Positive psychology is a new way of approaching life’s challenges. It’s about building personal power by using tools that build resilience and create positive change. These strengthen our ability to rise to the difficulties life brings and to find enjoyable ways to motivate ourselves and work through the blocks, opening up a new path forwards. Some examples of these tools are listed below.
Relaxation Methods, Mindfulness, Meditation, Heart Math and Imagery
Reducing the stress response is so important for healing and moving forwards. Together we will find your preferred method of doing this by exploring a myriad of tools. The mind is extraordinarily powerful and its thoughts do create physical and emotional suffering.
The truth is that we are not our thoughts; much of what goes on in our minds is not good for us and not true. Becoming aware of our thoughts and developing a new relationship to them is a big key to thriving. Our minds are full of thoughts from outside influences that invade our moment by moment experience. It is necessary for wellbeing to find a way to create distance from your thoughts and live more in this moment.
My favourite mindfulness/meditation tool is Heart Math.
Heart Math (Heart Breathing)
This is a science-based technology for taking charge of your life. It’s proven to help you reduce stress and anxiety by increasing your inner balance and sense of safety. Using this tool develops your heart intelligence and creates balance between your heart, mind and body. The development of “Heart Coherence” happens when this practice is used regularly. This state is shown to lead to the prevention of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression and other serious illness.
Science shows us that when you achieve “heart coherence” – a scientifically validated state in which your heart and brain are energetically aligned and cooperating with one another – you’re able to significantly improve every aspect of your life.
The Heart Math technique has an overlap with Tonglen, a Universal healing tool. This means it has a higher spiritual potential too for bringing compassion and blessings to the world.
The STOP Process
We are not our thoughts. Our thoughts come from our past, our conditioning as children and the small and larger traumas that happen to us throughout our lives. Our brains become ‘wired’ for certain patterns of thought. For example, thinking about our physical symptoms or about a situation that feels wrong can make our body and mind feel at an unconscious level that they are in constant danger.
This causes ongoing stress that not only prevents our healing but also the breakdown of our bodies systems at a cellular level. The STOP Process interrupts these patterns and creates new pathways in your brain. Rewiring the neuroplasticity of your brain creating a mental environment that supports your health.