This morning I went for a run with my Mum and her lovely poodle, Bo.
Mum has had Bo for about 6 months and when she first got her she was wild. If she was allowed off the lead she would disappear for AGES and we used to worry about her so much.
So we took her to a dog trainer and got some advice. Mum has been great at following it and this morning I really noticed a massive improvement. Bo went for a good run and enjoyed her freedom off the lead, but would happily come back often to check in with us.
The training has been all about rewarding Bo when she does come to us. The rule is always be kind and always make a fuss of her when she comes back, show her how pleased you are. Also it is important to only do training exercises for a short period so that she doesn’t get bored, but to do them often.
This system has worked so well for Bo – she now loves the training, and of course the treats that she gets for being so good!
Training our own brains is so similar.
Little and often is best, this way we enjoy it and we want to do it more often.
Being kind to ourselves and being pleased when we notice that our minds have run off is also another good parallel. Each time we notice that we have been lost in thought and we return our attention to the meditation we are training our brain to focus. We are growing our concentration muscle.
Meditation exercises are the perfect way to get working with your thoughts and your mental behaviour.
To get your brain in tip top condition book onto a Revitalise Session. You will love the difference that you can make in a sort period of training.