- In Kerstin Caldwell on“Tell the negative committee that meets in your head to sit down and shut up.”
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?
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It has been quite a while since I’ve posted. I’ve had quite a ride this past year, dealing with some health issues that took my attention. I feel so much better, stronger and have learned a lot on my path back from what was, for some time, a pretty scary place.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve had to confront during my healing is how to live with an overwhelming sense of fear. We are unfortunately bombarded with messages of fear on a daily basis. The constant challenge is to not let it take us down, blocking our view of the joy in our lives that still resides on the other side of that fear. The gift in all of this is that I am even more dedicated to teaching how to overcome fear through the work I do with Improvisation.
I hear this fear from many adults when they say they could never do Improv. There is no truth to that statement at all. Every adult I have ever met was once a kid. We kids played with the utmost confidence because play was our job. So what took away our ability to play? Where did that authentic version of us go? What saddens me most is that the adult story of ability has created a fear-based belief that we would not be good at playing.
I’m excited to tackle this very topic in my upcoming four-week adventure. Join me in exploring where you’ve hidden your belief in your ability to play or the necessity to use play in your daily life. It will be fun. I promise!
Until We Play Again,Kerstin
I know for a fact there is more than one way to perceive the world in which we live. Society programs us to win, be pretty, get rich, be skinny, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah! The cool thing is, since this is true, there is obviously another side to focus our attention on… THE GOOD!
Hey you! Yeah, you reading this right now…
You are AWESOME! Thanks for letting that car merge onto the highway in front of you, even though you were running late. Thanks for holding the door open for that lady today. Thanks for looking that guy in the eye as you passed him on the street and smiling at him. You make a mean guacamole, treat everyone you meet like they truly matter to you, and you always bring the best beer to a party. And damn- that body wash you use smells incredible. Thanks for making us so happy when we’re near you!
Do us all a favor, will ya? Refocus your attention on all the awesome things that you do. It helps the entire collective we all swim in feel just that much better.
Whether you are aware of it or not, improvisation shows itself to us on a daily basis. Those moment-to-moment interactions that make us stop and react from a place of authenticity are where life is being lived fully.
I adore this video. It is a fabulous example of life happening and those experiencing it reacting from a heart-filled, authentic space.
May your awareness of each moment of authenticity grow within you today and every day.
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You are just fine. Really. More than that, you are wonderful. Fabulous. Perfect! This week, say YES! To focusing your attention on the things that make you such. Focusing your attention on all that is wonderful simply allows the river of more of that to flow directly into your life. And what a life it is, indeed!
Go on with your bad-ass selves,