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Switch Brain to Flight Mode

Simon Jordan

Founder of One Planet One Place

*Images are original photos from Simon Jordan's collection

When I'm outside walking down the beach or up a mountain I sometimes find my brain wandering and coming up with ideas and sometimes this leads me to start thinking about work (which I love) and then, I find before I know it I have walked for quite a while without remembering walking down the path.

Now this isn't always a bad thing and for ideas I get my best ones outside (as I said in my last post) but sometimes it's beneficial to switch my brain off or to flight mode as I like to call it so nothing comes or goes, which means I am totally present.

I was walking down this particular beach this morning witnessing the wonderful waves crashing on the shore and the sun peaking through the clouds casting her wonderful light on the shimmering sand at my feet.

I quickly took out my camera and captured the moment, then started to think about how I could best use this image and before long I was in work mode again.

I quickly stopped myself and put my camera back in my pocket and slowed my pace of walking right down and started to focus on my breathing and feeling the wind on my face, the smell of the sea air.

I slowed my processing right down to just really basic sensory mode.

It was only a few moments but enough to make a difference to my brain and the speed it can work at which is too fast at times.

I had ceased (what they call in the East) the Monkey mind.

I had put my brain to flight mode and shut all the noise out and it was wonderful.

It was peaceful and it was a moment of recharging.

So this week try and put your brain in flight mode and switch to basic sensory mode. Listen, feel, smell and slow the pace of your walking down.

I find if I count 1 thousand, 2 thousand and move my feet at this pace everything really slows down.

Try it and let me know how you get on.

Remember it's your life, your brain and you need to recharge once in a while.

You can't keep giving without putting something back in the bank.


Love and gratitude


Simon Jordan

Founder of One Planet One Place

Simon Jordan is the founder of One Planet One Place, inspiring people to escape the busy world, become more present and fall back in love with life again through his photography, podcasts, poetry and films.

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