“I’ve got a peaceful, easy feeling…”
Here’s how we ‘Take 5’ at Green Mountain to enhance it.
We had the most beautiful snowstorm here in Vermont the other day. I think we got nine inches of fresh, fluffy powder. It was a beautiful, quintessential Vermont scene.
That next day in our Mindfulness 101 class, we sat fireside and relished in the beauty of the snow covered Okemo Mountain with our “Take 5” breathing practice, a rendition of a practice from Glen Schneider’s book Ten Breaths to Happiness.
When we take a moment to PAUSE in the stunning scenery around us, or a beautiful piece of music, or perhaps the kindness of the words someone said to us, we’re allowing ourselves to fully enjoy that moment instead of rushing past it.
“There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read ‘em, but all that’s gonna matter is the little dash between ‘em.” ~ Kevin Welch
Our ‘Take 5’ practice is the living that life is about. It’s the dash. Life can often consume us in busy-ness, the harried day-to-day, perhaps that chaos, the stresses, or maybe the daily grind and we find ourselves just trying to get through it. But when we take a moment and remember to PAUSE and “Take 5”, we’re living.
Taking 5 Helps Us To Change Our Neuropathways
Not only that, we’re also actually beginning the process of changing our brains. Yes, that’s right; the hot topic of neuroplasticity comes into play here. When we have a positive emotional experience, a practice like this enhances and deepens the experience.
As part of our class, we make ‘Take 5’ meditation beads to remind us to PAUSE.
According to Schneider, the research in neuroscience has shown that it only takes 30 seconds for a new neural pathway to take root. 30 seconds…that’s it! That’s about the time it takes to take 5 breaths.
And each time we ‘Take 5’ we engrain this new neural pathway and begin to develop a pattern of happiness that will eventually become a habit…a deeply nourishing one at that. There’s good science behind breathing for relaxation.
So the next time you have a peaceful, easy feeling, PAUSE, enjoy it for a brief moment, let the pathway take root and really live.