Do you know that deep inside of us, a natural state of equilibrium exists?
“In reality, it is not the separate self that searches for happiness or returns to its natural, relaxed condition. It is the pull or memory of its natural state that calls the separate self back to its innate condition of fully relaxed, inherently peaceful awareness”. – Rupert Spira, Being Aware of Being Aware
Our natural state
Our natural state of being is one of light-heartedness, contentment, and peace. We are constantly being pulled back to that state if we allow it.
The amount of time you spend in this serene state of being, very much depends on what thoughts you are giving your attention to.
We have thousands of thoughts passing through our minds, but it is only when we focus on one that we start to feel its physiological effect.
For example, if we are worried about an upcoming situation our brain interprets it as a threat. Automatically setting our sympathetic nervous system into action.
Sympathetic Nervous System
Your sympathetic nervous system is a network of nerves that help your body activate its “fight-or-flight” response.
This system’s activity increases when you are stressed, in danger, or physically active. Its effects include increasing your heart rate and breathing ability, improving your eyesight, and slowing down processes like digestion.
We feel the effects of this as agitation and tension in the body. These uncomfortable feelings then add to our thinking about the situation we are thinking about.
All of which keeps us locked in a state of discomfort until we are distracted by something else.
There is an automatic function of the body called homeostasis that is constantly working to bring us back to our natural state of being.
It keeps our heart beating at a particular rate. And no matter our activity, it constantly brings us back to our prime physiological state.
For example, if we get a fright, our heart beats faster to prepare us to fight or run; however, as soon as we realise we are safe, our heart automatically goes back to a regular beat.
When we notice our agitated state, simply softening our focus of attention as we take some slow deep breaths will automatically calm our nervous system.
This brings us back to a sense of serenity. While this may sound too simple to be true, try it to see for yourself.
It is vital to carve out moments during the day for stillness, allowing space for insight and a return to a calm state of mind.
When working with me, I teach you a practice I call the PAUSE while also helping you to understand how our mind, brain, and body work together to create our moment-to-moment experiences.
I can also help you to see what might be driving any unhelpful behaviours that are causing you to sabotage your happiness, relationships, or future dreams.
If you would like to know more about the benefits of the PAUSE, you can find it here, https://angelamcevitt.com/the-pause-effect/.
Thanks for reading,
Namaste- I honour the place in you in which the entire universe resides. I honour the place in you, of love, of light, of truth, and peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.