Have you ever experienced any of the following feelings?
- Totally 'frazzled' and out of sorts?
- Totally overwhelmed - too much to do too little time!
- You're caught off guard in the middle of a conversation and you lose your self-confidence!
- Suddenly you get a nervous attack - You're flushed, hot and anxious having to stand and or present to a group of peers.
Well if you have ever had any of these feelings you may have lost your center, your emotional balance, you sense of presence and personal power.
How would you like to recoup your mental emotional balance quickly and smoothly and pull yourself back to your calm still center? Or pull yourself back into present time instantly...
Here's a 2 minute meditation that can be used to do just that - help you bring yourself back into present time in any situation. It will help you recapture the 'moment of now' quickly by bringing the brain into a state that neuroscientists call 'neural coherence': a condition where every part of you is working together and aligned.
I've taught it to leaders, managers, and everyone I coach and work with. And personally...I use it all the time and it was taught to me many years ago by my meditation teacher.
Please enjoy it, practice it, and remember to remember to use it whenever you're feeling that you're losing your balance, your center, your sense of yourself......
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How do we stay centered so that we can continue to stay on purpose regardless of the changes going on around us?
How do we begin to transcend the external ebb and flow of daily life? How do we find inner stability in an environment of constant change? How do we rise above the pull of the tide or the ups and downs of our emotions so that we can achieve our goals and dreams?
The secret lies in our attention. Attention is like the flow of electrical energy through a light bulb. Or to put it another way...
Attention is energy. And where our attention goes, our energy flows.
Think of yourself as a light bulb. By focusing your attention within, you can increase the electrical current or voltage to this light.
Further, by taking our attention off the outer world and focusing our attention on our inner world, we start to rise above the ebb and flow, the ups and downs of life. Even more importantly, we start to rise above the ups and downs of our emotions.
What we focus our attention on expands.
Expand the light!
Here is a simple activity that will expand the light and raise your energy. At this energetic level, negative thoughts and feelings can't pull you or have an affect on you.
- Imagine a golden ball of light in the center of your chest at about the heart level.
- Take a deep breath and as you do imagine the breath increasing the electrical flow to the golden ball.
- With every breath, expand the inner light until it fills your chest with it's glow.
- Imagine that glow getting brighter with every breath.
- Steady your attention on the inner world while you take action in the outer world.
Remember to remember to practice this as often as you can during the day. Make a game of it! Ask yourself, "Where is my attention now?" Then, refocus and turn up your inner light.
Let your light permeate the atmosphere and notice that as you do, you begin to attract new and happier more fulfilling circumstances.
A perfect compliment to focusing your inner light is my music CD Daybreak and my centering CD, New Beginnings. One features baroque music to enhance learning and creativity, and the other includes a guided meditation to assist you in focusing your attention.
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In preparing for our Australia trip, I found a post with a video that was released under the name that belonged to the video below. This video was made a month or so ago, but I was so excited that I wanted to share it with you. I'm still engaged in the process of observing my thoughts and weeding my mental garden. Please enjoy and connect with me. We are on a journey together.
Our brain is amazing! In fact, neuroscientists tell us that the human brain is the most powerful processor and solution generator on the planet. We now know that human intention can and does influence the material world in a significant way.
Yet herein is the challenge that we all face. We affect the world around us whether we are consciously intending to or not.
In fact, our lives are a mirror of our thoughts. What do you spend the majority of you time thinking about? What are the repetitive patterns of thought that float through your mind on a daily basis?
Thoughts are things. It has been said, as it is within, so it is on the outside. Our thoughts and attitude shape our reality all day long.
Here’s an experiment. Imagine that you are a scientist and that your life is your laboratory for learning. Then pick an hour during your day. Rather than choosing an hour when its quiet or restful, make it a normal hour during your busy work schedule.
And just for that one-hour, become a witness to your thoughts. Observe them and ask yourself the following:
- Is this (a specific) thought or a repetitive thought?
- Approximately how many thoughts went through in that hour of observation?
- Were most of them positive or negative?
- Then make a note of what you discovered during that one hour.
Have you ever caught yourself thinking something that one or the other of your parents thought?
Did you ever say to yourself, "I love my mom but I swear I will never do that one thing that she does." With men, it's usually the father that you model, and it's the same question.
Have you ever caught yourself doing something (like a behavior) that your mom or dad did?
Well I've seen certain behaviors before. But I just had a flashback the other day and gained a powerful insight regarding thoughts (or weeds) in my mental garden.
A fear took over. I got caught in it for about half an hour. Then I sat down and started the one minute meditation. One minute turned into six or seven. And as I continued to follow my breath, I gained enough awareness to separate from the fear. Then I begin to observe it.
I discovered that it was a thought that came from my parents. It had its origin in the pressures of their life and the decisions they made out of certain events or situations.
Neuroscience calls this harmonic resonance. I call it imprinting. And this was imprinting at its best! My brain had been raised with their thoughts. And their thinking left an indelible imprint on my mind. A neural pathway that didn't originate with me, was now mine and I had to clear it!
Then I began to wonder how much they had imprinted from their parents. It appeared that the thread of imprinting could be traced back through the generations ad infinitum.
This isn't about blame or being a victim of circumstance. Far from it. Rather, it is accepting myself and taking full responsibility for my upbringing as well as my present experience.
So here was an unsubstantiated fear. And as I went to face it head on, it morphed into it's origin in my parents' decision made a long time before I even knew that I had a choice.
I cleared that one, at least for now. But I wonder if its roots are even deeper than I know. I am now on high alert to notice if it returns. And if it does, my intention is to catch it before it catches me and sends me into a tailspin.
Now I wonder how many more of these weeds have I picked up from my upbringing!
Love to hear of your discoveries. Keep the notes coming as the journey continues. This adventure is getting more interesting with every passing day...
Who you are makes a difference. You can practice all the skills and skill sets. You can learn all the formulas for success. But who you are, your presence makes the REAL difference. Who you are speaks louder than words!
No matter what the role you're in at the moment: a coach, an educator, a manager, a mother or father, a friend, it is your authenticity - your personal presence - that makes the difference.