Instructions for "What Are you Thinking?":
We talk to ourselves all day long. It's good to know what we are saying... :)
"There's nothing of so infinite vexation,
Instructions for "Breaking Old Patterns":
For the past minute, you have practiced being in control of your 'monkey mind'. You have promoted relaxation, and improved your focus.
Aim to do this several times a day for the next week. (It may help to set a reminder on your phone.) Each time you practice, know that you are doing a little more to break the habits of your automatic thinking, and take control of your life.
If you have any questions about Breaking Old Patterns, email me!
Neuroscience research shows that "neurons that fire together, wire together" (Hebb, 2009). Like a path worn in grass, neuronal pathways strengthen with repetitive use. Mindfulness practice is your opportunity to establish healthy pathways in your brain, so it no longer chooses default responses such as anger, anxiety, stress, or fear.
Instructions for "What Would a Wise Man Do?":
Next time you find yourself challenged by something, be it a moral dilemma, a decision, another person, a work or home situation, a personal problem–and you are trying to figure out what to do about it, give the following a go:
We are all wiser than we think. A lot of what I do in session with clients is keep an ear open for their strengths, their wisdom, their courage, their goodness, and reflect back what I see when they are unable to see it for themselves.
When someone is depressed or anxious, patterns of thought can convince them that they are not good enough, that they can't do anything right, that they are useless, unable to cope, hopeless. Even without depression or anxiety, life's fast pace can leave us frazzled and reactive, jumping from one decision to the next.
Taking some time to call on our inner wisdom helps us respond to life in a way that is more in tune with who we are, and doing the practice often strengthens our ability to connect with that wisdom when we need it, and helps us develop the self-trust we need to navigate life well.
"I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness." - Walt Whitman
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