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Do you multi-task?

Multi-taskI recently spoke and played the harp at the Holistic Health and Healing Summer Institute hosted by Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury, MN. I always love my time with this group!

The speaker after me was Dr. Henry Emmons. I’ve heard him speak a number of times and in this presentation, I learned something new! He talked about multi-tasking and the brain, and what he said was fascinating!!

Dr. Emmons basically said multi-tasking is NOT possible! He continued … the brain, in both men and women, can only focus on one thing at time. Even if you think you’re doing two (or three or four!) things at once, you are really doing several things in a distracted manner all at once. Our brains can’t process in a multi-tasking way. He suggested all that we can do is be in the present moment, focused on only ONE thing at a time. Definitely food for thought …

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Is Joy our Life Condition?

JoyI’m still reflecting on the Holistic Wellness conference that the Mayo Clinic hosted in late July. One of the keynote speakers (Dr. Henry Emmons) shared this thought-provoking quote: “Surely joy is the condition of life.” I found it interesting that a psychiatrist who deals with all things mental would share this beautiful quote! Even in the midst of mental challenges or mental illness or even desiring mental clarity (in contrast to feeling mentally overloaded and/or overwhelmed), joy can be a potent underpinning of our lives. It was Henry David Thoreau who said this … all those years ago, he was onto something, wasn’t he?!

What do you do to bring JOY into your life?

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Resilience

BucketThe second keynote speaker at the recent Mayo Clinic’s holistic wellness conference was Henry Emmons, MD. He gave a wonderful, thought-provoking presentation on “Restoring Resilience.”

He began his discussion by inviting us to reflect on our “container” and attending to it (hence the bucket to the left!!). What is draining it? What is filling it up? As well as suggesting, “We may need to bring in other things, blending science and heart wisdom to sustain us, bringing us into balance and improving our resilience.”

On the next day of this conference, I was keynoting about self-care. I was struck by how these thoughts that Dr. Emmons was suggesting about resilience also relate to how well we take care of ourselves. In other words, “filling our buckets” is important to nurture our body/mind/spirit (eg. self-care) and impacts how resilient we are in many different situations.

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