All posts for the month November, 2013

The Gift of the Mind-Body Connection Pt. 2

Published November 30, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

mind_body_connectionI have read the first section of the book What Are You Hungry For?  by Deepak Chopra and I must say it has left me feeling amazed at the route my life has taken this past year.  I have come so far and have led myself to exactly what Deepak explains in the book.  I am happy I purchased it because initially I felt as though I didn’t need it, but I am here to tell you that I certainly did.  I needed it like a cake needs icing.  It is helping me to understand just what it is I have been doing and why it has worked for me.  It is helping me understand that I was able to allow my intuition to guide me to this place and I am so thankful for it.  I know that God is the guiding force behind all of my accomplishments that I have faced this year and I know that he will be the driving force behind all of the accomplishments I face in the future.  I am so grateful to have been given this gift.

After spending most of my life as a prisoner within myself I cannot tell you how beautiful it is to be free.  How wonderful it is to know that I am capable of loving me so much that I can and do treat my mind, body and soul with the respect it deserves.  There were times in my life that I felt as though I was a lost cause and would be better off dead.  I couldn’t understand why God was making me live through the torment, but now I know.  Now I know that the torment was what I needed to get me to where I am today.  I felt as though God hated me, but now I know he loved me enough to allow for all the right ingredients to guide me to this day.

I am happy to say that I finally know what bliss is.  I know what it means to have joy emanating from the core of my being.  I no longer look to others to make me feel good about myself.  I no longer need anyone other than myself.  My happiness was always living within me, I just didn’t know it, nor did I know how to access it.  For so many years I felt as though I would always be a burden to myself and those that I loved, but now I can see how I am just the opposite.  I am a blessing.  I live my life, now, to bless others, and I love it.  I feel full, happy and balanced finally, once and for all.

I have been given a gift that I am so grateful for and if possible I ask God to help me share it with others.  I truly would love nothing more than to see other people who struggle with self loathing to change that around, to find the peace and understanding for themselves as I have.  Life can be amazingly beautiful.  Our problems can turn into mini challenges that will excite us to overcome.  Nothing in life is so catastrophic that we can’t learn and grow from it, it’s simply how we perceive it.

What Are You Hungry For? By Deepak Chopra

Published November 30, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

51x6uHG5sNLI am very early on in the book, but I must say that it is in support of how I have been evolving this past year.  Deepak talks of being fulfilled in the mind, body and soul which will in turn alleviate the need to overeat.  It will be effortless to overcome if we can become fulfilled in all of those areas of our lives.  This is why in my book “No Will Power Needed” I explained how I was able to lose nearly a hundred pounds without the struggle I normally faced when trying to shed the pounds.  I unknowingly started to become fulfilled in all of those areas of my life.  I didn’t exactly know how to express it but that was what it was.

I began learning new things, trying new things, getting out of the house, and most importantly, I began meditating.  It was as if I finally surrendered to a guiding force in my life that lead me to all of these things.  It was as if I had finally allowed myself to listen and follow my  intuition.

I am so glad that I bought the book.  It was just over ten dollars for the kindle version which allows me to read it on my tablet or computer.  Ten dollars, in my opinion, is a tiny price to pay to find true happiness once and for all.  Although I have been doing this for almost a year now I was unaware of what I was actually doing.  Now that I know, I will be able to explain it to people, or at the very least lead them to this book.  Previously when I tried to explain to people that they could lose weight without even trying they would look as me like I had three heads, like I was lying, but I am telling you that you can do this.

Food is such a small part of the problem.  It is mostly the mind and the way we perceive the events of our lives.  I highly recommend this book.  No matter what you are doing to lose weight now, you will benefit from it.  Deepak will teach you what you are hungry for and how to add that into your life while still being able to enjoy food without the guilt and shame many of us face after eating.  I will keep everyone posted as I go through the book in more depth.

This couldn’t have come at a better time since my weight-loss had stalled and old habits started to return.  Thank you Deepak once again you were right there for me.  🙂

What are You Hungry for? By Deepak Chopra

Published November 29, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

51x6uHG5sNLI am considering getting this book does anyone have any insight into it?  I just love Deepak Chopra and have been studying his work for most of this year, so I thought it would be a great addition to what I have already learned.

What are You Thankful for?

Published November 28, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

thankful4Today is Thanksgiving.  It is a day to give thanks.  It is hard for me to believe that every person in the world cannot find at least one thing to be thankful for.  To wake up and be anything other than thankful today is quite sad, to me.  If nothing else, how about the fact that you woke up?  How about the fact that you can see the world before you? How about the fact that you can walk across the floor, or smell the turkey cooking?  How about the fact that you have breath within you to breathe?

Please take a moment to find at least one thing, no  matter how big or how small to be thankful for.  I myself am thankful for;

  • My husband
  • My children
  • My cute little house
  • My car that gets me from here to there
  • My ability to be in the present moment
  • The family I will be enjoying dinner with today
  • The fact that I have a warm place to lay my head
  • The fact that I am able to be better tomorrow than I am today
  • The fact that God has allowed me to walk, talk, see, hear, breathe, smell, taste, love, and understand

These are just a few of the things that come to mind today.  What comes to mind for you?  What are you thankful for?  It’s hard to be down when you find many reasons to be grateful.

