Topics: Collective Mindfulness, Theory U, Making Health Habitual, Exercise, Constructive Daydreaming, Contemplation
BY HENDRIK MUSEKAMP
Hi all! It’s Friday. So he it is hmx-weekly, a list of what I’m enjoying, pondering, or working on. Hope you’ll find some food for thought. Enjoy.
Nobody wants to increase environmental destruction, poverty, cultural ADHD, or suicide. Yet we keep doing it. Why do we collectively recreate these patterns?
According to Scharmer the blindspot is our quality of awareness. We need a shift from individual interests to “Eco-system awareness”, meaning to focus on the well-being of oneself and of the whole – all stakeholders of a ecosystem.
To paraphrase Einstein, the problem with today’s capitalism is that we are trying to solve problems with the same level of consciousness that created them.
So what will it take to wake up from our collective sleepwalking? It will require applying the power of mindfulness, both individually and collectively, to the evolution of business, democracy, and society.
As the saying goes, the mind works like a parachute — it only functions when it’s open.
Mindfulness is the tool, not only to open the mind. Read the full article, if this appears incoherent to you.
Daydreaming and Mental Contrasting for Goal-Fulfillment with Gabriele Oettingen. This is the psychology podcast by Dr. Kaufman. The episode features Gabriele Oettingen, german psychologist. The two rethink positive thinking, and give advice on how to get the most out of positive thinking. There’s definitly up- and downsides. Love the concept of mental contrasting. “Incredibly practical tools to help with constructive daydreaming and hurdling obstacles.”
6 TRUTHS ABOUT EXERCISE…
…that nobody wants to believe by James Clear: “Success in the gym, as with most things in life, comes down to mastering the basics.”
- Let your schedule govern your actions, not your level of motivation.
- Ignore the short-term results. If you commit to the long-term process, the results will come anyway.
- Great results come from great focus, not great variety.
- Training to failure is a good way to wear yourself down, not build yourself up. (Focusing on volume now allows you to handle the intensity later on.)
- What got you here won’t get you there.
- Recording your training is especially important because it brings all of these points together.
MAKING HEALTH HABITUAL
We’re creatures of habit. Habits allow us to fly on autopilot for the majority of the day. According to Gerald Zaltman 95% of all cognition occurs unconsciously. That includes thinking driving our decisions and behavior. This allows us some headspace to deal with important, or pleasant ideas. At the same time there’s bad habits we’d like to get rid of. Or habits not even created. Advice on changing habits is often based on motivation, and motivation quickly fades. According to science knowledge about how to change is important. Moreover it is important to know how to create automatic and effortless behavior. Here’s the treat:
Repeat a chosen behaviour in the same context, until it becomes automatic and effortless.
Automation occurs on average at about 66 days (18-254 days). It’s that easy.
CALM IS CONTAGIOUS
If then it’s not that the things you pursue or avoid are coming at you, but rather that you in a sense are seeking them out, at least try to keep your judgment of them steady, and they too will remain calm and you won’t be seen chasing after or fleeing from them.
—Marcus Aurelius, Meditation
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Have a great weekend,