Words can heal or hurt. Try this exercise:
How relaxed or tense are you right now?
Become as relaxed as you possibly can.
Take 3 deep breaths & stretch. Allow your body to release any emotional, physical & neurological stress as you stretch.
Now, gently roll your head around to loosen up the muscles in your neck & shoulders.
Take 3 more deep breaths..
Do you feel more relaxed or tense? Do you feel more alert, calm or tired?
Now take another deep breath & bring your awareness into the present moment…
How did you react when you saw the word NO!? Did your muscles tighten? Did you smile or tense your face?
Science has proven that when we focus on negative words our brain responds by releasing dozens of stress-producing hormones & neurotransmitters. These chemicals interrupt the normal function of our brain (those involved with logic, reasoning, language processing & communication). So the more we focus on negative words & thoughts, the more damage we can do to the key structures that regulate our memory, feelings & emotions. This causes disruptive sleep patterns, appetite & how our brain regulates happiness, longevity & health. That’s how powerful a single negative words can be!
So how can we combat the damage of negative words? Well for one, avoid them. But how? Interrupt negative thoughts & feelings! Ten to twenty minutes of Mindfulness practice a day can add 2 years to your life! Many people have a misconception about what being mindful really is. The purpose of mindfulness is NOT to remain quiet & thought free, it’s about becoming aware of the constant shifts in consciousness that take place. Mindfulness is about learning how to passively observe (in a non judgmental way) all the inner voices you become aware of, the other sounds that you mind has filtered out.
When you practice mindfulness, this form of awareness lights up & activates your frontal lobes (your frontal lobes is where your brain’s ability to suppress feelings of anxiety, stress & irritability).
Here’s an easy exercise that will help you turn off your stress:
Sit comfortably. Take 10 deep breaths, with each breath notice your breathing pattern, feel your chest rise & fall with each breath as you relax every muscle in your body.
Now repeat to yourself a word that gives you a feeling of serenity, peace, love or joy. Continue repeating this word for 10-20 minutes as you slowly breath in through your nose & exhale through your mouth.
Whenever a distracting thought arises, simple notice it without judgement, let it float away as you focus back on your breathing.
When you’re finished, open your eyes & take not of how you feel.
After a few weeks of doing this practice daily you will notice you feel more alert & relaxed, less anxious &/or depressed. You may even lose your desire to smoke, drink, overeat or any other habit you might be ready to let go of.
*I did an 8 week study on mindfulness with a few clients who suffered from anxiety. The goal was to overcome anxiety & sleep better. I gave my clients a 20 minute Guided Mindful Meditation mp3. They were to listen to this mp3 at least once a day for the next 8 weeks. Within the 1st week, my clients reported they felt more relaxed during the day, experienced better sleep & didn’t experience many anxiety attacks like they normally did. After the 8 weeks, they all reported, not only better sleep quality, but more relaxed & refreshed sleep, more energy thought the day, their reaction to daily “stress” was more mindful & calm, they all felt they responded rather than reacted to those experiences & they all felt they have connected to their inner peace. Overall they felt happier & content with their life & the triggers that contributed to their stress no longer had the same effect.
Mindfulness helps us recognize that we have all kinds of negative thoughts flowing unconsciously through our mind, it allows us to turn our awareness inward & pay close attention to the chatter that’s really going on within our minds. We don’t have to judge or analyze them, we just simply observe without judgement. When changing the way we think & feel, mindfulness is the most important tool we have to achieve this! Each Monday I post a Mindful Monday Minute video that shares a mindful practice you can do in a minute or 2. I encourage all of you to try at least one!
Here’s to an abundance of health, prosperity, love & happiness….choose your words wisely!
Love & light,