1. Minding the mental clutter
“Everyday I get up at 4am and meditate. It clears my mind and gets me ready for the day. Meditating allows your mind the space for new thoughts. If I have a problem I think about it before going to sleep, and when I meditate the next morning I often have the answer.”
- Margaret Hirsch is the CEO and co-founder of appliance and electronics company Hirsch’s, that started as a tiny store in Umhlanga and now has branches throughout the country.
As the saying goes, a watched pot never boils. Similarly, when you’re stuck on a problem, you often devote your mental faculties to trying to solve it. Trouble is, you’re not able to find a solution because your neural networks are firing along the same old pathways and arriving at the same conclusion i.e. no answer.
By meditating, you’re able to clear your mind of mental clutter and stop the same networks from firing. This allows you the space to make new connections and find patterns in unexpected places and perhaps even find a creative solution to your problem.
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