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Current Newsletter:
November 2016 - Victimhood

Archived Newsletters:

October 2016 - Confessions of a Reformed Depressive
September 2016 - Is Fear Holding You Back?
August 2016 - Sticks and Stones
July 2016 - Get Your Mindset Straight
June 2016 - Trust

October 2015 - Chase and Crook
March 2015 - Can You Overcome Your Subconscious to Dwell on the Negative?

November 2014 - Are You Hardwired for Negative Thinking
May 2014 - What You Resist Persists
April 2014 - Spring Cleaning
March 2014 - Vernal Equinox

November 2013 - Finding Fulfillment
October 2013 - Confessions of a Reformed Depressive
August 2013 - International Left-Handers Day
June 2013 -The Summer Solstice
May 2013 - Making and Breaking Habits
March 2013 - Spring Equinox
January 2013 - Love, Jealousy and Relationships

Autumn 2012 - Isolation
August/September 2012 - I'm No Quitter
May/June 2012 - Goals & Timeline Imagery

December 2011 - Stuck (or not?)
November 2011 - The Curved Road
August 2011 - Vision Quest
July 2011 - Abundance
May/June 2011 - HypnoSculpting
April 2011 - Letting Go of Fear (to Live Again)
March 2011 - Encouragement for Critical Times
February 2011 - Compassion

December 2010 - Living the Mindful Life
November 2010 - Victimhood
October 2010 - Beat Those Holiday Blues
September 2010 - Balance
August 2010 - Why Hypnosis?
July 2010 - What is Your Life Worth?
June 2010 - Health and Happiness
May 2010 - Take Your Moments
April 2010 - Get Your Mindset Straight
February 2010 - Love & Compassion
January 2010 - Resolutions


December 2009 - Relaxation
November 2009 - Abundance & Thankfulness
October 2009 - Confidence, Clarity, & Support
September 2009 - Equinox
August 2009 - Sticks and Stones
June/July 2009 - Independence
May 2009 - Life
March 2009 - March Events
February 2009 - Valentine's Day & Love

December 2008 - Anger
November 2008 - Gratitude
October 2008 - Focus
August 2008 - Decades
July 2008 - Stuck (or not)
June 2008 - Tips To Be the Best That You Can Be
May 2008 - Sticks and Stones...
April 2008 - Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
March 2008 - The Greener Grass
February 2008 - Divorce

December 2007 - Stress
October 2007 - Halloween & The Curved Road
September 2007 - Is Fear Holding You Back?
August - The Homecoming in the Light
July 2007 - Mental Wellness
May 2007 - Depression and Self Discovery
April 2007 - Confidence and Clarity
March 2007 - Diet/Weight Confusion
February 2007 - Valentine's Day
January 2007 - Happy New Year!

December 2006 - Imagery and Visualization
November 2006 - Victimhood
October 2006 - Depression
September 2006 - Claim Your Power
August 2006 - Trust
July 2006 - Finding Fulfillment
June 2006 - Connection of Thoughts and Physical
May 2006 - Prosperity as a Way of Life
April 2006 - Self Acknowledgment
March 2006 - Spring Cleaning
February 2006 - Love, Jealousy, & Relationships
January 2006 - Prosperity

December 2005 - New Beginnings
October 2005 - A Reformed Depressive
September 2005 - After Katrina

March 2015 - Can You Overcome Your Subconscious to Dwell on the Negative?

Welcome to my March 2015 newsletter. I hope you all are surviving happy and well. I have a few suggestions I will give you shortly on how to help make that happen.

First, let’s have a bit of fun and learn a little more about two significant March events

St Patrick's Day

March 17 is when St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated. A feast day and the anniversary of St Patrick’s death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. St. Patrick's Day falls during the season of Lent, and Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink, and feast.

The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place not in Ireland, but in the United States. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City on March 17, 1762. Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers to reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.

Today, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in the United States, Canada, and Australia. St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore, and Russia.

Happy Spring EquinoxMarch is also the time of the Spring or Vernal Equinox which occurs on March 20 and is one of the four great solar festivals of the year. Day and night are equal, poised and balanced, ready to slip over to the side of light in the Northern Hemisphere and dark in the Southern. The Spring Equinox is sacred to dawn, youth, the morning star, the east and new life

Let me start by apologizing to my friends in the Southern Hemisphere. It is Spring up here and we are leaving the dark days and moving into the light. That is where my focus will be. However, it is thought that both the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, being the most temperate times of the year and with day and night equal, are ideal moments to reflect on balance and the meaning of life.

In many traditions, this is the start of the new year. The Roman year began on the ides of March (15th). The astrological year begins on the equinox when the moon moves into the first sign of the Zodiac, Aries. There are so many traditions both pagan and religious that celebrate this time of year. With all that is happening in our world now, why not change your celebrations a bit and focus on the green. I think we spend way too much time focused on the fear and negativity surrounding us. Focusing on the green can mean many things including going green to help our environment and the green associated with prosperity, good luck and financial security; and that brings me to my article.

