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Back to Basics

3 simple insights to guide us

If we learn about our minds first, we can learn anything better. It's time to get curious about ourselves and how we work! Below are three simple, yet life-changing, insights that we can understand and put into practice.

 Mindfulness and biofeedback helps us to "listen in" to the signals inside our body and mind.

Mindfulness and biofeedback helps us to "listen in" to the signals inside our body and mind.

Better info, Better action

When you practice mindfulness, you are “listening in” on the information signals that are working inside you. These are the signals that give you your experience. They let you feel what you feel and think what you think. They let you do what you do!

We can learn to let ourselves have fuller information about whatever is going on. With that better info to guide us, our actions can be less reactive and more in sync with the situation--with better results!


Doing less, Doing better

Doing better by doing less can sound "too good to be true." But it is very simple. Whatever you do, you can do better by:

  • Doing more of what is helpful
  • Doing less of what is not helpful

People often forget about doing less of what is not helpful. That is why we need to learn about the importance or relaxation in our body-mind system. If your mind is "noisy," then it's harder for the signals of the mind to clearly come through. Also, if your body is "tight," then it will be harder for you to move with speed, power, and agility.

By learning to let go of "noise" and "tightness," we can discover our true potential. 

 In the Taoist martial art of Tai Chi, people practice mindful relaxation. By letting go of what is unhelpful in their actions, they can do amazing things. This is the power of wu-wei, or "not-doing."

In the Taoist martial art of Tai Chi, people practice mindful relaxation. By letting go of what is unhelpful in their actions, they can do amazing things. This is the power of wu-wei, or "not-doing."


 The word "comfort" might sound cushy and soft. The origin of the word is actually a combination of "together" (com) and "strong" (fort). That's not wishy-washy!  Feeling comfort is how you can discover your true strength.

The word "comfort" might sound cushy and soft. The origin of the word is actually a combination of "together" (com) and "strong" (fort). That's not wishy-washy!  Feeling comfort is how you can discover your true strength.

Doing Together

This is one of the most basic--and most important--insights we can have into how we work: whatever we do, we do together. Our whole body-mind system is working together. Everything we experience is through inter-action.

Yet, especially when we are stressed, we tend to block out information about this togetherness. Then we end up doing a lot that is not helpful.  Our body-mind system can feel "out-of-wack." Or there might be a mismatch between a situation and our response.

But togetherness is just a fundamental way that everything works. When we learn to feel that underlying com-fort (i.e., together-strong-ness), we can learn to let go of stress and expand our comfort zone naturally.


Whatever you do, you do it with you. Whatever you learn, you learn it with your mind. Learning the mind means learning how to learn. It means learning about yourself!

Learning about yourself and the way things work is a wide-open, endless adventure.  Humankind has been on this adventure for thousands and thousands of years. It's philosophy. It's science. In fact, it can be easy to get lost in an endless search for answers because today we have so much knowledge and know-how.

That is why it is important to "go back to basics."  With simple and general insights to guide us, we can bring back the wonder and the fun of exploration, including self-exploration. Learning the mind can be something that everyone can do.

Next up: See how mindfulness, Tai Chi, and even biofeedback can help us discover the learner within.          Read on>>