Tag: Mind Mastery

S3-18: MBM – Learning Mastery!

“We do not learn, and that what we call learning is only a process of recollection.” ~Plato

It seems we address certain types of learning differently than say preparing to perform. In other words, to prepare for a performance we will practice, practice, and practice some more. But, when it comes to learning something we expect to see or hear it once and completely know it and be able to recall it.

Crazier still, we tend to think we’re not too smart if we need to relearn the same lesson over and over again.

MG and HE challenge this idea. MG recalls how some of the audio lessons on his playlist he’s heard “hundreds” of times! The EXACT SAME lesson. And, he says, here’s the “crazy” thing? each time he seems to pickup and learn something new.

Why is that? How can you or I hear the same message three times, for instance, and learn or pickup something different each time?

They cover the various reasons behind this phenomena and then, ultimately, propose this is precisely what higher education is about? for instance what PhD students do! They study the SAME SUBJECT over and over and then again, some more. They GO DEEP vs wide (breadth) and cover the same topic from different angles and perspectives. And, because of this, they notice details, nuances and connections most people will never see.

This, learning the same things over and over and then some more, is really what we call expertise. This is what mastery really is!


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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 10: As A Man Thinketh

What thoughts are you choosing and encouraging?

“This little volume (the result of meditation and experience) is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the much-written upon subject of the power of thought. It is suggestive rather than explanatory, its object being to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that –
They themselves are makers of themselves
by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage; that mind is the master-weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that, as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness.” As a Man Thinketh, ~James Allen

Martin kicks off this episode with a quick read of the above foreword by James Allen and then breaks down some of the main ideas, sharing his experience as it relates to Allen’s opening insights.

“Mind is the master-weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance…”

Our habits of thought and behavior direct and dictate our circumstance, our present condition and then, ultimately shape and define our character.

Our unique capacity to take mindful control of THOUGHT— to direct our thinking toward our goals and ambitions is omnipotent. Or, we can waste the capability and allow it to drift idle and aimless.

This episode ends with a bit of a challenge — to be mindful of our thoughts and our speech and ask, “What are your thoughts weaving today and what form will they assume tomorrow?”

We all have this unique gift… the powerful capacity to develop  new habits of thought. And, it can only begin with awareness and then the intention to apply it consciously.

You can get to do this any time you decide!

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 06: The Power of the Mind

“There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” ~Buddhist Proverb

While happiness, as the Buddhist proverb goes, can and should be a choice (most often) there is no doubt our present circumstances and events have great influence upon our current level of happiness.

In fact, what happens more often than not is that we will assign and craft stories about events (in the present) and then layer on our own subjective and speculative implications (stories) about how that event will influence our future.

Interestingly, these future stories (that WE are always, habitually creating at will) in turn than influence our present level of happiness.

The question becomes, do we have the power to change the story, our attention and focus?

Martin touches on the R.A.S.; the Reticular Activation System, a part of the brain helps selectively guide our focus, to see and find those things that we are seeking OR patterns we’ve seen in the past.

“We tend to see what we put our focus upon… If that future story or image projection is not what we would like to see we actually get to change it.”

In fact, you might argue that becomes a core responsibility in our life.

Martin recounts Jobs’ biography by Walter Isaacson, simply titled, Steve Jobs. In the book, Jobs is famous for something Isaacson coined as his “reality distortion field”. This reflected Jobs unrelenting ambition to distort “reality” and current information and events into something that would ultimately serve his imagination and his goals.

Can we not do this?

Martin challenges the listener to try to alter their focus and to craft a story about a positive, hopeful and optimistic future despite any negative current events or circumstances. And, to notice how that impacts your present level of happiness!

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“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~Albert Einstein


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