Good Health Begins In The Mind

It seems many people are striving to attain the elixir of life these days, that elusive quality of health and wellbeing. In the UK, the health and fitness industry is estimated to be worth approximately $7 billion dollars AUD annually. Australia’s industry is not far behind with approximately $2.2 billion AUD dollars. These are massive figures if you consider the percentage of products contained in that amount.

It’s no secret we are being marketed to in a staggering manner, much to the detriment of our hard earned dollars, our pride and sanity. I constantly receive messages from people protesting the misinformation and ambiguity of communication related to diets, nutrition, weight-loss and health.

The purpose of this article is to highlight the health aspect many businesses and health practitioners fail to address – good health begins at the level of the mind. What do I mean by this you may quip? Consider how often you may have sabotaged your best intentions to become healthy or lose weight? Besides the financial implication, what was the overriding factor which impeded your ability to succeed? Among willpower, hidden challenges and lack of know-how, the mental discipline remains the biggest obstacle preventing people from attaining lasting health.

In a recent comment to a reader, I suggested she be mindful and guard her conscious thoughts on a regular basis. The subconscious mind is responsible for our autonomic nervous system regulation and is continually listening in on your thoughts. The following points are ways in which you can take command of your thought process to positively influence your health and wellbeing.

1. Be aware of your predominant thoughts:

What thoughts are you entertaining on a daily basis? What is the nature of your conversations with yourself? Are they self-empowering or self-defeating? Negative thoughts create negative emotions, which relay messages to every cell in your body. If you entertain these thoughts daily, consider the messages your body is receiving.

In order to attain continued health, you needn’t waste money on potions, formulas and fad diets. Instead, we need to stop the negative internal chatter and replace it with empowering thoughts. If you simply did this for one year, I assure you that your health challenges would diminish. But therein lies the challenge – taming our thoughts remains one of the toughest hurdles and it seems no one is prepared to do the work.

2. Don’t create a dialogue around those thoughts:

As you notice disempowering thoughts, refuse to allow them energy by creating a dialogue around them. Many people believe since they are having a thought, it must be true. I have mentioned in previous articles that we entertain approximately 70,000 – 80,000 thoughts per day. As much as 77% of our thoughts are negative in nature.

That means if you entertain an average of 75,000 thoughts a day, at least 57,750 of those thoughts are bound to be negative! It is no surprise that we experience many life challenges relating to ill-health, toxic relationships and poor finances. We are our worst enemy.

When you recognise a negative thought about your body, simply acknowledging it is the first step, since it draws your awareness to it. Otherwise it may turn into a runaway thought which you accept as normal. Once you’ve recognised the negative thought ask yourself, what do I want? List the qualities that you like about yourself and draw your attention toward feeling good about your body – I’ll say it again, your cells are always listening.

3. Meditate or go into regular silence:

There are many reasons and benefits of meditation. The most important relating to health has to do with regular silence allows the mind to rest. Instead of using valuable energy processing thoughts day in day out, a simple break of 10 -15 minutes daily is enough to allow the mind to take a mini vacation.

The more you allow your mind to rest, the more peace and joy will emanate from your being. You are peace and joy – this is your default setting at birth. Let go of those needless thoughts and simply relax into your own beingness. Your body has a wisdom of its own and knows what it needs to thrive and sustain life – simply allow it the environment to do so and assuredly health will follow.

4. Be aware of your emotional constitution:

What is the nature of your emotions? Are you a worrier or someone who is overcome with anxiety and stress at times? What effects do these toxic emotions have on your body? Tension in the stomach, neck, upper back, headache, insomnia, irritability etc. These are all signs of thoughts and emotions out of balance with your inner nature.

Being attentive to your emotional constitution means you are aware (mindful) of your inner emotional landscape. This allows you to navigate the torrents of negative emotions as they arise, so they don’t overpower you. Knowing in advance you are prone to anxiety attacks and being powerless to take action may be self-defeating. Having a plan for dealing with them allows you to be in control so it doesn’t spiral out of control.

Feng Shui – Improve Health, Love, Abundance, Career & Other Areas of Your Life

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement. It incorporates the elements: of wind/air, fire, water, wood, earth and metal. It also considers the four directions (N, S, E, W) in building recommendations.

One of Feng Shui’s main tools is called a ‘Bagua’. Feng Shui Bagua is a map, consisting of nine areas, called ‘gua’. With the Bagua, you can make improvements in your life in love, abundance, career success and other aspects.

