Updated: Oct 30
CURIOUS ON LIFE: the Blog vol 3
Rebecca Guevara Wingler
artist/ certified life coach/ grey area drinking coach/ reiki practitioner level 2
How I use centering practices to quiet down my judgment brain.
I was curious about why we judge ourselves and others.
It seems to me we can be the harshest on ourselves. We end up frustrated, hurt and confused.
Constant judgement can feel like being at war with ourselves. I once read "the way you measure yourself is how you measure others, and how you assume others measure you."
Being fair to yourself isn't always easy.
Overthinking gets us in a trap, one we wish we could escape.
When we self judge we sabotage our own happiness and the relationship we have with ourself. Self Judgement involves fear, it poisons the present moment, this very moment.
What does it sound like? It's like beating your self up, thinking you should do something different from what you are or be somewhere different from where you are now.
We need to Shut Up and Shut Down what I call my "judgement brain", if even for a little while.
If we allow these feelings and attitudes to linger on and on then we can create chronic stress upsetting the body's hormone balance, damaging the immune system, and depleting the chemicals in the brain required for happiness.
There is good news!
Thankfully there are centering practices to bring us right back to the here and now. Many of these practices can be done sitting, standing and lying down.
I'm listing a few here for you to try out for yourself. Maybe you'll try something new.
This ancient form of self paced, noncompetitive gentle physical exercise is a
mind body technique.
“Chi”or life force, is the energy current that runs through our bodies and provides circulation, nutrients, and minerals.
This art has been used by doctors of integrative medicine and acupuncturists to restore the body to its natural health state, and help us achieve a state of zen.
Benefits of Tai Chi
Deceased stress, anxiety and depression
Increased energy and stamina
Improved flexibility balance and agility
A form of energy healing that allows the universal energy to flow. Its origins are from Japan in the early 20th century.
This centering and healing technique promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety through gentle touch.
Reiki practitioners use their hands to deliver energy to your body, improving the flow and balance of your energy to support healing. Our chakras may be out of balance and after
a Reiki session this can be corrected.
Reiki helps to support our autonomic nervous system (the part of our nervous system that control involuntary actions such as the beating of our heart and the widening or narrowing of our blood vessels). toward states of safety, rest, recovery and ease.
Benefits of Reiki
Improved mood and emotional well being
Reduced stress and increased relaxation
Better sleep, improved insomnia symptoms
For people undergoing surgery, lower blood pressure, anxiety, pain rates
Those with cancer experience improved anxiety and pain management.
Experiencing gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation tends to foster positive feelings, which in turn contribute to one’s overall sense of well being.
Research has shown that the attitude of gratitude helps us deal with adversity, build strong relationships, and can improve sleep and immunity. It also decreases depression and anxiety. #begrateful
Talking a Walk
Walking increases our blood flow to the brain and body, It has positive effect on moods. When you feel off balanced and need to center why not put in earbuds listen to music that inspires you, take pictures or listen to your favorite podcast. It will get you out of your head and into a space of learning and creativity. Research shows that 20 mins of sunshine will provide us the vitamin D our bodies need.
Negative thoughts can be reduced by centering ourselves. Just by practicing this, it restores our inner balance, because we focus on the present.
Centering allows us a moment of focus where we can self reflect and work on bettering ourselves.
Thank you so much for reading.
With love and wonder