Over the past few weeks, I have written about several mental blockages and barriers we give ourselves, which sabotage and limit our successes in the world.
What others do we need to uncover for you to shine and not be afraid to shine?
Whether it is cancer or another chronic health issue, you may face OR just everyday life being tiresome.
I would like to share with you the viewpoint and perspective I adopted, honed and practiced each day, till it became second nature and an automatic habit.
Substitute the word CANCER for your own personal hurdles, and the word applicable to you. It may be back pain, MS, Parkinson's the list is endless. Whatever is your bane.
According to the Collins Dictionary BANE is
“A person or thing that causes misery or distress (esp in the phrase bane of one’s life)”
If you feel yourself being dragged down by a person or situation in your life and you have lost your spark and enthusiasm, it is no different to battling a health issue. It’s just the health issue may be a marathon rather than a sprint when it comes to measuring time.
I also mentioned that takes about 80% of mental attitude not to let cancer get the better of you, and that is to change your perspective of life. By harnessing and honing your visualization skills like an athlete, prepares us and gives us the mental strength to overcome and conquer many weakening and damaging attitudes. Being very aware of your thoughts and emotions is a constant stock take until you develop the habit of honing the following skills. There again the success is measured by the commitment and dedication of the individual.
Some people do this at night before bed, e.g., writing in a journal your frustrations or the ‘bane’ of your day. Whatever has sapped your vitality for life on that day? Often it may be a thought of a task on your list to do tomorrow, and you don’t want to do that task, or a commitment to meet an individual, that you don’t look forward to.
It is the accumulation of the little things, which can hinder us the most.
Some of you have heard my PIG story, and I will retell it again for the benefit of anyone new. With big tasks I don’t want to do or am fearful of, I always bring to mind the occasion we had a small farm with electric fencing. The bush pigs if they wanted to go through the fence into another paddock would back up and squeal, just before hitting the electric fence. They mentally toughened up to get over the pain threshold.
We create many of our own barriers, and invisible mental pain.
Using our wonderful mind and honing our skills we can mentally toughen up. Think of yourself as an athlete rather than a person in misery or distress.
HONING YOUR VISUALISATION SKILLS SOMETIMES NEEDS A GOOD WORKOUT. (this is the technique I use… you may find another way. Do what is right for you.)
Close your eyes focus on relaxing and become aware of your breath. On the IN breath count to EIGHT slowly and the OUT breath count to TWELVE slowly. Repeat this three times. (If you can’t… don’t sweat the small stuff… it may take practice. Do what is comfortable for you!)
Now gradually work your way through the following pictures By looking and then closing your eyes and bringing the picture to your mind’s eye. Visualise taste, smell, texture. Turn the image slowly in your mind’s eye, do you notice any other markings or unusual qualities?
The most powerful outcome of this exercise is being able to imagine the taste and bring into the physical reality the taste of the lemon on your tongue.
How does the chilli taste? Can you bring your mouth to feel the sensation of eating a real chilli?
Repeat the exercise by bringing the picture of the lemon or chilli, but instead of focusing on the taste of the item. Focus on the smell.
Repeat the exercise for texture.
Now we have our mind warmed up with visualisation exercises.
Let’s turn our attention to the bane of your existence and create an environment of senses that are positive and conducive to your happiness.
With the back ache or pain….. it is an unwelcome sensation, you are feeling in your physical body. Transform the pain, so that you control the pain, rather than the pain controlling you. Change the sensation in your mind’s eye to a shape, colour, texture, smell, size. Hold that image in your mind; make it turn and spin like a top. Make the image as real as you can. Then make it disappear by imagining the waves of water eroding the image, or have it slowly blow away with the wind, watch it gradually disintegrate.
I use these types of exercises to overcome anything that is proving to be the bane of my existence. The more you practice, the more skillful you become at creating the happy life you dream about. It helps to bring what you want in your life to become a reality, or helps to find the resilience to endure your current circumstance.
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