Guest Post by Jake Robinet of Open Mind Neurofeedback
What is the role of the mind in our daily lives? Well, our minds can solve the odd math problem and can look at any event or problem in a million different ways, but how are our minds used most effectively?
If we look at our mind’s purpose as to help us navigate our lives then the question becomes how our minds can best navigate us through life, and the answer lies in our awareness of the moment.
If we ask ourselves why yoga and meditation is peaceful, our focus and awareness is on the present moment or what’s happening in and around us right now. This means we’re not worried about what we have to get done today, not thinking about why we’re mad at someone or someone is mad at us, and just focused on what we feel and what we have the power to change right this moment. When our minds are not preoccupied with worry and random thoughts they can be fully engaged and available to us when we need them. For example to find a solution to a problem that we’re experiencing or decide what to do next that is most beneficial to us at this time.
The benefits of removing worry and endless thoughts extends beyond better use of our brains. If we picture our body system as a whole, whenever we stress and worry it becomes a major strain on our body’s resources. Which means there is no energy to focus on resting, healing, digesting, adapting or feeling in our bodies.
“How much worrying is enough for each problem?”
“But how do we stop worrying?” We have used stress, worry and anxiety to push and protect ourselves, usually at a point in life when it was needed and we never let them go. They can be useful when in a fight or flight situation when we are threatened to get something done or shield ourselves from traumatic situations in the past. Though as we get older we usually no longer are in those stressful situations, or we have the power to leave them now but haven’t let go of the stress patterns used to survive them. Plus they have become so ‘normal’ that daily worry and stress has become ‘just a part of life’.
How we let go of worrying is to put our focus into the present moment, and what we do right now. Even though our past is real it doesn’t mean we have to hold onto the memories and carry them wherever we go. We can learn from them and move on to our new surroundings and see what life brings us in each new moment. Quiet hobbies, meditation, yoga, music, dance and neurofeedback (of course!) can all help bring us out of endless thought and stress and back to the moment. If you’re too busy taking action, there is no time to worry. If there is nothing that can be done, then I guess it was meant to happen. Eliminating worry will help your mind focus on more important things, like living life to the fullest!