Overcoming the Deafening Sounds of Silence

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to think more clearly under pressure. Reading time: 3:22.

         The pioneers, circling their horse-drawn wagon trains after riding all day, would beat on pots and pans at night to keep away much more than the wolves.

         In the eerie silence, they also had to fight off even more voracious and nefarious wolves.  In their minds.

          wagontrainThese wolves of the mind, crying in the desolate darkness, gnawed at the hearts and souls of the pioneers with psychological spears more than merely sharp teeth.

         These wolves of the mind, moaning and groaning in the vast hinterland,  tore at the guts of the pioneers to stomach the overwhelming odds of settling the West.

        These wolves of the mind,  howling in the isolated blackness and blankness of the night, slashed and scratched at the hopes of the pioneers with a frightening, debilitating vengeance that philosopher Blaise Pascal called a devastating “nothingness.” Pascal observed:

 “All the unhappiness of men arises
from one single fact
that they cannot stay quietly
in their own chamber.

 ‘Nothing is so insufferable
to man as to be
completely at rest
without passions, without business,
without diversions, without study.
He then feels his nothingness,
his weakness and his emptiness.”
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There’s No Place Like “Ommmm”

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to help you think more clearly. Reading time 2:31.

           There’s no place like “om” when a leader needs to think through contradictory issues.

         a meditate1 Om is the centuries-old meditation mantra where the incantation of the voice hums the body’s muscles into a state of relaxation. Ommmmmmm!

         Om slows down the heart beat. Ommmmmmm!

         Om channels the mind to focus on the important no matter how demanding the urgent. Ommmmmmm!

         Om turns solitude into a catalyst for breakthrough ideas. Ommmmmmm!

         Thomas Edison felt at “om” in his solitude. The inventor of the light bulb and owner of nearly 1200 patents fomented his creative zeal in silence: “To do much clear thinking a man must arrange for regular periods of solitude when he can concentrate and indulge his imagination without distraction.” Ommmmmmm!

         Billionaire J. Paul Getty would sit alone in his library for an hour or two each day. Thinking. Not reading. Not writing. Just thinking. Ommmmmmm! Then he would make a phone call or two that would generate additional millions of dollars into his oil empire. Continue reading “There’s No Place Like “Ommmm””