A quick, quick post to let you know about an interesting MOOC, run by Monash University, called Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance. While it commenced last week, if it's something that grabs you, you can still join up this week. It runs for 6-weeks, but self-paced.
This week, I picked up good information on being present -v- being distracted:
- Not being present impacts cognitive performance; and not in a good way
- The prevalence of distractions in the workplace can result in a 'fight or flight' response; which impacts critical thinking, perspective and planning
- Multitasking is an illusion - the brain can't process two (or three or four) complex issues at one time
- When we try to multitask we actually lose time. There's a phenomena called 'attentional blink' - and when we switch between tasks, we create moments of dead time.
- Implications of not being focused (or being present) includes losing track, forgetting, making mistakes and getting stressed.
- Practicing mindfulness has genuinely positive physical implications
You know this already, don't you? It's familiar, but I haven't absorbed it - so I expect that for me, mindfulness will remain a life-long practice (a la Phil in 'GroundHog Day').
Apart from the substance of this program, on a visual level - this program is really lovely. The screen is really stripped down, and the layout is clean and pretty. The video's are short, the discussion space is thoughtful and the resources make sense. I also found it refreshing doing a course with Australian accents.
Speaking of resources, one them included a nice insight about the topic at hand:
Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves. Consider, for example: a magician who cuts his body into many parts and places each part in a different region—hands in the south, arms in the east, legs in the north, and then by some miraculous power lets forth a cry which reassembles whole every part of his body. Mindfulness is like that—it is the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life.
Week one has been great for me. If you decide to check out this program, I'd be interested to hear what you think.
And finally, I'm posting this info because as an extrovert with external expressionist tendencies, I'm programmed to share (ie, it's not sponsored).