It is not the chatter of other people around us that is the most powerful distraction, but rather the chatter of our own minds. Daniel Goleman The human mind tends to worry about loose ends – and worry a lot. When we leave things unfinished our brain knows this and will draw our attention to […]
If your mind carries a heavy burden of past, you will experience more of the same. The past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future. ― Eckhart Tolle
Our brains have a very narrow bandwidth for the conscious processing of information. This means that we spend a lot of time letting autopilot run our lives, based on how the unconscious mind processes incoming information. The unconscious processes information rapidly while the conscious mind is much slower. This has important consequences for our survival but can create difficulties in the modern world.
The unconscious mind is not able to tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined. The same pathways in the brain can be triggered by either of them. This means that we may respond to our internal thought processes or our current emotional tone, as if they were a response to real events in the outside world. Continue reading →
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Mindfulness and meditation have been around for thousands of years. It is only relatively recently that they have started to appear on the radar as potential treatments for physical and mental health difficulties.
Challenge is the pathway to engagement and progress in our lives. But not all challenges are created equal. Some challenges make us feel alive, engaged, connected, and fulfilled. Others simply overwhelm us. Knowing the difference as you set bigger and bolder challenges for yourself is critical to your sanity, success, and satisfaction.
Staying alive has always been the greatest challenge for any creature. All species have developed systems to detect danger and potential threats. One of the most effective of these, is the appropriately named “fight or flight response”. This prepares us to do exactly that, fight or run for our lives.
We detect threat by analysing the incoming data from our environment, both from the external world, and from our inner world of thought, emotion, and knowledge. Our conscious brain can only manage a tiny percentage of the information that we receive from our senses, the rest is processed at an unconscious level.
Our focus is constantly drawn to the events in the world around us. However, the systems that we use to assess threat are designed for a different world. A world in which we were prey animals and not the top predator on the planet. They are certainly not designed for life in a modern, technological, stimulus rich world, and not for a self-aware creature, whose own thoughts and emotions can be mistaken for a threat. Is that tiny spider really a danger to life?