Novelty

April

Listen to the Introduction

Hello valued community,

Novelty is defined as fresh, new, unusual, and innovative. It is the quality of wonder or awe we garden through practices like beginners mind, the backwards step, and reclaiming our innocence. 
Buddhists, taoists and yogis practice Novelty as a means to strengthen the prefrontal cortex of the brain. 

 

The prefrontal cortex is located in the front or anterior brain. In adults it takes up about a third of our neurological real estate and is divided into three sections which have unique roles and responsibilities. They are...

 

- The medial prefrontal cortex, which governs our ability to pay attention and discipline distractions. 

 

- The orbital prefrontal cortex, which assists us with impulse control.

 

- And the lateral prefrontal cortex, which supports us with creative and critical problem solving and the execution of our ideas. 

Throughout our maturation, the brain develops from the back to the front, so the prefrontal cortex is the last to fully flower. This is why children sometimes struggle with decision making, focus, and organization. 

 

In teenagers, the prefrontal cortex has not yet fused with the limbic system, which controls our fight or flight response. Hence why a teenager sometimes lashes out in response to expectations around impulse control, organization, and the execution of tasks. If exposed to complex problems at a young age, a teenager may in fact mature a little more quickly, but the prefrontal cortex is still not fully muscled until 25 years of age. 

When we put our tush on the cushion, focus our attention on the sparkle of sensation arising in a yoga posture, or choose to practice present moment awareness, we strengthen the brain powers formerly mentioned. This is why beginners mind, I don't know mind, and reclaiming our innocence are considered the most advanced states of mind.

The minute we decide we know something to be true, we have created a Vasana. Vasana is a Sanskrit word for behavioral tendencies or habits. Vasanas create Samskaras, which are scars of suffering. For example, if we struggle to deal with daily stress, and we turn to alcohol every night at 5pm to calm down, we create a deep imprint in our psyche. Basically, the more often we have the drink, the harder it is to stop and the more reptilian the habit becomes. The most effective and long term remedy to this cycle, is to take the backwards step, to begin again, and to build Tapas, continuous effort and perseverance in order to create positive change. Developing the prefrontal cortex through meditative practice will help us rewire our attention and actions. 

I hope you enjoy this month's movement, meditation, and creative practices. Please reach out to me with questions or insights. I am here as a resource. Throughout the month of April you will have access to...

- The Novelty Meditation Kit

- Writing Meditation for Trauma & Stress

- Access to our growing Movement Meditation Library

- Guided Pranayama Practices

- Ayurvedic Wellness Advice for April

Warmly and with Gratitude,  

Morgan Kulas 
 

Cultivating Novelty (Freebies)

Reclaiming Innocence
Viloma Pranayama

Writing Score for Trauma

Introduction:

 

⋑ There are not just three ways we navigate trauma and/or stress. 

 

⋑We are familiar with fight, fly and freeze. But there is one that we are less acquainted with. Which is to fawn.

⋑ We fight, fly, freeze, or fawn as a way to avoid getting hurt.

 

⋑ We also fight, fly, freeze or fawn as a way to avoid vulnerability, accountability, or hurting someone's feelings (i.e. setting boundaries). 

 

Sentence Stems:

⋑ When I fight it is because...

* Where and when do you fight for the purpose of avoiding vulnerability, accountability, or setting boundaries? 

⋑ When I fly it is because....

*Where and when do you run away for the purpose of avoiding vulnerability, accountability, or setting boundaries? 

⋑ When I freeze it is because...

*Where and when to you tend to draw a blank, feel unable to speak clearly, or go numb? 

⋑ When I fawn it is because...

*Fawning (in this context) refers to the tendency to people please or excessively over praise in order to receive a positive response from others or avoid having to be vulnerable, honest, or boundaried. 

Affirmations:

⋑ It is okay to crave security, safety, and comfort in my relationships.

⋑There is nothing wrong with me for not getting it right the first time. 

⋑There is nothing wrong with me for not getting over it quickly. 

⋑ It is okay that I sweat the small stuff sometimes. 

⋑ I give myself permission to say no.

⋑ I give myself permission to articulate my boundaries. 

⋑ I trust that people will respect my boundaries.