Yesterday I had the opportunity to practice what I preach navigating emotional marshes. We all can slide down the slippery slope of negative thinking. It is particularly true if you have had years of practice thinking about and expecting negative results. You have to be on guard.
Happy New Year! It is the first day of 2012! This is the much talked about year, the end of the Mayan Calendar. Hopefully it will be non-apocalyptic 2012!
Actually the year will be what it is. That we will have to find out as we move through the year. Many things are not “in stone” so to speak. That means it can be changed.
How can that be? Well, if we change our choices, the out come will change. If you always do what you always did and expect different results, you will be very disappointed. That actually is a definition of insanity.
But, if you make some different choices today, it can make a big difference down the road.
For example: If you start meditating on a daily basis, you may notice a peace and calm that envelops you. If you were to stop meditating, you might find that you are less friendly, more curt, or just unhappy.
If you are experiencing more peace and calm in your life, you will make different choices than if you are unhappy. Think about it.
Blessings, Mary Pat
Mary Pat FitzGibbons RN MS
Do you suffer from stress? Do you feel overworked and under loved? Are you worried about something? We all have moments of course. The question is, what do you do with the worries and stress. There are things in life you can’t change. You can change your attitude and thoughts. You have choice.
How do you choose to not let stress over run you? That is a very good question. Here are some of the way’s I am using to distress.
1. Take some deep breaths. When we are in a stressful situation, we tend to hold our breath. This causes physiological changes that prepare us to run or fight. Much of the time, neither of these are possible choices. In the “conflict” we hold our breath or we shallow and fast. Take some deep breaths. It will change your body response to a situation and allow you the best level for choice of action.
2. Meditation. There are many ways to meditate. A simple meditation is to sit still for 10-20 minutes and focus on your breath, the IN breath, the OUT breath and the Space between the breath. It will quiet you on all levels. You will have many thoughts come to visit. Just let them pass by.
3. I have used Centerpointe’s Awakening program for about 6 years. I am at Flowering level 2. I have 2 more levels to go. They use sound to restructure the brain. It helps with depression and decreasing stress. I highly recommend it.
4. I have recently started a Heart Math program called EmWave. It uses your heart rate and rhythm to calculate your coherency. You want to be coherent with yourself. It is a computer program that uses visual games and sounds as a biofeedback mechanism to teach you how to get into and maintain a coherent state. This is great for blood pressure, stress and other related issues.
5. Self talk. You have choice over your thoughts, emotions and self talk. What we think and feel is what we are. Thoughts and emotions produce our current experience. Don’t like your current experience, change your thoughts.
We have CHOICE. We choose our thoughts and emotions. Make the choice for better, lighter thoughts and loving emotions and you will have a better life experience.
Blessings, Mary Pat
Mary Pat FitzGibbons RN MS writes on leading edge topics concerning choice, and real life walk to enlightenment.
I am following a theme of “Choices” this year. I think that it is very important to realize that we all have “Choices.” Past choices will effect the number and quality of choices you have today. Past programing (traumas, successes, failures etc) will also effect the choices you have today.
If you don’t like how your life is right now, start changing the choices you are making.
Since I wrote that last blog about “choices”, I have had a lot a opportunity to practice. (Oh, goodie!). It has been a frustrating week at work. It is little things like mis-dialing a phone number or prescription number. Some times it seems that the clock moves a lot faster than I can complete the “to do” assignments.
What to do?
I have been thinking about 2010, what I want to accomplish this year. I have many dreams as I am sure you do to. One thing that keeps coming up for me is “choices”. The one true freedom we have is “choice”.