Friday, February 05, 2010
"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.".......John Dryden
You are developing a very special discipline through this work. Many changes that are already occurring are permanent changes. When you program change from the alpha state, you place new material into your subconscious mind. This is very different than struggling with trying to change on the conscious level. You have been clever by engaging your body through improved nutrition to join in your quest for high level functioning. Your entire mindbody unit is working together towards your own Olympic Gold.
Perhaps you don't like the word "discipline." For many this is a "dirty word" and certainly does not impart fun! Actually discipline can be lots of fun and can make you feel terrific. Self-discipline is a skill that can be learned and converted into a habit. With self-discipline you can accomplish anything you desire. When you are self-disciplined the world is your oyster. The choices are limitless. Close your eyes for a moment, envisioning yourself shopping in the market of life, free to choose whatever you want. This is what self-discipline and the tools you are learning offer you.
As you become more self-disciplined your confidence will increase. This will empower you with determination and inner strength. You will begin to feel a new passion for life and any depression or anxiety will appear to lift, floating away like a dark cloud. Your thinking will sharpen and your abilities to analyze will greatly improve. Your creativity will enhance and fill you with great ideas!
Take a moment now to ride your breath to the alpha state. Utilize some deepening exercises from the earlier areas of this book. Notice that your Inner Coach has already requested that your inner librarian bring you the book called "Things I am looking forward to through my development of self-discipline" Open this book noting some of the earlier entries. With your mind pen in hand, continue to author this book. Make notes of areas you would like to improve and explore. Remember, self-discipline offers you anything and everything in the market of the world.
To snack or not to snack......that is the question. A CEO asked me the other day, "Well, if I'm not going to snack on cookies, what should I snack on?" This question sheds light on a false belief, one that states "you all need to snack." I went on to explain the necessity of three balanced meals per day, having a look at his aerobic activity pattern (he did grin at this), as well as his hunger patterns, and whether the hunger is mind or body. I also wanted to know if his schedule required a small fourth meal or snack.
I am a recovered "grazer." It was not until I became involved in nutritional research about twelve years ago, that I even considered the possibility of eating three balanced meals. I also had no idea that I could manage my hunger and cravings in this way. To be honest, I didn't believe it. It only took me one week to realize how wrong I was. In the way my day is organized, I do not need to snack when I follow my eating self-disciplined program. I never miss breakfast and plan my intake around my schedule. If I am to have a late lunch, I make certain that I eat a bit more in the a.m. I do the same if I plan to have a late dinner. Sometimes I will bring a snack to work if I know I will not be eating until really late. This is a good example of organized planning for good sound nutrition.
How about looking for another small change to do for yourself today? Which one feels right for now? Remember to state it as if it already occurred.
Take time to plant some affirmations. Notice your emotions are sitting and reading all about your successes.
• I'm waking up nutritionally.
• My nutrition forms the basis for my mindbody functioning.
• New ideas for changes find me and plant themselves.
Today's work is with interactive self-hypnotic. You learned about this tool earlier in this book. Here you will be working with additional applications. You already know that self-hypnosis is the process of slowing of the brain waves and placing suggestions in the subconscious mind with special imagery called metaphors. You have lots of choices when working with self-hypnosis. You can choose your induction technique, as well as how deeply you will go into trance. You might like to go back and review some of these in the earlier sections of the book. A great image to utilize for deepening is counting backwards. You can also add an image of a spiral staircase to this counting and focus on the toe of your shoe going deeper down. Sometimes when deepening, the body sends up a communication such as a part jumping or twitching. Remember that this is only the release of stored stress and nothing to be concerned about. Actually, as it releases you will go even deeper down.
It is not necessary to go to go very deep in order to practice hypnosis. The most powerful work for change is accomplished right below the alpha level in an area called theta. After you finish reading your work for today, plan a time to practice going deeper down. If you find yourself deeper than you like, simply climb back up the same way you went down! When you arrive at a level you like, look up and see how far down you are. This cements this level in your mind and body. Take some time to walk around the area where you stopped, noticing how beautiful it is. Perhaps you might like to use the image of the Goal-den path and your goal gardens. Notice the colors, stop and smell the flowers. Feel how soft are the pedals. Notice how far the gardens go to the right and left and how they are divided into sections including mindbody health, work, play, relationships, prosperity, spiritual to name a few.
Deepening practice is a good time to sneak in some affirmation planting.
• I am learning new tools and they benefit my self-development.
• I go deeper and open my stress areas with ease.
• I'm in control of my mind and body.
• I strengthen myself with self-hypnotic trance work.
• I manage my addictions and eating disorders with self-hypnotic trance work.
• Uncovering stress areas are beneficial to my self-growth
• Every moment is filled with value, waiting for me to claim it.
• I move past fear and other emotions easily.
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.