Sometimes in our 24/7, on the go society … we look and focus on ways we can increase our learning, habits, and performance. Downtime and mindfulness can seem like the opposite rhythm than the quick, efficient, and striving energy of achievement. Neuroscience helps us understand what is critical for our minds to be at their best, which directly impacts our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual energy. This “downtime” of mindfulness is actually critical for building gray matter and the balanced sage perspective that offers us greater wisdom, guidance, and emotional intelligence.
There is so much information to support this area of study to understand how and why it matters and works. If you don’t have time to get into the research, know that it is backed by science, and the way you set your foundational practices impacts your ability to perform during the day. I like the Healthy Mind Platter to equip yourself. I recently wrote on applying this to your life and leadership, expanding on the elements of the Healthy Mind Platter (see article here).
Often this “mindfulness” practice can seem confusing. Is this just a daily “meditation”? Some people struggle with traditional “meditation” … does it have to be done like that? How do you really do “mindfulness”, what does that mean? I am excited to share a great resource and tools by Dr. Heidi Hanna and her free program to support your understanding and ability to truly get mindful and therefore recharged. Check it out here and make time in your day for mindfulness practices!