Be a meaning maker!

On the Tuesday just gone, we held an event on how to breakthrough stress and anxiety…

As we progressed through the night and broke down the twin pathways to anxiety, how to retrain our brains and beat anxiety, and simple ways to be empowered on a day to day basis…

One thing that came up, was the issue we have with attributing meaning to events.

Our Minds Need To Give Meaning

Our brains are information gathering and processing machines that have a dire need to give meaning to situations and events in our lives.

  • Now sometimes we do this in powerful ways that liberate us…
  • Other times we do this in disempowering ways…

Now of course we would never intentionally go out and make ourselves feel bad, well not most people anyway…

But sometimes we unconsciously give events meaning that make us feel like sh*t!

Therefore it is absolutely critical that we take the time to become aware of our perceptions and interpretations of the events in our lives, how they make us feel the way we do & at what stage we decided that we would allow ourselves to become upset due to external happenings.

The more we reflect these things inside and question why we actually are feeling the way we feel (relevance here is for negative feelings), the more empowered we become as we shed the chains of limiting POV and beliefs about the world around us.

To finish this short post off, here is a rudimentary example:

Imagine there is a lady who is experiencing a lot of stress and anxiety at work…

Imagine that she takes the time to start to uncover what beliefs, conclusions and judgements she is making, about things that trigger the negative feelings, and starts to question their worthiness and truth…

She may uncover that a trigger is her boss speaking to her in a certain tone, and she may realise that she had this internal equation: Tone of voice + Work Scenario = I am not good enough…

As a result of a belief / conclusion like that, it is easy to see how you could become upset…

Though if she took the time to question the merit of that belief, she may discover that tone of voice, in that work situation, does NOT have to mean anything about her as a person.

Through repeatedly meditating on a new meaning for the tone of voice of her boss, in that given situation, she can program a new response to the event.

Become a meaning maker, because it will set you free!