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How to Use Mindfulness and Meditation to Prime Your Nervous System for Peak Performance

If you’re familiar with any of Tony Robbins peak performance strategies, you know that your ability to maintain a peak state is a key component of living the life you desire. In this 1-hour episode you’ll hear from Tony Robbins, his wife Sage Robbins, and podcast host Mary B. as they discuss one of the most valuable skills to maximize your mindset and prime yourself for power, clarity, concentration, focused attention, and a life of meaning.

In today’s world of constant demands and digital distractions, mindfulness is about making your moments truly matter and living up to your full potential. It’s about your power to put your attention where you want it to be in the present moment, and not on what someone else dangles on a screen in front of you.

This is just one reason why Tony Robbins incorporates a gratitude meditation (known as his priming exercise) into his daily morning routine to center his mind every single day. Knowing this, it’s no wonder that we aren’t able to be the best version of ourselves when we are in a stressed state. Your state is affected by the way you use your physical body, your ability to direct your mind’s focus, and the language or meaning you give to your experiences.

The incoherence of our head and heart, the jitters in our nervous system and body makes us less effective and less resourceful.

By practicing meditation and present moment mindfulness, you change your state to one of coherence between head and heart, body and spirit, self and the universe.

From this position, you can solve any challenge, create innovative solutions, and pursue your mission with purpose and clarity.

Listen below to the full conversation.


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[1:15] I used to think meditation was a waste of time
[2:00] We don’t experience life, we experience the life we pay attention to
[2:39] Tony and wife Sage and traveled the globe together for 22 years
[3:32] A podcast on meditation? I’d be outta here. But…
[4:12] Twin hearts Sage and Tony Robbins
[5:30] Why does time go so fast?
[5:53] The gift of meditation
[6:40] One of us is a meditator and one of us is not
[7:24] Meditation definition | What is meditation, really?
[8:20] Styles of meditation
[9:57] What’s your outcome?
[10:30] The science of meditation
[11:24] Be here now and notice
[12:24] Our attention is the most important commodity
[13:30] Self-judgement and imposter syndrome
[15:50] Ellen Langer, Harvard professor, Mother of Mindfulness
[16:37] Just close your eyes for a minute
[17:28] I’m thinking about a grilled cheese sandwich
[18:23] Meditation is not something to achieve, it’s something to experience
[19:04] The throughline is gratitude
[19:32] Thoughts are like clouds floating by
[20:24] How do I stop the thoughts in my mind?
[21:25] There’s an entire universe inside of us
[22:22] Collective mind
[23:16] Sage and her baby in the rain
[24:25] In the busy-ness we miss the nuances
[25:25] Mary B: Meditation has gotten really trendy
[26:27] Story: Full Moon Meditation with Tony, Sage, Billy Beck and Mary B.
[29:13] We will never experience this moment of life again
[29:51] Profound knowledge
[30:42] The beautiful gift of the practice
[32:04] Catching this moment
[33:51] Unlearning and remembrance
[34:25] Coming back to our nature: beingness
[35:01] Observing the orchestra of life
[37:00] Expectation of enlightenment
[37:57] There is no place like home
[38:33] Meditation complements religion and prayer
[39:38] Prayer is filling up, meditation is emptying out
[40:04] Thomas Merton: New Seeds of Contemplation
[41:27] Prayer of gratitude
[42:40] Dr. Andy Newberg: How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain
[44:35] Michael Singer: external world, thoughts, emotions
[46:00] The voice in your head
[46:30] Byron Katie’s The Work, a form of meditation
[47:07] Noticing what you missed
[50:15] Self examination
[51:27] Walking meditation
[52:27] This is just a thought
[55:01] What used to hold me down becomes what wakes me up
[55:53] Mind wanders, just call it back
[57:00] Life became more interesting than what is in magazines
[58:04] Removing distractions
[59:07] Soccer practice
[1:00:15] The only time we can wake up is here, now. Notice it.
[1:01:30] The need for certainty and the illusion of control
[1:03:09] You are uniquely you
[1:04:15] Many paths lead to the same place
[1:05:04] The Untethered Soul: Chapter 17, Death is a teacher
[1:06:42] You’re a meditator, aren’t you
[1:08:44] Just notice
[1:09:20] Priming: Tony’s guided gratitude meditation
[1:11:05] Sage’s meditation tips: #1 physiology first (shake it out)
[1:13:04] Sage’s meditation tips: #2 make the sound (let it out)
[1:14:17] Sage’s meditation tips: #3 comfortable position
[1:15:52] Sign off

Original Music by Abhinav and Sage Robbins



Episode Team: Sage Robbins, Tony Robbins, Mary Buckheit, Bradley Gordon

Team Tony

Team Tony cultivates, curates and shares Tony Robbins’ stories and core principles, to help others achieve an extraordinary life.

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