Mind Fitness: How Meditation Boosts Your Focus, Resilience, and Brain (Video)

Big Think aims to help you move above and beyond random information, toward real knowledge, offering big ideas from fields outside your own that you can apply toward the questions and challenges in your own life. Have you, like me, heard about meditation a million times? And does it feel like everyone around you is doing it, yet you might not be convinced? This short 8 minute video gives more scientific consequences of meditation. Psychologist Daniel Coleman explains the behavioral, cognitive, and neuroscientific changes long-term meditators go through. Coleman goes further and talks about improving resilience, minimizing mindwandering and more.

Still not convinced? If you’re like me and  want more scientific proof on the benefits of breathing exercises (which is probably the main focus when meditating) then perhaps you like this video. Here Neuroscientist Alan Watkins talks about Heart Rate Variability and how breathing exercises can improve resilience, strengthen your heart, help your digestive system, and more!

Ray Dalio; the Steve Jobs of Investing (Podcast)

Tim Ferris, best-selling author and investor, deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas in his podcast to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. Ray Dalio is founder and CEO of one of the biggest hedge funds Bridgewater Associates and author of the book Principles. In this podcast Ferriss and Dalio talk about a wide variety of topics. The conversation starts with talking about Dalio’s background growing up in New York and how he was interested in finance from a young age. Part of the conversation is about the book “Principles” Dalio wrote and why it has been crucial for his success. One of the principle Ferriss and Dalio discussed extensively is ‘pain+reflection = progress’. Bridgewater is known for a meticulous and specific culture in which Dalio explains their meritocratic environment and its tools + protocols the 1000+ employees comply and adhere to. The conversation switches into a more personal topic where both Ferriss and Dalio share their experience with depression. The final parts of the conversation center around Dalio’s idea of what generates happiness and his approach to investing.

The Art of Learning (Book)

This book is written by Josh Waitzkin. Waitzkin is a world-champion finalist in chess and became a world-champion in martial arts (thai-chi, push hands) after his chess career. Currently Waitzkin is a consultant in peak performance of some of the top hedge fund managers in the world and is the founder and President of the JW foundation. The book is split in three parts: first his life growing up and his chess career, then his transition into martial arts, and finally combining the lessons from both disciplines and applying those lessons to life. Experiences Waitzkin shares are about his development as a chess player, the new lessons learned as a martial artist, the impact teachers had on his professional career, how he dealt both positively and negatively with pressure, and how he continues to use and develop the art of learning for himself and others. Specific topics Waitzkin explains are thematic interconnectedness, incremental learning, teacher’s/coaching philosophy, numbers to leave numbers, beginner’s mind, making smaller circles, presence/awareness, being in the zone/flow, beginners mind, and more.

How to Overcome Anxiety and Stress; Michael Gervais (Podcast)

Tim Ferriss, best-selling author and investor, deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas  in his podcast to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. The well-respected sports psychologist Michael Gervais has worked with Olympians, Super Bowl champions, elite coaches, and more. This podcast Gervais talks about stress and anxiety and the tools he tries to teach to help that are visualization, mindfulness, authenticity, and having strong relationships. Other topics discussed are effective (and less effective) ways to self-talk, behind-the-scenes stories of Michael’s clients, understanding mastery, and much more

Djokovic’s New Tennis Psychology

Huffington Post wrote an article about Djokovic’s use of mindfulness meditation. In the article it writes about the importance for Djokovic to do daily meditation and how it has influenced him on the court. It also contains information on Moore and Gardner who were the first to have done research on mindfulness and its effect in sports.