The way we see things is not necessarily the way things are. For instance, living with anxiety and depression can skew our perception of well, just about everything, causing us to withhold from living a fully engaged life!
Anxiety and depression are tantamount to fear--they are lower frequency energies that keep us from expanding into our authenticity.
The fear keeps us in our head, too preoccupied with the worrisome thoughts to notice our HERE and NOW. And when we are not focused on the HERE and NOW, we are not expanding…what IS expanding is the fear….so...here are a few exercises I learned that have helped me to rise above the tiny little mad ideas I have had to wrestle with and I hope they can serve you well, too…
1. Step back and get a broader perspective.
This technique can also be described as the FLY ON THE WALL technique...this was posted by a fellow Bliss Brigader, member in the online FYB Community, who said, “sometimes we become like the fly that wears itself out by slamming into the window trying to get outside. But if it’d just stop and back away from the window, it only had to move slightly to the left in order to fly through the opening and make its way outside.”
2. USE MOTION MANAGE EMOTION----GET MOVING and let it flow….feeling trapped by fear sometimes brings us to a place of inactivity. What we tend to misunderstand about the human mind is that it does not exist solely within the brain. The brain, after all, is connected to the nervous system which runs throughout the body. Thus, emotions may get locked in certain areas of the body. I've both experienced and witnessed the release of powerful emotions while doing yoga, laughter yoga, pranayama and bodywork. You do not have to do yoga to feel this release--any kind of movement will do--walk around the block, jog or run, even just switching positions will help. Your movement breaks up the lock pattern your fear/ anxiety has on the body, and allows that energy to be transmuted into something else, something more useful. The cool thing is that movement not only helps interrupt the holding patterns, but it inspires the body to want to move more, which creates a perpetual cycle of healthier goodness--jump starting your internal processes, getting your organs pumping, affecting your hormones releasing those feel-good endorphins to balance out any discordant vibes and keeps the proverbial rust from setting in...
3. “Laugh at the EGO’s tiny mad idea…” I have read that children laugh on average 400+ times per day but when we grow up we tend to laugh only about 80 times per day, if that. What happens to us that causes us to lose that sense of child like wonder?
Well, I’m pretty sure its the fact that as we get older, we are charged with handling more and more responsibility--and our childlike sense of possibility is exchanged for the anticipation of failure at that responsibility.
And at a laughter yoga session, I strongly encourage participants to forget about responsibilities and focus only on the here and now. We check responsibilities and fears at the door and come in with a sense of wonder and tune into our lost sense of possibility. We get kooky, we get silly, we get all sorts of funny and the laughter begins to flow...the more you attend, the more easily it becomes to laugh at will.
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