Many health-conscious people avoid consuming foods laden with chemicals and harmful toxins, as these are known to cause illness and degeneration. Likewise, it is understood that by living in a healthy environment, with fresh air and clean water perpetuates a state of vitality. Is it any wonder then, that what we feed our minds also has an impact upon our wellbeing?
Research confirms that not all thoughts are created equal, and indeed some can be noxious and likened to eating junk food. Ingesting a diet of negativity provides empty mental calories and can contribute to a state of dis-ease. A recent study showed that 79% of medical students report developing symptoms suggestive of the illnesses they are studying. Because they feel paranoid of contracting a particular illness, their bodies comply by getting sick. Therefore, the more we entertain negative thoughts, emotions, and self-talk, the more likely we are to manifest undesirable symptoms.
Adopting new ways of thinking can be a challenge, however, as unconscious thought patterns are triggered by emotions. Addiction to negative thoughts can form when emotions such as anger, worry, and doubt feel psychologically justifiable. But these reactive modes take a back seat once we decide to cleanse our minds and focus our attention on a positive perspective.
The power of the mind is well known amongst professional athletes who regularly employ the use of visualization to experience success in competition. Simply by imagining a triumphant outcome, it has been shown that an athlete’s performance is enhanced. This means that we can directly impact our experience by focusing on positive results.
By developing a conscious awareness of our thoughts we gather nutrients that give us the ability to change our lives. Meditation can play a key role in managing our mind-stream. Science is finally acknowledging what many cultures have known about meditation for thousands of years, that “this ancient practice can profoundly change the way different regions of the brain communicate with each other – and therefore how we think – permanently.” (The Royal Society of Biology).
Practice, practice, practice. The key to experiencing any level of success in controlling the mind is regular practice. With a consistent meditation, yoga or visualization practice we can begin to cultivate concentration that feeds our minds a steady supply of nourishing mental food. Over time a new pattern is established, and we feel a new sense of mental clarity and strength.
For those who are unfamiliar with meditation or visualization practices, it is good to begin with something simple. Find a place to sit quietly for a few minutes and begin by closing your eyes. Once your breath has become relaxed begin to visualize yourself in a beautiful place that brings you a feeling of peace. Allow your mind to be creative as you explore with your senses. Eventually, you can utilize the same technique to imagine difficult situations in life being resolved.
By remembering to keep our minds healthy and clean, the way we do our bodies, we can begin to live a holistic lifestyle that both empowers and nurtures us. Practice is crucial, so regularly step up to the mindfulness buffet and harness the power to consciously conduct
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