In the last section we learned about wise mind and why it is a more beneficial state to operate from than reasonable or emotion mind. Here are some strategies you can practice that will help you access wise mind:
- Notice when you’re not in wise mind. For example, notice when you’re in emotion mind and how that is influencing your mood and behaviour. Then, try to balance your emotion mind with reasonable mind. You might practice some of the skills you learn later in this course to achieve this.
- Practice asking your wise mind a question. For example, you may recall something that has triggered your anger and ask your wise mind how best to respond. You may offer your own suggestions and ask whether that fits with your wise mind (e.g., “is confronting and abusing my boss in line with wise mind?”, “is having a calm discussion with my boss in line with wise mind?”)
- Check in with your wise mind before making a decision or acting on impulse. Take time out to reflect on the pros and cons of your options. Make sure you consider the practical aspects (reasonable mind) and how you feel about each option (emotion mind). Check in with wise mind to find what intuitively feels right.
- Attend to your breath to find wise mind within. Focus on your breath and notice the sensations in your body as the air comes in and goes out. Allow your attention to settle on a place within that represents wise mind for you (the centre of the forehead and above the belly button are common).
- Practice a wise mind meditation. Wise mind meditations will guide you through a series of steps to help you reach wise mind. Most involve focusing on the breath, finding wise mind within, and then asking your inner self for guidance. Some also involve imagery exercises. You will find many wise mind meditation scripts and recordings freely available on the internet.