WELCOME to my MIDL Mindfulness Softening Skill Training Classroom.
Through practicing simple, gentle breathing exercises you can learn the skill of turning off the Anxious Response through Mindful non-participation – ‘Softening Into’. Turning off the Anxious Response in this way means that you can be with any Unpleasant Emotional Responses in your life without reacting therefore Deconditioning the Habitual Patterns of reaction.
Stress, anxiety and defensive reactions
The experience of anxiety arises when our stress response switches on for a period of time and due to continuous triggers does not switch off again. This creates a cycle of physical and mental hypervigilance giving rise to all our defensive thought patterns and emotions. In this defensive state we experience an inability to "let down our guard" thereby affecting our relationship with ourselves and others, also affecting our sleeping patterns and general health.
Many of the symptoms of anxiety arise due to the stress response disengaging the diaphragm from the process of respiration. Re-engagement of the diaphragm in autonomous breathing switches off chest hyperventilation and allows depleted C02 levels to rebalance. This results in a decrease in anxiety symptoms such as hyperventilation, tightness of chest, mental dullness, agitation and restlessness which make us defensive and affects our social interactions with others.
This is a very simple and beautiful practice of sitting still and allowing relaxation to go deeply into our muscles. We then mentally feel this deep physical relaxation allowing it to enter our mind. This process challenges and gradually removes the physical and mental armours produced by our mind and through repetition the mind gradually allows the relaxation to access deeper levels of defencelessness. The process continues until all defensive armour is removed and safety is experienced within the stillness of the mind itself. This then also reflects as a lowering of all defensive behaviours and anxieties within our daily life.
I can teach you simple, easy to learn Mindfulness techniques to help you to manage and experience freedom from anxiety / stress within your life