In the words of Lao Tzu: “In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.”
Good advice sometimes isn’t enough though. It’s not about what we know, but about what we actually do every day. This is how we achieve goals, however the fuel to get us there is of a higher grade when we take time “to do some~ being still every day…” Clear the mind to establish the benefits that come hand in hand with accessing the alpha brain wave levels while resting and taking a break from the constant drone of the inner mind chatter for at least a few minutes morning and night in meditation or self hypnosis.
Many pay too much attention to inner dialogue (head stuff going on) that seems to keep spewing forth at speed, almost being controlled by these fast thoughts, working themselves up into anxiety states of being and going too fast to acknowledge the small milestones made along the way.
It is good practice to take a step back, become the observer instead of being controlled by your thoughts. You may call taking a few moments to let go, slow down and clear your mind meditation or even contemplation, there are many methods all so good for health and wellbeing. There are additional enjoyable ways that help us further like yoga which is a moving meditation, walking in nature grounds us and clears the mind, swimming in the sea and most importantly breathing deeply from the stomach enables the parasympathetic nervous system do it’s healing and balancing work.
Some seem to be fearful of their own thoughts and feelings and try to ignore them and some people try to drown out their inner thoughts by maintaining background noise like TV and Radio, but the Subconscious will never, never be ignored. There is a big difference between the smaller part of the brain the conscious mind chatter where the inner critic dwells, and the larger and far wiser Subconscious (seat of the emotions). When we speak of ‘heart felt intuition’ or our ‘gut instinct’ this is the Subconscious. There are consequences to not listening to the intuitive guidance the Subconscious works at giving you; things can start to go wrong, signals for change are pain signals or even seeming accidents and illness until we find the meaning. Suffice to say it is best to take time to resolve inner conflict or learn more about how to align yourself in your most effective way in your life by acknowledging your higher self that guides you through your instincts. If you would like to learn how and would like some support then please get in touch with Natalie.
Balance is key in life; a good mix of doing and being ~ taking positive steps to complete what you know you want to do and taking time to rest in daily meditation, the body needs to move and exercise that you enjoy, dance, music, loving and caring for others feels good including loving our pets. Give yourself a healthy dose of positivity by taking a break from the mental pressures of having and should have done so much, always remembering to enjoy the present moment because that is all there really is.
As Dr. Kenzo Futagil, M.D., who reached the century mark said: “Eat less and chew well; ride less and walk often; have fewer clothes and launder often; worry less and work harder; waste less time and continue to learn; speak less and listen more; frown less and laugh more; complain less and appreciate more; take less and give more.”
*Take one slow deep breath into your stomach now… Feel your stomach rise then your chest, hold it for a few moments, just stop and clear your mind… Feel the temperature of the air on your face, hands the contact of your feet inside your shoes or on the floor… Now release the breath with a sigh… ~ you have already begun a beneficial practice, do this every hour and notice how calm, centred and clear you feel ~ this is how we get into the flow of alignment of intuition and joy.