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I’m Ready

“Tell the negative committee that meets in your head to sit down and shut up.”
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I’m ready. Ready to take active steps to rid myself of the feelings of isolation and unworthiness. It’s quite a task to undertake, but I’m ready.

As I begin to make changes to my habits of checking in on Facebook or rushing to check in on today’s horrible news about the state of our world, I insert a better habit- I choose to breathe mindfully. The simple act of witnessing one’s own stead inhales and exhales give the brain something to focus on.

You see, we live in a time where the fight or flight portion of our brain known as the amygdala, is in hyper-overdrive. Back when we were cavemen, this part of the brain kept us alive. It is what helped us perceive a  bear as danger and kicked in the necessary fight or flight mechanism. While man’s technologies have updated over the years, this part of the brain has not. We now spend so much of our energy managing tasks, juggling items on our never-ending to-do lists, meeting demands placed on us by others and ourselves. Top that off with our instant access to news and information from around the world, and we are in a constant state of panic.

I simply can’t continue to live like this. When I make choices to shut down my children’s playing because the sensory overload I experience while in the presence of their laughing and screeching makes me lose control of my emotional state, I’m not of healthy mind. I can’t stifle my children’s creativity because I’ve chosen to spend my energy on nonsense that zaps me of mine and leaves me in a constant state of fight or flight. This is no way to live.

Today, I make a conscious choice to instead stifle the negative committee in my own head by choosing to place my attention on my breath.

Breathing in freedom. Breathing out the voices.

What practices in mindfulness help you to calm your inner voices?

Kerstin

Connect To Now

NOW can be an alarming demand — especially if someone’s hollering at you. NOW can be something that’s an immediate action item to prevent harm to others or yourself. NOW can be pausing and appreciating what you hear, smell or see.

Even within the NOWs that feel alarming, you have the option to proceed while grounded in love without shutting down to “survive”. Offer compassion to the alarm with a loving deep breath. Believe it or not, you really do have all the time in the world to pause and then proceed with grace.

Applauding your awesomeness,
Kerstin

Connect To Now

Pause for a moment. Take a deep breath. Did you feel the air tickling the hair on your arm? Does it take you to a sandy beach with azure water lapping at your toes? Or is it an arctic frost that’s making you uncomfortably alert? Count to a slow “60” with your eyes closed and find one thing — just one — that you appreciate in this very moment.

You’re amazing!

Love,
Kerstin

Connect To Now

Oh wait, what was that? Is your hard drive humming a little too loudly or was it the whir of a fluttering humming bird? Jump up and check. Stop what you’re doing for a sec and appreciate the wonders around you. Take a deep breath, stretch and give thanks for life.

You’re doing great!

Love,
Kerstin