Cavvy Ott Cornerstones

Why Stepping Away Brings You Closer

The benefits of participating in a Cavvy Ott moment are staggering. As stated in “Cavvy Ott is a Cast of One” we fail at chasing outside thoughts away that constantly weigh us down, preventing us from releasing ourselves and opening up the path to goodness in our life.

Imagine yourself worried about a problem, angry with a family member, or stumped on a project you’re working on.  Are your brows furrowed, the wheels turning in your brain?  You feel quite positive that if you can turn it over in your mind long enough you will fix everything?

Now think of a truck stuck in a muddy rut –  again, wheels spinning.  The desire is to break free, but instead, the truck hopelessly gets more stuck.  I am sure you have heard the very good advice that you just need to “take a break” and it will improve things.

OK, take that break – a walk, a movie, chat with a friend.  Do you find that you are still thinking about the problem?  I have been on plenty of walks where my mind predictably circles back to the issue at hand.  In reality, we are not very good about blotting out the beast from the present moment.

If you were to truly master being in the present, what enters in instead are the sensations of all your five senses.  The burrow on your forehead lifts… your mind is in a state of wonder.  New pathways are opened!

Most importantly, for that moment, we are also dropping negative thoughts about ourselves.  I know that is one yoke I would gladly toss as far as I could. At that point, the premium benefits of Cavvy Ott pour in:  laughing more, an increase of happiness, a sense of well-being.

It is powerful concept to grasp that stepping away from your problems brings you closer to what you ultimately want.

Here is a list of benefits that are within your reach:

Increase happiness
Laugh more
Be authentic to yourself
Bring awareness to your needs
Discover who you are
Live intentionally
Deepen in wisdom
Become more fully present
Increase focus
Strengthen attention
concentration
Improve critical thinking
Slow down your life
Appreciate the moment
Think better, clearer, freer
Satisfaction is yours everyday
Experience calm
Reduce anxiety
Relieve stress
Tool to combat depression
Boost memory
Disconnect from technology

 

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Cavvy Ott Cornerstones

Cavvy Ott is a Cast of One

Some would call Cavvy Ott “mindfulness.” That is indeed true. However, I am not very keen on the word mindfulness, I find it boring. Maybe it’s just the way it has been described to me. The more direct benefits I experience from Cavvy Ott moments, the more excited I become to share it with others (read more on benefits).

There is such magnitude in lying down all your side-attentions and focusing on one moment. In psychology, mindfulness is described as a technique in which “one focuses one’s full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings, and sensations but not judging them.”

Let’s take eating an apple, for example. You may first smell the sweetness of the apple, admire the flecks of color on the skin, hear the crunch as you bite into it, taste the flavor infuse your mouth. It is a full-on moment with yourself and that apple (some of you may be buying this, and others might be rolling your eyes right now…).

I remember participating in a similar experience. During a presentation, the speaker passing around some candies for which we were instructed to have a mindful moment with. Yes, we all felt very silly and self-conscious as we awkwardly crunched our candy side-by-side our co-workers.

Cavvy Ott is more effective as a cast of one, just as you are reading these words alone right now. Since I have your attention in this instant, let’s do a quick test. Can you right now sustain your focus for one minute on nature, the cup in front of you, the breath you take… without another single outside thought sneaking in?

…And therein lies the problem, the one caveat. Most of us fail and cannot chase those outside thoughts away. Can you imagine immersing yourself for five minutes, ten… one hour? It’s these outside thoughts, responsibilities, problems that constantly weigh us down, preventing us from releasing ourselves and opening up new pathways.

The good thing is that these moments can be strengthened, you can become a pro at it. You will find that you don’t even need to be in the most epic of outdoor setting, you can pull it off with what is in front of you. Stress is daily, my friend. One archenemy may leave, and another one takes its place. A life obligation may fall away, only to be replaced with another.

The world is taking your attention away… it is up to you to bring it back.

-Cavvy Ott

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