What Does it Mean to be B.R.A.V.E. ?
This acronym carries power. The power of intention. Intention is the foundation of any transformation practice. We are transforming old habits and behaviors, in to new possibilities! This corresponds directly to the to the science of the brain. We must create a repeatable (brain) map to follow. That map is created not just by using the mind and intellect, but by the whole body! The whole body/mind must be enrolled in change. Otherwise the attention fades, and the normal patterns of behavior return. We want to give ourselves the best chances for success.
We plant seeds of potential while deeply relaxed that will eventually flower in to new habits and behaviors. Those seeds and intentions, as we us the tools of our B.R.A.V.E. methodology, are our own personalized health and healing. Eventually becoming our opportunity for enhanced performance and ultimate potential. Our unique and perfect goals and directions that inspire and support us.
Learn to breathe the full breath, and access the parasympathetic nervous system (rest & digest). Restoring balance and harmony to the body and mind. Learn how to feel the whole breath, as an experience, which will become a brain map, a neuropathway which can call on in challenging or uncertain times. This breath paves the way for the progression through B.R.A.V.E.
Release muscular, mental and emotional tension. Learn how to recognize when the body and mind are building and holding tension. Learn to let the body soften, the muscles, the holding, the posturing and protection. Find the simple practices which teach the body what relaxing feels like. We say, "Begin to replace the thinking mind with the breathing, feeling body". As you reinforce this breath and relaxation with repetition, you have set the stage for the real potential of this practice.
Learn how to self manage challenging emotions and feelings. You can learn to simply watch; events, people, places and things occur in your day, without a conditioned response of fear or reaction. You will have your tools of breath and relaxation already built, and by and by, you will notice how your reaction changes...a little, then a lot.
Here we use the power of the human mind to create images, ideas, sometimes using meomory to use brain mapping petential. This step in the process of B.R.A.V.E. you can begin to introduce your personal intetions for potential and possibility. We use our visualization, a form of intention, to see ourselves in a new way; healthy, strong, at ease, etc. We can then repeat that image or archetype, to solidify the new direction/intention. Over time this sub and unconscious brain map will begin to show benefits in the areas where it is intended/needed.
Having arrived at the endpoint of the B.R.A.V.E. methodology we often have a moment of reflection, of perspective, gratitude even. We can feel the potential of this practice, it empowers us to repeat it regularly, or perhaps apply it in another area of our life. We are ready to live a life well-lived. Ready to embrace all of the events that show up in our lives, and recognize that each one of them is an opportunity. Each event, each precious moment, a moment to live, thrive, learn, change and grow. We have our B.R.A.V.E. tools to allow us to meet, greet and remain at ease and relaxed. In the exhilarating highs, and the unfortunate lows, and all in between.
How to Be BRAVE
While the methodology of Take a Breath for Schools and Communities is complete in itself in how it utilizes the current brain science to optimize these practices, there is more. You will also find we offer the tools and resources of assessment/self-evaluation and communication.
The assessment process is key support tool in preparing for the recordings. It gives a pause, which occurs when we must self-assess and reflect. In that pause, we have created a 'break' in our day, a break from our habits/conditioned responses, moods, etc. We can then enter the B.R.A.V.E. practices.
The communication skills are also encouraged as a key support tool. The suggested practices of speaking/listening help reinforce the personal accountability for the changes which are occurring. By default, there is an acceptance and belonging which each individual feels when they can speak or even listen authentically.
These tools of communication and assessment give rise to an empowered community member. An individual participating in the climate and culture of the collective contributes a valuable addition to whatever group, family, school they represent.