So on St George’s day I have been thinking about bravery. Watching the Bear Grylls island survival programme got me on to this train of thought last night. I watched the men, who were on the brink of starvation, group together to kill a crocodile for the calories. Amazingly brave and born out of their desperation for food.
In life all sorts of situations call for us to be brave. It doesn’t have to be doing an extreme sport, a dangerous job or even fighting a dragon to save a princess. It might be telling someone the truth, saying ‘no’ to something we don’t want to do or having the guts to do the right thing in a difficult situation.
Mindfulness can really help us to be brave. When we are mindful we learn to focus on what we are doing rather than predicting the future and anticipating catastrophe. Rather than thinking ahead we focus on our actions as we are doing them.
To try to put this into practise try this next time something challenges you…
1) Be interested and inquisitive in what ever you are doing. By noticing all of the detail in whatever it is you will keep your mind focussed on the task rather than allowing the mental chatter, promoting worry, to take over.
2) Go through the task step by step and focus completely on each step as you do it. Keeping your mind moving steadily through the different stages will help to keep you on track.
3) Every time your mind wanders notice and bring your attention back to the task at hand. Ask yourself how you feel each time this happens. Chances are you will surprise yourself and realise that you feel fine. This will give you a boost that will help you to continue.
Being brave and acting in way that makes you satisfied leads to real peace of mind and happiness. There is nothing more valuable than a peaceful mind, even if you get a glimpse of it just every now and then you will learn to love it. Come on a Revitalise Day to learn how to get more head space.