By: Kelli Michel
Before we get to the three reasons to journal your thoughts, For Healthy Eats, when we make significant changes, in any area of our life, we change the dance of life. The ripple effect or how it plays out in our life can be quite significant. We literally can change our life course by making the simplest of changes.
Conscious change – things we do differently by choice is even more powerful as it comes to our conscious mind, where actions are created. I challenge each of us, and me, included to do the following – bring your thoughts to the conscious mind, and note what is in fact being thought about. Be aware of the frequency and hence the focus of your unconscious mind may very well give you the insights as to why your life, body, and relationships are the way they are. Simply, what you think about, or focus on (consciously or not) attracts more of the same to you. So the challenge for you this week is to follow the advice given by pickthebrain.com and write your thoughts down. You might be very surprised by what is lurking under the veil of thought. An additional challenge, write your feedback and insights into our face book page shadowfinder and share what came up for you.
Here are three reasons why you should journal your thoughts:
As discussed in the last post, mindfulness or being aware of our thoughts goes a long way in directing our mood and therefore our behaviour. There is a saying that our beliefs become thoughts, our thoughts become actions, our actions become habits. When applied to our state of mind, it could be extrapolated our moods are very much about what we are programmed to think and feel. How much free choice is in this, if we are not aware of our most common state of being?
From experience and what many professionals say is, first be mindful of what is coming up for you, or what you are thinking about. If you like what it is, say a positive emotional and thought state to a positive situation, then keep it and build on it. If however an unpleasant of ‘negative’ state arises, look at it, and ask what the lesson is, or what the message of the situation is. In a world where we are not meant to ‘feel bad’, but look at the good in everything, this conscious thinking process can be rather difficult.
What happens then too when only or a large portion of our thinking is unsupportive of what we really would like our life and feelings to be. Happy, joyful, relaxed, friendly etc. What happens when our life is seemingly all negative and a stressful challenge, and times to the point of “let’s get out of the rat race of this life?” While, it certainly a challenge to see the silver lining a very difficult situations, it is there. It can be as simple as, ‘wow, now I see how this person, situation really is, and now I can make a choice of what to do with that knowledge” It could be, the reaction opens up more opportunities than we originally thought to take back your own personal power and choices. Don’t get me wrong, a challenging situation is just that, and I can assure you I have had my fair share and I am writing from this experience and not a text book reference.
The things that helped me the most was to allow myself to feel the anger, betrayal, guilt rage, pity, etc and then see what the underlying reason for the situation was, and other ways of looking at the situation. Trust me not an easy thing to do when all you want to do is punch something or self harm.
Breathing, feel the breath and count on the intake, and the exhale, each breath taking more counts to breathe in and out. This helps to increase the oxygen intake, decrease the CO2 in the body and slow the heart rate down. It doesn’t change the situation, but it does change your response, which is something you can control.
Not sure where this thread is going, but from what I hear from many of my clients is the frustration and pain they feel when they make changes to their eating pattern, and the emotions that come up with this. There are a number of reasons for this. Food changes means there are literally different chemicals being put into the body,. The ripple effect of this is the body acts differently with more nutrients – building blocks, and more interestingly, the gut bacteria colonies change. WHAT, you might be saying??? That is right, when we change the food we eat, the gut bugs also change, and when they change there is a corresponding change in chemicals in our body from them, and our ‘management of them’ This is another post, but plant this seed of thought for now, our bugs do dictate to some extent our thoughts and food cravings. Just one reason why when we change our food our body changes function and responses too.
When we feel different, our thought s are different, when our thoughts are different, our actions and behaviours changes too. I think the most profound that clearly shows this is a few clients came to see me for a number of weird symptoms, and being put into the too hard basket by the GPs and specialists. So many test and drug testing that it was getting too much for even them to cope with. Sound familiar. Well, any way, the short of the long story is.... We changed the food choices to low chemical, put in a few good bugs and helped the body to relax and get on with life. As a result, the ripple effect for these clients have been between reducing the pain enough to walk again, being able to eat again, put on weight, reduce weight, and most rewarding coming of serious medication lists. Now, I am not saying this is miracle worker for all, what I am saying, is that when we change our thoughts “I want to make a difference to my health and wellbeing”, then make food changes, we change our chemistry, our bodies are easier to live with, which helps to improve action and behaviour. A positive spiral is created.
So, if you too wish to be and feel different, it all starts with a thought, a wish to be and experience something different, the thought goes out to the universe to bring solutions to you, and the help you require at any given moment. It is then up to each of us to make changes to our actions to reinforce the different thought gives to action and behaviour.
So the challenge for you this week is to sit quietly and listen to the thought and feeling that describes who it really wants to be and then go forth and be who you would rather be, think, and feel. You might be very surprised by what is lurking under the veil of thought. An additional challenge, write your feedback and insights into our face book page shadowfinder and share what came up for you.