4 min read · 2020-11-23 · In stressful times, this surprising lesson from neuroscience may help to lessen your anxieties.
The scientific name for body budgeting is allostasis.
This budgetary account of how the brain works may seem plausible when it comes to your bodily functions. It may seem less natural to view your mental life as a series of deposits and withdrawals. But your own experience is rarely a guide to your brain’s inner workings. Every thought you have, every feeling of happiness or anger or awe you experience, every kindness you extend and every insult you bear or sling is part of your brain’s calculations as it anticipates and budgets your metabolic needs.
Your brain’s most important job isn’t thinking; it’s running the systems of your body to keep you alive and well.
3 min read · Aug 4th · Creativity is everywhere around us — in the random colors of an artist’s painting, the verses of profound poetry, or an inspiring sculpture crafted from muddy clay. However, being creative is not just…
The act of writing down your thoughts will help you reinforce these memories so they are more easily accessible in the future.
asking yourself “what if?” while taking a walk is a great way to practice creative visualization.
Being creative partly comes from our aptitude to envisage the future and our capability to visualize experiences that have not yet arisen.
~12 min read · 2020-09-11 · All the articles you’ve been reading are tricking you.
Pay attention to when you are confident in your judgment, and when you are insecure.
Often when we talk about focus we are actually talking about the results of focus, not the experience itself.
When we focus on something, whether it’s a conversation with a loved one, a passion project, or a key objective at work, we are giving it the entirety of our attention. That means trusting in and whole-heartedly giving ourselves over to one thing — which necessarily means ‘de-prioritizing’ other things.