How To Improve Yourself and Your Life – Week Three
How to relax your Mind and Body
Wow! here we are in Week three already.
Our key focus this week will be on how to relax your mind and body from stress and what is the difference between conscious and subconscious mind.
What is your wheel of life looking like as we start this third week of learning how to improve yourself and your life, day by day.
Is it becoming an easier ride yet?
Keep filling in your Daily Success checklists
Day 16 Learn to relax your Mind and Body
Today take a little time to relax and do a complete mind and body scan.
Close your eyes and scan from head to toe, how does each part of you feel? Are there any bits that feel not quite happy? Any part you cannot pick up a sense of with your eyes closed? How in tune are you with what is happening in the wonderful machine called you?
Repeat this exercise two or three times during the day, making an effort to notice at least one new thing about your body each time. As you progress through the day it will become easier to stay aware of what is happening with your mind, body and soul when you are working, resting, playing, eating.
Getting in touch with you.
Day 17 Breathe
Did you know you can go on a hunger strike for 90 days or more without dying? But your body cannot survive 5 minutes without oxygen. Did you know that going for a walk gives an immediate dose of oxygen for your brain?
When you give your mind and body the oxygen it needs, by doing a bit of conscious breathing, this will support and is one of the ways to improve emotional health, and affect our mindsets and perspectives.
Here is a simple exercise, a conscious breathing exercise, to ensure you are giving your body what it really needs to keep that wonderful machine called you going at optimal everything….
- Breathe in for the count of five
- Hold that breath for a count of twenty, while you imagine pumping that oxygen through every cell giving each the nourishment it needs
- Exhale, until you feel empty, hold empty for as long as you can
- Breathe in again, letting it return to normal breathing.
Repeat as many times as you feel you need to
Day 18 Listen
It’s easy to get caught up in the continuous cycle of work, sleep, and more work. After a while, your body screams in protest and demands you pay attention to its needs…….
SO, How is your imagination?
Can you imagine that your body could talk to you? What would your body be saying to you?
Would it be thanking you for how loving you treat it?
Today as you go about your life stop for a few minutes every now and again and ask your body this question
* What can I do to take better care of you at this moment?”
Listen! Your body and mind deserve some rest. Take a few minutes a day to make a plan to find small ways to take care of yourself.
Day 19 Nutrition
Our intuition reminds us to slow down, listen, and pay attention to the messages and signs our bodies continuously deliver about which foods are best for us in any given moment.
Sometimes the remedy lies in what we take in, and sometimes upon what we leave out.
The question is, how do we know what to eat or drink and what not to? There is that small voice within each of us that knows the answer to our question. It’s the voice of our intuitive selves, the part of us that is innately connected to our deepest truth and always attuned to what we need in body, mind & soul.
Look at your diet, then rather than feeding your feelings, become aware and listen to the messages. You can change your attitude and behavior, learn to control your food cravings, practice some self-love and your dietary habits will become healthier.
Were you aware, the following are common limiting beliefs and negative internal messages related to eating certain foods?
Crunchy foods: Anger causes trouble. If someone is angry with me, they don’t love me.
Salty foods: Being different causes rejection. Don’t take risks. It’s not safe to take risks.
High-gluten or wheat products: . I can’t rely on anyone but myself for love or comfort.
Sugar: It’s not okay to have fun. I don’t deserve to be joyful.
Dairy (milk, ice cream, or cheese): No one will ever love me the way I really am. Love is conditional.
Fatty foods:. I don’t deserve anything good. I am unworthy of love.
every food we eat has a spiritual and energetic effect on the body, mind and spirit. becoming aware of this fact and working with it consciously is the foundation of spiritual nutrition. CYNDI DALE
Day 20 Taste of Tea
When you take time to make yourself a soothing cup of herbal tea, you are allowing yourself to relax your body and mind. You soften your thoughts and begin to hear the voice of your intuition.
The Art of Spiritual Tea Making
In our current convenience-focused age, many just grab a tea bag and pop it into a cup of hot water. This instant tea is really just flavored water. If you want to gain all the spiritual benefits that a relaxing herbal tea has to offer, you need to take some time in preparing it.
Tea is best made in a closed teapot or use a cup with a small saucer placed on top to serve as a lid. When you make tea this way, you allow the beautiful aromatic qualities to recirculate back into the liquid. You know that uplifting fragrance emanating from herbal teas? Well, that represents most of the spiritually healing herbal oils floating off into the atmosphere. If you brew it in a teapot or cup with a lid, the steam condenses back into the tea.
For most herbal teas and for maximum spiritual benefit to be had, you’ll want to brew it for at least five minutes in boiling water. You can allow it to brew longer and get an even more potent brew. A general rule is one teaspoon of herb per cup of water, plus one extra for the teapot. So if your teapot holds two cups of water, you would add three teaspoons of herb.
Day 21 What is the difference between Conscious and Subconscious Mind
The following list is borrowed from Yvonne Oswald’s book, Every Word Has Power, detailing features of the conscious mind.
The conscious mind:
1. Is aware of what it perceives.
2. Contacts reality through the five senses.
3. Gathers and sorts information.
4. Communicates to the Divine through the subconscious.
5. Thinks deductively.
6. Makes choices and judgments.
7. Reviews information and draws conclusions.
8. Makes generalizations.
9. Likes to analyze and categorize.
10. Requests information from the subconscious.
The conscious mind is an incredible thinking machine. It just doesn’t stop.
The best description of the mind’s activity is written by Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth: “Thinking isn’t something you do; thinking is something that happens to you.” Many of these thoughts are unfocused noise and chatter. Mind chatter can range from mildly annoying to downright debilitating. There are numerous self-help books out there that encourage us to train ourselves to think positively. However, due to the sheer volume of thought we have, our control over the human mind and our mental chatter is fairly limited.
Simply recognizing mental chatter and the effect it has on your life is the first step in learning to dissipate its power. If the chatter is excessively noisy, there is likely a strong underlying emotional charge generating it from the subconscious mind.
The following list is borrowed from Yvonne Oswald’s book, Every Word Has Power, detailing features of the subconscious.
The subconscious mind:
1. Operates the physical body.
2. Has a direct connection with the Divine.
3. Remembers everything.
4. Stores emotions in the physical body.
5. Maintains genealogical instincts.
6. Creates and maintains the least effort (repeating patterns).
7. Uses metaphor, imagery, and symbols.
8. Takes direction from the conscious mind.
9. Accepts information literally and personally.
10. Does not process negative commands.
In addition to those features listed above, the subconscious mind also holds our perceptions, subconscious beliefs of who we think we are and how we think the world operates.
In other words, whoever we think we are as people and however we think the world operates quietly lives under the conscious mind in the subconscious. Our perceptions may be wonderful or painful.
The subconscious mind does not evaluate or judge these perceptions; it simply accepts them as truth. Furthermore, the job of the subconscious mind is to play these perceptions out in the circumstances of our lives. Creating our perceptions is what the subconscious mind is designed to do.
Whoever you think you are as person and however you think the world operates will be reflected back to you in the events of your life.
Day 22 Review and Renew
You are now three weeks into your journey of success to your new life.
Its tie to reflect on how far you have come n this short space of time, and look forward to where you are heading.
1 The best things that happened this week were –
2 I did these things for the first time –
3 My biggest challenges this week were –
4 My three priorities for the next week are –