This is even further off the path here than usual but I can’t help bringing it up somewhere.
Basically this study shows that a small amount of meditation training to increase awareness makes a measurable difference in performance on cognitive tasks. Even just a small amount of practice can make us more effective thinkers in a variety of ways. Article from science daily
As a self taught meditator this rings extremely true with me.
Days in which I can successfully set aside a few minutes I am both happier and more effective in my work and particularly as a parent. And this is with extremely minimal training. Basically reading and listening.
Actually exercise has a similar positive effect clearing my mind and making me better able to accomplish things.
I wonder if they are measurably related.
I need to figure out how to find more time for it for myself as well as how to help others discover it.