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CHI FOR YOURSELF listeners are well acquainted with the “Inner Critic.” It’s the voice that makes us second-guess our every step by saying “not enough,” “not good enough,” or sometimes “too much.” At times the Inner Critic can be so strong that it feels invincible, but bestselling author and renowned meditation teacher Mark Coleman promises that it is not.
Mark Coleman is the author of Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic. Visit Mark Coleman’s website.
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Why Mindfulness Matters To Your State Of Being
By Keye Wu
If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss has been about coloring books for adults, then prepare to be enlightened.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 350 million people worldwide – of all ages – suffer from depression. Depression can be a traumatic sensation because it is usually recognizable as a dulling of the emotions, where the sufferer ceases to experience pleasure in activities they would have taken pleasure from previously.
Instead, they experience a heavy, bulky, tired feeling where it’s difficult to conceive of positive experiences. They also become prone to anger, frustrations and self-loathing beyond normal limits.
It is normal to experience negative emotions about ourselves, but it becomes a problem when these emotions are the primary focus of our lives, and depression hits almost as soon as the sufferer wakes in the morning, often making it difficult for them to do something as simple as get out of bed.
Mindfulness has become a buzzword in recent years that describes a meditative action, whereby the participant lives fully in the moment.
They focus their attention on a task or activity and fully engage their senses upon it – like coloring in a coloring book. The action of coloring doesn’t require any deep thought. It’s a rhythmic motion that doesn’t necessarily involve fine motor skills, and it deeply involves the brain – offering a creative way to ease stress.
Mindfulness is a form of meditation – a non-judgmental activity that helps depression sufferers practice observing events without criticism.
Mindfulness allows us to be aware of the feelings we are experiencing – such as anger, sadness, or even disappointment at how our own behavior has let us down – and observe it almost as if it were happening to someone else.
We tend to be much more forgiving of other people than we are of ourselves, which helps reflect that acceptance back on us. Acceptance is the first key to unlocking happiness.
Yoga is another form of mindfulness, which is under-utilized by many depression sufferers. Yoga is breath-centered because every movement, posture, and structure is synchronized with the yogi’s breathing. After some practice, it becomes natural for the yoga practitioner to notice when their attention has become distracted and bring it back to the task at hand.
By being able to become aware whenever your attention is diverting to somewhere else and by recognizing the moments when your thoughts become dominated by negative things, you will slowly be able to catch yourself at those crucial moments and prevent yourself from going the downward spiral of negativity.
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Positive Thinking And Its Effect On Your Health
by Greg Riley
The first situation to consider is the relationship between thoughts and conditions like depression and stress. A crucial question is whether the person’s thoughts are creating the physical depression or the physical depression is creating the negative thinking.
When it comes to how you can use your mind to help, this can be accomplished consciously and subconsciously. When someone has a habit of imagining things turning out very badly, rational thinking can show them that they often exaggerate. However, the unconscious mind is much more powerful in shaping our habitual behavior, oftentimes beyond our conscious control.
Visualization and hypnosis can be very effective in modifying beliefs and, if you do this, the long-lasting effects can be more powerful than using logic only.It is likewise true that positive thinking can have an impact on our physical health, and you may be aware of the placebo effect on people who feel ill. This is when individuals are given a pill which in reality does not have any healing value, and yet they claim to notice an improvement in how they feel. This is evidence of the connection between mind and body, and there are many examples of men and women with a positive outlook being able to recover faster from malady and injury.
You can also use the power of your mind to help you in achieving your fitness goals. A historic example of this is when the four- minute barrier for running the mile was broken, which had been considered as unachievable up to that point. Once the “barrier” had been broken, other runners also began to break through what had really been a barrier of belief.
The effects of aging are likewise influenced by how we think about the process. As you get older, do you talk to your friends about your “aches and pains” and your weakened capabilities? It seems there’s a great deal of truth to the saying, “You’re only as old as you think you are,” and our thoughts can be used to undo a lot of the so-called effects of aging. Unfortunately, numerous individuals will continue to hold on to old beliefs about the unavoidable “decline” of health in old age, and not pay attention to the benefits of a positive outlook.
Now that you are aware that your attitude can bring you a much better state of health, it’s up to you to take advantage of this information and set your intention to think positive thoughts whenever you remember.
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