Month: February 2015

Alex Mill on the Voice and Meditation

We are so excited to present to you the first ever episode on contrarian learning and living! Our special guest is Alex Mill. He lived 14 years in a Zen Buddhist Monastery and now teaches the wisdom he acquired there. Learn about ‘The Voice’ and what to do about it. And about training puppies. No time to watch the full episode? This is the episode in a nutshell: 1. The Voice The voice is something outside of us that talks us out of doing things that benefit us and into things that won’t serve us. 2. “How you do anything, is how you do everything.” When we think we ‘can’t’ do something it’s worth having a look at what that really means. What are we telling ourselves? How is that showing up in other parts of our life? 3. Training your awareness muscle is like training a puppy. When we approach training our awareness and attention like training a puppy, we are compassionate and kind to ourselves. Would you beat a puppy? Probably not! Think of your attention like a cute little puppy and you will see it grow and develop. What would Alex tell his high-school self if he could travel back in time? “That I love him. Because that is what he wanted to hear for a very long time.” Check out Alex’ 30-day online retreat and his...

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February Comfort Zone Challenge: Try Meditation

The challenge for February is: Meditate for the next 7 days. Let’s first look at why we meditate and then at how you can include the practice in your daily life. Why meditate? There are many reasons to meditate. And we all heard the “it’s good for you”-explanation. Let’s look at the (neuro-)science behind meditation. When we are stressed, the amygdala grows. The amygdala is a tiny little thing in our brain that is responsible for many of our emotional responses. The more stress we experience, the more our amygdala will grow, the more sensitive to stress we become. Enter: Meditation and Mindfulness. Prof. Davidson and his team have scanned the brains of monks as well as normal people, who practice mindfulness mediation. The effect on the brain after the first mediation is immediate. What happens in our brain when we meditate? The pre-frontal cortex – the part of the brain behind your forehead – grows. This part of the brain is associated with decision-making and reasoning. When this part is trained and developed we make better decisions, get better at reasoning and – as Alex would say – silence the voice. Check out the interview with him. How meditate? If you are new to the practice, start small. You can find a great guided meditation over at Alex’s site. Alex lived in a Zen Buddhist monastery for almost...

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