The Full Story
Breath awareness has been an important part of many ancient traditions. Buddhism, for instance, has long understood the importance of the breath, noting such practices in the ancient Anapanasati Sutta. In other regions of the world, too, the breath has long been revered as a powerful life force that is worthy of great consideration and devotion. Though a seemingly simple movement of energy that we often take for granted, the breath holds the potential for great inner peace, personal power, and insight.
Accentuate the Positive
Dr. Rick Hanson, the esteemed psychologist and mindfulness teacher, points out that the brain has a negativity bias.
The mind naturally clings to unpleasant experiences in order to “brace” you and protect you from danger. By actively seeking out moments of joy, you encourage the brain to shift that bias. As the saying goes, what you put your attention on grows— if you look for pleasant experiences, you will find them.
In this exercise, you will work to bring intentional mindfulness to the positive moments of your day.
Start your day with the intention of finding good things;
be a hunter on the lookout for something that brings you happiness.
When you notice anything that makes you happy—
Throughout much of our modern way of living, we tend to forget that we’re breathing.
While the breath continues on without our conscious effort or awareness of it, drawing our attention to it can deepen our sense of peace and ease by easing the body’s stress
Mindful breath awareness and deep breathing practices can help to reduce cortisol levels, one of the body’s primary stress hormones. So it goes without saying that the breath is a powerful tool that is worthy of our fullest attention.
Journey To Me
We all lose touch with ourselves at some point in life - it's normal. Whether you're middle-aged and facing the reality that your kids are leaving for college; or you have young kids and are just realizing that somewhere in the midst of being a parent, you've lost yourself; or if you're facing the breakup of a marriage; or you're leaving an abusive and oppressive marriage; or maybe you're living the life set out for you by someone else - your parents, perhaps.
Whatever the reason, if you've ever looked into a mirror and thought, "Who is this person?" these Leadership Series will guide you..