Resilience and Mindfulness
Ever been stuck in traffic running late for an important meeting?
Remember what signals the body was giving off? …Probably hardly noticed at the time because the mind was silently yelling about getting into the future.
In a fight/flight situation the body releases adrenalin and cortisol to speed up reactions and help wounds heal. The blood pressure and heart rate increases, and various hormonal banks are pushed into overdraft to deal with the crisis.
This is very appropriate to battle situations or dealing with sabre tooth tigers, but when it happens several times a day, because, for instance, the traffic is bad, then soon the body may respond to the overdraft with some form of chronic medical condition.
Using the late-in-traffic analogy; think back to that time last week, when being held up at the lights for an extra minute seemed so annoying, and yet by now it’s hard to remember what all the drama was about.
Mindfulness can mean coming back to what is real. Moods shift like writing in the sand, thoughts come and go, they seem very real in the moment, but when we consider how many of them turned out to be assumptions or mistakes, or just our Inner Critic doing the usual running commentary, it’s time to check in with what’s happening with the body and the breath. These give you tangible, reliable information, throughout the term of your life. For more information on our Mindfulness programmes see http://www.richard-chambers.com
The term Resilience is defined as your ability to bounce back from difficult or challenging situations; remembering this is yet another of the many dramas that take place in a life. Some of these dramas are going to be bigger than others, and knowing that you can stay centred through the storms builds confidence. Sometimes, just finding a quiet spot for five minutes, coming back to awareness of the body, and focusing on breathing out, may make all the difference between feeling pressure and feeling some form of panic.
Building resilience is like building any other skill. It takes practice. And the best way to start is by cultivating mindfulness in every day life. With the pace of life accelerating, we are being asked to do more with less, and not really looking at efficiency measures; if we were we’d remember that multi-tasking may just be the art of screwing up several things at once.
Enjoy the ride! Cheers, Richard.
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