The Art of Tree Planting is Soil Preparation.

- (Landscape Gardener)

Making It Easy

If you are reading this page, it likely that you or someone that you care about is experiencing difficulty. In education, when things seem strenuously difficult, our first task is to find a viable starting point.

The first step is to note how our way of thinking can produce the strain. How so?

If we believe that what we seek is impossible, no amount of strain is going to lead to success. It is better to do something else.

If we believe that what we seek is possible, then strain is not necessary and is likely to get in the way of attaining it.

From this perspective, we can approach any question not from its point of difficulty but from the starting point of the resources we have available to us to formulate and accomplish what we want.

And what are our most fundamental resources?

Our mind and our body, of course!

Our mind and body are complex arrangements with phenomenal capabilities, most of which are at our service without our being aware of them. If we look after them well, they do all the work and we enjoy the benefits! Our question then becomes one of how to prepare our resources of mind and body effectively to accomplish what we want.

Preparing for Ease of Study

If we want to accomplish with ease and inspiration, there are simple steps that we can take in preparation. Put in the most basic terms:

For the mind to find clarity and discernment, it needs stillness and structure.

For the body to be eager to sustain work, it needs basic care and rest.

  • Sufficient sleep for you, daily;
  • Good posture;
  • Fluids, preferably water, not stimulants;
  • Food for nutrition, depending on your bodily needs;
  • Physical movement, dissipates lethargy

Links

The links below offer ways to calm and direct the mind and care for the body. You may find others that you prefer or enable you to build further.

Neck Practices

Breathing, ease of posture - ergonomics, improved alertness, relaxation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnhUmq0va4A

UN International Day of Yoga – 21st June

Complete Upa Yoga video – if you found the video above interesting, the full video is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu6ft1GlPBw

Relaxation, Concentration:

Solfeggio 528hz – Easy Listening for being at ease, allowing clarity. Can be played at low volume in the background, while sleeping on studying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-6B2zyoFsI

Mind Training

2 basic tasks - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjo3iy4kfdM

  • For Training Attention: see 1st exercise – contemplating an object for 5 minutes
  • For Enhancing your capacity for putting your ideas into action, see the exercise of giving yourself an instruction to carry out  

Jigzone

Jigsaw puzzles can aid concentration, focus attention, bring calm and clarity for ease of study. Whilst this is not a substitute for the physical version, students find them very useful. http://www.jigzone.com

Basics of Juggling:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rafHfpzreXs
Developing the ability to juggle assists with focus, attention, coordination, living in time, handling time, dealing with multiple ideas and perspectives without losing your starting point. 

Ergonomics

For raising posture awareness - working at a computer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P721qUkJD28

Transforming your experience

Abraham Hicks talks are uplifting, easy listening with clear direction.