HEALTHY AGING: “Mindfulness, Meditation, Affirmation & the Inner Journey” – Part II
By Nick Prukop – firstname.lastname@example.org
Think of the human mind as resembling an ice berg. Only a very small portion of the ice shows above the water and the rest is hidden from our view (approximately 90% of the ice). I believe that in our dealings with other human beings we make judgments and other critical decisions about who we “think” others are without ever knowing the “real truth” about that person. This is also the way it can be when it comes to what we know and don’t know about ourselves and consequently we will almost certainly fall short of the truth. This phenomenon happens all the time in the world we live in and since we are mostly “off target” with ourselves, we are most likely also missing the mark when it comes to others. The idea that we can “re-program” our subconscious minds seems a little farfetched when we realize how little of our minds we really use. The research in this area of utilization is surprising since it shows we only use perhaps 5-10% of our mind’s real capacity. Scary isn’t it? Even the greatest thinkers and geniuses of all time didn’t access more than maybe 15% of their mind’s potential! Isn’t that incredible? So what of the gifts of contemplation, visualization, imagination, and change? Let’s take a look.
The belief systems we currently “own” were probably put there by someone other than ourselves from our past and when the time comes for us to move forward and change them to reflect our new circumstances, we either embrace the possibilities or we stagnate and prohibit our own growth. The idea that we can go “within” and free ourselves of the burden of outdated beliefs that no longer serve our current needs is incredible to me. This is the gift of meditation and affirmative prayer. We contemplate the “possible” while getting rid of the idea that our lives are impossible! It may take time and some trial and error but it is well worth the effort! Think of the word impossible and substitute “I AM possible” every time you are faced with negative programming from your past. Your past does NOT control your present OR your future unless you give it permission to do so.
Releasing old ideas you hold of yourself that continue to shackle you to your current circumstances is critical if you are to move forward from your present position. Releasing and accepting your new self as it unfolds is the reason for the inner work and when you “feel” the strength of your new choices you will become encouraged and hopeful – which yields even greater results! Being vulnerable and open to change moves the process along a more positive path since the point of this activity is to RELEASE your grip on what is holding you back from your own TRUE success. Accomplishing this task is what makes life worth living. We are NOT “static beings” – we are ‘human beings’ – not “doings”. Remember that as you face the struggle and feel discouraged – it is only temporary – because our subconscious minds (the ego) will resist and fight back. But the victory is inevitable when we truly believe in the process!
Complete the following phrases with whatever comes to mind and give as many answers as you can conceive: “I am”: (ex. love, happy, creative etc.); “I value”: (ex. myself, my health, listening etc.); “I care about”: (ex. my child, change, giving etc.); “I love to”: (ex. run, write, speak etc.); “I feel”: (ex. hopeful, abundant, grateful, joyful etc.). I have completed these sentences countless times over the years and this exercise will give you a “snapshot” in time about your current attitudes and feelings about yourself. Use your time to focus your attention – AND intention – in the present as much as you can everyday so that your behavior changes over time to include MORE of life’s blessings and richness – and diversity. Embrace forgiveness and gratitude without reservation for they are the foundation for a happy and fulfilling life. Holding on to resentments and bitterness because you want to” be right” is never worth the price you will have to pay when it comes to your health. I have carried hate, anger, guilt, and regret for years and they are indeed a heavy burden that need not weigh you down. The journey is tough enough without struggling to live with “baggage” from your past that could be permanently released into the universe through meditation, prayer and affirmation – freeing you to live your dream. I choose that for MYSELF right NOW. How about you? Dreams – and a vision of what is possible – “pull us forward” every day we are alive to the possibilities. They are calling each one of us to respond and welcome them into our lives. Today is the FIRST day of the rest of your life. How do you choose to live it? The choice is yours and only you can make it.
- HEALTHY AGING: “Mindfulness, Meditation, Affirmation & the Inner Journey” – Part III
- HEALTHY AGING: “Mindfulness, Meditation, Affirmation & the Inner Journey” – Part I
Category: Healthy Aging