“Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.” ― Marcus Aurelius, “Meditations”
Do you create moments of mindfulness, or is your mind on unconscious auto-response all day? Do you create mindful moments that consciously take you off auto-response and on to the opportunity for creative and higher consciousness choices?
The mindful moment is that moment that allows you to be absolutely and fully present in your most powerful, creative, knowledgeable and wise self. It is the time/space between your thoughts and your reactions to your thoughts. The more of these mindful moments you have and the longer you can live in the time/space of these moments, the more mindful you become. A mindful moment takes place when you take your mind off auto-response and consciously gain control of your thoughts and emotions.
When you consciously choose to have a mindful moment, your thinking switches to the frontal lobes of your brain, the most advanced part of your brain, that part known as the executive brain.
This is where you have conscious awareness and self-awareness. It’s where your free will and self-determination lie. Would you rather be thinking with that part of your brain – the executive brain – or with your midbrain, known for “fight or flight” reflexes The midbrain controls the four F’s: Fighting, Fleeing, Feeding and Fornicating?
Your executive brain, known for Rest and Digest, is not fully developed until you are in your mid-20s. It comprises the frontal lobes of the brain and it’s what helps us master our ability to digest food and enjoy the better things in life, such as rest and relaxation. If you’ve parented, taught or worked with teenagers, you probably painfully aware of the four F behaviors of a person who lacks the fully developed frontal lobes of the executive brain.
You can consciously create mindful moments at any time. And each time you do, this enhances your ability to be mindful and to create other mindful moments. The more our brain fires in alignment, the more we can rewire our brain for higher consciousness and increased mindful moments.
Becoming a master of this secret is easy. You just need to be very intentional in consciously creating a moment where you’re paying attention on purpose, in the moment, nonjudgmentally. And, if you make a judgment about a thought that crosses your mind, just let it go and allow yourself to be non-judgmental.
How hard is this for you to do, be non-judgmental? It took me some practice. What about you? Thanks for sharing.
For questions about this post or for information on becoming a fearless leader, contact Dr. Cathy Greenberg and The Fearless Leader Group at (888) 320-1299 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.