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Breathing and your mind
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This is a great post, David, thank you.

One thing I have finally accepted as true about myself (after years of ignoring 'less intelligent' people who tell me constantly that I think too much) is that I think too much.
It is not a coincidence then that as each day passes from morning to night I become more and more tense, more and more strained, and more and more worn out. I begin my days now with excellent vision. But as the day goes on...
I begin each new task with enthusiasm and clarity of focus. But as the task progresses through challenges and obstacles...

I think too much. And it messes everything up and it tires me.

Lately when I am having a difficult time with something, I have started to switch my focus from my mind to my body and boy is it an eye-opener (literally). If I begin to make mistakes, become clumsy, run into something, feel my stress level rising, allow worry to take over - if any of this happens and I catch myself during that moment of 'failure' I immediately switch over to my newly cultivated physical sense (i.e. away from what I think about the situation and into what I feel - especially breathing thanks to David's reminder). 10 times out of 10 I have shallow, quickened, stressful breathing - sometimes I'm even holding my breath completely while I try to push through the challenge. And the other consistent physical feeling is a sense that I am trying to 'will' myself to correct whatever is wrong - it is a mental pushing from within me - through my eyes, through my hands, through my voice. It's like I don't trust my eyes, my hands, my voice to do what they do naturally.

The Bates Method has taught me to trust my eyes. So now when I struggle with anything I stop, breathe and imagine that I am "turning on" my eyes. And then I wait for them to adjust themselves. And they do! It always works to calm me and wipe the slate clean so I can continue without tension.

I read somewhere that EFFORT is a sign of poorly-used energy. It's true - when I cultivate effortlessness, I have far more energy and focus throughout the day.
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Messages In This Thread
Breathing and your mind - by David - 09-16-2011, 07:59 PM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by David - 09-17-2011, 12:33 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by DaniFixe - 09-17-2011, 03:42 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by Nancy - 09-17-2011, 06:44 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by sean - 09-21-2011, 06:58 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by David - 09-21-2011, 09:44 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by fuoco - 09-24-2011, 05:32 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by otto - 09-26-2011, 07:17 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by Nancy - 09-27-2011, 08:15 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by David - 09-27-2011, 10:56 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by otto - 09-28-2011, 10:09 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by otto - 09-28-2011, 10:13 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by seetheleaves - 09-29-2011, 03:07 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by Nancy - 09-29-2011, 09:04 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by ted - 10-17-2012, 09:09 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by otto - 10-17-2012, 10:28 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by ted - 10-22-2012, 11:14 PM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by David - 10-23-2012, 08:36 PM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by wilmanelson76 - 11-09-2012, 01:00 AM