“Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Neuroscience All Agree: Your Daily Routine Needs More ‘Non-time’ While your busy daily routine is healthy and productive, it may also be killing your creativity.“
That headline from a recent article in Inc. by Jessica Stillman really caught my attention.
Jessica adds, “TED speaker Steven Kotler explained recently on the TED Ideas blog, non-time is basically a fancy word for quiet alone time when you are insulated from the world’s noise and demands.”
How many of us schedule “Non-time” for ourselves? Are we successful in taking even mini-breaks throughout the day to assess our well-being and sanity, or is the hamster wheel or treadmill running incessantly?
“Pressure forces the brain to focus on the details, activating the left hemisphere and blocking out that bigger picture. Worse, when pressed, we’re often stressed. We’re unhappy about the hurry, which sours our mood and further tightens our focus. Being time-strapped, then, can be kryptonite for creativity,” Steven explains.
Fortunately, we live in a time where there are many options to decompress, even if you have less than ten minutes. A quick trip outside to experience nature is the optimal choice. If that is not an option…then have I got a treat for you!
I recently remastered the Chakra Mandala Meditation initially created in 2010 and viewed over 9,000 times on YouTube. I’ve added mandalas created since that time and improved the image quality. Both the mandalas created and the accompanying music are specifically designed for healing and soothing.
Begin your mini-vacation with a few deep breaths. Inhale through your nose and let the breath originate in your belly, extend your exhale and add an audible sigh. Deep breathing while extending the exhale is proven to slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure and assist in re-setting the autonomic nervous system. Let your gaze soften, eyes remaining open but unfocused, as the mandalas appear and dissolve before your eyes.
Let me know how you feel after your journey. Lather, rinse and repeat (as Brad Yates is famous for saying).
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