I cry at movies and commercials and youtube videos and people hugging at the airport and puppies playing and…well you get the picture. Even though I am not part of the action or in the movie, to the brain it doesn’t matter. The mind will fool our brains because the neural networks of our thinking brain uses past memories to quickly respond to the visual cues.
The reality is that we have more than one mind. And each of these minds has a different experience of what is true.
We can influence our mind through suggestion known by medical professionals as the placebo effect. We will believe a pill will make us feel better (e.g., reduce pain and anxiety). The same can be said for hypnosis. Based on the “power of suggestion” we can also use meditatation, visualization, and affirmation to lower stress.
Affirmations work in much the same way.
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“I often meditate on trusting that I will have enough. Enough of what? Well, enough courage, enough inner strength, enough wisdom, enough energy, enough love, enough happiness, enough peace, and yes, enough money. When life becomes intense, the prism of mental scarcity often grows and distorts our view. We start to think that we are going to run out. However, we cannot attract abundance if we think this way. Abundance and Scarcity are mutually exclusive entities.
Do you suffer from what Stephen Covey describes as a scarcity mentality? Do you frequently have feelings of jealousy? Do you often compare with your colleagues, friends, or family? Do you constantly measure what you have? Do you have any sort of loss aversion?”
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I love this time of year when everyone is thinking about gratitude. For yogis it’s a year-long, life-long practice. Maybe just maybe my hope is that folks get into the gratitude habit now and keep it forever.
Rick Foster and Greg Hicks set out on a three-year journey to study extremely happy people. In their book How We Choose to Be Happy, they found that there are nine choices happy people make. One of those nine is to practice Appreciation. The other of the nine choices includes: Intention, Accountability, Identification, Centrality, Recasting, Options, Giving, Truthfulness, and Synergy.
Happy people actively exercise gratitude and choose to live with an attitude of gratitude. They don’t buy into what geneticists say, that we have an unmovable “happiness set-point.”
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Stay tuned for Silvia Mordini & Haute Yoga Queen Anne’s Happiness Project! Coming Soon!