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A Mindful Brain is one that has good Attentional Control.

Sounds like something we all could use. But the fact is that our minds naturally jump from one thing to another, like a monkey swinging from branch to branch (hence the term Monkey Mind).

And our society even encourages it: we all have to be able to multi-task or we’re not good enough. Finish that report, answer that email, respond to the phone call, cook dinner and hug your kids – all at the same time.  Our children follow suit and do their homework whilst listening to music, watching TV and chatting on Facebook, all at once.  Is it any wonder that our schools struggle with an ADHD epidemic? How can our children focus when we haven’t taught them how, and most of us don’t get it either?

The human brain loves to give attention to any distraction. And each time it does, it’s rewarded with a release of dopamine, which makes us feel good. We have evolved to pay attention to new stimuli because during our evolution, an individual who ignored a distraction such as a low growl in the bushes, may not survive to pass on his/her genes. But most our lives today are not spent in survival mode and it’s usually safe to ignore distractions.

How then do we train our minds to ignore those distractions and focus our attention? In the same way as we learn any new skill – by repetition. During Mindfulness Meditation we actively train the mind to let go of distractions (no matter how enticing they appear to be) and give focused attention to the breath. And we do this over and over again, till new neural pathways are formed that make attention and focus easier.

In 1890 the psychologist William James wrote: “The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention over and over again is the very root of judgment, character, and will…. An education which should include this faculty would be the education par excellence.”

Was he describing Mindfulness Meditation?


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Positive Psychology is a serious scientific discipline based on solid, empirical research. It is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.

Why is a Positive Attitude Important?

The study of Positivity is a growing field within the discipline of Positive Psychology. In particular, the work of Barbara Frederickson has quantified the ratio of optimum positive to negative emotions that we should be feeling every day as 3:1, in order to enhance a sense of well-being in our lives. Increasing your positive thoughts […]

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