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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mind Over Matter

The Body's Control Center

Since our brain is the control center of our body, it shouldn’t be a stretch to assume that with proper practice we could have some level of control. As an example if you believe that you are sad or in pain, you can actually get yourself to attain that state of being.  Your subconscious mind can control the quality of your life.  You always want to tell your subconscious that you are capable of accomplishing things, and your conscious mind will go forth and make it happen.

Please keep in mind that you too can reach certain levels of understanding by reading material that are written on the subject.  I am definitely a beneficiary of positive thinking (but not and expert).  I can even locate lost items by simply directing my subconscious mind to replay my activities while I sleep, and actually get up in the morning and without even consciously thinking go straight to where I placed the lost (misplaced) item.  I can improve my day by telling my subconscious mind before I go to sleep that the next day will have me feeling healthy, happy, and sharp of mind.

Here is a study that was documented with positive results on weight loss:
·       It seems counterintuitive that increasing numbers of people are claiming to put a greater effort into exercising and eating a nutritious diet, yet there are more obese people in the world than ever before. Some researchers think positivity is a missing variable in the weight loss equation, and a lack of it is what’s keeping people chubby.
·       To prove the point that the mind has a major impact on the body, Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer conducted anexperiment on a group of predominantly overweight hotel maids who, judging by their daily activity levels, should have been thin. Despite essentially exercising all day long through their work, Langer discovered through a survey that 67% of the maids felt they didn’t do any type of exercise. Langer predicted the maids’ perceptions were hampering their weight loss, so she took half the maids aside and, in addition to taking their physical measurements, explained that through their cleaning work they were exceeding the surgeon general’s definition of an active lifestyle. The other half of the maids were given no information.
·       A month later, Langer’s team returned to the hotel and reevaluated the maids. They found an overall decrease in systolic blood pressure, weight, and waist-to-hip ratio in the educated group. The other group had no significant physical changes. While some suspect the mere discussion of exercise somehow altered the women’s behavior, Langer said there was no indication any of the maids modified their routines, and she feels the results were due simply to a change in mindset.- S.Grant

How many times have you heard people say that you are your own worst enemy?  You may actually be, without being aware. Think and be positive!  The best is yet to come….

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