Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Death is not the greatest loss in life.
The greatest loss is what dies inside us while you live.".....Norman Cousins
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Few of us know how to live in the present moment. That is one of our goals in doing this work with Your Inner Coach. As you might have noticed following the knee tapping exercise yesterday, you spend quite a bit of time in the past and in the future.
Future thoughts are especially interesting. I have a student who can develop in any moment, the most imaginative future happenings related to her daughter who lives in another state. Many of these happenings are based on fears. It is interesting to note that they bear no resemblance whatsoever to the past happenings. They are pure fiction........and dangerous fiction at that.
One of the things that you must remember about the functioning of the mind is "what you think is what you get." The thought actually becomes the goal. Whatever you are playing in the VCR of the mind, is what the mind sees as the goal. Now, if that doesn't scare you into becoming mindful of your thoughts, I don't know what will!
I explain to my students that the mind is just like a DVD, thoughts are simply disks you play in the machine. What makes these disks a bit different, however, is that the thoughts are all chemically coded. When you play the disks, those chemicals come spewing out into the body with the potential of causing all kinds of havoc, from elevated pulse and blood pressure, to increased stomach acid, irritable bowel syndrome and a variety of other ills. The concentration wanes, putting the creative brain is put to rest. All this can happen without our awareness. By the time you wake up to your body sensations, or realize you are having emotional or concentration problems, it is far too late for the easier techniques. This is why I encourage you to work on training your brain each and every day.
Spend a moment going down to your alpha level and then deepen further. Use a different tools this time. When you have arrived call your Inner Coach and ask for the file about old disks you have been playing recently that are not to your benefit. Go ahead and spend a few moments in review. Remember to record.
Recent disks I've been playing that are not to my benefit:
Many people have questions about food sensitivities, even wondering if there even is such a thing. In my practice I see many people who appear to be sensitive to certain foods. The reasons behind this is not always clear, but my thinking is if something bothers you, either stay away from it, or see if you can change something which will limit the reaction.
Let me give you a few examples. If you develop flatulence or gastric acidity following milk products, tomatoes, or other acid producers, you might cut them out for awhile, seeing if you feel better. Write this on your daily log,. After a few weeks, put the food back in your eating plan, and notice what happens. If you have a sensitivity, you will certainly know! Some common foods which cause difficulties include dairy, corn products, wheat products, as well as the acid producers like orange juice, grapefruit, tomatoes, etc.
The other day I discussed carbohydrate sensitivity. Often times the reaction to the food is one of over producing insulin and not the food itself. You can learn about this if you pay attention to what you are eating and the body sensations. Also know that the reaction may not occur for a few hours and in some people up to a few days. So when playing detective, remember to look back at the earlier evidence!
Remember that many small changes, lead to powerful outcomes. With this new information in place, think for a moment about another change that will take you further down your path to high level health and performance. Remember to commit to paper.
A nutritional change that I'm adding to my new discipline is:
Take yourself to the alpha brain wave state and image this new change on your programming screen AS IF it had already been in place for the past few weeks. Emotionalize it and bring it to action. See it as easy and the outcomes as better than ever expected. This exercise is a combination of interactive self-hypnosis, future pacing both images and expectations.
And now, just a bit of gardening.
• I care for myself at high levels.
• I am aware of my body sensations in relation to the foods I eat.
• I am becoming more and more aware nutritionally.
• This work is changing my life.
• I am ready.
Most people are completely unaware of their thought patterns and rarely do anything constructive with what automatically plays on the mind radio. Remember that all thoughts are seen as goals by the subconscious mind and that thoughts have chemical codes, actively changing the mindbody physiology, some of them radically. You alone have the power to change this process. Since most of it is unconscious, it is most important to train your brain adequately.
You have been practicing with past and future "fantasy" thought patterns. Now I would like you to do the exercise again, but this time observing negative and positive thinking patterns. Use the left knee for the negative thoughts and the right knee for the positive thoughts. Sit with your breath wave, expecting nothing, just focusing on your belly breath with great interest, just as if you have never seen it before. When your mind wanders to the thought, label it "thought" and tap the appropriate knee. Go back and climb on your belly breath. Spend 3-5 minutes with this exercise. Try to practice it later in the day as well. Give your brain these new instructions to work with you.
Recognizing your most familiar negative and positive thought patterns will allow you to catch them more frequently. Once caught, you are free to edit and open them for additional insights. Positive thought patterns are also valuable and often need editing as well. You can invite them to visit more frequently, or to connect to certain mind files that would benefit from them. For instance, at work you might like to enhance the thought patterns connected to your sense of humor emotional crayon.
Time to do some recording work now. Make note of some of your most frequent negative and positive thought patterns.
Before you finish up for today go ahead and do some planting. Remember to see all affirmations as positive and active. Attach powerful emotions as fertilizer.
• I stay aware of my thought patterns.
• I notice and label them.
• I am making important changes in small segments.
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
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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.