We can also learn to stop when our brain is (telling) us and our body to stop.

Updated: Sep 5

By changing the way we talk about mental health,

we get to talk about mental health.

(During a photo session in London, I was creating a

portrait for a female CEO.

Part way through the session while she was telling me about her work, I asked:

"Are you happy, do you enjoy this work?

Lady: "What? what a question, yes. (as if I had asked the most crazy question)

Me: I asked again "but are you happy? is this the work you want to be doing"?

She stepped back two steps and put her head down a little, she replied with:

"Sorry.. I have never actually been asked that question before, it has taken me back a bit..."

We carried on talking and the photo session was completed.

I shall pick up this conversation in a future post as for now we are to focus and that one question:

"Are you happy? is this the work you want to be doing"? That one moment created a pause in the world, it allowed someone to stop if even for a moment, to allow a question in. It maybe did not have a direct answer but the question was not expecting an answer.

Four moments below where animals, plants, humans have to create moments of STOP

Let's start off with the first part of what will be a larger course

within this site.​

Understanding when to just stop for our own safety or questioning

Marine Iguanas:

Cold-blooded animals don't produce their own heat, and thus they must sunbathe, basking in the sun's rays to raise their body temperatures and help build vitamin D so they have enough energy to go about their business.

(They have to listen to their own triggers and they have to just stop for a while)

Great Cormorant:

Unlike ducks and other birds the Cormorant cannot make it's feathers waterproof. So when it is finished fishing the best way it can become dry again is to sit out of the water, face the sun and open its wings.

The warmth of the sun dries out the bird and so the Cormorant can be seen

literally ‘sun worshiping’.

Lotus Flower:

Many types of plants open in the sunlight and close in the dark at night. This nyctinastic trait is a rapid movement of plant parts rather than a slow movement normally expected of plants. Plants perform this movement for a variety of reasons. Some flowers save their nectar from nighttime nectar thieves like bats and moths by closing their flowers. Other plants close up to protect themselves from nighttime chill.

Humans, after/during burnout:

Humans are mostly only taught and follow through in taking moments to stop because the body has already created close down of social reaction (its a new word, learn it here :)

Humans are then taught to say no, to create weekends of closing away from work.

Boundaries are learnt as a must because we have ignored our brains and body signals, (sometimes knowingly and other times unknowingly)

Next post: How will we use conversations to open up new conversations and understanding.

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