why with Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek led Thursday morning’s programming at the Vistage Think Big Conference in Grapevine, Texas, with a base of pop science and a healthy dose of common sense leadership. Sinek, author of the book “Start with Why” and Ted sensation(he has the 7th most watched video ever on the popular site), has taken a departure from his original work. The high energy Englishman is working on a new book focusing on the chemicals he says drive human behavior. Sinek’s new book is out in September, but he remains mum on the title.

 

Sinek boiled it down quickly, saying “What does it require to be a leader? Followers.” In other words, every organization has leaders. Truly effective leaders are less common. His current work revolves around what makes leaders, and their organizations, exemplary. He says our natural desire to be inspired by our leaders and to work cooperatively is not often met in modern companies. Sinek painted a picture of employees who are so unsupported and worried about layoffs that they are ineffective at their basic job requirements.

 

So, what is Sinek’s recipe for human drive? In a Q&A segment, he joked he studied anthropology in college and has no other credentials. I trust he’s being a bit modest, but it’s a good joke. He credited four chemicals that rule our behavior:

 

Endorphins – the shot of energy we receive to complete physical tasks. He said the feeling during exercise is the closest comparison in the modern world. Endurance can be a valuable skill in the business world.

 

Dopamine – the pleasurable feeling when seeking and receiving rewards. Sinek credits this to early man’s hunt for food. In the modern world, Dopamine is released when we check our cellphone or email, make a sale, meet a goal, or even eat and drink. Although Dopamine can lead to risky behavior, it is present any time you receive an anticipated reward. He encouraged leaders to be careful about which behaviors are rewarded because you will end up with a significant amount of that behavior. This can be selfish and not always a good chemical.

 

Serotonin – the chemical behind pride. Sinek tells us workers want the same type of safety and support from their company which they get from their family. He challenged us, “Stop saying your company is like a family, it is a family.” This is a selfless- good chemical.

 

Oxytocin – this is responsible for our feelings of love and friendship. Sinek says we must approach work relationships, especially hiring, with the same type of measured, emotionally-driven decision processes. To simplify, he values an informal dinner meeting to get to know someone more than a number-crunched, surveyed, and achievement-oriented hiring process. This is about trust and honesty and are they a good fit for our family. Not about reliability.

 

Must have a purpose, belonging and protection and metrics to measure progress. Oxytocin is contagious: Treat your people well and they will treat each other well. Good leader is a good parent and trusted. Leadership has authority without context- Crew has context without authority. “I intend” is a great concept instead of permission or authority. Give responsibility together.

 

Ultimately, Sinek put together a convincing argument for not forgetting the humanity of your employees. Too often, he says, we get focused on numbers. People are hard-wired, physically and emotionally, to want to work toward collective goals which they believe in. Unfortunately, building and maintaining these dynamic, honest relationships with staff and customers is hard work and must be adopted at all levels.

 

Perhaps his speech was best encapsulated in an African proverb he quoted,

“To go fast, go alone. To go far, go together.”

 

Building a great company of people is about “Who Belongs” and “Peer Recogniton”

 

Cortisol is about Alert for danger. It is a bad chemical.  It causes stress and shuts down many things, including growth and immune system. Not belonging causes cortisol and shuts down Oxytocin, chemical of trust.

 

Sinek went on to say that if your employees children are failing, it could be your fault. Employees with cortisol can take it home and pass on to children. Employee surveys do not work. Do it personally!

 

To find out culture people look at the values. Personality traits that apply to all of them reflect the culture.

Posted by Terry Morawski on January 24, 2013.
Revised by Andy Bourey on February 10, 2013.

Tags: behavior, dopamine, Employee Happiness

 

Examples used by Simon of two companies whose leaders care and the ROI it creates:

 

Charlie Kim/Next Jump 

Barry Chapman/ Barry Wehmiller Cos. 


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Letting Mindfulness Change Your Life - Huffington Post

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Mindfulness is not magic. It is simply a tool. And for any tool to be effective, you have to use it properly and whenever necessary. Mindfulness is a practice that can be done in multiple ways throughout all of your days.

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You can not change what you are not aware of. Being mindful is simple concept yet takes an effort to be present in our busy lives. Try it, you might like it.


