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Direct and Indirect Benefits of Mindfulness Training

What are the Direct and Indirect Benefits of Regular Personal Mindfulness Training?

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Key discoveries by modern scientists concerning peace of mind and peak performance suggest that

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•    Peace of mind is important for physical and mental health, and can be strengthened.

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•   In particular, “mindful” peace of mind uniquely supports peak performance.

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Mindfulness Training represents a convenient and powerful investment in yourself.

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You will be able to focus more easily and effectively on what you most want with “whole-mindedness.”

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STEM research demonstrates that regular Mindfulness Training and practice supports peak brain performance.

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KEY STEM UNDERSTANDING:  Our CNS operates best when all four of our CNS sub-systems are operating in unison.

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All four sub-systems “in unison” is not a given

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— especially under stress

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— unless you have prepared yourself!

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Daniel Goleman reports researchers have demonstrated people’s sense of greater alertness and relaxation associated with mindfulness training is not mere illusion, but stems from actual underlying changes in brain functioning:

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Their left prefrontal lobes — the brain area that suppresses amygdala hijacks and generates positive feelings — [became] significantly more active than [prior to their mindfulness training] (p. 239).

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Key to the practice of “mindfulness” is learning to relax and engage in non-censored awareness and acceptance of all of one’s thoughts and feelings, amidst alert detachment, as they arise into awareness.

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However so engaged,

You are alert, very aware, and your mind is “still.”

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Your intellect is fully available to you, but no longer filling all of your attention.

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Your intellect is your assistant, but only as needed, for a larger purpose.

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This larger purpose is defined by your whole mind that includes, and is supported by, your intellect.

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You are less intellectually judgmental in attitude, and you become, paradoxically, more discerning.

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Your larger purpose is increasingly understood by you, with increasing clarity, depth, and appreciation, because you are guided by your whole mind and not only your logic.

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Your larger purpose involves your heart and soul, in addition to your intellect.  Your intuition is active and available to you.

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You become aware of personally more holistic purposes and these understandings evolve over time.

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You are at one with yourself.

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You feel great.

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You are relaxed and open to new information that will help you in your tasks of increasingly joyful focus, even if not necessarily always easy implementation.

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Your whole mind remains available to you through good times and also in particularly challenging times.

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You do not remain limited to simply utilizing your intellect OR having your three less complex CNS subsystems hijack control away from your intellect, impacted by a sense of danger.

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You physically feel better than ever.

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You feel mentally clearer than ever.

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Your personal achievements are enhanced.

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You know at a gut level that this regular “time out” (or is it really “time in”?) is strategically completed by you, as a priority, on behalf of your own greater awareness and peak performance with sustainability.

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You can back this assertion with your own behavioral data and results, if ever needed.

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You have greater peace of mind, ultimately, along with greater and more timely awareness.

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Your actions are grounded in more holistic respect for “all” of the available data, as relevant — objective and subjective.

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You are able to engage more incisively and proactively to take advantage of the “respect effect.”

~ Meshanko, 2013–     –

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To leverage the “respect effect” effectively requires that we learn to maintain respect reliably “through thick and thin” — when it is easy, yes, and including when, at first glance, it is difficult.

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Even so, you and I both have a critical question to personally address here — if world class performance is indeed our goal.

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☛ To what extent are our gut reactions based upon conscious or unconscious stereotypes of others who are “different” from us?

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Conscious and unconscious stereotyping is a form of prejudice, even if unintended, that can damage working relationships, thereby reducing our effectiveness.

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Some suggest we need effective “bias interrupters.”

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Regular practice of mindfulness training can help us uncover and interrupt unfounded personal biases.

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My Own Personal Experiences with Mindfulness Training

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Our journeys to the “mountain top” will sometimes require traversing challenging terrain and circumstances.

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Returning regularly to my own balanced peace of mind, on a daily basis, helps me.

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I am able to more effectively balance competing critical issues with greater efficiency and with increased personal resilience on behalf of my own peak performance.

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I do this with increasing effortlessness over time.

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I more effortlessly prioritize among competing challenges and opportunities, with solid self acceptance.

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I hold — and exercise — a priceless “pearl” for personal clarity, commitment, adaptability, resilience, and effectiveness.

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I am grateful for this pearl that has been shared with me by others — for my resilience, peace of mind, and my unfolding peak performance.

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I ensure that I regularly tap into my own “whole mind” strategically, without distraction, in addition to my use of strategic thinking.

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I do this by regularly taking time, preferably each and every day, away from my normal “doing” and “thinking” — even if only briefly — to temporarily quiet my intellect, through relaxation with observational “mindfulness” (while sitting, walking, breathing, stretching, etc.).

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By regularly taking time to practice natural relaxation with mindfulness, I enable and ensure that I, personally and perhaps seemingly paradoxically at first, tap into my whole mind.

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I do this by ensuring I take time out (or is it “time in”?) each and every day so I can regularly re-engage with my “whole mind” experience.

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