Be the Programmer, not the Computer!

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When we think about our mind, we tend to think of our conscious mind and our subconscious mind.

Your conscious mind is the part of your mind that you’re thinking with right now. The conscious part of your mind is logical and analytical.

Everything below that is your subconscious mind.

The subconscious part contains all the memories of everything you’ve ever done, seen, heard, felt and thought in your life, as well as running the body and keeping you safe. It controls your automatic behaviour – like how you feel when people say certain things to you – or how, once you learn to read or write or ride a bike, you can do it without even thinking about it. Yet in the beginning, when you were learning to do these things you had to think about it with your conscious mind. Through repetition, you were able to build new habits and programme your subconscious mind.

Remember when you first learnt to drive a car? Remember how difficult it was to coordinate mirror, signal, manoeuvre? Changing gear and don’t even mention parallel parking? Yet as you practised your sub-conscious learnt. Then after a while, you were able to jump and in the car and just drive, without even thinking about it consciously. You have programmed your subconscious mind.

Your subconscious mind is just like a super computer and your conscious mind is the computer programmer. What you think about consciously is programmed into your subconscious.

The conscious mind is meant to be the computer programmer and master of the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is meant to be the servant of the conscious mind. However, most people do not understand this and let their subconscious mind run them. When this happens, people become victims and start having a lot of problems.
The subconscious mind was never meant to direct your life. Like a computer, it runs programmes behind the scenes, but it needs a programmer to make sure it is running the right programmes, otherwise, it will run you into oblivion if you let it, not because it is bad, but because it has no reasoning. Why would you let a non-reasoning mind run your life? Yet this is what most people do.

Your conscious mind acts the gatekeeper. The idea is that every time a thought, feeling, or impulse arises out of the subconscious mind, it should be checked. When a thought or feeling or impulse arises, it is the job of the conscious mind to use its powers of reasoning, discernment and discrimination to check that thought at the gate. If the thought or impulse is positive, you let it into your mind. If it is negative, you push it out.

A healthy mind has good healthy thoughts. When you become aware of a negative thought or feeling or impulse, change your focus by focussing your attention on your breath, or a positive thought or affirmation. By changing your focus and attention, you stop giving energy to the negative thought, feeling or impulse. Just like a plant that you no longer water. Without water, the plant will eventually wither and die. By changing your attention and focus, the negative thought will eventually wither and be replaced with a positive thought or affirmation.

By focussing and affirming on your new positive thought, your subconscious mind will start to form a new habit. Your subconscious mind learns quickly. Most new habits can be formed within twenty-one days.

Start building your new habits now and become the Programmer of your mind.

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2016 – Year of Creation

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2016 is a year of creation. You chose to become a physical being on this planet to create. Your greatest purpose is to manifest the Creator / God / Goddess / Divine / All That Is through every expression, action and reaction you take.

It is time to realise your abilities of creation, and more importantly, to put them into action. Your soul is waiting and ready to express its creativity through your physical body. You have the power to create whatever experience you wish for. What do you wish for? What it is that your soul wants to create?

Spend time contemplating your ideas, wishes and dreams.

Take time to sit peacefully and focus your attention on your heart chakra, as you breathe allow the energy of your soul to flow into your heart centre.

Ask yourself, “what do I want to create?

Allow your ideas to flow. Allow energies, visions, frequencies, ideas, colours, inspiration, enlightenment or understanding to form. Perhaps you may gain a clear picture or it may simply be a feeling or a thought.

If no inspiration arises, ask your soul what it wishes for. Just go with it. And then take action. Write, draw, dance, play, do something, create something and have fun!

What are you going to create in 2016?

Everything in Moderation

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According to the British Dietetic Association,
the average person will consume 6,000 kcals on Christmas day.

If the ‘average’ person consumes 6,000 kcals, that implies a lot more people must be eating significantly more calories to counterbalance all those people eating a lot less. Wow. I know I like my chocolate but I don’t think even I could eat 6,000 kcals in one day!

Research says that “over the festive period, which seems to kick off earlier and earlier every year, the average person could consume an extra 500 kcals per day, equating to a weight gain of around 5lb by the time we reach the beginning of the New Year.”

I’ve spent the last few months exercising more and getting fit. It would be a shame if I undid all of my success to date for a few weeks over indulgence.

This made me think, “How could I make sure I don’t gain weight or inches and maybe even lose some weight or inches between now and the New Year.”

  • How would you feel in January if you have gone backwards?
  • How are you going to feel if you have undone all your good work so far?
  • Now imagine how good you will feel if you were slimmer and healthier in the New Year.

The main difference between me and a slimmer person is the way they think.

When I’m being good, I stick to my healthy eating and exercise daily. And then something happens – I get stressed or tired and eat chocolate, or maybe just enjoy my food and drink too much on a night out. Then my thinking gets all screwed, “That’s it, I’ve blown it, all that hard work out of the window, I might as well carry on eating. Pass me the chocolate!”

This is the key difference between a ‘slim thinking’ person and an ‘overweight thinking’ person. The ‘overweight thinking’ person thinks “I’ve had too much wine / cake / chocolate / dessert / food, I might as well keep drinking or eating”. Whereas a “slim thinking” person enjoys their night out or that special dessert and the next day returns to their usual healthy eating.

I’ve decided I’m going to think more like a ‘slim thinking’ person over the festive season.

The great thing about the festive season is that most people have time off work. You are free to slow down and really appreciate the company around you.

Slowing down when you eat and eating with consciousness helps you eat less and be satisfied with eating less. Did you know, the average adult human stomach can hold only about two heaped handfuls of food (about the size of a small cantaloupe)? Eating slowly and consciously helps you become aware of that heavy fullness in the stomach that indicates the point of satiety. Once you slow down and tune into your stomach you can enjoy the feeling of lightness and not being stuffed like a Christmas turkey!

I know there are going to be certain meals when I will be eating and drinking a lot more than usual; there will also be meals in between where I can enjoy eating less. I can enjoy that lightness and give my digestive system a break too.

I find it helps to have a target to focus on. One of the best targets is to chose an item of clothing that you want to fit in to in the near future. For me it’s a pair trousers that are too tight to do up.

I also find it helps if you use a smaller plate and drink with a small glass. Have you noticed how big wine glasses are now days? I prefer to use my wine tasting glass; it’s the prefect size. Think about the little changes you can make, they all add up.

My plan is simple enjoy everything in moderation:

  • Think like a ‘slim thinking’ person.
  • Plan healthy meals around events that I know are happening.
  • Allow myself to have what I want to eat and drink at planned events and commit to healthy eating in between.
  • Eat more slowly and enjoy the company of my family and friends.
  • Give my digestive system a break by enjoying the spaces between my planned events and eating less at other meal times.
  • Do something active everyday.

On 4th January I will try my trousers on again and see if I can get into them!

Have a great Christmas and fabulous New Year.