Sometimes our brain doesn’t work the way we expect it to do. We gather our focus, take some deep breathes in and out, but it seems like our minds refuse to absorb any new information. Mindful learning is also about listening to your body.
In my own experience, I learnt that the tiniest break can help us to step forward when it comes to learning.
When you experience these moments, the best thing to do is to get up, stretch your body and treat your brain with something enjoyable, such as watching some TV, going out for a run or even just sitting on a sofa for a few minutes doing nothing. These little breaks can do wonders for your brain. After all your brain – just like your legs – is an individual member of your body. When you are tired of standing or walk, you sit down, right? You do that because your legs are asking you to and as a good human, you do your best to attend to their request; doesn’t your brain deserve the same treatment?
Most of the time, we want our body to respond to our wishes, but if you suffer from any health issues, even if it is just weight gain, you know that it is not that simple, so we must treat our body with respect above all. We know that when we want someone to help us with something the best way to get it is by asking politely, not by demanding anything. If you do the same to your body & mind, the chances to have your wishes granted will radically increase.
You might be in a run to keep up with your schedules and deadline, but if your body and mind are not prepared to work along to your schedule, you should consider rescheduling everything according to what your body and mind can do.
If you have been in a rush for quite some time, a tiny break might not be enough, even though it might help you to catch your breath. However, if you feel that your body is asking for more, don’t be afraid to give it.
Act with gratitude; remember that you cannot do anything without your body, mind, and health. Harmony is the key word here. Treat your body with respect, and in return, it will help you go beyond.
Today is the first day of September, and it might be a good day to make some new commitments; perhaps 5 minutes of meditation every day to lower the stress level, some exercise, a change in your eating habits or just a very relaxing bubble bath before bed. You cannot imagine how these little things can stimulate you, improve your memory and help you absorb more in your learning process.
So next time that you find yourself hitting a brick wall, take some deep breaths, step away from the books, go for a walk and I can assure you when you come back your focus will be completely restored.