They say animals know best how to relax... They live in the present and don’t worry about the past or the future… well imagine my delight to know they also enjoy Sophrology!
Have you ever been at work feeling completely lost at what you are supposed to be doing? …Feelings overwhelmed, frustrated, anxious and angry. Trying not to get emotional or tense while tears begin to well up… and then you start thinking “I can’t do this”, “why am I doing this?”… wanting to walk away…
2016 has been a very interesting year for America. Living in Arizona since 2012, I feel overall Americans don’t really exercise their right to freedom of speech. I do know many who definitely don’t hold back! I hope not to offend any Americans by writing this, as I am generalizing, but, I know in their hearts, they just don’t want to offend anyone. By suppressing their real thoughts and feelings however, they hold themselves back from being truly free. I am speaking as an Irish person who knows how Europeans express themselves freely without fear of doing so.
The 2016 Presidential elections gave the American public the chance to speak freely. It helped release a lot of frustrations and anger. Anger needs to be released and more importantly managed without causing harm to anyone. I have always wanted to know people’s personal politics. It has always fascinated me. I like to see all sides to the coin. I am from Ireland where we all love a good heated discussion, from the family home to the pub! There needs to be an outlet where we can all express ourselves without fear or violence or else we will feel oppression. Is this suppressed anger why America has so many violent cases of gunfire?
The election is over and the results are in. Now is the time to manage our frustrations, anger and disappointments – as life continues. So how to do this: go to the gym and exercise?; - go to the pub? - have fun with friends! - practice yoga, mindfulness, meditation or all three together using sophrology?
Sophrology helps people cope with anxiety, anger, fear and stress. It helps you to focus on the positives in life and walk away from the negatives. With practice it becomes part of your sub consciousness. We all need to work on ourselves to have inner peace.
Everyone wins. Inner peace in one person spreads and affects everyone. So does the opposite. Which do you prefer to spread?
Do you know the difference between intention and intentionality?
Your intention is your conscious mind and your intentionality is your subconscious mind. It is reported that we only use 5% of our conscious mind! Wouldn’t you like to increase the percentage of what is conscious? We can by being more mindful and practicing mindfulness which we use in Sophrology.
Let me give you an example. You decide you want to purchase a car – a Toyota FJ Cruiser. You start to read up about the car and get more information about it on the internet. Then what happens.. you start seeing the car everywhere. You notice the commercials and pay more attention to them. You notice people are talking about this car… so what happened!? Why does it appear that this car is everywhere, when previously you didn't even notice the car?
What is happening is that your intentionality is at work, a.k.a your subconscious mind. It is bringing forward to your conscious mind what you intentionally set out to learn more about. Everything you are now noticing was always there. You just weren’t aware of it. Our conscious mind notices 5% of what is happening around us. Our subconscious mind, like our intentionality, notices everything around us.
By living a more mindful, conscious life we open our awareness to noticing more of what is going on right in front of us. We increase awareness of many things: our actions; our thoughts; and our emotions. At the same time we increase our senses. Our sense of sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and also our intuition is increased! So why not start being more mindful and notice everything happening right now! Now that is definitely a great reason to start practicing Sophrology!