Emotional Intuition for Peak Performance
Secrets from the Sages for Being in the Zone
by Jason Gregory
Pub Date 01 Jul 2020
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• Details 4 fundamental habits and routines that are essential for developing peak performance and explains how to incorporate them into daily life
• Explains the cognitive science behind the development of expert skills and how the teachings of ancient Eastern sages align with these scientific findings
• Offers practices for cultivating physical and mental intelligence, fasting the mind, and harnessing creativity to achieve your desires
Integrating the wisdom of the ancient sages with modern science, Jason Gregory explains how world-class artists and athletes reach peak performance--and how you, too, can harness this “lifestyle technology” to make your actions effortless, enjoy intelligent spontaneity, and reach optimal performance at a peak level. Drawing on modern cognitive science, Gregory explains dual process theory, which divides mental activity into two spheres: cold cognition, analogous with rational thought, and hot cognition, based on emotional intuition--a theory anticipated by ancient Eastern thought, especially the teachings of the Chinese sages. The author explains that peak performance is impossible to achieve by relying solely on cold cognition as it cuts you off from the energy reserves necessary to excel. He shows how the athletic concept of being “in the zone” is based on practices that have become energized by hot cognition and thus instinctive.
Outlining a structured training system that blends hot and cold cognition, the author identifies four fundamental habits and routines that lay the foundation for a healthy embodied mind and mindful body and thus are essential for developing peak performance and success. He explains how these training methods are practical applications of ancient wisdom from Zen and Taoist traditions, such as wu-wei, as well as how they are supported by recent medical research. Building on the four fundamentals, he offers practices for cultivating physical and mental intelligence, fasting the mind, and harnessing creativity to achieve your desires.
Gregory explains how, with regular practice, we can use the four fundamentals to create masterpiece days. And, as the masterpiece days compound, you build an unstoppable momentum where success is inevitable.
“Peak performance through the path of right thinking and right action – and inner stability. With Jason Gregory as your guide the reader will experience a wholesome, integral path to self-achievement. With clear language and a no-nonsense approach, Gregory shows us that living at our full optimal potential is also a path to inner peace. Harnessing the latest in cognitive science, sagely wisdom, and eastern philosophy, alongside his own wealth of personal experience, Gregory leads the reader through the ways of nourishing the self in our everyday lives, with creativity and intelligence. Here is a book that asks us to transform and to trust in our inmost nature, with sincerity. Optimal is a breath of sanity much needed in our present times.”
Kingsley L. Dennis, PhD, author of The Sacred Revival: Magic, Mind & Meaning in a Technological Age