Create Your Safe Space

The brain uses so much energy on a daily basis so it is always looking for ways to be more energy efficient

The brain uses so much energy on a daily basis so it is always looking for ways to be more energy efficient.

Ssoo … let’s start by thinking about the brain as a lazy piece of meat that doesn’t want to waste energy and for this reason it will always try to take the easiest route the path of least resistance.

Our brains have evolved to the amazing level where they can react instinctively so is brilliant at making quick, snap decisions. 

 

Brains are brilliant at spotting patterns very quickly.

Have you seen the Dalmatian dog which is just patterns, yet your brain works out that it is a dog and that it is also a Dalmatian dog?

 At this point you begin to run off memories when you see something that your brain is familiar with and so it fills in the blanks.

This is the way the brain works when you think about a beach or the countryside it will fill in the blanks and you will instantly see the images in your mind without too much energy being used. 

 

This is a more energy efficient way of working than having to take time and resources to process a challenge each time it appears but that doesn’t mean it is the best decision you could make.

Having to think about something new or doing something in a different way is uncomfortable and because the process requires concentration and resources that the brain would rather not use up you easily give up.

 

And so, the easiest thing to do when faced with any new idea is for the brain to become defensive and say “I’d rather not bother processing those, it will take far too much energy” coupled with that is your inner critic which wants to keep you safe so will bully you into giving up.

Focussing on this safe place, is like a mindfulness exercise – it takes your mind away from the unhelpful and negative thoughts being experienced.

If your mind starts to wander, just gently bring it back, to the safe place and start to think again about what you can see, what you can feel, what is around you etc.

If you notice any negative links or images entering your positive imagery, then discard that image and think of something else.

All visualisations can be strengthened by ensuring you engage all your senses in building the picture in your mind’s eye – it’s more than just “seeing”

All visualisations can be strengthened by ensuring you engage all your senses in building the picture in your mind’s eye – it’s more than just “seeing”

Start by getting comfortable in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.  

Take a couple of minutes to focus on your breathing, close your eyes, become aware of any tension in your body, and let that tension go with each out-breath.

Are you on a beach or on a deserted island or are you just floating on the water or floating on fluffy clouds watching everything down below?

Are in the countryside listening to the wildlife or is your safe place in space?

Do you have a favourite film that conjures up images of you being on the filmset playing your favourite role?

 

Are You Alone Or With Other People It Quiet or Noisy?  Why Is It Noisy? 

Notice the sounds that are far away and those sounds that are closer to you. 

 Who Is talking and who Is listening? 

What time of day is it?  Sunrise, Sunset, Dusk

What Is the Weather Like?   Calm, Stormy, Raining, Sunshine

Now You Have Your Safe Space.

What Sensation Does This Place Give You? 

What Are You Thinking?

Notice Your posture.

How Does It Feel To Be Safe?

Why Is This a safe Place For You?

Safety For Me Means ..........

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