The Yellow Submarine is one of my FAVORITE movies, despite being a Beatles fanatic; I just love this movie for so many reasons. One in particular is the quote by George Harrison, “it’s all in the mind”. In the movie each character views their own lives or “worlds” in their own unique way (which come to life in the film, definitely watch it!). It is their own point of view and their own way of thinking. Similarly, when I venture on this path to wellness and a holistic life, the mind is a powerful thing to consider. I like to envision myself either physically accomplishing something or visualize the end result of a particular project, or how I see myself in my minds eye (positively or negatively). So, I ask this; is it possible to train your brain to change? I say, YES, particularly when it comes to motivational change!
The concept of mindfulness can become a powerful tool in your wellness toolbox. Being mindful means we are aware of not only our actions, but our thoughts as well. And how these actions and thoughts manifest into our daily lives. Neuroscientist, Richie Davidson states in a recent article from Mindful magazine (2014), “know three things: 1, you can train your brain to change, 2, that change is measurable, and 3, new ways of thinking can change it for the better. This in scientific practice is referred to as neuroplasticity (essentially working daily to “train” the brain to formulate new thoughts or new ways of thinking). You know that phrase, “believe it and you will receive it”, this is neuroplasticity! It’s SCIENCE not all fluffy, new-agey, nothingness!
Adapting a positive attitude about life is a cornerstone to your path to wellness and leading a happier and healthier life. Like anything that you have to train for, a race, a musical instrument, etc, training the brain takes PRACTICE! You have to be consistent and keep moving forward. Will you have bad days, S**T YES, BUT by practicing mindfulness, you will be better equipped to mange your bad days. Challenging, yes! Take the challenge, be aware of your thoughts, how do they affect your day-to-day? Your partner? Your family? Co-workers? How do your thoughts manifest into action?
I challenge you to take two days, that’s it, and be mindful of your thoughts. Write them ALL down, positive, negative, flat, whatever and write them down. What emotion can you connect with the thought? Is this a situation you can change? If yes, what will you do? When we start living with awareness, it shows and things start to shift. This shift is amazing, some days the shift is very subtle, other days, you may notice it more. Nonetheless, discover how your mind influences your whole body wellness. You have a choice, every day and after all, “It’s all in the mind y’know” (and so are blue meanies!).
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