Do you find that you have trouble focusing when you're working or learning online? Do you regularly get the compulsion to procrastinate, check Facebook and consume new information when you would rather be doing something more meaningful?
Or do you find that you have a lots of creative ideas but then you struggle when it comes to executing and implementing them so you earn a steady income from them? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then I designed this course for you.
I have suffered from ADD most of my life and I know how hard it is in this day and age to stick with perplexing problems and ideas long enough to develop creative solutions for them. I also know what it feels like to never seem to achieve your potential and really create the life that you know in your heart is possible.
I have spent a big part of the last decade traveling the world, studying and practicing different forms of meditation while creating online courses that teach people today's most in-demand digital skills. I embarked on this journey because I was determined to find a natural way to overcome my ADD so I could channel my creativity into meaningful endeavours. I wanted more than anything to be a creator of my own reality, rather than a consumer of other people's second-hand insights and experiences.
My search has culminated in the ideas and practices in this course. I designed this course for people like me, who are energetic, distractible and creative, the kind of people who would normally struggle with sitting still and quieting their minds. The way meditation is usually taught is difficult to apply in our fast-paced, hyper-connected society. So, to solve this problem I've tailored this course for people who need the focus and presence of meditation but would normally struggle to build the habit.
I strongly believe that if meditation is to be truly transformative, it needs to be approached with the spirit of play, lightheartedness and curiosity.To really get amazing results, we need to take ourselves less seriously and embrace our natural flow. Meditation is a tool for exploring our inner worlds and channelling our creative energy in the stream of consciousness we call the moment. It is the controlled expansion of our minds and awareness.
I want to demystify meditation for you and help you actually build a daily meditation habit that sticks. I will also teach you mindfulness techniques you can use throughout your daily life to overcome distractions, channel your creative energy into flow states and overcome the mental drains of stress, anxiety and uncertainty.
I recommend you watch the first few videos that are provided free so you can learn more about this course. The outcome of applying the practices in this course is you will experience much better focus, you'll understand how to trigger creative flow when you're working online and you'll be able to recognize how and why you procrastinate and become distracted by directly observing your own mind and body. This will empower you to overcome negative emotional feedback loops and live a more creative, carefree and relaxed life.
Here is a quick summary of what you will learn in this course:
1. The Internet Age is changing our brains and transforming the way we live, work and learn. You will learn how to develop the three characteristics that are disproportionately rewarded in today's innovation economy: focus, creativity and self-awareness.
2. You will learn how to increase your attention span and dramatically improve your ability to focus and stay present with problems and creative work through the practice of mindfulness.
3. Many people who learn to meditate don't stick with it. I'll teach you how to "hack the habit" of the daily practice of meditation using a simple 3-step system for habit forming that is backed by the latest neuroscience research.
4. The time you really want the focus and presence of mindfulness is when you're at work, in difficult social situations and when you're enjoying your free time. You'll learn mindfulness In action practices to stay focused and present in any situation.
5. Creative flow states are the secret to optimal performance in creative endeavours. You will learn how to trigger flow states when you're working and learning online so you can learn faster and manifest your ideas more rapidly.
6. You will learn about the latest digital tools and iPhone/Android apps for focusing at work, blocking out distractions, quantifying your performance over time and reducing the natural tendency to be constantly multitasking.
7. You will learn how to strengthen your emotional intelligence, short-circuit emotional reactive loops that lead to addictive behaviour and how to unlearn your negative habits and thought patterns.
8. Most office workers who work on a computer (in fact, most modern people) breathe incorrectly. You will learn a simple diaphragmatic breathing technique to increase your energy levels, overcome anxiety when it arises and reduce afternoon productivity dips.
9. The secret to leadership and getting people to like you is listening to them mindfully. Learn how to focus your awareness when you meet new people so you are relaxed and engaged in important conversations.
10. Discover a simple way to increase your happiness and well-being by practicing gratitude each day. This is an essential practice for reminding us of our good fortune and helping overcome our evolutionary bias toward negativity, fear and cynicism.
I'm really proud of this course and I believe the practices taught can change your life in really impactful ways. This course isn't just about absorbing thought-provoking information and factoids. It is about helping you learn and apply actual practices that will transform your life.
Given that mastering focus and creativity is such a crucial factor in today's fast-paced digital society, this course is an investment in your future that you can't afford not to make.
A longer introduction video that explains how this course teaches you practices to train your focus, creativity and intrinsic self-motivation.
