We now know that the brain plays a central role in just about everything, from our thoughts, to our emotions, to our behavior—for better or worse—our brain is the engine. Research has also shown us that our brains have the incredible capacity to rewire themselves. Therefore, each of us can essentially create and wire our best brain.
“How did I get here?” I recently found myself standing in the produce section of Whole Foods, somewhere between the lettuce and onion island, and I had no idea how I’d gotten to where I was.
This is not an abduction story, a memory-lapse or early-onset alzheimer's. I experienced an unfortunately commonplace phenomenon that is—in many people’s opinion—becoming a societal disease: a lapse in mindfulness.
One beautiful autumn evening, after a full day with clients, I was carrying the groceries through the living room when I noticed my dog's peculiar pawprints on the carpet. I quickly dumped the bags on a nearby table and walked into our kitchen, which now resembled a toddlers' wading pool. The floor was covered with an inch of water, and it was rapidly seeping into the dining room carpet. Where the heck was the water coming from? Quickly I ran down to the basement to grab old towels to soak up the water—and was greeted with the horror of another flood, water gushing from above and multiple [...]
You were probably told to say “thank you” from a young age.
Those two words have become so commonplace that their meaning is often lost. “Thank you” can become a rote response; mindless. That is especially ironic considering the word thank can be traced way back to the Old English word for “to think” or “thought.”
It is all about the mind.
Shoulder and neck tension are the top concerns I hear from my students. Many of us get tense in the shoulders, neck and jaw—nine-to-fivers and mom entrepreneurs alike. Whether you are in an office at a desk or running errands, everyday activities like texting, driving, using a computer, even sleeping can contribute to tension. Even the hands can get overworked and cramp. When was the last time you really stretched your fingers and forearms?
These yoga exercises are made to practice at work, a desk, at home or any time your notice tension creeping into your shoulders. Practicing these [...]
"Emotional intelligence is a powerful tool critical for exceeding goals, improving critical work relationships, and creating a healthy, productive workplace and organizational culture." says Brent Gleeson in his article, "5 Aspects of Emotional Intelligence Required for Effective Leadership.
The very essence of leadership is to lead oneself effectively, which then influences others in a positive and inspiring way. Without the ability to modulate our emotions and understand what we want to achieve at any given moment, it's hard to lead competently.
Have you ever had one of those days when you just needed someone to talk to, someone to really get how you were feeling? Have you ever felt totally misunderstood by your spouse or a friend? Well, if you have, you were more than likely needing a dose of empathy.
The way we move our bodies has a profound impact on our brains—our moods, sleep, interpersonal communication and emotional intelligence. MRI scans show that yoga in particular can make your brain more calm and self-aware. Out of the hundreds of yoga poses, some are more naturally calming for parasympathetic nervous system, taking the body from fight-or-flight mode into rest-and-digest. Especially in the wake a tax season and during the busy time of spring, grounding feels vital and these poses can help.
Willpower is an unruly topic, to say the least. Whether some people are inherently “better” at self-control is still a topic of debate. What’s more important is how you exercise your willpower.
This spring it's time to take action, change old habits and train your brain for success. It is a cleansing for your brain, using neuroscience and mindfulness to transform your life from the mind first.
So far, we’ve covered how to dream big and start small and how to make a powerful plan. These are the building-blocks for healthy brain changes. Now comes the action piece.