Can You Overcome Your Subconscious to Dwell on the Negative?

The answer is yes, but it isn’t easy, not all on your own.

Is the glass half full or is it half empty. Why do some of us see blue skies when othersGlass half full or half empty? only see storm clouds?

It is the rostreal anterior singular cortex that determines whether we are pessimistic or optimistic. But pessimism and optimism are not hard wired. You can use cognitive behavior techniques to overcome your natural tendency to see either the best or the worst. You can use determination and self-control to modify or stop a self-destructive behavior pattern whether it is over eating, too much sugar or something far more destructive such as alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling and more. You can use mindful thinking, focusing your thoughts in the present moment and with willpower and effort you can find success.

It isn’t easy, it is hard work. I suggest that you make that work a little easier with the help of hypnosis. Working with a hypnotherapist and allowing hypnotherapy to help you fight the natural tendencies that we all have for self-destructive behavior or thoughts by “talking” directly to your subconscious.

Our conscious minds account for about 10-11% of our brain power; the rest is controlled by our subconscious. It is the subconscious that houses the id, that part of us that wants what it wants and wants it right now! It is the subconscious that houses our emotions, neurologic pathways and autonomic nervous system.

When you recognize a pattern or a behavior that is actually harmful to yourself, you need to be able to communicate with your subconscious and retrain the pattern or behavior. Hypnosis is a pleasant way to do that; but it isn’t the only way. You can use your conscious mind as well. Repetition is the key.

Focus on what you wantFocusing on what you want, rather than what you do not want is also crucial. Mindfulness has also proven extremely effective. Focus on what you are doing as you are doing it. Be vigilant about not letting the mind wander unless it wanders into pleasant areas. However, if you find your thoughts running back again and again to an unpleasant incident or a pessimistic thought. Stop it!

Every thought, feeing and belief runs on its own neurologic pathway. These pathways can be small like a dirt road and large like an eight lane freeway. How much time and thought you give to it determines how large and strong that neuro pathway becomes. The larger the pathway, the firmer imbedded into your subconscious it becomes. Take back control of your thoughts and fight rumination and “self-referential processing”.

“Put simply, ‘self-referential processing’ is where you ascribe personality traits to yourself and they become your fixed physical, emotional and mental identity. When you’ve got no one to give you feedback or communicate with, you give feedback to yourself and you literally create a view of the world based around your identity regardless of whether it’s accurate or not. From Gordon’s Thoughts.

It is this process that can lead to depression, anxiety, fear and isolation. If allowed to continue it can become pathological and detrimentally affect your ability to be a normal, health and happy functioning person.

Self-referential processing is found in almost all depression cases. It also tends to be behind most dysfunctional core beliefs and habits. Habits by repetition grow in strength as they create larger and larger neuro pathways until they become addictions. This is why paying attention to your thoughts is crucial to your health.

It’s easy to focus on the things you are missing but it’s really, really important to Free hug couponappreciate what is around you. If you actually get out there to take a look at your world, it can be really beautiful. Do you want to pick at the scabs of old wounds or do you want to make a fresh start? Be grateful for what you have. Cherish your relationships. Talk to people and get out of your own head. Hug your child, your dog or your best friend. Our lives are so much richer when we choose optimism and when you do then you can see the glass is half full.

Linda Simmon C.Ht
New Beginnings


All the health tips are from Real Age by Sharecare

  • Having trouble remembering certain details -- like where you put your phone or keys? The culprit behind your brain fog may be lurking in your kitchen cabinets. One study shows that foods high in trans fats may be directly linked to a decline in memory.

  • Yoga reduces stress and keeps you strong. It may even relieve fibromyalgia pain, depression and fatigue. And some medical evidence supports its mind-body healing powers.

  • Have you been depriving yourself to achieve your weight-loss goals? Severely limiting your diet just to shed unwanted pounds is not only unhealthy -- it's unnecessary. According to Joel Fuhrman, MD, the secret to lasting weight loss is eating highly nutritious superfoods. And the best part is that you can eat as much of these foods as you want! They are pomegranates, cacao powder (the less sugar the better), Adzuki Beans (I had to look them up as well), squash and cashews

— and as usual, a few of my favorite quotes:

All the happiness you ever find lies in you.
~ Unknown

" Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be
lived forwards.

~ Kierkegaard

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
~ Kurt Vonnegut

Find a place inside where there’s joy and the joy will burn out
the pain.

~ Joseph Campbell

You have brains in your head,
you have feet in your shoes,
you can steer yourself
any direction you choose.

~ Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel)

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.
~ Proverb

"Let your mind fly toward ‘what-if?’ Let your what-if become ‘why-not?’ Then you're on your way.
Why not. when life is so short, and we are such grand people?"
~ Larsen & Hegarty


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