I was lucky enough to see Ruby Wax at the Melbourne Comedy Festival recently. Fascinating stuff! The show was in relation to her latest book- ‘A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled.’ I thought the whole ‘mindfulness’ term was just a wanky buzz word. But oh, how wrong I was…
Mindfulness will save humans from themselves…if we embrace it! Ruby talked about how much everything around us (technology) has evolved and how our brains are overloaded with too much info. In fact we technically have 3 brains competing- hence all the voices in our heads (no it’s not just me.)
They all want different things. And they all believe they’re protecting us. But the world has changed since cave times and we don’t have the same things to worry about. However our brains haven’t caught up with that. So right now they’re damaging us- because we are under their control. Using mindfulness to watch our brains try and take over we can become aware of it happening.
The is the trick- ‘AWARENESS IS THE KEY TO EVERYTHING.’ This was a light bulb moment for me when Ruby proclaimed these words. Once you’re aware of what’s happening in your brain, it no longer controls you. You can just sit back and watch the thoughts- they are not true, they are just thoughts! Through being mindful we can learn not to take on the falsehoods of our ‘brains’ trying to protect us.
Another huge way we can become mindful is to connect to our senses. For example you can’t be completely in the moment hearing everything around you and obsessively sculling wine, whilst trying to decode a some guys text message (for example). It gives you a break from your brain. Let’s you breathe and reset. Ultimately giving you a chance to think clearly.
I’m most definitely not doing Ruby justice in my explanations here but if you want to learn how to help yourself before your brain implodes- get her book!!! Apart from being extremely informative, she’s hilarious. So now I’m all for mindfulness. And if that makes me wanky- I don’t care!