Saturday, January 09, 2010
Inward ho!" ......Christopher Morley
Today you will be working on the design of balanced life-plan. True health is balance. In fact it is called homeostasis meaning a relatively stable state. When your health is stable, your mind and body work hand in hand to bring this stability to other areas as well. However this is only the starting off point for managing sugar addiction and eating disorders. A person looking for optimum health, or extraordinary achievements, must look and work beyond the common accepted level. The work you are doing allows you to move beyond mediocre.
In this work you are becoming a remarkable detective, always observing minute changes in the mind and body. You are taking the presented opportunities as keys to moving closer to much high levels functioning. The first step is always the hardest. It is the step of "beginning." Once the foot is on this step, the other foot will follow and then it's just a matter of putting one before the other over and over with consistency and persistence. And once the ball starts rolling, it tends to pick up speed!
Today you focus on a place to begin the work. In actual fact you have already begun, but it is good to learn to notice other beginnings and the actual moment in time where you will begin. This type of awareness can then be applied to any other areas in life. You will be able to move out of procrastination in the blink of an eye and most of us know how valuable that could be.
Isolating belief systems are often a good place to begin. Since the focus of this work is managing sugar addiction and eating disorders, the exploration of beliefs relating to making changes in these areas will open up powerful subconscious mind information. You will be looking at how you view change in these areas, as well as your emotional ties to change. You will notice what you gain by changing, as well as what you lose. All of these areas have emotional connotations as well. The more awareness, the more self-power.
Take a moment to enter the alpha mind state. Tilt your eyes up and image your inner movie screen. Earlier in the book you learned about utilizing your time-line and how to build resilience files for the future. Today I would like you to do a quick life review, focusing in on times when you made changes. Have a look at your motivations to change in these specific situations. Were they towards motivators or away from motivators? Remember, both have value. Now notice the tools you developed to persist. Locate an example of a "quick change", as well as a change that took a longer period of time.
Describe your motivating strengths in making changes. What worked in the past for you? What else did you notice which might be useful to you now? Notice as many details as possible. You can state these out loud or write these down when you are finished.
Adding emotionalized affirmations to this work will etch it further into the subconscious mind files. You can either utilize these, return to the affirmation section of this book, or allow your own subconscious librarian to bring some forward for you.
• I am aware of my inner motivating power.
• I know how to motivate myself. It is easy to motivate myself.
• Change is a part of my life and I am open to it!
It is helpful to utilize past subconscious mind files when working to make important changes. f you were an competitive ice skater you would practice your triple jumps over and over. It is no different for any other goal achievement. With this in mind lets go back , visiting reactive hypoglycemia or hyperinsulinemia.
Remember, if you have a personal or family medical history that includes adult onset diabetes, hypoglycemia, circulatory disorders such as stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer of the uterus, breast, or ovary, obesity, yo-yo weight gain, smoking, and/or other addictions, such as alcohol, drugs both legal and recreational, or SUGAR, you may have this tendency towards this biochemical glitch. What this means is that when you eat or drink high carbohydrate or high glycemic foods, and especially if you do so frequently, your body may react by excreting excess insulin. When this happens over a period of time, you are more prone to developing a resistance as well.
Moments count. What you eat today can affect your body for years to come. It's important to stay awake and keep an eye out for what enters your mouth. Many people practice "sleep-eating" even though they appear to be awake. This can end up being a very dangerous habit, one that can take you right through the one-way door of disease.
Earlier in the book I made suggestions for your personalized nutritional intake. I also instructed you how to notice the excess insulin production through self-assessments. On your daily log sheets you will be able to see this quite clearly. It is very important to keep these for a while, until you are well on your way to managing this part of your program.
You already know where the mind book is located that relates to daily changes in food intake. Take a quiet moment for yourself and visit the library of the mind. Take the book off the shelf and open to your already in process change work. With mind pen in hand make a new entry. " A positive change I will make today concerning my nutritional intake is:
Now reinforce this mind etching with some affirmation plants. Here are some you might enjoy. Or ask your inner librarian to bring you some personalized ones. Remember they don't have to be complicated to work. It is important to color them emotionally. You might want to return to your emotional crayon area and pick some crayons you haven't used in awhile.
• I care for myself at high levels.
• I am aware of my balanced eating.
• I enjoy eating high nutritionally balanced meals.
We all need and benefit from reminders. There is nothing wrong with needing reminders. I like sticky papers because you can move them around. Write the letter "B" on one of these and place a circle around it. The "B" stands for your breath, the life-line to living.
Place your finger tips very lightly on your lower abdomen just below your belly button.. Imagine that your lower abdomen contains a lovely colored balloon that gets bigger with the out breath and smaller with the in breath. Please do not force your breathing, but just notice this fact with your fingertips as witnesses of the event. Now, just sit for a few moments and observe this. This type of breathing is known as "mindful breathing." Actually, any time you observe our breathing at all, is mindful, but it is a good idea to get the mind and body used to breathing from the lower abdomen. As you do this exercise, you brain waves start to slow down and you will begin to experience the alpha brain wave state.
The alpha state is simply the name given to the level of brain frequency of between 7 to 14 pulsations per second, about half the normal rate. When you slow your brain frequency to alpha, you gain access to capabilities of the mind that were formerly outside your control. You become able to use the powers of your right hemisphere to achieve your goals in every area of your life.
This exercise is VERY IMPORTANT, and perhaps constitutes the most important part of our work. The reason I asked you to place that little sticky paper somewhere on your desk, or if you are at home, on the refrigerator or somewhere else you pass frequently, is so you will remember to practice this exercise. After a while the brain will remember to do this all by itself!.
From time to time program the following active affirmations when you go to the alpha state. Remember to color them with positive emotional crayons and visualize them like movies in the theater of your mind:
• I am now learning to use more of my mind and to use it in a special way.
• My increasing mental faculties are for serving humanity on a higher level.
• Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.
• I will always maintain a perfectly healthy mind and body.
• I respect myself and my mindbody.
• My mind is my personal creative resource.
• Ideas form in my mind like fast growing plants.
NOTE TO NEW READERS:
This experiential blog/workshop is based on my new book, "How Many Cookies Will It Take to Make Me Happy?" This book is not published as yet, but you have the opportunity to read it in it's unpublished state. If you are new to my writing, you might want to read the earlier mini-chapters. They are available on FaceBook, The PublishersMarketPlace & at the following link. Remember to scan down to find the earliest chapters & work your way up. http://beyonddisorderlyeating.blogspot.com/
A bit of background.... we are working with creative Interactive Self-Hypnosis imagery, planting suggestions directly into the creative subconscious mind as you read along. What appears like a story is a series of self-hypnotic sessions, designed to bring about desired lifestyle changes. The inner mind is creative & rather child-like, loving to play with images, especially when they are emotionalized. Just like the saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words", well-planted mind images, can be worth hours of therapy. We can actually change or motivate in 1/200th of a second. So come along & look forward to some lifestyle-changing events.
Copyright 2009 Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht
May not be copied or reproduced without permission of the author.
Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht is author of Sugar...the Hidden Eating Disorder & How to Lick It. She is also the writer/producer of over 350 mp3/CD programs in the areas of medicine, health, prevention, addictions, self-development & sports for adults & children.