I practiced focusing on my breath, training my mind to let go of fear and thoughts. As Rick Hanson documents, “What fires together, wires together.”. Our minds are plastic-like and can change drastically with training.
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The steady mind focused on this moment, empty of thought, can accomplish more than we can imagine. All of our abilities are relaxed and rested, waiting to be called upon. The mind works best when relaxed, tranquil but alert.
As John Wooden said, “Be quick but do not hurry“! How does this happen? Easily with awareness and focus on the breath. Practice so we can apply our focus when scary thoughts and fear arrive.
“The number of possible combinations of 100 billion neurons firing or not is approximately 10 to the millionth power, or 1 followed by a million zeros, in principle; this is the number of possible states of your brain.”
PTSD narrows the possibilities sometimes to a single trigger thought. We are rigid, consumed by one or two prevalent unworthy self-image thoughts which we ruminate over and over.
The mind offers up one with a million zeroes behind it. Why settle for a few terrifying ones instead.
We do have a choice with each thought that appears before us. Why settle for a couple of opportunities when millions are available. It takes mental action to heal, choose wisely.