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Mindfulness Training, How and Why, Neurobiologically

How and why does personal mindfulness training work neurobiologically?

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Several key discoveries by modern scientists concerning peace of mind and peak performance:

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

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•    Peace of mind uniquely supports peak performance.

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•    Peak performance, sustained, is also a team effort.

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These scientific facts are backed by a variety of ancient wisdoms.

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Brain1 copyKEY UNDERSTANDING:  Our CNS includes four hierarchically arranged sub-systems of neurological function.

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We operate at our best when all four 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 we have prepared ourselves!

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STEM* findings suggest that you and I will operate at our personal best, with optimal sustainability, when we each pro-actively and regularly invest in our own “whole-minded” peace of mind.

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* STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematical

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What follows next is a brief intellectual description of these issues.

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Keep in mind that intellectual understanding is great, but only a start.

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Learning that moves beyond “simply” intellectual understandings into also emotional, behavioral, and sensory learning experiences is far superior if your goal is to engage in learning that makes a real and lasting difference in your life.

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It will be most helpful to you, when you ready, to move beyond simply attempting to intellectually understand mindfulness training — to actually engage in regular and sustained mindfulness training yourself.

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Human Performance Facts.

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When our chips are down, our emotion-based physical reactions can over-rule our intellect, even when not to our advantage.

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This is an automatic CNS response — once our brain’s amygdala has pushed the panic button.

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This CNS-based “panic” can more likely happen amidst the increasingly diverse human interactions people are experiencing today

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— unless we have already been prepared

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A) through multiple positive experiences with truly diverse others

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B) we have prepared ourselves through relevant kind(s) of personal mindfulness training.

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Again, here is where STEM understandings of human CNS functioning become particularly interesting and informative, from a practical standpoint.

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When viewed through the lens of new STEM-informed findings (as well as personal experience),

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the multifaceted “kaleidoscope” of human performance factors that are typically brought into play for sustaining leading-edge personal and business actions

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can make even more sense and in a more elegantly simple fashion.

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Brain science has advanced to the point of informing us, amidst our wonderful and also sometimes frightening human differences, as to how human brains typically best learn and integrate “relevant” information.

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We are learning the circumstances, internal and external, that can contribute to effective and pro-social engagement and even to “flow” amidst this engagement.

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These STEM performance understandings hold true regardless of the size, dimension, and scope of our human endeavors.

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We each will operate at our individual best, with optimal sustainability, when we can

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•    take personal responsibility for how we invest in our own peace,

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•    building upon PERSONAL DISCOVERY

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•    with RELIABLE personal nurturing of such.

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Effectiveness with others,

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while it must include listening to them, to learn more about them,

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is also, paradoxically, grounded in one’s ability to learn more about oneself

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and more specifically, with “whole-minded” self awareness.

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Again, this can be enhanced by a variety of methods of “mindfulness training.”

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However so engaged, each of these practices, with the right attitude, can serve to enhance one’s

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leading to enhanced competencies on behalf of personal and interpersonal performance.

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You can now draw upon our STEM understandings of human performance to more quickly guide you.

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You can optimize your own performance.

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You can more regularly experience your own peak performance, starting today.

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You personally achieve peak performance by behaviorally optimizing your own Central Nervous System (CNS) functioning over time.

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> > Return to our Personal Mindfulness introductory page.

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