The Quiet Mind

That phrase, the quiet mind, has a great appeal. Not surprisingly a Google search displays results from over 25 million web pages on the quiet mind. A great number of people are searching for just that. In general, it seems to be equated with Yoga. The number one website offers Quiet Mind Healing promising Alignment, Awareness leading to Conscious Change. It is devoted to Yoga, a complete science of physical health, mental clarity, emotional stability, and spiritual expression.

Here in Montreal, the Gazette tells us this morning, we have our own practitioner of The Quiet Mind but particularly applied to the workplace. Stephen Schettini, a Hudson resident gives Quiet Mind Seminars in Pointe-Claire. These offer Focus, Clarity and Connection at Work. With all the other influences that seem to accelerate the pace of our lives, it’s good to have such resources available to help us stand back and see how best to juggle all the sectors of our lives.

This is not just related to coping but can be a way of strengthening our capabilities and performance. To link to another important way of looking at things, you’ve got to find a way of ‘going with the flow’. Flow is a term that Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has spent a great deal of time exploring. He is chiefly renowned as the architect of the notion of flow in creativity; people enter a flow state when they are fully absorbed in activity during which they lose their sense of time and have feelings of great satisfaction. Mr. Csikszentmihalyi describes flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”

Whichever way suits you best, the quiet mind or the flow, don’t let yourself be buffeted by whatever life chooses to throw at you.