Giving Thanks with Eckhart Tolle

Published November 28, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

eckhart-tolleI’m enjoying my morning coffee with Eckhart Tolle.  I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the first, freshest part of my day.  He invokes such peace within me.  I figured I would jot down the little tidbits I get from listening to him this morning.

  • He is speaking of thoughts being like a viral infection of the mind.  How many people live so identified with the ego that they judge immediately.  Judging people, and groups of people which leads to the violence in our world today.  How the habitual self talk we all have that tells us who we are is made up of who we think we are and what people have told us we are over our life time.
  • Without the space the room means nothing.  This is the same analogy of the mind.  Some of us carry so many thoughts that we lose ourselves.   Without the space of the mind means nothing
  • A great spiritual practice is to not label what you are seeing.  Eckhart explains that the best time to practice this is to do it while you are waiting.  We as human beings are always waiting, therefore spending this time seeing what is happening around us without judgments or labels is a wonderful way to grow spiritually.  Simply see it.  It is what it is.
  • The meaning of Zen is alert presence.
  • Our thoughts invoke emotions, therefore if we control our thoughts we control our emotions.
  • When you are able to find inner peace and feel your aliveness you will no longer need stimulus to feel alive.  You can simply start by feeling the aliveness in your hands.  Feel them vibrate and tingle, and then move the alertness to other parts of the body.  This will enable the stream of thinking to slow down without losing consciousness.  This is particularly important to me because I often use food as a stimulus to feel alive.
  • When a situations arises that could be perceived as “bad” will become strengthened by judgments and complaints.  The need to be right will magnify challenges in life and create problems out of them which creates suffering.
  • The egoic mind seems to like the fight to be right, but the body does not.  It creates contractions within which creates illness.

Above are a few meaningful tidbits I felt were worth sharing.  I still have more than half of the video to watch but since it’s Thanksgiving I suppose I had better get off the computer and get to preparing to go to my nieces for dinner.

I hope you all have blessed and Happy Holiday 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving <3

Published November 27, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Today is our first real snow fall of the year, and Tootsie’s first snow fall ever.  She enjoyed chasing the flakes while I shoveled the driveway.  That is a workout in itself.  It’s my first time shoveling and boy-oh-boy did I worked up a sweat.  I figured since I wouldn’t be making it to Curves this morning I would do a bit of shoveling in its place.  Boo boo kitty, as you can see, hates the snow and the cold weather.  He wont be going out for a while now.  I’m not complaining I like having him in the house since in the summer months we rarely see him.

So, my mini plan is to make up the days missed at Curves by going on Friday and Saturday.  This will ensure that I still get in my four days for the week.  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving which means the food shall be pouring in by the truck loads.  The cheese balls, Christmas cookies, and chocolates will be lining the filing cabinets at work from now til the end of the year.  All I can do is ask God to help me to maintain my healthy boundaries throughout the Holiday season.  I ask that I am able to enjoy an occasional treat without over indulging to the point of feeling ill.  I do have a tendency to do that, however, I know that as long as I am fully present and aware I will be able to control it.  Self-awareness, I have found, is the key to success when changing a negative habit.

Over indulgence makes me feel out of control and horrible.  That is not the way I intend on spending my holiday season.  It is only four weeks and should be a happy time.  I can get through this, I know I can.  After all, I do have the best support I could ever ask for, God, and with God all things are possible.  Right?  🙂

I hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday and are able to spend with the ones you love.

Nameste Love_heart

Everyday Wisdom by Wayne Dyer

Published November 26, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Please take a moment to watch this video, or shall I say take a listen.  I promise you there will be something of value within it that will be just for you.

Thank You, God

Published November 25, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

thank-you-GodThank you God for helping me maintain my healthy boundaries throughout the Holiday season.  Thank you for helping me to stay present and to be aware of all the other precious things the Holidays are about.

Putting it into Perspective

Published November 24, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Last night my husbands band donated their time to a dance for the Special Olympics.  It was amazing to see and put life into perspective for me.  These people had more fun than I think I have ever seen people have.  My husband has been playing for forty years and for the twenty-three years we have been together I have been attending his gigs, and I have to say it is like pulling teeth to get people out on the dance floor.  Most people are self-conscious and afraid, well, these people were not.  They danced to every song, they didn’t even leave the dance floor between songs.  They were having such a good time and doing so without a care in the world.  There was not a single thought as to whether someone may be judging them.  They were simply just being.

It made me realize how we all take life for granted.  We as the walking “normal” (and I say that lightly) are never satisfied with ourselves or our lives.  We are constantly trying to be something we are not.  Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could just be, as these people are?  To live life joyously without judgement or condemnation?  How different would our lives be if we were only able to accept ourselves and others?  We could all take a lesson from them and in doing so could change the world.

I know that the whole experience left me feeling a little freer.  I don’t feel as though I have to be anything other than what I am.  I don’t feel as though I have to do anything other than live my life being the best person I can be to myself and others.  I don’t feel as though I am anything other than perfect just the way I am.  From here on out my purpose in life is to live healthy, happy, and whole.  I will be a blessing to people in my life whether it be a passer-by on the street or the family within my home.  I am not living for myself.  I am not out to please only me, and here is the big one, I am not here to lose weight and become a tiny stick figure seeking approval from others.  I am here to be kind to my body and mind so I can be kind to others.  That is it in a nutshell.  God created us exactly as we are, and I for one, am going to honor my body, my mind, and my soul from this day forward.

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