In this first part of the Mindful Power audio programme you will discover how to ‘activate’ the mental states that you would like to have and ‘deactivate’ the thoughts you don’t want!
The Basic Mindful Power Technique sharpens your awareness and establishes a resourceful and creative state of mind.
You will learn how to switch your mind from stress mode into a calm and centred mode within a few seconds.
How it works:
Your unconscious mind controls your autonomic nervous system, which controls all of your automatic vital functions. The autonomic nervous system is divided into the “sympathetic” nervous system and the “parasympathetic” nervous system.
The sympathetic nervous system creates your “fight and flight” response. Whenever you are feeling anxious, nervous, fearful, angry, frustrated, irritable, excited, exhilarated or “pumped-up,” you are in fight and flight mode. The parasympathetic nervous system is related to the relaxation response. When it is activated you feel a sense of well-being and calm. You notice that your muscles relax, breathing deepens, and your hands and feet feel warm. It is well documented that when properly stimulated, the autonomic nervous system reaches full development in just 5 to 30 seconds. Mindful Power teaches you to properly stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system.
Listen to the Basic Mindful Technique introduction:
The Basic Mindful Power Technique is a four step process that works by turning on two internal switches which automatically activate the parasympathetic nervous system, the relaxation response.
The two ‘Switches’ to activating your Relaxation Response are Conscious Breathing and Peripheral Vision.
‘Switch’ 1 – Conscious Breathing
The fastest way to change your mental or emotional state is to change your physiology. The fastest way to change your physiology is through the breath. Breathing is a cross-over link between your voluntary and involuntary nervous systems. In other words, most of the time your breathing is unconscious or automatic. You don’t have to think about it.
Breathing rate varies as different emotions are experienced. It also varies according to the level of stress. Under stress you tend to hold your breath for brief periods of time or shorten the exhale.
For example, if you were to think of a time when you were really excited right now….. and actually relive that memory, you would probably notice that your breathing would change and speed up a bit. Another example is if you have ever felt fear, anxiety, or panic. When you are experiencing these emotions your breathing tends to become shallow, fast, and high in your chest.
Your breathing is an important part of the formula in creating emotions. Changing the breathing changes the formula and creates different emotions. Therefore the first switch that is used in the Basic Mindful Power Technique is to change your breathing by beginning to breathe at a 1:2 ratio of inhalation to exhalation. Your exhalation will be about twice as long as your inhalation. The 1:2 breath balances the blood gases in the bloodstream to rapidly create a state of relaxed alertness. You begin the Basic Mindful Power Technique by breathing this way and continuing throughout the rest of the technique, which I will teach to you once you’ve been introduced to Switch 2.
‘Switch’ 2 – Peripheral Vision
To understand how peripheral vision works, let’s take a closer look at how the eyes are connected to the brain. On the back wall of your eyeball is a patch of sensitive tissue called the retina. The retina receives light that passes through the pupils into the eye. Interestingly, the retina is really part of the brain. It is directly connected to your brain and is made of the same tissue as your brain.
The retina contains two types of highly specialized receptor cells called cones and rods. Cones have the highest concentration toward the centre of the retina. Activation of the cones in the centre of the retina, known as foveal or tunnel vision, is usually correlated with detail and colour differences. It limits the visual field to detect detail.
Rods are the visual receptors which are more highly concentrated toward the outside of the retina. They respond to light at low levels. Activation of the rods in the outside of the retina, called peripheral vision, is related to the detection of movement, contour, and also night vision.
Parasympathetic nervous system activation (the relaxation response) is correlated with peripheral vision. Sympathetic nervous system activation (fight and flight) is correlated primarily with foveal or tunnel vision. If you are in fight and flight, you will be in tunnel vision.
Being in peripheral vision blocks the fight and flight response, while activating your relaxation response. This is because sympathetic and parasympathetic activation is like an on/off switch. Generally speaking you are either in one or the other. Therefore, if you are in peripheral vision you literally cannot access or experience emotions that are a result of the fight and flight response. This means that peripheral vision inhibits stress and anxiety.
In the Basic Mindful Power Technique you learn how to easily access the calm and centred, yet highly aware state that is associated with being in peripheral vision. You also learn how to combine this with the conscious breathing pattern in order to rapidly eliminate any stress and tension.
Basic Mindful Power Technique includes four simple steps that prove to be an effective way of relaxing and bringing your full awareness into the present. With regular practise, you will be able to reduce these four steps into one conscious breath and change of focus that will provide you with similar results to that of the full technique. Eventually, provided that you’ve practiced it regularly, the technique itself will become unnecessary, as you will then be spontaneously and automatically applying Mindful Power without needing to think about the technique.
The Basic Mindful Power Technique is both profound and practical unto itself. It also forms the foundation of all the other Mindful Power techniques.
Listen to the Basic Mindful Technique introduction:
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I wasn’t nervous and there were no blackouts! I remained calm and relaxed before and during my exams because I knew that I could use the Mindful Power technique if necessary (this prevented the nervousness and blackouts that occurred before and during all previous exams). Thank you for helping me. -Katrin Hacker
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