Pausing For Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a big catch phrase these days. It is the idea of capturing every moment, being aware of all your senses and taking the time to understand them, feel them, accept them. Pausing for mindfulness not only allows you to capture to important things in life but it is said to also create new neurpathways in your brain.
When bad things happen or even things that may momentarily upset us, our body reacts to these things. We naturally go into fight or flight mode. We hang on tho these things because we need to protect ourselves.
When good things happen, the brain naturally lets go of these things at a quicker pace then the bad or upsetting moments. The brain finds no need to hang on. Nothing bad is going to happen to us if we let go of that moment. Due to this, our brains release the feelings, thoughts, senations related to the moment. Our brains let it go.
I learned a mindfulness technique this month to aid with letting those great, happy, peaceful moments sink deep into our soul. In the long run, it is said to help create new neuro pathways in the brain to aid with retaining the happy peaceful feelings. This also is said to help with warding off depression.
- First, think of something that gave you a good feeling, warm, peaceful. Maybe even exciting. It could be as little as a sunrise or as big as a wedding.
- Close your eyes,think of that event. Think about your body, was there a breeze or sensation. How does it feel? Is your body relaxed? Think of the image-colors, details, faces. What about your feelings? Happy, joyous, peaceful, excited? Finally, your thoughts? What were you thinking?
- This should only last 20 to 30 seconds at a time.
- Do this at least one time a day
Pausing for mindfulness could possibly create new neuro pathways. So this week when you pause, try the above steps. Try it for a wee, one time a day. At the end of the month, evaluate how this might be helping. The evaluation may be subjective, your own. Feel it.
For me, I feel a sense of peace and restfulness that I did not feel before. I am not practicing this everyday anymore but at least 4 times a week.
Pause and give it a try.