Did you know that 90% of your brain activity is focused on your things outside conscious awareness? And that when this relates to our behaviour, this means we are sometimes “stuck” in unconscious habits and behaviours that keep us stressed and worn out? It is only when we start to consciously relate to ourselves in a new way that we begin to “wake up” and start to see more of what is really going on!
You may not know this, but our unconscious world pretty much calls the shots. Most of us walk around on auto-pilot responding to the prompts and nudging of inner conditioning and previous experiences. This conditioning, rather than our own conscious intention, is often the thing that influences our lives the most, albeit out of our own conscious awareness.
This means what tends to happen is we live at the place of “reaction” rather than “response”. When we react, often to unconscious triggers, we may react quickly and with emotion, perhaps allowing our anger, stress or irritation to take over. Over a period of time, this can have a detrimental effect on our overall wellbeing and health (particularly to our immune system).
We can however take steps to reduce these effects and activate the body’s natural breaking system. In doing so, we can counter-act the stress response that has become our “normal” and learn new ways to respond and handle challenges in our lives.
Try this right now. Find a quiet room where you won’t be disturbed and sit comfortably on the chair or floor. Now lift your right hand up and close off your right nostril and begin breathing in and slowly through your left nostril. Do this for just 3 minutes.
Now notice how much better you feel that you did before? Do you feel more calm? Do you feel more aware of your own self? More centred? This is just one way you could learn to relax and calm.
All too often people spend too much time in their own head and in their own problems when with a few simple changes… life can be very different.
To your health, happiness and wellbeing.
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