- become aware that your brain-body has automated ways of perceiving every situation and that you're usually not conscious of this
- learn how these automated patterns (mindsets) were formed
- experiment with new types of actions and behaviors that help you perceive life and yourself in a new way
We can only become more aware of our mindset by becoming more aware of our own patterns - how we react to things, the different states and moods we are in throughout the day.
This means we must turn our attention towards ourselves.
But this is where it gets tricky... this inward attention needs to be in the form of curiosity and 'scientific exploration', not judgment and not looking for how something is wrong.
A big part of how we turn this attention inward is to create intentional periods of time where we STOP focusing on:
- others' behaviors
- external stimuli that distracts us, such as screens, television, shopping, consuming things
- the next project, activity, work-related task, to-do lists
One key way we can remove external stimulus and move our attention inward is by closing our eyes and staying still for about 15-20 minutes
Interestingly, something I have seen over the years in different types of research or treatment situations is that there’s something about closing our eyes that can cause people issues.
In fact, I sometimes see that heart rate and a certain type of brainwave range associated with stress and anxiety actually go up when someone closes their eyes, compared to when their eyes are open.
This steady, nonjudgmental, inward focus is what allows us to be more perceptive to patterns of what regulates or dysregulates us. It is a form of ‘pattern recognition training’. Our brains are built for that - the more data we collect and consciously notice, the better we get at recognizing patterns*
In order to notice patterns, we have to sit still long enough with the ‘data’ that comes from our inward focus.
Agency gets built through exposure and experience.
Every time you bring your focus back to that point, you are building up that memory, which will help you return to that state of steady awareness again.
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