Five mind­ful min­utes to greater in­tel­li­gence

Your ac­tions be­come much more fo­cused and ef­fec­tive as your pri­mary self can think much more widely and deeply than the in­tel­lect could ever do.

Living Now - - Meditation & Mindfulness Feature - By Ge­orge Gin­ti­las

How many times have you, in the past week, stopped and closed your eyes to re-cen­tre your­self - even for five min­utes?

Even five min­utes is ben­e­fi­cial. Oc­ca­sion­ally when I am busy, and I haven’t al­lowed enough time to cen­tre my­self dur­ing the day, I will close my eyes just for five min­utes. (Ev­ery­one can spare five min­utes right?) Even though it is not nearly enough, some in­ter­est­ing things be­gin to hap­pen.

I’ve no­ticed this with oth­ers as well in the past. When you ac­tu­ally stop and not think, let ev­ery­thing set­tle for a few min­utes, your deeper real in­tel­li­gence emerges. So you be­gin to make bet­ter de­ci­sions. Why? Be­cause you have just put the in­tel­lect in its place, sec­ond - and you the spirit – first. Once you are us­ing your in­tel­li­gence from your pri­mary spir­i­tual self, it is of a much higher cal­i­bre than the in­tel­lect alone. The in­tel­lect should al­ways be in ser­vice of the real spir­i­tual you.

So what is likely to hap­pen, as I sit still for five min­utes, is that I will re­alise some­thing that is very im­por­tant to do, some­thing I may have for­got­ten. That ac­tion then rises very quickly to the top of my to-do list in my head, and it gets done.

So your ac­tions be­come much more fo­cused and ef­fec­tive as your pri­mary self can think much more widely and deeply than the in­tel­lect could ever do. I have learned to lis­ten to this wis­dom, which we of­ten call in­tu­ition, and it is of­ten many steps ahead of the in­tel­lect.

I usu­ally fol­low this in­tu­ition and of­ten, at the time, my in­tel­lect can­not make sense of it, but even­tu­ally the rea­son­ing shows up and is al­most al­ways right. It’s al­ways some­thing that my in­tel­lect could never have per­ceive in ad­vance. ■

Ge­orge Gin­ti­las is a so­matic body (mind­ful­ness-based) psy­chother­a­pist in pri­vate prac­tice for 25 years. Based in El­wood, VIC, he cov­ers a wide range of is­sues and spe­cialises in trauma and PTSD.

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