If you're wondering who I am and how I got into mindfulness then in this video I introduce myself.
In the last decade, we've seen a digital revolution that has transformed how we live, learn and work. In this video, I look at four key technological trends that are driving these changes in our society and how mindfulness is now essential for dealing with this new HyperConnected world.
Find out how the Internet is changing our brains and facilitating a kind of learning and working that can be very ineffective and even emotionally draining.
We now live in a state of constant information overload. Learn about what you can do about it.
Find out how Silicon Valley's most innovative companies are using meditation and mindfulness training to help their employees work more creatively, collaborate and relax.
Let's demystify what meditation actually is. This module will help you understand what meditation is and why you need to practice it.
A practical definition of mindfulness and understanding the essential elements of the practice of mindfulness.
We go through some of the common myths and misconceptions that people have about meditation.
How mind wandering and continuous partial attention makes us unhappy and unproductive.
This module will show you why meditation and practicing mindfulness is the best exercise you can do for your mind.
You don't have to believe anything to practice mindfulness. What's important is practice, not pre-conceptions, labels and beliefs.
If you're new to meditation, this video teaches the basics for how to get started with meditation: where to practice, how to sit and the correct posture.
A quick guide to downloading the guided meditation audio tracks and how to use them for full effect.
A guided meditation for relaxing all the tension in your body so you can dive deeper into meditation.
A guided meditation for training your focus and presence using the breath as an anchor for observing your thoughts.
A guided meditation for practicing mindfulness when you're in different kinds of social and environmental situations.
A guided meditation for practicing mindfulness in nature and observing the natural world through your different senses.
How to overcome the emotional resistance to sitting non-judgementally with stress, anxiety and boredom while meditating.
Learn a simple 3-step process for "hacking" new habits and making the daily practice of meditation stick in your routine.
Learn about some of the most effective supplements for boosting your focus and improving your meditations.
An overview of positive psychology and the extensive research done into flow states by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Learn about the differences between Extrinsic Motivation and Intrinsic Motivation and how to meditation can cultivate the 3 pillars of Intrinsic Motivation: Autonomy, Mastery and Passion.
Explore the differences between the 5 brainwave patterns and how you can recognize them in your own meditations.
Find out how meditation helps you develop your higher creative faculties of insight, intuition and imagination.
An overview of how you can create the conditions for maximizing creative flow when you're working and learning online.
How to use the Pomodoro Technique to overcome procrastination and find your flow when you're working or learning online.
Social media and your favourite websites can be really distracting when you're trying to get work done. Find out how you can easily block (or limit) your time on these websites with digital tools.
It is so easy to have tons of tabs open in your browser at once. In this video, you will learn how this can negatively affect your focus and productivity, and you will learn some excellent tips for mindful browsing.
Can technological tools improve your meditations? Yes and no. Learn about some of the best meditation apps for iPhone/Android and digital tools like Binaural Beats for focus and relaxation.
Learn about the best digital tools and apps for setting goals and forming new habits.
Learn how to use your iPhone or Android device to create automatic mindfulness reminders so you can pause and be mindful throughout your day.
A look at the importance of self-knowledge and the core competencies of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. You will also find out how mindfulness increases overall emotional intelligence.
Explore the Triune Brain Model and the different evolutionary layers of the human brain: the neo-cortex, limbic system and R complex, and how they each influence our daily lives and behaviour.
How to use mindfulness techniques to overcome addiction, change your habits and short-circuit negative emotional feedback loops.
An audio introduction to practicing gratitude, a simple way to increase your happiness and be more grateful for your good fortunes.
How to listen to be people more attentively and be more engaged in important conversations.
Guided practices for observing, understanding and overcoming negative emotions.
Find out why most modern people breath incorrectly and how you can train yourself to breath more deeply with a simple Diagrammatic Breathing technique.
Thank you for taking this course! Mindfulness and understanding your triggers for creative flow provides a solid foundation for living your optimal life.
I do flow state and peak performance training using flow psychology, meditative practices and quantified self-tracking tools through my company Unified Stream.
I also run a community for self-directed learning called DIY Genius. Our mission is to empower people to develop the digital media and productivity skills they need to work from anywhere they choose and create a meaningful career around their creative talents.
To stay fit and focused, I go biking each morning and I spend my free time exploring the mountains of the British Columbian coast where I live on my skis, bike or with my hiking boots.
I love to travel and I'm also really interested in documentaries, politics, philosophy, ancient civilizations, exponential technologies, media literacy and futurism.