Life is inherently and increasingly prickly and challenging - our nervous systems are under siege, our constant usage of devices is habit forming and clinically addictive, 24/7 news cycles and demands to make ends meet are depleting us. This results in anxiety, trouble concentrating, depression, a cloudy mind, and we often respond with dysfunctional behaviors. But what mind-altering substances or any practice we use to mentally escape also do is seditiously lure us away from the incomparable benefits of the raw highs of life, the sublimity of the in-betweens, and even the clarity of the lows. Our preponderance to “dulling down”, as I refer to it, has been studied for years, whether we’re talking food, booze, sex - whatever your pleasure cocoon. We humans are messy, complex beings, and sometimes we flee from truly feeling all our messy complex humanness, really meeting life on life’s terms. But there are also invisible factors, and many of us stray far from our true essence without knowing it.
When we prioritize a clear mind and create new habits, we physiologically change. Every time we have a new thought we're creating a new connection in our brains. And as Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, psychiatrist and clinician, tells us in The Body Keeps the Score, stress harms us through physiological changes to body and brain. We’re not fooling our body or mind with dulling down and escapist tactics, just ignoring the persistent problem – the causes of our stress.
This two-week online and downloadable program was created out of my own experience of grief, trauma and loss and STRUGGLING to self-start, to "see" clearly, to put one mental foot in front of another for quite some time. Day by day, I take you through suggestions for dancing with lucidity based on research, studies and personal experiences, and I root you on with journaling exercises and meditations. Lucidity is Brilliant™ can be launched and undertaken from anywhere in the world.