“Only your surface is disturbed. In your deepness there is stillness and tranquility” – Bryan McGill. And so, as we begin this new year, I pray that there will be Peace within you. I pray that regardless of the of the chaos that may surround you or the demands being placed upon you or the events that seem out of your control, that you will remember to anchor yourself in the place of profound Peace that exists within you. Oh, it’s there. You just have to remember to choose it. Set aside a few minutes every day to reside in Peace. It will be one of the best decisions you ever make.
The field of all possibilities awaits your request and EVERYTHING is possible! So, dare to dream your most beautiful dream for what you want 2014 to be. Then, in every single moment, align all your thoughts and behaviours with this vision. In fact, act as if it has already happened. Do this with a joyous, open heart and watch what happens!!
Do you have a difficult time falling asleep because your mind won’t stop racing from one thought to another?
Would you like to be able to sit and be still with a quiet mind and experience a deep, restorative sense of Peace?
Here’s a little tip for quieting a racing mind that I’ve been using with great success. I began using it to experience a deeper state of meditation but found it to be so effective that I now use it to instantaneously disengage from negative thought patterns and emotional triggers as well as help me be fully present in the moment.
Used on a daily basis, it’s a fabulous way to train your brain to work for you. This one skill, combined with Conscious Breathing (scroll down) has the ability to create truly profound changes in how you experience Life.
Eventually you’ll be able to do this anywhere, at anytime, and with your eyes open but when starting out with this practice, it’s best to create a quiet environment where neither people nor electronics will disturb you. You can do this lying down or in a seated position, whatever is the most comfortable for you. Close your eyes and begin doing Conscious Breathing. This will activate the Parasympathetic Nervous System and set you up for success in quieting the mind. If you’re unfamiliar with Conscious Breathing or simply need a refresher, scroll down and read the blog post I have on the topic.
After you have done 2 to 3 minutes (or longer, if you wish) of gentle, relaxed Conscious Breathing shift your focus to your earlobes. Yes, you read that correctly, your earlobes! Raise your fingers to your earlobes and gently ‘tweak’ them. Don’t pinch them or cause any discomfort, simply create enough of a physical sensation so that you know they are there.
After you’ve done this, place your arms in a restful position beside you and now focus your full attention on your earlobes. In particular, and this is the really important part, focus on both of your earlobes AT THE SAME TIME.
You may find that your mind resists doing this and wants to jump around in a restless manner. If this happens, don’t get frustrated, it’s completely normal to experience this when you’re beginning, just be persistent in returning your attention to focusing on both earlobes at the same time. While doing this, breathe in a gentle and relaxed manner.
The key to making long lasting changes of any kind is to start by taking small steps so begin doing ELF (EarLobe Focus) for about 20 seconds. Once you are able to do this well, i.e. your attention stays focused on both your earlobes at the same time without straying, start increasing the length of time.
The added benefit that I discovered is that the more I practice this, the greater the overall quality of my ability to focus. The reason why, I believe, is that I have broken the habit of my mind racing down those noisy, frenetic, neural pathways whenever it wants leaving mental chaos in its wake and as a result, my brain is simply a calmer and clearer place. What a great feeling!
Rarely does any one approach work for everyone but I do hope this works for you. Let me know how you do with it by posting your comments here!
Disclaimer: The information presented on the Soul Conscious Living blog is for educational purposes only and should not, in any way, be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Be sure to consult with your health care professional before making any changes to your lifestyle.
I recently stumbled upon an excellent lecture given by by Dr. Deepak Chopra that I’d like to share with you. Click here to read the transcription.
It is filled with fascinating and compelling information supporting the thought that you do not have to remain stuck in old, toxic patterns of beliefs and behaviours:
“Humans have become “bundles of conditioned reflexes” constantly re-stimulated and triggered by media, people and circumstances into the same quantum events, biochemical events, behavioral outcomes and life experiences. We become the “victims” of the same repetition of worn-out memories. The irony is that your tormentor today is yourself leftover from yesterday. However, imagine if the building we are in is made of brick, and you had the ability to change every brick in the building once a year……..”
In his lecture, Dr. Chopra explains in detail how you are so much more that the mindless repetition of memories, that in fact you are constantly changing, connected to a vast field of pure potential and have the power to be whomever you choose to be.
It is in the quiet moments of Daily Practice, when no one is around to notice, encourage or celebrate your steps, when it is just you and the power of now to set the bar higher and ask a little more of yourself, that personal Integrity is ignited.
