Maximise Your Potential

Amrit Sandhar

Are you losing your head?

on June 11, 2013

Have you ever noticed how panic breeds panic? How do you keep your head whilst all others are losing theirs? You get to a threshold without realising, at which point you too are absorbed in the thick of it, battling through the treacle, wondering how you got into this position. The icing on the cake? A colleague then comes along who is calm, relaxed and looks at the same problem, that you and everyone around you has been running around trying to solve, and with a simple statement, they manage to get to the heart of the problem and define the solution. Isn’t that annoying?! You too could have come up with that solution. So why didn’t you? Your colleague walks away as a victor, with their wise words left etched on your seething heart. Now that’s a good feeling…

At the weekend, I saw a film called ‘The Little Buddha’. Although I am not a Buddhist, I found the film to be a wonderful account of how Siddhartha Gautama found enlightenment, or awakening to become the Buddha. Meditation is the key to gaining liberation within Buddhism. Meditation is also used by many other religions for similar reasons. The essential point is detachment. Meditation is used as a way of detaching yourself from the present. Theta and alpha brain waves have been seen to increase during meditation implying a wakeful relaxation i.e. to be relaxed but focused. This is different to the brain waves seen in sleep which are mostly the delta waves, implying deep relaxation.

Next time you are teetering on the edge of being sucked into the next big panic, you might just want to hide yourself away for 5 minutes and close your eyes and detach yourself. This relaxed yet focused state may provide you with the ability to walk back to the panic in a calm manner, observe the problem, provide the solution, and walk away leaving others to sit and wonder why they didn’t come up with that simple yet brilliant solution, with their hearts seething! Now that might be a good feeling…


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