The mind is a complex and tricky system. As a nurse in training, I completed the minimal training necessary to complete my degree and obtain my license. Psychiatry scared me. It felt like a foreign language and I had no desire to learn the ins and outs. What I should have known is that none of us can get away from the brain. It is decades later and I am finally coming to terms with the fact that I need to put more time and effort into understanding the brain. I want to know about what causes stress, fear, anxiety, procrastination etc. The older I get and the more I read, the more I realize that my lack of progress towards goals and relationships lies in my mindset.
“Mindset” is defined as the established set of attitudes held by someone. There are websites such as this one that are dedicated to explaining and understanding mindset. Another common term is “mindfulness” which is often associated with meditation. These are practices of the mind. According to Kathryn Remati in a recent article she wrote for Yoga International, “Both practices are life skills that give you the tools to access inner peace, which is already inside of you.” That is what I am looking for, inner peace, and apparently it has been inside me my whole life. Now that I know I have it, how do I find it?
This is what I have learned from my reading. One of the first steps is to increase your awareness. Take the time to quiet your mind/thinking. This can be done through meditation and/or yoga. Allow yourself to work through your thoughts, feel your body, smell and feel your surroundings. Use the senses that were given to you to understand and protect your body. Yoga or meditation can be performed anywhere and anyone can do it….truly. One advantage of technology and the creation of apps is that now we have access to help at our fingertips. If you are interested in learning more about meditation I recommend the app “Calm” and for yoga I recommend the app “Yoga Studio” by Gaiam. I encourage the use of essential oils. It is best to choose a calming/grounding oil such as Orange, Lavender, Peace & Calming or Frankincense. You can start your practice by slowly smelling the oil, place a small amount under your nose, on your chest or your wrists. It is a personal preference.