It never ceases to amaze me when that certain person finds a happy experience, then brushes it off just as quickly as it appeared. Sometimes, I find that person to be me. That then becomes my cue to get back on the happy trail.
Why do we chase away the happy, joyful, and peaceful moments in our lives with grim, fear-based thoughts? Psychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness, Dr. Rick Hanson, calls it the negativity bias, our default to dwell in the negative and to avoid enjoying positive experiences due to a primitive brain feature still hanging on. I call it annoying.
No one wants to be the Debbie Downer or Negative Nancy in the room. No one (that I know of) wants to hang out with them either. And that's why I teach and practice these techniques daily. Much like your exercise program keeps you in shape, a daily sensory practice keeps your brain in shape and stops you from thinking you need to defend yourself from, well, anything.
Awareness of your body, of your senses is the ultimate mindfulness practice.
We need daily sensory reminders that we are well, happy in some cases. Thinking it and talking about it just isn't good enough to make that sensory candy stick. Embodiment of feel-good feelings is healthier in every which way you view it - on the physical, mental, spiritual, and social self. There's no longer a need to sweat the small stuff, to continue feeding that stress pattern, or to stress ourselves out for things and people we cannot control.
If you believe you can change your brain, it's never been easier to do so. If you're already practicing sensory awareness or mindfulness, drop me a line and let me know how you're doing.
To be the change you wish to see, you've got to feel it in your bones.