Updated: Jun 4, 2020
Hello everybody! Noah Hanson here! In this post I will be sharing something that has transformed millions of lives all around the world and has been practiced for thousands of years! I am a certified mindfulness practitioner and life coach, and that means I already experience and understand the great benefits of a daily mindfulness practice. The technique I will share in this post is one that is very basic, but effective! The reason I share this with you here at A New Way with Noah is that not everybody has been taught the essential values that mindfulness can bring, and I personally believe the world would be a better place if we all had this basic understanding. I am convinced that a simple mindfulness course being placed in our elementary, middle, and high schools across the world has the potential to decrease or even wipe out entirely many negative things including bullying, depression, anxiety, suicidal tenancies, and inauthentic or unhealthy lifestyle choices, which are the cause of many diseases oppressing mankind today. A New Way of understanding and applying mindfulness has already created a transformation in my life, I believe it can for you too in A New Way!
To get started lets think about what being mindful is.... Just by doing this, you're already being mindful! Thankfully mindfulness is not a hard thing to accomplish. We all are mindful at some points every day we are alive! All that mindfulness meditation is at it's core is being focused on where your thoughts are. By focusing on and recognizing our thought patterns, then learning how to consciously direct them, we can accomplish many great things! A daily mindfulness practice is a good idea for anyone, no matter what events are going on in the world or in an individual's life. Let's be clear though, does a person need to know how to "meditate" first? You do NOT need to know meditation before getting to know mindfulness. Mindfulness is already something that we do every day of our lives! Whenever you create something new or do something you have never done before, your subconscious mind only is able to react in a certain way. The subconscious responds as if it were going through the most similar experience to the present new one, that ever occurred in the past. In other words, your consciousness has to call more shots in order to create something new successfully. To do something you have never done before, you have to do it consciously. Humanity has now discovered that the way a brain learns new habits is by a process called neuroplasticity. What neuroplasticity shows is that the synapses firing in your brain have a pattern, and so does way that neurons (brain cells) interact with one another. When the neurons communicate with each other over and over in the same way, then they naturally continue that communication in that way, because your brain has made the connections already. That means that everything happening to your body that requires a neural communication in your brain can be made into habit simply through repetition. The habits that you have are all there because of a simple process of neuroplasticity that occurred anytime from the moment you were born until the moment you are reading this! With this understanding, we know that through repetition and mindfulness you can catch yourself subconsciously programming your neurons to move in one direction, and with your conscious intention, focus, and practice, you can rewire your own brain to respond to things in a new way.
Now we have read about neuroplasticity, and have a new understanding of how to create memory and form new habits with our brains. Let's take this a step further. Mindfulness is one thing that primarily makes sense, relating with our brains and thoughts, but what about emotions? Are thoughts the only things that can cause our neurons to behave a certain way? If this were so, then thinking positive thoughts exclusively would result in a more positive thought pattern and emotional experience. At A New Way, we believe that there are some benefits that could come from a simple and diligent practice of thinking more positively, with consciousness to back it up so as to program our thought patterns to be more positive. Here is the dilemma, there is much more energy that we are working with than just the power of our thoughts. The energy contained in our emotions is so powerful that it has literally started wars, brought people to giving their life for a cause, and created entire rebellions and movements. Our emotional reactions are often associated with our hearts. One mind blowing fact is that the human heart actually has over 40,000 neuron-like cells called sensory neurites. These sensory neurites behave similar to neurons in your brain that we just got done discussing when we talked about neuroplasticity. They actually create patterns that can influence your being the same way that your neurons can, holding and storing memory, and branching out in new pathways to form new habits. It has also been discovered that the heart reacts to situations and information outside of our bodies even faster than the brain does. If you are curious for more information listen to the "destiny, fate, and intuition of our heart/brain" on the OIC Podcast! What does that all mean for mindfulness? We believe that this means we can choose consciously what emotional as well as mental processes and habits are subconsciously downloaded into our brains and hearts. The way that we are programmed is to run at a subconscious level more than we run at a conscious level. That is why mindfulness is effective at gaining emotional intelligence as well as relieving mental and emotional trauma, along with a long list of other benefits. You intentionally choose to order your brain and heart to go in A NEW WAY!
In order to learn mindfulness all you need to do to get started is to realize this; We already know how to be mindful! When you take the advice most of us are given by our parents to "Think before you act", you are already being mindful. You can choose, instead of reacting. We usually react without thinking in times of intense emotional feeling, when we are in danger or adrenaline has kicked in, or when responding emotionally to a thought or experience we are having. Step back and simply take a breath, calmly and slowly, in and out. This is the one breath that could change your life forever, especially if you do it often. While you take that step back and a deep breath, focus more on being aware of what you are thinking and feeling. If there are any negative thoughts or feelings that you don't believe you want to manifest, or think that you would regret later on, then without judgement, do your best to switch the neuron and sensory neurite connections in your brain and heart. Tell your cells to go A New Way. When you do this enough, those cells will already be programmed in your subconsciousness. More and more you will find yourself practicing this very simple but life changing "step back and take a breath" method. Just like anything else that we do, reforming and training ourselves to be altogether new simply takes practice. The practice of being in the present moment is mindfulness. The act of taking one conscious breath could be powerful enough to bring your inner world into a clearer, more mindful environment. This is only the beginning basics of all the information there is to share on mindfulness. We want to see your skills and help with your practice at home! You are invited contact us at A New Way to talk about the amazing benefits and mindfulness practices coming to A New Way soon!
To learn more about the mentality, physiology, and spirituality of mindfulness, check out the mindfulness series on YouTube! Find that series HERE