Our Two Brains, Mindfulness, and Decision-Making
By Mark Mitchnick, guest contributor
Long before any of the neuroscience was known, Winston Churchill said, “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.” Although he didn’t know it, Mr. Churchill was actually describing the two separate yet conjoined systems operating in our heads.
Over the past 15 years, what these two systems look like and how they function has been described in both scientific and general publications. Together, they inform the understanding of our decision-making process a…
What’s Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness?
By David Treleaven, guest contributor
A few months ago, a colleague who taught meditation in corporate settings asked for my advice.
A woman in one of his programs had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, and she was now experiencing symptoms of traumatic stress. When she’d meditate, images and sensations would flood her field of consciousness, leaving her more rattled than before.
“Should I keep meditating?” she’d asked him. “I want to work with my stress, but practicing seems t…
What is Decision Fatigue and How Can You Outsmart It at Work?
By Karlie Kramer, guest contributor
Have you ever felt mentally drained after a long meeting or taxing workday? That’s because you’ve probably made anywhere from 10,000 to 40,000 decisions, switching tasks over 300 times during the workday — and your brain is exhausted. This is called decision fatigue, and it’s responsible for the decline in focus and willpower that affects millions of Americans daily.
The phenomenon was first discovered by social psychologist Roy F. Baumeister, and states th…
Former NASA, Biophysics PhD offers 2-part Mindful Embodied Practice - Your Universal Energy Concentrator
By Ginny Whitelaw, guest contributor
Imagine you’re opening a large, cardboard box. Those of you who remember Wylie Coyote from vintage Road Runner cartoons can see ACME written on the side. This box contains a magnificent contraption: a Universal Energy Concentrator. As advertised, it can turn vision into reality, ideas into actions; YES, it can actually turn energy into things that matter. You can’t wait to try it out, but you can’t figure out how to get it working. You see a few broken part…
5 Tips to Declutter with the Zen Organizer
By Regina Leeds, guest contributor
You can ignore your physical space, but you can’t hide the story it tells. Like a friend with loose lips, your environment reveals all. Some people try and fake it. The public rooms, for example, present a story of perfection only to be betrayed by total chaos in the bedroom. Others hide their detritus behind closet doors, under beds, and in drawers already bursting at the seams. The greater the chaos, the deeper the emotional wound. A college student whose par…
Uncovering Your Natural Awareness from "The Little Book of Being"
By Diana Winston, guest contributor
Awareness is a capacity of the human mind. Awareness is the ability to directly know and to perceive, sense, feel, or be cognizant of experience. We might think of awareness simply as the state of being conscious of something.
Every living being is aware. We usually don’t think much about awareness, but in order to function, humans have to be aware. Not only do humans have the capacity to be aware, but they also have the ability to be aware of awareness, or …
Mindful Eating at Work: Healthy Digestion Tips
By Larissa Hall Carlson, guest contributor
You're a fairly healthy eater, right? Fresh produce, organic grains, and dark chocolate are at home in your kitchen--and you regularly snack on fruit and take trips to the farmers market. This is fabulous.
Establishing healthy habits is hard work, indeed, and despite life's fast tempo and the ongoing intensity of work, you've succeeded in making important strides toward a healthier diet over the years.
So how is it then, that with all those healthy …