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
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.
March 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 others 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.
Focusing 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 appreciate 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
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