Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space in our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Viktor E. Frankl
Fun Fact: The average brain is believed to generate around 30,000 thoughts per day. Disturbingly, it’s estimated that in most people 70% of these thoughts are negative. Through the practice of short moments of mindfulness, we begin to see an increasing pattern of positive thinking, and an increased activity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain. Therefore we truly have the power to change our brains!!
S.O.S.: Stop. Observe. Sensations. Physical sensations inside and outside the body can be a wonderful way to tap into the present moment, and get us out of the thinking mind, even for a few moments. A few times throughout the day just simply stop, and notice any physical sensations the body is experiencing. For example stop right now, close your eyes and just simply notice and feel your heart beating, your belly moving up and down, the temperature in the room, and any places in the body you may be holding tension. Take a nice deep inhale and exhale and simply bring your awareness back to whatever it was you were up to.
As we create moments of space in the mind, through short moments of mindfulness, we are tapping into the space between stimulus and response.
Don’t miss an opportunity to be mindful because it doesn’t seem to “work.” Hear Daron Larson’s thoughts in “Don’t try to be mindful” here:
Mindfulness and How the Brain Works
Learn a little more about what’s happening in your brain and the different pieces at play with stress and mindfulness:
Jessica Diktas is the Director of First Impressions at Fusion Academy Englewood, and author of “The Science & Practice of Mindfulness Curriculum” for Fusion Academy, Jessica is a graduate from Emerson College is Boston M.A. with a BS in Mass Communications.
Jessica was raised in peaceful Woodstock NY, and has always felt a deep connection with the body and soul. Since early childhood she immersed herself in the world of dance and creative movement. After graduating from Emerson College she quickly became a part of the Entertainment industry. Performing, instructing, managing and directing for MTV, New York City Dance Alliance, Nike, JCC, G.S.S Casting Agency and Club Med.
Over the past 15 years her love and compassion has turned to the practice of mindfulness, yoga and jewelry design as well. Infusing her love for people, creativity and mindfulness Jessica thoroughly enjoys working for Fusion, as it lends her the opportunity to fully be herself, and share her love and knowledge of Mindfulness with students and staff.