Tuesday, February 02, 2010
The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.".....Harry Emerson Fosdick
"I don't have time to do all of this work!"
If I had a quarter for everyone who told me that they don't have enough time, I would be rich! You have been discussing the need for organized planning and this is where one of the secrets of time management will be revealed. As I told one group I was speaking to yesterday, "since you are already breathing anyway, why not breathe to your advantage?"
The work you are doing together actually changes the body physiology, allowing us to concentrate at much deeper levels. You are also retraining the brain through the body scanner, now adding in emotional and thought management. These techniques are also known as focusing tools. As your concentration, focus and mind flexibility improve, you will see that you can accomplish much more in less time.
So while it appears that you are adding more things to your "to do list", what you are actually doing is training your brain to work more efficiently and effectively for you. For many, the brain is like an employee who is not working up to potential. Some brains are actually quite lazy............but now, thanks to improved awareness exercises, the body scanner, and beginning work with active meditation, you are on your way to true time management and optimum functioning.
Nothing happens by itself. The fact that you are reading this work will not bring change. You must think, apply and act. If any of those steps are missing, you will continue to rest by the side of the road while others pass you by. The things you have to do to succeed are not difficult, but they must be done consistently and with persistence. It helps to have reminders for practice. Spend a moment of internal quietness and ask your Inner Coach for some suggestions to remind you to practice your new work. Sometimes the Coach will answer directly and other times a bit later or in a dream state, but you will always receive an answer. Be sure to write down the messages to further etch them into your subconscious mind programming.
Since you are in contact with your Inner Coach, take this opportunity to plant some affirmations. Each and every time you do so you are stimulating the neuronal growth of the brain.
• I am aware of my frequent visitors who interfere with my persisting.
• As I recognize them and smile, they move away.
• I am a winner.
• This is easy for me.
Recently I did a "brown bag lunch" presentation for a very high profile technological company. I was very curious as to the type of lunch prominent "high tech" people consumed. Needless to say, I was shocked. Out of the thirty people, only one had anything near good nutrition and even she chased the good food down with a diet soda. In fact the company provided soda and sweetened drinks for everyone!
It is important to follow your new food plan. You can eat everything you like everyday, but it is very important to keep your balance based on your family and personal medical history and exercise level. I am well aware of the perceived difficulties in making these changes, but as you begin to feel less fatigued, more concentrated and focused, these become their own motivators. I remember when I started my own personal nutritional changes about twelve years ago. I was looking to manage my sugar addiction and to lose weight. When I noticed the tremendous difference in the way I felt physically, emotionally and mentally, I remember saying that I would trade any weight loss to just keep this feeling of wellness. Of course I did lose the weight, and also got to keep the feelings!
How about looking for another small change for today? Which one feels right for now? Notice that you are considering changes that you never would have considered last week. Your body physiology is changing and your confidence levels are rising. You have already changed many things and so you no longer feel frightened or overwhelmed. You also know to experience "choice." You don't have to do everything at once. This is a form of release and freedom.
Make some notes of things you might like to change now or even in a few days in relation to your nutritional work.
Take this quieting moment to plant affirmations. They may open additional areas for change possibilities. Don't forget to emotionalize and set them into action..
• I notice all of my meals.
• I congratulate myself for a job well done.
• I can shop for food and keep in control.
• It is easy to pass up foods that don't add to my long and short-term goals!
Earlier in this book you learned about the practice of Awareness Meditation and how your thoughts connect to your emotional states and how your body sensations respond to these interactions. The practice of body scanning allows you to notice body sensations and to open them, thus changing the body physiology. Now you can apply the opening to emotions, as well as thoughts. Opening emotional states allows for release, or partial release and the changing of body sensations. Through the opening you will be able to ask for further insights and information from your Inner Coach and subconscious librarian. Emotions tend to tighten the muscles and cause stress chemicals to be produced at higher levels. Opening emotions releases stress. As you practice catching thoughts as they roam the corridors of the mind, you can spot the emotions that are responsible for them.
Awareness Meditation Banking helps us to notice the mind talk of our emotions. You call these thoughts. I'd like you to really tune in to this inner radio station during quiet moments. Notice how it plays constantly. Remember that these are not just random thoughts, but true subconscious mind programs. These are goal programs, even if you don't want them. This is why it is so important to learn to catch and release them. As you listen, write down the emotion that is speaking to you at that time. As you learn to become more familiar with these visitors and their chatter, you can begin to make some choices, one of which will be to turn the volume down at will!
Meditation Banking plays a big part in organized planning. It allows for clearing the mind and opening the door to the subconscious mind. It gives us the opportunity to place information in and to request inner assistance. Just as in body scanning and awareness breathing, it is important to actively practice these skills. Go to your alpha brain wave state and relax deeply. Allow inner joy to enter along with deep relaxation. Celebrate the fact that you have tools that are life changers. You no longer have to window shop in the world. You can enter your mind and access your goals with organized planning. Allow your powerful positive emotional crayons to color this new knowledge and become the motivators for daily practice.
When working with powerful positive emotional crayons be sure to plant hot affirmations.
• I practice Awareness Banking daily.
• I am open to new ideas and the ideas open even further.
• I am freeing myself from all addictions and eating disorders.
• I am free to be the me I want to be.
• I am free to grow and achieve.
• My life is my own.
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR...
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.