Each New Year we celebrate with positive expectations and excitement for a new dawn. We lose reality to dreams and sadly many suffer in the early months of the year….
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!
What is the force within that makes us who we are?...We need to first look at the Body, Mind and Spirit...
The Body is the physical part of a person. It is composed of many different cells that form the skin, bones, organs, nervous system, endocrine system etc., from the hair on your head to the nails on your toes.
The Mind is the faculty that enables consciousness, cognitive decision, perception, judgment and memory. It creates thought and awareness of ones self, and the world around us to experience life. It is housed within the brain, which is the muscle that drives it. The mind is very powerful in that it can change the nature of how we make decisions.
The Spirit is the force within a person that makes them who they are. It is their character. It is their emotions. It is their being, their true self.
What is the difference between the Mind and the Spirit?
The mind is what you perceive yourself to be.
The Spirit is what you truly are.
By practicing Sophrology you become aware of who you perceive yourself to be. You increase the conscious link between the mind and the body. By knowing who you truly are, you reduce the gap between perception and reality.
The joy of screaming is something we do as kids. Think about it, if we adults were to scream as carefree, the neighbors would have thought something was going on! Maybe that is why roller coasters were created? Do you remember the last time you screamed for joy, like the kids running through the icy sprinklers? It could be that time you did jump in an icy pool, or that time screaming at the top of your voice at the movies, or even a ride on a motorbike. Whatever the memory, remember the happy sensations you experienced. Now expand upon them. Those sensations are still within you and you can tap into them any time you wish to. When we expand upon joyful memories, by just remembering them, we integrate positivity.
This is conscious harmony, which is the essence of Sophrology.