Touch and go
Rebecca Jane | February 17th, 2018 |
Instinctually we are in a constant state of survival. Touch and go can help.
Trying to stay alive, not a battlefield kind of staying alive, but the jockeying for positions in our jobs, homes and social lives.
Making money, finding that perfect mate, going out on Friday night.
All in the name of survival.
A Friday night alone for some can feel desperate and lonely.
Not having enough money can make you feel you are on the brink of losing it all.
Living alone without finding that ideal partner may leave you wondering about your worth and lovability.
All in the name of our wiring, deep within our Reptilian brain, signalling threats and warnings for survival’s sake.
Stop for a moment and take a deep breath, notice how for that second, you are no longer uptight or nervous, all you are experiencing is that breath.
You feel alive.
Or perhaps sitting down for the first time after a long day, placing that warm drink to your mouth, you feel alive.
Then your mind rabbits on again about what you need to do or what you should have done.
Touch & Go is a technique of keeping you in the moment, simply by touching the thought or feeling as you would your Oyster or bank card, and letting it go takes you out of that survival, hamster wheel way of living.
Using Touch & Go removes the upset and the obsession with your feelings and thoughts
Instead of a lonely, agonizing Friday night, of rehashing in your mind how miserable and unloved you are, you will simply Touch the feelings and thoughts, give it a second of your attention and let it Go.
That ‘woe is me’ moment when your mind takes you on a slippery slope into how happy their lives are just perfect, now Touch the thoughts and jealousy and let it Go.
How alive do you feel now, no longer just surviving?
You are indeed alive.
Recipe: Touch & Go Exercise
Any emotion or thought that occurs, whether it is one you wish to keep or not, Touch and Let it go.
This is going with the flow.
When you are happy, Touch it and let it go.
Good feelings are the most challenging since we want to keep these feelings alive as long as we can, though by grasping the initial good feeling it will change no matter how what and will often transform into anxiety or sadness.
The Touch is your awareness of your feeling or thought and the Going is remaining open for the next experience.
Try this exercise and see how quickly your mood can lift when down and content you will be just going with the flow.
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