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Want peace of mind?  Then let’s teach our brain it actually exists

Our brain is clever, in fact it’s extremely clever. Cleverness however is different to intelligence. Intelligence is wisdom that sits within us in our gut. When we feel pain in our gut that’s our inner intelligence warning us to stop .. turn around and sit and LISTEN to me!

I’ll say it again, our brain is clever, it has the ability to listen to our inner intelligence, when we need it most. For example whenever we are in actual life threatening situations, our brain goes into ‘action stations’ by preparing the body to either take flight, fight or freeze, there’s also friend or flop but we’ll just discuss the first 3 in this example. It’s a fundamental function all animals have to save their life when they feel threatened with death.   

Let me explain what usually happens. Whatever you want to call it, inner intelligence, sixth sense or our ‘gut’ uses our external senses, sight, sound, smell, touch and taste to stay safe and whenever we find ourselves in unfamiliar territory our senses become heightened to detect any ‘potential’ threats around us. Once a threat is detected the gut alerts the brain and within a second the brain floods the body with the stress hormone cortisol and boom the body takes action. Absolutely fantastic! So clever. (think of a gazelle in the Serengeti and a lion is approaching)

When the ‘potential’ threat has disappeared, because we’ve either hid from it, out ran it, killed it or it’s just gone on its merry way, we breathe a big sigh of relief that sends another message to the brain via the vagus nerve that all is well again and we return back to our ‘normal’ relaxed peaceful position.       

However, when any of us have been exposed to a prolonged ‘potential’ threat such as being born into a threatening or abusive family or war zone our brain has never been deactivated by the vagus nerve because our senses are constantly picking up threats so our body gets ‘stuck’ in ‘action stations’.             

What does this mean for us? We’ve been stuck in our heads for so long we don’t know what real peace is. Because our body is constantly flooded with the stress hormone we’ve literally been cut off from our external senses the gut relies on and so our gut hasn’t been able to send the message to the brain ‘all is well’ so we experience real peace.    

Living in constant fear.

What’s it like? We feel tired all the time, it’s painful, draining, exhausting and we’re fed up. We become frightened of everything. The real and the unreal, especially our thoughts because we’re stuck in our heads.  

We’ve ended up living a life ill at ease, creating disease within our body because we are so disconnected to it.

All I hear daily is ‘I just want peace of mind’

So, what can we do to change the situation? If we’ve never experienced peace the brain doesn’t yet know it exists. Knowledge is power so we need to go back to basics and teach it!       

As we are a mammal and part of the Animal Kingdom we all have the same internal abilities. Worryingly I just googled Animal Kingdom and was alarmed to discover humans aren’t highlighted ??? even more alarming I googled human and a bolt load of strange information came up!  

Basic definitions of Terms:

Animals are multicellular organisms that form the biological kingdom Animalia. With few exceptions, animals consume organic material, breathe oxygen, are able to move, can reproduce sexually, and grow from a hollow sphere of cells, the blastula, during embryonic development.

Mammals are vertebrate animals constituting the class Mammalia, and characterized by the presence of mammary glands which in females produce milk for feeding their young, a neocortex, fur or hair, and three middle ear bones

Human a child, woman, man, of the species Homo sapiens, distinguished from other animals by superior mental development, power of articulate speech, and upright stance.

From my own opinion I’d argue the points above: ‘Superior’ mental development has created arrogance, too much focus on mental development has contributed to our disconnection from our inner intelligence, the main cause of mental illness … We need to connect to nature and natural real environments to balance this issue together with love, kindness and compassion which will bring joy into our lives.     

All animals talk to each other, just because we don’t understand their language doesn’t mean they aren’t clever…sadly thanks to technology we are slowly losing our ability to talk to one another .. who’s clever now?

Upright stance? Our focus on mental development is diminishing our upright stance, what does it mean to stand tall? dignified honest trustworthy loyal loving compassionate kind, most animals still have these traits, as do babies and children until society ‘frightens or educates them out of it’            

Laura Ann Hind

Over the last 5 years I have trained and qualified as a personal coach and developed a continued practice of Mindful Meditation. Whilst attending a retreat in the mountains of Spain I discovered the value of ‘unplugging’ from the many distractions in our daily life. This helped develop a self-awareness that resulted in a conscious response to negative thought patterns and associated emotions. The effect produced a more balanced outlook on life that increased feelings of calm and present moment living. Since completing further practice with Breathworks on ‘Mindfulness for Health’ and Mindful Living on ‘Mindful Based Stress Reduction’. I have used my experience to develop 'Time4Calm' a project which combines personal coaching with mindful practice that complement each other to the benefit of participants who suffer from mild anxiety and stress.

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