Positive Pause – 25th January 2016 – Your Positive Choice

choiceWe all know the consequences of daily chores left unattended – it can seem overwhelming to have to face a backlog of dishes or laundry. We also know that by consistently taking a few moments each day to deal with these chores they become easily manageable.  Similarly with mental health, by taking a few moments each day to pause for positivity you are in fact making a decision to lead an open and mindful life.  It is essential to note here the use of the word “decision” because decision is, in effect, an action resulting from a choice and we all have to make choices on a daily basis.  The important thing is to make the right choices.  

This week, choose to be positive, especially at moments when you feel overwhelmed.  

Positive Pause – 18th January 2015 – Neuroplasticity: Your Flexible Brain

Neuroplasticiy - neural pathways

Imagine you lived in a world where from a young age you were taught to look after your mental well-being by using a  daily routine similar to the way  you  brush your teeth everyday.  This daily practice would ensure that your mind did not rot and cause you pain. Emotional pain is one of the most difficult for the human mind and body to endure. The unattended mind is, in essence, no different to your teeth. If ignored it has the potential to allow negativity to take over and to rot away the true essence of who you are. Neuroplasticity

When we are young children we lose our baby teeth but are given the opportunity to start again with a second set of teeth. Thanks to research in the last twelve to fifteen years we now know that our brains are also given second, third and countless chances to start again.  In essence, our neural synapses and pathways are malleable and flexible which means we are not stuck with our conditioning.  This is the concept of neuroplasticity. We can train our minds to be consistently positive and open and by doing so, can literally shape our brains with our thoughts which, as a result, will change the chemical composition in our brains creating dopamine and serotonin, both of which make us feel and relaxed and happy.

Our teeth grow back stronger and more resilient as adult teeth and when they are cared for they can last a lifetime and even shine brightly. Your mind can also work for you in this way if you care for it properly.

This week choose to focus on caring for your mind with daily positive affirmations that will literally change your brain.

Positive Pause – 11th January 2016 – Kabalah: Awaken Higher Self

Kabalah: Awaken Your Higher SelfThe Kabalah is an ancient spiritual paradigm that was predominately popular in the Jewish faith although it is has also been aligned to Christianity.  The Kabalah states that the human soul has three elements, the nefesh, ru’ach, and neshamah. The nefesh is found in all humans and enters the physical body at birth. It is the source of one’s physical and psychological nature. The next two parts of the soul are not implanted at birth but can be developed over time; their development depends on the actions and beliefs of the individual. They are said to only fully exist in people awakened spiritually.

This week, through the practice of mindfulness, find those moments when you feel that you are connected to your ‘higher-self’. This could be times when you are in nature or simply just happy to be in the moment.  The more often we allow ourselves to experience ‘stillness’ in our minds, the closer we become to awakening spiritually and reaching the third and highest part of our souls.  Kabalah: awaken higher self.

Positive Pause – 4th January 2016 – The Wishing Tree

wishing treeIn the Phoenix park, just beside the visitors centre and Ashtown Castle, there is a remarkable tree.  It is so large that you can climb under its branches and children often play there, climbing and jumping under the beautiful boughs. It creates a magical space and a place where children are told wishes come true.  It is a wishing tree.  In such an enchanted place, allow yourself to rise above the mundane and you will believe that your wishes will come true.

This week, find a place in nature or in your imagination where you transport yourself to a magical place from where you can make a wish.  Then make a wish for something that you desire and using the power of visualization imagine this wish is already true.

As adults we are often to afraid to wish for something in case it does not transpire. Children make a leap of faith where they wish for things.  When these manifests they believe in the power of the wish.  Be brave enough to wish and then detach yourself from any outcome.  You may be pleasantly surprised when the wish comes true.

The wishing tree