A Daily Practice does not have to be difficult. Whether your practice involves doing one thing or a number of things a day, the key to making long lasting change is to take small steps that you can repeat with accuracy and consistency. The objective is to gently rouse your brain, heart and body out of their drowsy routines and tell them to start working on creating a new reality for you.
Let’s begin with Accuracy. To set up a Daily Practice for Soul Conscious living I would suggest that you have four categories: Mind, Heart, Body and Soul. In each of these categories, come up with things that you can do that will strengthen your connection in that area. For example:
- Mind: Quiet your mind and focus on your goal for soul-centeredness in a clear, relaxed manner. Visualize it as if it has already happened.
- Heart: Engage your emotions by reading a personal statement you have written that describes how you will feel when you reach your goal. Write it in the present tense as if it has already happened, read it out loud and read it like you mean it!
- Body: Breathe the intention, synchronize your breathing with the visualization, breathe it into every cell of your body.
- Soul: Take the vision of your goal up into the field of all possibilities and make your request known, Be it.
Some other suggestions of things you can do are: prayer, meditation/quieting the mind, active meditation, conscious breathing, spiritual reading and journaling, eating pure foods, eating mindfully, mindful exercise, making a conscious spiritual connection with nature each day, expressing gratitude each day, saying a mantra or affirmation at the top of each hour and sharing your goals with others. The most important thing of all is to engage in things that are meaningful to you.
The next step is Consistency. Determine the timeline for when you will do these things. When my Daily Practice involves more than a couple of things a day I find it useful to create a chart to help me stay organized. The chart can be segmented into morning, afternoon and evening with sub- categories for mind, heart, body and soul. Within these sub-categories, write down what you will do on a daily basis. When you have accomplished something, check it off.
Use this chart as your ‘go to’ place for remembering what you need to do when. You can print it off and keep it in your wallet, make it your screen saver or even put it into your smartphone, just make sure it will be in your field of vision several times a day.
A Daily Practice should be fluid as well as structured. For initiating major shifts in my life, my practice is quite involved, with a number of things to do at certain times each day. Once I’ve shifted to the desired level, the intensity eases up greatly and I make modifications to it so that my practice becomes one of maintaining this new state.
Last year, as the start of the May 24th long weekend approached (it is the unofficial beginning of Summer in Canada and cause for much celebration), I found myself thinking that I wanted to do something other than the usual long-weekend activities. To this end, I created a Spiritual Intensive for myself with the plan being that I would do it for the entire four-day stretch.
By the end of the long weekend I was so amazed by what I had accomplished and how incredible I felt that I decided to continue it.
As of today, March 16, 2012, I am now on day 296 of this Intensive. I have been using the same approach that I have just written about here. It has been absolutely transformational!
‘Where you look you will go’, the life’s lesson I learned the hard way while horseback riding. I was looking at the ground instead of the jump ahead of me. Ouch! The lesson I learned that day was that no matter how much you want to achieve a goal, if you do not align your behavior with it, it will not happen.
Between where you are now and where you want to be, there will be times when you are distracted, tired or ill, when the demands at work are overwhelming, when relationships are in crisis or there is a death of a loved one. All of these make it difficult to remain enthusiastically engaged in and focused on your goal.
One of the most important things you could ever do to create a Soul Conscious life, or achieve any goal for that matter, is to set up a Daily Practice. It creates a structure that helps keep you focused, oriented and grounded during a period of transition. Additionally, it is highly effective during times of stress and distraction because it allows you to deal with whatever has come up in your life without sacrificing your goal and something that is important to you.
Each time you engage in your Daily Practice, you press a reset button that tells your mind, heart and body to come back into alignment and focus with your goal. This is extremely important because ‘where you look you will go’. If you allow your attention to be distracted, it’s distraction that you’ll manifest. If you are focused on creating a Soul Conscious life, then that’s what you’ll create.
I cannot express this more clearly than what was given to me by my guide:
Be it strongly, with Intent
With Precision, with Integrity
And it will come to you.
This is the Law of the Universe.
Stepping out of your comfort zone and reaching for something more is a significant step in your personal evolution. It takes time, energy, effort and commitment, and that can be more than little daunting when you are already living a demanding life. Fortunately, there’s something you can do to set yourself up for success in this endeavor.
A Daily Practice will make you far more successful at reaching your goal than if you don’t have one. As well, should you get off track with your goal (which happens to everyone), you will be able to get back on track much faster because your Daily Practice will begin to feel like your normal state of being.
My next posting will give you some ideas for creating your Daily Practice.