Mindfulness: Where Science Meets Meaning — Part 1

Written by Anil Bajnath, MD
Posted January 26, 2021

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

Dear Longevity Insider,

Your purpose and beliefs are a powerful source of motivation.

By developing awareness and discovering what’s important in your life, it becomes easier to implement change and create wellness in our lives.

At The Institute for Human Optimization, a key part of our personalized approach to wellness is participation. This means that we empower and encourage you not only in your journey towards health but in connecting the dots of your life story. This gives you the opportunity to discover the areas in your life that you would like to focus on, improve or change.

The meaning behind our purpose

Research has shown that what we focus on, we get more of. Wherever we place attention, our brains will strengthen the signals of those neuronal connections, and special cells will prune away those we use less. We elaborate on this in the final part of our "Aging Brain" series. This is significant because being present to what’s important to us is how we begin to make changes in our lives.

Meet Simon Sinek.

He is an author, inspirational speaker, and self-described "unshakable optimist whose TED Talk, How great leaders inspire action, has over 50 million views. He is known for his concept of The Golden Circle, which illustrates the importance and significance of communicating from the inside-out — from our "Why." Our Why is our purpose…our reason for being…what we believe…what inspires us.

This notion has roots in science. Our limbic system, or emotional brain, is considered the source of our language…the emotion behind our words…our "gut: feelings. It’s where motivation and behavior come from. This is the part of the brain that Sinek says our Why comes from and that only roughly 16% of us operate from that "inside-out" space on a regular basis.

Our neocortex, the most evolved part of our brain, gives us conscious thought, higher reasoning, and the language necessary to communicate and socialize. It is the way we bring our Why — our purpose, beliefs, and inspiration — into the world. It allows us to figure out how to do it and what we need to make it happen.

Slowing down

So how do we get present when the world is swirling around us? The first step is making a conscious effort to slow down and pay a little more attention to what is happening and what we are thinking. Cultivating awareness is easier for some more than others.

On Thursday, I'm going to give you the keys to slowing down, relaxing, and taking in the beautiful world around you.

Have a calm and intentional day.

To your longevity,

Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ

P.S. Peace of mind is one of the most valuable things you can have. And I keep a focused, alert, yet relaxed mind by taking this.

*Today's content is provided by the Institute for Human Optimization (www.ifho.org).