The best moments of our lives may all follow a common pattern. Mental coach and author Jon Wortmann uses yoga to illustrate the three things that are at the core of our most-loved experiences: being centred, being focused and self-checking how we're feeling.
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In a nutshell:
- Centring yourself means being fully present. "Slow down and be where you are," Wortmann writes, the way athletes do before a game or musicians do when warming up their instruments.
- Focus means being oriented to what's most important to you, paying full attention to what's most important in the moment. "Doing yoga, this is focusing your mind entirely on your breathe or the feeling of your body as you move through a pose. Giving a talk, this happens when instead of worrying about whether the audience will like you, you focus on telling a great story or inviting the listener to look at things differently."
- And self-check means reflecting on the experience, registering it as valuable so you can repeat it. It's why yoga teachers emphasise that the final resting pose in yoga, savasana, is the most important part of a yoga practice.
Yoga works because it leads us through those three things, but you can tap into this pattern to find happier moments off the mat as well.
Hit up the article below for more insight into finding your sweet spot.
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