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4 Ways Mindfulness Meditation Benefits So Many Conditions — PsyBlog

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Four central components of how mindfulness meditation works.

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Who Owns Yoga?

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India's appointment of a "Minister of Yoga" is just the latest development in an ongoing debate about who the practice "belongs" to, and who can rightfully make money from it.
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Who Owns Yoga?

Sure are many that are benefiting from it, spiritually and financially.

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Train Your Brain to Break Bad Habits | Mindful

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Researchers are pinpointing the brain circuits involved in forming habits. Elisha Goldstein takes us through a mindfulness practice to curb bad habits.

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Being Mindful of your thoughts, in non-judgmental approach, can have lasting impact on losing bad habits, and gaining healthy habits.

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10,000 Hours to Mastery: The Gladwell Effect on Learning Design

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I just finished reading Malcom Gladwell’s latest book, Outliers. In one of its chapters, he explains the 10,000-hour rule.

 

Great book.  I saw this come alive in my son who, at 16 "wanted to be a musician" but was going through a period where hanging out with friends was all he could think about.  Having read the book, I challenged him to the 10,000 hours premise (and asked that if he wanted my backing on the music, he had to Prove to me his sincerity).  Well.........he became hyperfocused at that point and indeed, mastered percussion in ways that astounded me.  

 

Practice.  A vital piece of mastery.  Without time on task, you have mediocrity.  


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 1, 2014 1:38 PM

When I coached hockey, I used to tell my players and parents that if you practice something well for 10, 000 hours expect good results. If you practice something poorly for 10, 000 hours, expect frustration and poor results. I think when people realize doing something well requires commitment and perseverance to practice they can become enlivened in their learning.

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How Successful People Stay Calm
How to Actually Keep Calm and Carry On

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How to Actually Keep Calm and Carry On

Appreciate What You Have "Taking time to contemplate what you’re grateful for… - Randy Bauer - Google+
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 The Stress Monkey is always present,
How you manage this monkey is always Just a Breath Away

Be Mindful, and in the Moment

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Mindfuel: the mental conditioning app.

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This app provides a wealth of information about mental conditioning and sports psychology. This app also keeps you up with the latest news, social media sites, products, and services provided by Performance Vertical Consulting.

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An interesting app for the mental side of sports. Keep in touch with your Psyche.

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» Mindfulness and Stress Reactions: Getting Off the Elevator of Distress - World of Psychology

» Mindfulness and Stress Reactions: Getting Off the Elevator of Distress - World of Psychology | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
A good friend of mine describes her depression as an elevator that takes her down to an unfurnished basement with toxic mold, the stench of cat urine and no (RT @PsychCentral: World of Psychology: Mindfulness and Stress Reactions: Getting Off the ...

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The Neuroscience of Mindfulness: New Meditation Studies

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With more meditation studies emerging and the field of neuroscience expanding our understanding of the brain, more evidence points to meditation as a serious antidote in the medical world.


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What is Neuroplasticity?

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Is it possible to change a bad habit? Can you replace limiting behaviors with good habits? That's what many people claim is possible through Neuroplastici

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The brain can be changed through Neuroplasticity.

Neuroplasticity is a reorganization of the connections in the brain.

This can take place through exposing oneself to new activities, new experiences.

You practice some task that you are not accustomed to, learning a new movement,

You expose yourself to a new environment where you respond in a different way.

You form a new habit by learning a new activity until the you are not conscious of the actions that are required to perform this tasks.

Actions become Habits, and this creates neuroplasticity in the brain.

This is important for rehabilitating from a stroke, learning a new athletic skill, or playing an musical instrument.

The Point is:

Never stop exposing yourself to new challenges. Your Well-Being is the reward.

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Which part of your brain do you use? Awesome info-graphic illustration from artist Bryant Arnold.

Which part of your brain do you use?  Awesome info-graphic illustration from artist Bryant Arnold. | Mind-Body-Shift | Scoop.it
We love this new image created by artist and designer Bryant Arnold, who operates and creates educational illustrated content on his site Cartoon a Day. ...

