JUNE – Train Your Brain #6

In the sixth session of Train Your Brain on June 15, we continued to work on putting you in the driver’s seat of your life.

We acknowledged that taking control begins with knowing where you’re at now. The following True or False questions from Randy Kulman’s book, Train Your Brain for SuccessA Teenager’s Guide to Executive Functions, provide an opportunity to take a look at your current habits.

T / F     I often find it hard to set long term goals for myself.
T / F     I often do not plan how I am going to get things done such as work
            assignments, chores or other activities.
T / F     I often do things randomly rather than take time to actively plan them step by             step.

If you answered True to one or more of these questions, you may need to develop the executive function of planning. Planning is critical to reducing stress.

Stress is a state of mind. It arises from a conflict with the moment. When you are stressed, you aren’t accepting things as they are. You would like them to be different. You don’t want the deadline, you want more time, you want the person to see your perspective, you want your work to be better. In general, you want yourself, the people around you or your circumstances to be different.

You often can’t change your situation however you always have the power to change how you deal with it. How you deal with the moment is what determines your future. Success is a state of mind.

An open mind is the best mindset. Embrace the moment. Then, fully accepting things as they are, plan how to move forward.

In the context of this session, I touched on planning in two ways. First, plan your practice. Consistent meditation training will support you in developing even-mindedness. This unshakable mind is the key to overcoming anything life can dish out. Secondly, make a plan for successfully dealing with the situation in which you find yourself or the goal you wish to achieve. With a plan in place, the mind can rest rather than stress.

Meditation improves your ability to plan by increasing your access to the full potential of the all of the executive functions, including planning. How will you know? Try planning. Monitor your success. You will notice improvement each time you initiate, carry out and evaluate your planned performance.

Listen to the full WebEx recording of the June session here. The recording includes a 25-minute meditation practice that begins at minute fifteen of the recording. 

The next session is July 20 12:15-12:55 p.m. in the Discovery Theater (Annex A). Register on myGPS.

I hope to see you there!


Program Coordinator
Nexen Wellness Centre



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