Walking with the dog along Mentone beach this morning, enjoying the sunshine and the light breeze while my dog ran ecstatically along the sand ahead of me and around me, it occurred to me what a fantastic opportunity it was to make a deposit in my resilience bank.
The ups and downs of life are inevitable, how we budget for them emotionally can make the difference between staying in the black or falling below the emotional poverty line. If we let life’s moments of pleasure pass without saving them by savouring them, they’re so much harder to draw upon when the bleaker moments occur.
It only takes a few seconds to pause, observe our response to our own enjoyment, and be fully immersed in the experience. In my example above, how does the sun feel on my skin? How does the breeze feel against my body? What are the sounds? What are the sights? How am I feeling? I Pause and I am fully present in the moment. As in mindfulness, I now bring the focus to the breath and when I've scanned the senses and absorbed the full experience I take an emotional snapshot. I then take a look and feel of the snapshot in my mind’s eye and emotional centre, I use my enhance function if I feel I need to, then save it. If it helps to make it more tangible, I pinch a point on myself, perhaps a knuckle on my hand, so that I have a physical reminder switch when I need to redraw those feeling in the future.
If I'm feeling overwhelmed and I need to get some respite from anxious thoughts, I can take myself back to one of those moments and allow myself some time to breath, calm myself and regain clarity and peace. This shift in focus from troubled to calm, allows me to maintain a more balanced perspective.
Georgina Mitchell was born in Ireland, moving to Australia in 1989. Georgina spent many years working in senior management in the Corporate world, before leaving to pursue her passion to become a Therapist.
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