Yesterday I went to feed a friend’s kitties who decided to vacation in Thailand for the holidays. On his porch steps were wet leaves. As I climbed the steps to his front porch, I slipped on the leaves and landed head first into the railing. This was one of those moments I wondered if my mind remained elsewhere while my body walked without my attention. I tend to do that a great deal.
When I cooked everyday, I would have cuts all over my hands, because I just wasn’t into the now enough to watch every intricate movement. Out of boredom and living in my own head—instead of in the now—I ended up with many bruises, bumps, and cuts. Injury remains a clear reminder that you simply don’t stay in the Now.
In yoga we do balancing poses to teach our minds to stay present. One of my favorite poses is called Vriksasana or tree pose. You place one foot firmly on the floor with the leg straight, while the other knee is bent with the foot resting somewhere on the straightened leg. If you become adept at the pose, you can rest your heel all the way at the top of the thigh. Simply stand in that position, breathing gently, 5 or 6 counts in and 5 or 6 counts out, with your hands folded at your heart in prayer position.
In many spiritual cultures, simple breathing exercises will bring you back to the present or the now. Just watch your breath, as it remains the simplest human attribute to control. In biofeedback we learn that, if you take a breath and make the inhales the same count as the exhales, prolonging the breath to 5 of 6 counts, you can reduce your blood pressure 10-15 points in a matter of minutes. You can also help your heart to beat slower with the same breathing exercise.
A couple evenings ago, my heart began to race for no apparent reason. I felt as if I had drunk three cups of strong coffee, when I certainly hadn’t. I took my blood pressure, and it was 155/105 with a pulse of 96. That reading didn’t look promising. The last time my heart did this, I ended up at Vanderbilt in the ER with the doctors believing I was having a heart attack. After $50k of tests, they decided I had heartburn or something ridiculous. But the tests showed no symptoms of heart problems at all.
In my studies of the mind and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, I have found that a trigger in your life can cause your body to react in fear, without you even realizing you have stepped into a land mind. The first action that happens in your body when you get frightened is adrenaline makes your heart race. This happens to get you to safety. It’s a simple bodily reaction to fear.
I had this happen when I went to see the movie “Silver Lining Playbook.” During the scenes when the father beat the young boy, memories of childhood came up so clearly, I actually believed I relived the moment. My heart raced, I began to sweat, and I became incredibly confused. I left my gaggle of confused friends and told them I didn’t feel well. On the way home from the movie, I ended up driving 45 minutes in the wrong direction.
Our bodies often tell us our story before we cognitively know what happened. I realize now that some of the scenes in that movie clearly depicted a scene that was way too familiar for me as a child. It brought back memories that I couldn’t shake physically or mentally. I had to call a dear friend who is a therapist to help me down from the tall tree I climbed to be safe. When we got off of the phone, I was calm enough to drive home, this time in the correct direction.
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A Year to CLEAR Challenge:
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The masses search outward for things that qualify them as a person, but I always go inward for that which quantifies me for greatness. At twenty-five I preached on street corners in NYC as an in-the-closet Pentecostal minister. One day I heard a still small voice say, ‘God cannot be contained in a book or a law or even in a religion. Dig deeper, reach further to find me, and you will find your authentic Self.’”
A Year to CLEAR Challenge!
The acronym CLEAR stands for (Compassionate, Loving, Enthusiastic, And Relationship-Ready). The goal of this project is to engulf readers in a weekly study that will transform them by removing blocks, promote self-growth, and give them wings to fly freely into daily life. Each week, by going to BoSebastian.com and choosing the Year to CLEAR Challenge tab, a new challenge or thought to provoke conversation, growth, and group functionality.
My vision is to make Finding Authentic You the book to have in your Kindle or on your computer. The book is a comprehensive look at growth—spiritually, mentally, and physically.
As a yoga teacher and student of the Ayurvedic tradition, I bring to the table understanding of physical challenges, the ability to overcome mental problems with Life & Health Coaching, as well as hypnotherapy, and expertise in meditation and spirituality as a minister.
The combination of all three in one book with an interactive connection to like-minded readers, for one year, is what makes this Year to CLEAR Challenge a must-do for every spiritual seeker.
The One-Year Approach to Change
No one believes he or she can change overnight. But success in change comes from the metaphors of nature. Seasonally, life changes all around us in nature. Finding Authentic You offers a gradual change perspective, looking at the triune aspects of change as in yoga: Body, Mind and Spirit.
Accessing the ability to change and finding yourself actually pursuing change must be a daily search, which I call getting to the “observer mind.”
In this frontal cortex of the brain we find the anatomy of change and the power to counter every negative trigger of the human process. The workings of Hypnosis, NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are all positive actions to help the mind and body flow to a positive space for change.
Every aspect of FINDING AUTHENTIC YOU fulfills this constant need for diffusing the negative past and dreaming of a fulfilling future.
Step 1: Recognize That Change is Inevitable
Step 2: Release from Resistance to Change
Step 3: Understanding Change and Allow Spirit to Define It
Step 4: A History Lesson—About You
Step 5: Look at Your Past with Compassion
Step 6: Making a Strong Commitment to Change
Step 7: Dream Your Fabulous Future
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