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What if you could be in a state of peace and joy and appreciation? And what if you had the power to be in that state any time – no matter what was going on around you?
You DO have that power. Whether it feels like it or not, you are able to be in a state of peace even when chaos surrounds you. The path to this state of peace is mindfulness and I have brought Rishan B. in to share the 3 skills of mindfulness and the science of awakening.
I’m excited for you to read this and begin to use mindfulness right away – I know how powerful this is, and I can’t wait for you to experience it for yourself.
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“When you are truly present in
the moment, you are free.”
— Kristen Howe
The Science of Awakening
By Rishan B.
In 2007 Dr. Norman Farb from the University of Toronto discovered two distinctive and separate brain circuits within the human brain. We can think of them like two different routes which lead to two different destinations. Each route has its own road or path, and goes through different suburbs.
In the same way, each circuit has a separate path and activates different regions of the brain. What’s more, these circuits are analogue and inversely proportional. This means that when one path is activated, the other automatically becomes less activated. It also means that the activation level works more like a light dimming switch instead of an on-off switch.
So imagine one of those old school scales, which have two plates on either side for you to put things on to weigh. When you put something on one side, say the right, then the right arm goes down and the left arm goes up. In the same way, as you activate one of these circuits, so the other becomes less active…and vice versa.
The Narrative Circuit
Dr. Farb named the first circuit the Narrative Circuit. It is made up of the medial prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus. The hippocampus is responsible for memory while the medial prefrontal cortex is known as the self-referencing part; it is used to reference ourselves, others, the past or the future when we’re thinking.
When this Narrative Circuit is active we’re immersed in thought. This is the circuit almost all of us use, almost all the time. When used correctly, this circuit is great for tasks like planning, goal-setting and strategizing.
The Direct Experience Circuit
The second circuit, called the Direct Experience Circuit, is made up of the insular which is associated with internal body sensations and the anterior cingulate cortex which is used to detect errors and switch attention.
When this circuit is active we experience more sensory information and perceive it more accurately. We also tend to react with greater flexibility since the past, our habits, our expectations, our assumptions all have less control over us. But, most surprising, what researchers found was that when this circuit was active, people experienced a deepening sense of well-being and fulfillment.
To put it bluntly: accessing this Direct Experiencing Circuit causes what we often call an “Awakening.”
Further investigation showed that it truly didn’t matter what was going on in the outside world, this sense of ease and well-being was really unconditional, it didn’t matter on what was happening or not happening, nor did external life circumstances matter. This experience seemed to transcend all that.
We also learned that people who had been trained in Mindfulness seemed to have a flexibility to move between the two circuits at will. They could do this in a normal waking state, while doing usual day to day things…
…and what’s more….we eventually found a way to train people to develop that flexibility within 8 to 12 weeks.
Keep on reading to find out the 3 Skills of Mindfulness …
The 3 Skills of Mindfulness
I define Mindfulness as a gently focused present awareness in an open, non-judgemental manner.
In order to be able to do this in the real world, You’ll need to develop the three essential skills of Mindfulness identified by Dr Russ Harris, those are:
Defusion is the ability to separate from your thoughts and to let them come and go, instead of getting caught up in them, or allowing them to dictate what you do. Defusion provides a powerful way to deal effectively with painful, unhelpful or self-defeating thoughts and beliefs. An important part of Defusion is the realization that thoughts are just thoughts and we can choose whether we want to take action on them or not.
Expansion is the ability to open up and make room for our emotions, sensations and feelings….and to let them come and go…without draging us down or holding us back. Expansion is the opposite of avoidance. In expansion, rather than trying to get rid of unpleasant feelings, we open up and accommodate them. We make room for them and allow them to come and go in their own good time. It doesn’t mean we like them, want them or approve of them; we just stop investing our time and effort in fighting them.
And the more space we can give those difficult feelings, the smaller their impact and influence on our lives.
Engagement is the ability to be ‘present’ and involved in what we are doing, or what we chose to do. Actively practicing this skill gives us the flexibility to chose what to engage in…and being able to engage in this present and involved way is crucial to activating the Direct Experience Circuit.
These three skills are learned and honed by practicing each skill independently and then putting them together. The good news is that anyone can develop these skills, and at an amazing pace if learned the correct way.
|Quick Tip||Look Who’s Talking…|
|Being present in the moment is one of the most powerful things you can ever do. Being present NOW – releases you from judgment and frees you to truly connect and experience and manifest the experience in this life that you desire.This takes awareness before it becomes habitual.
Try this…As you go throughout your day, set an alarm on your phone – I suggest every hour – let’s call this the ‘Get present in the NOW Alarm’ – when the alarm goes off, all you do is focus on the moment. Bring your mind and attention to the moment. Don’t judge yourself if you were off in your mind somewhere else, gently bring yourself to NOW.
Ask yourself, “what can I notice about right now that I appreciate?”
Try using the ‘Get present in the NOW Alarm’ for 30 days and you will be amazed and how much more present you become. And when you are present, you are able to be in a peaceful state of awareness and positive receiving.
|“Thank you so very much Kirsten for your superbly amazing courses and guidance, they are BRILLIANT!
Am telling everyone about you too . . . thank you, thank you, thank you, Angel Kristen.