Meditation

The 10-minute Meditation practice.

The purpose of spending 10 minutes meditating is simply to cultivate presence too enhance focus.

Not to become a Buddist Monk. There is a lot of BS around meditation as it has become mainstream.

If you are naturally comfortable sitting still for 10 minutes start here if not, move down the page to the heading Entering the Zone – Heart Rate Variability Training.

I have incorporated the 10 minutes meditation practice into my mornings, typically around 5am. All I doing is listening to Tara and focusing on my awareness. The awareness could be tension in my body or just focusing on my breath. You will notice those thoughts about the future, ‘I have to do this and this today’ and the past will constantly appear. Just recognize the thought, let it go, and refocus on your awareness.

I listen to Tara Brach’s guided meditations and this one in particular.

Download by clicking here.

Other World-Class performers like Tim Ferriss recommend spending 10 minutes meditation before bed.

 

Direct Mediation and Sherlock Holmes.

 

HOLMES’S HEAD by Maria Konnikova

It is perhaps as psychologist that Holmes’s contribution to popular science is most evident. Take George Miller’s 1956 paper ‘The magical number seven, plus or minus two’, which posits that humans can cognitively process only around seven pieces of information at any time. It seems to me no coincidence that Miller used an image of a cutaway head with an attic instead of a brain — a probable echo of Holmes’s conceptualization of memory in A Study in Scarlet. The brain is originally, Holmes says, like “a little empty attic”; but because
it lacks “elastic walls”, the “skilful workman is very careful indeed” about what he takes into it.

Holmes’s espousal of mindfulness came more than a century before the concept became ubiquitous. Consider his approach to solving a crime: contemplate first, eyes closed, fingers cradled. A passage in the 1891 story ‘The Red-Headed League’ is a key example. As Watson asks Holmes’s opinion of the case, Holmes intones: “It is quite a three-pipe problem, and I beg you won’t speak to me for fifty minutes.” What is this but directed meditation? Holmes takes contemplation to a new level, with unilateral focus and no distractions. We even learn that the detective studied with the “head Llama” in Tibet during the Great Hiatus, the period after his supposed murder by Professor Moriarty — another scientist, possibly based on the brilliant but spiteful astronomer Simon Newcomb.

Maria Konnikova is author of Mastermind: How to think like Sherlock Holmes. A brilliant book I reread regularly. Now if your thinking but Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character, why on earth would anyone want to learn his methods? When they are made up, right?

Not exactly, Sir Arthur Conan Boyle author of the Sherlock Holmes books, created Sherlock based on real life people he knew, and Maria explains in detail who these people were in the downloaded piece here —-> Source

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