Three Tips For Finding Stillness In All The NoiseSep 30, 2019 ● By Briana Bragg
One way to find stillness is through breathwork. Breathing is a vital component to our health, it’s free and accessible anytime and anywhere. Focused breathing intentionally concentrates on the inhale and exhale, creating stillness and calming the central nervous system within moments. Inhaling and exhaling through the nose, breathing deeply into the abdomen versus the chest, is proven to relax and calm the central nervous system. A few deep breaths of this nature will bring the body out of fight-or-flight and into a parasympathetic state.
Aligning the inhale and the exhale is a great place to start, inhaling for a count of four and exhaling for a count of four. If this is too easy, that number can be increased to a count of five.
The Darkness Technique
The darkness technique is designed to calm the monkey mind. This technique gets better with practice and is a mental exercise used in meditation to calm mind chatter, reduce thoughts and bring the mind to stillness. It requires practice to retrain the brain and reduce the number of thoughts in motion in the mind.
The darkness technique is stillness. Close your eyes and take three deep breaths. Now bring all your awareness to the darkness behind closed eyelids. When thoughts come in, thank them for being there and then let them go, bringing all your attention and awareness to the darkness behind your closed eyelids.
Practice extending the length of time. A timer can be set to keep time, so the mind is not wandering off to how long it has been.
Nature Sounds and Calming Music
Specific styles of music have been proven to calm brain waves relaxing the body and mind. Much research is currently being conducted on the affect music has on our body and brain. Frequency-based music and binaural beats are showing great results in calming brain waves, relaxing the mind and even beginning to show potential as a healing modality for the body.
In Joe Dispenza’s (DrjJoeDispenza.com) latest research, a study of 10 years shows that listening to two hours of calming nature sounds each day reduces stress by 800 percent. Listening to chirping birds or ocean waves can have a positive impact on our health.
In a world full of noise, with stress,
anxiety and depression on the rise; when our mind chatter feels out of control,
stillness is the answer. Simply finding a few minutes each day to make time for
stillness by taking a few deep breaths and hitting pause benefits our health
Briana Bragg is a wellness industry leader specializing in meditation and mindfulness, and a speaker, author and coach. She is the founder of Vacation of the Mind, a guided meditation company designed to be practical and welcoming. For more information, email [email protected]d or visit VacationOfTheMind.com.