A bagua offers easy, yet powerful ways to enhance Feng Shui in your home. In essence what you do, is overlay the bagua on the floor plan of your home . The Bagua now indicates what each area in your home (or office) represents. It tells you how best to decorate it to realize the improvements you want. Each gua has its own associated direction and natural element. Related to these are prescriptions for the colors and type of decorations that work best in that area. Let me discuss each area in turn.

I. Fortunate Blessings or Abundance Area

The direction of this area is Southeast. The natural element to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life is Wind. Colors that will have a favorable effect on your life when placed in this area include the rich colors of Royal purple, Cobalt blue and Chinese red. Decorative items that will have a favorable effect on your life when placed in this area include fountains, crystals, mobiles, and expensive objects.

II. Area Relating to Fame, Reputation and How You are Know in The World

The direction associated with this area is South. The natural element to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life is Fire. The colors that will have the most favorable effect on your life when placed in this area is the brightest red. Decorating ideas that will have a favorable effect on your life when implemented in this area include anything that indicate flames, such as fire place, candles, incense, and wild animals.

III. Area Belonging to Relationships, Love Relationship

The direction of this area is Southwest. The natural elements to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life: Earth & Fire. The best color for this area is Pink. Other reds & earth tones are good too. Decorative items that will have a favorable effect on your life when placed in this area entail groups or pairs of things such as bookends, matching statues, symbols of love.

IV. Area for Family & Ancestors

The direction of this area is East. The natural element to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life is Wood. Favorable colors for your life when placed in this area are Greens. Decorating ideas that will have a favorable effect on your life when implemented in this area include placing living things such as flowers & plants, tree images.

V. Area for Health, where All Other Areas of Life Connect

Direction is Center. The natural element to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life is Earth. Colors that will have a favorable effect on your life when placed in this area: Yellow and earth tones. Keeping this area open and uncluttered will have a favorable effect on your life. Also place objects made of Earth, such as a ceramic vase in this area for good health.

VI. Area Related to Your Creativity & Children

Direction is West. The natural element to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life is Metal. Colors that will have a favorable effect on your life when placed in this area are white and pastels, metals (gold, silver, etc). Decorating ideas that will have a favorable effect on your life when implemented in this area include placing whimsical objects, crafts, children’s drawing, round things.

VII. Area Related to (Self-) Knowledge & Skills; being Wise

The direction is Northeast. The natural elements to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life: Water & Earth. Colors that will have a favorable effect on your life when placed in this area are dark blue, dark green, black. Decorating ideas that will have a favorable effect on your life when implemented include placing books, computer and/or your altar in this area.

VIII. Area Related to Career, or rather Life Path

The direction is North. The natural element to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life is Water. The colors that will have a favorable effect on your life when placed in this area: black and dark blue. Decorating ideas that will have a favorable effect on your life when implemented in this area include placing an image with flowing water, fountain, glass, mirrors, crystals.

IX: Area Related to Helpful People (include spiritual guides, deities & friends) and Travel

Direction is Northwest. Natural element to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life: Metal. Colors that will have a favorable effect on your life when placed in this area: Grey, black and white. Placing affirmations, statues of Deities (ideally of metal) are decorating ideas that will have a favorable effect on your life when implemented in this area.

How To Use The Feng Shui Map – Steps to Make the Bague Work for You

1. Draw your home floor plan to scale. Turn it so that your main home entrance is at the bottom of your drawing, and the back of your house is at the top of your drawing. Note: the main entrance is the door that guests use, even if you just use your back door yourself.

2. Make a bagua, i.e. a grid of 9 equal squares to the same scale as your home. You can draw the 3×3 areas on tracing paper and overlay this bagua map over your home. Alternatively, draw the 9 squares directly on your home floor plan.

3. Assign the numbers and areas to each of the squares.

Top left is I, top middle is II, top right is III.

Middle left is IV; center is V; middle right is VI.

Bottom left is VII, bottom middle is VIII; and bottom right is IX.

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good visual map of the bagua, which makes doing step 1-3 really easy.

4. Read the details relating to each area in the bagua and compare it with your home’s actual situation.
Adjust your home to suit the bagua’s indications and your desired changes in your life. Note: if your home is missing corners in the bagua, then ‘claim’ their energy by hanging wind chimes or geraniums (or similar) outside. Try it for yourself. You can easily identify what little or big changes you need to create a happier home.

