When we have space between our engagement with the thoughts going through the mind and space between the world and it’s people and our automated opinion about it, we have access to a deep contentment. When you have that, freedom and happiness are independent of your life circumstances.
As we approach the holidays, there’s never been a better time to take a good look at the meaning you are choosing to give things. Stress, family tension and disagreements are often prevalent at this time of year, but with today’s audio, you get to cruise on into the holidays with a different perspective, a new set of questions to ask yourself, and a personal reminder of what it really means to align with what you truly want.
The key to mastering emotional intelligence and becoming emotionally resilient lies in the subtle and simple practice of being both aware and present to the emotions in our body, and relating to those emotions with surrender, a clear mind and no reaction. Easier said than done? We get it!
Which is why we’ve got another audio for you today that you will likely turn to again and again, to teach you the very process you can use to be present with and move through any emotion that arises in your body, and apply it to your everyday life.
Your breath can be your greatest superpower when done correctly and with intention, which is why Breath is a key module in our Calm Mind Program for Everyday People, and we’re sharing with you the very first audio from that module - Breathing for Energy, Calm, Balance, Release and Activation.
In this audio, you’ll learn:
The role of the breath in the physical body and how it interacts with the various systems in your body
The relationship between your breath and your energy levels
How breathing effectively leads to a focused, calm mind
In this audio, I cover the fundamental tools and skills you need to learn (that really are not too hard, more so just require practice) to be able to build resilience that lasts.
A few things I touch on include:
Why the busy person finds it so hard to stop being busy, even when they really want to (and what they can do about that). Why moving gently into discomfort is more important than pushing through it. What creates upper limits and how to overcome them. Why we rely on things outside of ourselves for happiness.
The feelings that we have about our feelings are not always friendly. I would love to help shift that very unhelpful conditioning because the thing is, feelings can be incredibly empowering and lead us into more wisdom. First things first, most of us intellectualise feelings, which is the reason that this is even a topic.
To say thanks for all you do as a teacher (and everything else you are in your own lives) we have some very awesome free stuff to fight fatigue and burnout that you can do in a few minutes every day. If your mind could drink an espresso and have a massage at the same time – this is IT!
Resilience is the ability to get back up after adversity, to rise strong and see failure and setbacks as an integral part of learning and growth. Life is unpredictable, and there will always be happy and difficult times to experience. Resilient people are able to greet change and difficulty as an opportunity for self-reflection, learning, and growing and don’t get stuck face down in the mud unable to get up and grow.
Starting your class on a mindfulness practice is easy and can be done in a numbers of ways that are NON BORING and will engage a diverse range of students. With so many students stressed, anxious and often under slept, you will be surprised how willing they are to get some tools they can use in the classroom and in their lives to help them feel better and more in control.
Can mindfulness stop bullying? The idea seems crazy doesn’t it – mindfulness is usually thought of as passive, internal and still vs the brutality of a bully. But if we think about it for a moment, it begins to make sense. If all of us are united in our universal suffering and the need to calm our minds and connect to our essential loving and still natures, then the bully and the bullied already share a common experience of life.
In meditation world where mindfulness lives, it is often said that your mind gets busier before it gets stiller – who’s finding that right now with their mindfulness practice (I’m imagining hands flying up in the air)? That’s what happens, once you actually come into the moment, and aren’t distracting yourself with past and future fiction of your own making, things start to get a little cray cray.
At Calm Mind Project we are big believers that we are all perfect all the time. When we hold this as a fundamental belief, then we know that who we are right now is the total best, and we don’t have any reason to be self critical or hate on ourselves or anyone else for that matter.
Who doesn’t love a present? At Calm Mind Project we are massively WRAPPED (see what I did there) with giving a present to everyone we talk to. But I get it, it can be kind of weird to get your head around. So let me break it down and get you set up and ready to be mindful. And that is a key, but subtle part; Mindfulness is being, not doing.
Is that what you think when you think of mindfulness? I recently presented to a bunch of very switched on Year 9 students. Interestingly, when I asked them if they had ever experienced anxiety, stress, bad sleep patterns, depression or worry, their hands SHOT UP in the air, some with both hands raised. But when I asked them if they had ever heard of mindfulness or tried any techniques to help with their issues, they were totally MEH about it.
We are a society obsessed with developing ourselves but are ignorantly bypassing the most simple and powerful practice (mindfulness) that both transforms our physical brain and strengthens our mental muscle to be able to have the awareness and discipline to not react to a mind whose nature is to want, need and strive for more.
Mindfulness activities are designed to guide you towards becoming a more mindful human being, one who can focus and pay attention and follow through with their intentions and goals. A person who can feel intense emotions rise, and rather than react and project, they reflect and respond responsibly.
Happiness is not something we create, it is something we have to allow. 90% or perhaps 100% of our emotional pain, suffering or stress comes from our inability to allow life to be exactly the way it is. I don’t mean to give up or become a victim to your situation; Instead, what I am talking about when I say allow, is noticing the battle between your ears and working to step back from it and allow life to be.
Despite being an intense and vulnerable time, childhood and adolescence provide a pivotal time and space for us to practice mindfulness to develop skills that will serve us for all of life.By practicing and encouraging mindfulness in our teens and children, we are building emotional resilience, passion and creativity, connected relationships, conscious living, and self compassion.
Cultivating mindfulness in our kids begins with cultivating mindfulness in ourselves. We can only parent as well as we can live because our kids can see through the facade that we might even be disillusioned by.Authenticity aids consistency, trust, connection, and teaching. What we model matters.