I follow a science backed approach to training and coaching. To work with the mind, it is important to understand its mechanics.This section gives you a peek into the brain and the world of thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It spotlights the neuroscience of motivation and engagement that helps refine our mind training practice.
In mind training, we focus on the brain and the internal movie reel of our experiences. The intention is to actively manage the contents of the movie by bringing more of the 95% unconscious processing into our awareness. We scan the movie to see to see if it is correctly coding our past experiences or getting caught in the bias of our fear and self absorption patterns. We recognise skilfull thinking and reinforce it by directing attention to it. We shrink irrelevant/dysfunctional thinking by retracting attention from it. Above all we build tolerance for all parts of our experience, both comfortable & uncomfortable, without judging it as good or bad – Rather, we view it through the lens of skilful/non skilful in a particular context. Over time this process gives us the power to script our own movie narrative. It also builds equanimity, a powerful mental state that allows us to experience all emotions in their full intensity with the ability to come back to calm with ease. This increases endurance and resilience and allows us to navigate the most challenging environments successfully.
Mind training is particularly helpful in building elite performance. It invites you to align with your motivational brain circuits and makes you intuitively aware of strategies that will play to your areas of strength and natural talent. It also alerts you to the noisy, back chatter in the brain. Through attention training you build focus and flow while also learning to keep your ego in check and calm the mind with breath control. A mind preoccupied with constant striving and achieving leads to an overdrive in the sympathetic system of the repetilian brain. This leads to excessive levels of adrenaline and cortisol which can eventually lead to burn out, exhaustion or depression. Unsuccessful effort can also lead to frustration and emotional outbursts. Mind training can help trigger parasympathetic nervous system responses through production of serotonin and oxytocin. This not only reenergises our body but also generates insight, intuition, collaborative and compassionate behaviour and equanimity.