5. Tip: have just little time? Spend 10 minutes de-cluttering the area of your home that relates to that part of your life where you want to realize immediate improvements.

Expect the corresponding changes to manifest in your life!
Copyright A. Lee, 2007 – All rights reserved.

How Conscious Education Can Support Our Health Program

When a child enters school, they are in the mode to learn about how they can best prepare for the future. In this article I want to deal with our Education Program and the National Health plan. If we looked at empowering children to develop the life skills needed to learn better and the skills needed to deal with a health program, they would be better prepared to meet their challenges in the future. Skills like a positive self-image and self-trust help them tap powerful inner resources that support healing and education. Those skills also help control any kind of sabotage that would limit them from operating at their full potential in these areas.

Imagine if a child had the ability to control how they deal with important challenges. With a simple training, a child can develop habits that allow them to control these life skills with a simple word or phrase. Once they develop this trigger and experience this life skill, they approach the challenge more confidently without hesitation or self-doubt. This might not sound like a significant change, but when inner resources support the education or healing challenge, the child becomes more ‘in-dependent.’ This means they depend on inner resources to work as a partner with outer resources. This makes the student partners with their teacher and doctor. This teaches them how to actively participate with authorities in accomplishing important goals.

The life skill of a positive self-image gives you the power to control how you interpret your situation. For instance, if a child came from a dysfunctional home, they would tend to start their school day with a frustrated perspective; they would be in a state where they were unable to learn. We tend to relate to ourselves the way we have been related to. Often, in a dysfunctional home, the child is conditioned not to be open and receptive. If a child could switch their self-image, they could turn that frustrated perspective into an open, positive perspective that is open to learn.

I worked with a 7-year-old boy referred to me for school behavior problems. He named his Negative Self ‘bad boy’ and his Positive Self ‘good boy.’ I taught him that, when he felt like ‘bad boy,’ he could switch to ‘good boy’ and deal with school from that perspective. As a result, he felt more comfortable in school; his grades and behavior improved. Later in life, these habits could set the tone for crucial interactions, like dealing with poor health or relationships.

I was counseling a veteran with PTSD, which left him in a pretty consistent state of anger. I got him in touch with his positive and negative self-images. He named his negative self-image ‘anger’ and his positive self-image ‘lover.’ His wife got cancer and on the way to the doctor, he wanted to be as supportive as he possibly could. When ‘anger’ related to his wife, it did not have a supportive tone. When ‘lover’ related to her, his love definitely came through. I taught him how to switch instantly from ‘anger’ to ‘lover,’ so he could always give his wife loving support.

If children could learn to control their self-image, they could develop in these areas. They could meet their challenges from a more confident perspective. That would limit self-doubt and subconscious sabotaging programs that make it difficult to manifest. This could be as minor as approaching a test with confidence or as major as dealing with a chronic illness. If these skills were developed in school at a young age, by the time they had health problems, they would have a perspective connected to powerful inner resources. If they did not develop a self-image connected to inner resources, they would be caught in the maze of their mind and deal with self-doubt during crucial times.

I have seen people burdened with a negative past create a positive self-image and deal with challenges their ego was just frustrated with. In school or in the hospital, this self-doubt can grow and sabotage your efforts. You might not be a complete failure, but you are not manifesting to your full potential. This transition would happen easier if the Positive and Negative Self were developed at an early age. When you rely on an old self-image that turned into a strong habit, you are more confident and comfortable operating that way.

Another life skill that is very important in both school and healing is the ability to trust yourself. Self-trust allows you to accept resources that are beyond your conditioned habits. Self-trust also keeps your focus inward, instead of immediately looking outside for the answer. A person who trusts themself can utilize external resources as a partner, so that inner and outer resources work together. Self-trust helps eliminate victim consciousness and empowers students to meet their challenges.

Remember the child that came from a dysfunctional home? If that child could trust their positive perspective; they would identify with the more conscious self-image. Then if they were in a situation like the veteran had with Anger, they would be ready to change.

Educating our children is not limited to teaching them the right answers. Real education draws out of the students inner resources that are useful for any problem-solving they will need in their life. In Latin, the root of ‘education’ is ‘to draw out.’ To do well in school or to heal from a chronic illness, we need to master our life skills and draw them out when necessary.

To deal with our national health program, we need to start developing people who actively approach their challenges. If this was developed throughout their education, it could reduce expenses as we better prepare our children to deal with future health challenges.

© Marc Lerner and Life Skills Institute 2013