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Our Amazingly Plastic Brains

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Don’t think of our most important organ as a machine doomed to break down. Mental and physical exercise can keep the brain fit and help it recover capacities lost to disease and trauma.
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How to Meditate Without Moving To The Himalayas with Brian Johnson

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Tony Phillips's curator insight, October 28, 2013 4:03 PM

Daily dose works :)

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An Ancient Way to Heal The Mind Finds New Scientific Support — PsyBlog

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The benefits were particularly strong for those who were stressed.

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Tony Phillips's curator insight, September 30, 2014 5:37 PM

An easy way to self regulate. Clearly positive improvements to all areas of life.

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DEBUNKED: 2/3rds of Cancer "Just Bad Luck" - YouTube

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Cancer and the Benefits of Magnesium. 

Just one way a healthy diet can decrease mortality from cancers.


For any of you that have listened to me before know that I talk a lot about magnesium. It's so important and 45% of people in the US, almost half the country, do not meet the daily requirement for it, suggesting people are not eating their greens (3). To highlight the importance of magnesium in cancer, a study involving 4,000 men that were followed for 18 years found those with the highest magnesium levels had a 40% lower all cause mortality (meaning death from all different causes) and had a 50% decrease in cancer deaths compared to the men that had lower magnesium levels (4).

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Practicing and Transforming Failure to Mastery

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It is the Journey of Life and the Lessons Learned that gives us Flight. The Practicing Mind - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires What is it to achieve some level of succes...
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Mastery of a skill does not equate with perfection. It is rather pursued with a lifelong commitment to learning  from your mistakes, and overcoming obstacles. This is where Mastery is found; the road less traveled and through the inner drive of your passion.

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4 Wearables That Give You Superpowers

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Super strength. Super hearing. Super artistry. Super expression. The future of wearables is really a quest for human enhancement.
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4 Of My Favourite TED Talks For The Quantified Self

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It is no wonder that the most pressing questions we face today, from global warming, education, crime, cross-cultural communication, business and technology are open ended with no black and white a...

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Reaching Your Mental Peak

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How Being Grateful Can Change Your Life

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"It's not just for Oprah devotees. Recent studies show that practicing gratitude can positively impact your life--and researchers believe it may help.us break our bad habits."

 

YOU’RE HELPING OTHER PEOPLE.

Gratitude is about focusing on other people, says Dr. Jo-Ann Tsang, a psychology professor at Baylor University, who led a study which will appear in the July 2014 issue of the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

 

“Previous research that we and others have done finds that people are motivated to help people that help them--and to help others as well. We’re social creatures, and so focusing on others in a positive way is good for our health,” Tsang said in a statement.


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Gratitude is about giving back, or giving thanks, to someone. It is an action that has a positive reaction; Happiness and Well-Being.

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Nermeen Hassan's curator insight, April 24, 2014 12:07 AM

Alhamdullah... many of my friends and students told me in the past few days, keep repeating their own gratitude mantra helps them a lot through out life ups and downs... mine is "Alhamdullah for opening my heart" or just simply  "Alhamdullah" = "Thank God"

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4 Ways Your Brain Can Ruin Your Chances for Success

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Everything can be going along swimmingly--and then your pesky subconscious gets in the way. Don't let these four thought patterns trip you up.

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What is Neuroplasticity?

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Randy Bauer's insight:

The brain can be changed through Neuroplasticity.

Neuroplasticity is a reorganization of the connections in the brain.

This can take place through exposing oneself to new activities, new experiences.

You practice some task that you are not accustomed to, learning a new movement,

You expose yourself to a new environment where you respond in a different way.

You form a new habit by learning a new activity until the you are not conscious of the actions that are required to perform this tasks.

Actions become Habits, and this creates neuroplasticity in the brain.

This is important for rehabilitating from a stroke, learning a new athletic skill, or playing an musical instrument.

The Point is:

Never stop exposing yourself to new challenges. Your Well-Being is the reward.

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Doing the little things: Decatur tennis coach focuses on conditioning, mental game

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There’s a saying that at some point the student becomes the teacher.

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Sports Psychology Olympics at Sochi: Inside the Mind of an Olympian -- Mental ... - Huffington Post

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How do Olympic athletes work with sports psychologists behind the scenes so they can perform their best?

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Ken Donaldson's curator insight, February 18, 2014 7:39 AM

Want to know how a champion becomes a champion?