We all know that taking a few moments to pause and take a break from our daily lives is important for our mental health, but what if we told you that when you will take an intention to pause 2 or 3 minutes a day. You’ll be be made better by it and perhaps our world will even start to feel positive effect by doing that. In this video Rod Stryker will discuss the importance of taking a few minutes each day to self-regulate. Rod will explain how this can help interrupt levels of stress and overstimulation, allowing one to feel more relaxed and refreshed.
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Rod Stryker : So, What some of the science is telling us is whereas that 20 minutes or 30 minutes or 60 minutes once a day is beneficial as beneficial is and maybe just as important is to self regulate for a few minute several times a day which is to interrupt the levels of stress and overstimulation to simply take pause.
Now again that’s even as I said and you know I devote at least 60 minutes in the morning to meditate
it’s not so easy for me to pause, I get in I get in the flow of my day, it’s not so easy and and this is happening and new stuffs coming at us and I have a smartphone.
So, the point is it’s incredibly meaningful and important that each of us pause so we can bring the better part of ourselves to the moment.
Now to answer your question.
I would offer that simply when you feel when you will make an intention that 2 or 3 x a day you’ll pause even if it’s for 30 second we should all do that you will be made better by it and perhaps our world will even start to feel the positive effect in that. I think something as simple as noticing where you’re breathing because another aspect of this that we haven’t talked about Steve is where your breath is dominant?
So, when we’re breathing shallowly we’ve already realized that’s less than ideal because that’s a sign that I’m in a kind of fight or flight mode but if the breath is in my upper chest it’s already a sign that I’m in a hyper vigilant hyper alert state
So, when the breath drops toward the abdomen the lower half of the lungs it already is indicative that we’re moving toward a parasympathetic rhythm.
So, someone literally could just put one hand more or less high in their breastbone one hand on their abdomen.
So if you got pissed at the dog and it wasn’t the dog’s fault or the child or you didn’t get enough likes on your social media thing whatever it
Steve Stein: even if it was the dog’s fault and still dog’s fault?
Rod Stryker: But your reaction is your choice and made better by you know getting pissed off at the dog the point is literally put one hand on the breast bone one hand on the abdomen down here and the idea here is to just measure sorry to just measure where is your breathing dominant is it slow is it fast is it erratic means uneven and you you know Steve as I my experience just now when you did it I could see a shift and that shift that’s called self regulation that’s when we went into a moment of I’m not just experiencing the moment but I’m becoming aware of how I’m experiencing the moment