LOOKING TO GET SMARTER? TEACH! AND SCIENCE OF LISTENING INWARD
Hello again Dear Friends,
This month as usual I will be covering some familiar topics, but instead of the information coming from my own mind and heart I’m going to quote and share some recent scientific studies published in main stream magazines.
First though I want to review one of the best ways to become smarter and more proficient on any subject you desire, and that’s by teaching it. Over the years I have taught people how to sell, how to run a business, how to become happier, how to meditate, and in general how to become more successful in life and their relationships.
I have learned much of what I teach from reading, listening, and practice. At times I tend to forget just how much I learn from the act of teaching itself. I’ve had two recent examples I would like to share.
The first involves a new friend, Steve, who I met hiking on the trails in Morrison, Colorado behind my house. Steve lives nearby and has been a very successful businessman and now retired. As we first introduced ourselves and discussed our lives I explained that one of my daily habits is that of meditation. I also learned that Steve was a ping pong player, an activity that I had not enjoyed for years.
Steve asked if I wanted to come to his home for some ping pong and teach him some meditation techniques, and that began our regular twice monthly get together. As I prepared for and then instructed Steve I was extremely pleased to find how much deeper my own personal meditations became. What occurred was that the more I explained and taught Steve the clearer I became in my own mind and the more advanced by personal meditations became.
Last week I again had a similar experience, but this time it involved teaching someone to ski. A friend of mine, Joey, in his early 30’s, is an excellent athlete, and until just recently was exclusively a snowboarder. He had been on skis only 4 days and asked if we could meet for some on slope instruction. Turns out we had a wonderful day on Vail Mountain and between verbally explaining and then demonstrating, Joey made great progress in our few hours together. The amazing part for me was that it was also the best technical day I have skied all season. Having to explain how and why skis turn and how to control speed in difficult terrain plus demonstrating actually made ME perform at the top of my game.
We are all eternal Soul beings who have incarnated before numerous times and will continue to do so for thousands of years going forward. The physical experience here on Earth is for the purpose of Soul Growth and hopefully some joy; yes, we come to Earth in physical form to learn and grow. Each experience both good and bad acts as an instructor for our Soul Growth and better prepares us for future incarnations. For many of us Life gets more pleasant with age because we have had the opportunities to learn many lessons. If life is becoming more and more difficult with age perhaps it’s because we keep making the same mistakes without learning the lesson?
Lessons learned.........If you are serious about improving on something, try teaching it to someone else!
As an avid meditation practitioner I have trained both myself and others how to reach inward for answers to many of life’s questions. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if at each life turn whenever we had doubts or questions we could quiet our mind, listen inward, and ask for answers? It is all very possible with practice even when it’s our own health?
Is it possible that we can better diagnose our own personal ailments than a doctor, if we knew how to listen inward? Absolutely! Directly below is a very short excerpt from an article on meditation published in Time Magazine just last month February 3, 2014. We’re all looking for scientific proof to back up our vibrational instincts and this entire article does just that relative to meditation, check it out further. The article title is “The Mindful Revolution, science of finding focus”
"Precisely because of this scientific component, mindfulness is gaining traction with people who might otherwise find mind-body philosophies a tough sell, and it is growing into a sizable industry. An NIH report found that Americans spent some $4 billion on mindfulness-related alternative medicine in 2007, including MBSR. (NIH will release an update of this figure later this year.) There's a new monthly magazine, Mindful, a stack of best-selling books and a growing number of smartphone apps devoted to the concept. For Stuart Silverman, mindfulness has become a way to deal with the 24/7 pace of his job consulting with financial advisers. Silverman receives hundreds of emails and phone calls every day. "I'm nuts about being in touch," he says.Anxiety in the financial industry reached a high mark in the 2008 meltdown, but even after the crisis began to abate, Silverman found that the high stress level remained. So in 2011, he took a group of his clients on a mindfulness retreat.The group left their smartphones behind and spent four days at a resort in the Catskills, in upstate New York, meditating, participating in group discussions, sitting in silence, practicing yoga and eating meals quietly and mindfully. "For just about everybody there, it was a life-changing experience," says Silverman. The Catskills program was run by Janice Marturano, a former vice president at General Mills who began a corporate mindfulness initiative there and left the company in 2011 to run an organization she started called the Institute for Mindful Leadership. (About 500 General Mills employees have participated in mindfulness classes since Marturano introduced the concept to the company's top managers in 2006, and there is a meditation room in every building on the company's Minneapolis campus.) Marturano, who ran a wellattended mindfulness training session at Davos in 2013 and wrote a book called Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership, published in January, says most leaders she encounters feel besieged by long work hours and near constant connectivity. For these people, there seems to be no time to zero in on what's important or plan ahead"
Are you someone who still believes medical tests are the best to gauge your health? Try reading the March 2014 edition of the AARP Bulletin where 10 common place medical tests are now being discouraged. They include: The yearly electrocardiogram and stress test, PSA test to screen prostate cancer for men, X-ray or MRI for lower back pain, yearly Pap test for women, and yes even the yearly physical!
Lots to think about I know, but thanks so much again for listening.
Interested in a new read for mental, emotional, and spiritual well being? Check out “Spirit Wisdom for Daily Living by Clint Bridges, I know you will enjoy it.
With love and appreciation.