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Is Your To-Do List Corrupting Your Mind?

“To attain the lofty heights of our society, one must possess nearly-psychotic focus. This focus comes at the cognitive expense of being able to see novel relationships among unrelated concepts.” —Andrew Smart, Autopilot We’ve been imbued with a notion that if we’re not doing something, and doing it in the most efficient way possible, we’re…

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Unshackle Yourself From The Present and Invest In Your Autopilot

We live from moment to moment, existing only in what we call the present, and having only a mental representation of what the past and future are. Do they exist? That really depends on what your definition of ‘past’ or ‘future’ is. Many people stress the importance of remaining present, to live in the moment,…

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An Introverts Guide to Sleeping with Mindfulness

  It was Jung that popularized the idea of introversion and extroversion in his Psychological Types. Jung made the distinction that introverts become exhausted by social interaction, whereas extroverts become anxious when left alone. Introversion and extroversion today are viewed as a single continuum, meaning you can be anywhere on the scale, with ambiverts sitting in the…

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Do Meditators Exist? What Neuroscience Has To Say

When Rene Descartes declared “I think therefore I am,” what type of thinking do you suppose he meant?  Marcus E. Raichle discovered the default mode network, and in 2005 showed that the human brain is intrinsically organized into dynamic, anti-correlated systems. The default mode is deactivated when we use the task positive network — which, unfortunately, is…

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A Healthy Mind Requires Mindfulness and Daydreams

You don’t need to look far to find support for Mindfulness. Whether you’ve tried it or not, the benefits are unmistakable. With a plethora of both endorsements and scientific studies to back it up, mindfulness meditation is fast becoming the recommended exercise for our brains. Mindfulness is an act of being in the moment, focused…

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Find the Time for a Wandering Mind

Mindfulness helps us meditate, focus, and rid ourselves of stress and anxiety. But at what cost? Focus is an in demand commodity today, we all want it, if only our easily distracted minds would play ball (or maybe that’s the problem). As you might know by now, we get distracted at rather inconvenient times—during exams,…

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