Beauty + Wellness
Lucidity Is Brilliant Online Workshop | Registration Now Open!
“Although we have the potential to experience the freedom of a butterfly, we mysteriously prefer the small and fearful cocoon of ego.”
– Pema Chodron
…”Or, shutting down.”
– Micha Thomas
This two-week online and downloadable program was created out of my own experiences 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 activities. Lucidity is Brilliant™ can be launched and undertaken from anywhere in the world. There are two options: purely digital access, with all of the prompts and info in a password-protected link, or access to the online program AND a journal and 6th Chakra spray by Life Aromatherapy mailed to you as well. You can now register for this program HERE!
Objectives for this program:
· Prioritizing and exploring the lucid mind, brain health and clear-headedness
· Destigmatizing and discussing the existence of brain fog and addiction scales
· Highlighting our need for stronger stress responses
· Emphasizing where we focus is where we’re the most developed and neuroplasticity
· Defining “dulling down” personally so that we may know how to make changes
· Acknowledging our focus, clarity and presence is endangered
1. clarity of expression; intelligibility.
2. literary, brightness; luminosity.
I was floored when I read these words by The New Yorker staff writer and memoirist Ariel Levy: “For the first time I can remember, I cannot locate my competent self”. Me too, Ariel! Furthermore, realizing lucidity could be an active, albeit challenging, choice was difficult to see. I used to have it naturally – focus, that is. The last few years, I’ve grasped at cohesive thoughts and tried to force concentration instead of experiencing it naturally. I’d lived in my head and imagination quite a bit as a child and young adult, but that was chosen. I was cultivating my imagination. As a teenager, I could sit in my room for hours or nearly an entire weekend, and tackle project after project with intense, nothing-else-exists concentration. As I struggled these last few years, I coaxed myself with the plausibility that it might be my time to be a feeling person instead of a thinking person. Or maybe it was time for me to just kick back, deputizing mediocrity as the goal. I’d earned that, right? Regardless, weeks and months confusingly flowed together for some time now, also threaded by my subtle longing for the focus and cognition I once had. I know I’m not alone. So, I started writing my thoughts down and recording the research I conducted…for myself and for you. This time in history is really asking for our clarity in action, thoughts and intentions, and most of us are busy climbing walls of trauma, prolonged stress and scales of moderate addictions or vices to get to this place of strength.
Finding focus can still be elusive, despite this undertaking. Somewhere in proofing this first page, I totally lost my train of thought. I think I heard an alarm inside my head warning, “it’s been 20 MINUTES SINCE I LAST CHECKED MY PHONE”. Sound familiar? My point being, in our modern age (trauma, grief, unmitigated suffering aside), it is insanely challenging to be clear-minded and focused on only a few things at once – with external circumstances, internal health, technology societal factors and…just ourselves as a distraction.
I’ve lived my whole life exposed to the thievery of cognitive acuity of those afflicted with mental illness, substance abuse issues, and even trauma and hormonal issues. As my work in all realms grows, I’m unmoored by how many of us (myself included) with the ability to monitor our substance intake and escapism select dulling down instead of mental thriving. It’s simply not that simple. And as Russell Brand (yep, that guy) says in his book Addicted, “We’re all on the addiction scale”. I wholeheartedly believe him. I’ve sat in on 12-step programs for years, and it’s one of the most poignant ways I’m reminded we all finds ways to act out, and to cope with the complexities of humanity. For me, it certainly has been a drink at times – once a treat, a brain respite. Sometimes it’s hermitting when my soul really wants companionship. Others, it’s putting off a project I’m actually looking forward to. It’s all a way to keep myself down, to subconsciously thwart the full expanse of my capabilities, to escape stress and emotions I don’t want to face, to hide, to numb. For me, distractions are obstructions from achieving my full potential and therefore not knowing what I could really gain…or really lose. But brain fog and lack of a clear mind are also caused by external factors, physiological imbalance and better management needed for stress.
With the proliferation of what some call the “yoga mind” – an umbrella term for a focus on mindfulness, gratefulness, and high vibe-ing, I guess you’d say – the lucid brain isn’t discussed all that often and I think that’s a major MISS. A heightened focus on internal health, wellness, and feeling good inside and out are central tenets of the “yoga mind.” With a clear mind comes the ability to truly “be” in moments, not looking towards the next one. With a clear mind comes decisions and actions that align handsomely with who we truly are, not who we are when our senses are dulled down, our minds are taxed, and our bodies are tired. So, the real payoff of the “yoga mind” is the “lucid mind”, the clear-headed approach to life. Meditative practices are as old as time, so in some ways they are the most highly researched and explored ways to cope with being human. This is not about high vibe-ing all the days. Hell no, that’s another seditious marketing ploy. It’s about experiencing the lows without chemical curtain interventions when possible, enjoying the highs with full clarity, and it’s truthfully about a lot of living in the in-between places.
We all find a way to turn off, let’s collectively turn on. Love, Micha