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Meditation Yields a Better Brain

A hard thing about meditation is its acceptance by people as something useful. “What good is it?”, friends ask. Well, you feel better and it changes your brain for the better.

In my long journey towards understanding the brain better, I have meditated on and off for quite a while. It is only recently I found scientific studies highlighting the cognitive benefits of meditating.

For example, Sue McGreevey of MGH Communications wrote about a study where people meditated for about 27 minutes each day. As a result, there was “..increased gray-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory..” as well as other tangible physical evidence of great changes in the brain. That’s right! Their brains changed.

Did you know kids can even benefit from meditation using certain techniques? Daniel Goleman, a psychologist well known for his work with Emotional Intelligence, discusses an experience he had when visiting a classroom where half the kids had special needs yet it was a tranquil and orderly classroom. The secret to such success? Watch the video below titled Daniel Goleman: Breathing Buddies:

In the above video and in an article titled How Focus Changed my Thinking about Emotional Intelligence, the technique of breathing buddies is for the kids to ” ..lie on the floor, each with a favorite stuffed animal on their belly, and count 1-2-3 as their breath rises and as it falls.” It’s that easy.

Is it that easy for adults to get started meditating? Yes, one can practice the vipassana, a mindfulness meditation. As described in the Huffington Post article by Sam Harris, one can meditate by focusing on the breath, recognizing distractions, and reverting ones attention back to the breath.

Given the significant scientific evidence of positive brain changes, the straightforwardness of a meditation technique such as the vipassana, and even the positive effect it has on relationships, I highly recommend people add meditation to their list of things they do each day even if only for a few minutes at first. Once you get past 20 minutes, you’ll never feel or be the same.

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Discipline Around Energy Yields Productivity

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Energy is a key component of being productive. It fuels ones attention, passion and ability to do anything at all. The saying of “Time is money” is only partially true. Energy is production capability. I could have all the time in the world, but without energy I will get nothing done.

Where I work right now, some of the departments have gotten many key things right when it comes to energy. One of them is having dedicated email breaks and even a couple of windowless rooms for meditating or resting. If people get done with their email early, they can go take a quick break. This can consist of meditating, relaxing, playing a game with a co-worker, or getting something to eat.

During their break, people are recharging their minds and co-worker relationships. What’s also interesting is that during these breaks, new ideas can pop up. New solutions can seem to come out of nowhere. This can be crucial in a high-tech or other knowledge worker company.

Now if you’re like me, you want take your productivity to the next level. According to Tony Schwartz in the New York Times, even higher productivity may come from doing “..daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations.” Interestingly, it will take much discipline to adopt such activities.

Like other things revealed by science, it will take time to unlearn old outmoded ways of thinking around productivity and energy. For those that seize this new energetic productivity reality, new opportunities await!

Goodbye Smiling, Hello Finney Can Help!

As a place to blog, served well for a few years. However, I ran into issues with how the blog posts looked. I spent more time fiddling with things and working with web designers than blogging! So, I decided to start this new site,

After searching around for quite awhile and consulting smart people like Yu-kai Chou, I landed on two blogging tools to setup the blog right, WordPress and BlueHost. So far, so good. So time to just copy the old blog content over to my new site, right? Wrong!

I recalled how someone created a new website for a client, copied content over and then BAM, google dropped the websites from google search results completely. In short, they were dead aka a non-entity in the internet. This is because of a duplicate content algorithm google uses to make sure websites are playing fair.  Here’s a related article: Thin & Duplicate Content: eCommerce SEO.

Although I would love to bring over the older blog content, the older content will stay at Regardless, I’m still smiling and look forward to serving you here at this new site.