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.
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.