March 24, 2012
I stress on this blog often the need to maintain a powerful mind. The more powerful our mind is, the greater chance for success.
Our brain is like any other muscle in our body in that, if it is to be built up, it needs to be exercised. The more we use it and exercise it in different ways. the more powerful it becomes. I read an excellent article recently about doing just that. The author provides several different ways to exercise the brain and keep it “in shape” Here are some of those suggestions:
- Puzzles/Trivia – We do these for fun, but they really are valuable in helping to exercise the brain. The author also suggests doing things to use both sides of the brain, such as using your computer mouse with your opposite hand.
- Good nutrition/Brain Power foods. Examples of those power foods are nuts, deeply colored fruits and vegetables, green tea, and chocolate.
- Much water! Not only does this help keep the brain fresh, but it helps your entire body flow smoother.
- Creative vizualization. When we visualize success, we seem to be pulled in that direction.
- Learning a new language/instrument, or any new project to get the brain thinking.
These are several ways to increase the power of the brain, keeping your mind sharp. Please feel free to share anything that works for you. In the meantime, keep exercising your brain! Enjoy the blessings!
Here is a link to the entire article. Enjoy!
October 29, 2011
Today is one of those Saturdays where there is really not much going on. It’s unseaonably cold, and there are no major plans going on. Sure, I can think of things to do around the house, or do some shopping, but I am not very motivated to do work today.
Is this a bad thing? Should I feel guilty when I am not active? I could run into problems if I felt like this every day. However, I am beginning to see the importance of spending time in limited action. In fact, I have seen the importance of taking a bit of time each day to just stop and take advantage of some down time. Here are some advantages to down time:
- It’s a time to get your thoughts together. The life we experience externally is a result of what our thoughts are like. We need quiet time to gather and control our thoughts. Then we need the time to create positive ones, imagine ideal situations, and affirm success to ourselves. It is also helpful, and I believe necessary, to pray and meditate on things things.
- Upon getting our thoughts in line, it is easier to develop plans of action when things are quiet and we are not stressed. Faith and focused action is a force that no one can defeat. When we have both going for us, we are victorious in every situation.
- Better relationships. When I have had my fill of me time in a state of relaxation, I am much more willing and able to go out of my way for others. In fact, I will say that we cannot be our best for others if we cannot first be our best selves. In order to be our best selves, we need our share of down time.
These are just some advantages of down time. It is just so helpful to take advantage of times like this. Jesus Himself even stressed this, and how it helps us focus on the right things. In Luke 10 there is a story about how Jesus was going to visit two friends who were sisters. When He arrived, one was doing all the work, while the other was doing nothing but sitting and listening to Jesus’s words. The working sister complained to Jesus..”aren’t you going to say something to my sister? Im doing all of the work while she is just sitting there”. The funny thing is she doesn’t get the answer she expects. Instead of criticizing, Jesus instead commends the “sitting” sister for focusing on the right thing (Him and His words) and not letting other distractions get in the way.
Can you relate? If a famous person were coming to your house, what would you do? Would you relax and enjoy the moment of this special time, or would you be stressed because of the things that had to get done and let that replace the enjoyment?
According to the divine word above, we have every right to enjoy down time so we can focus on the priorities and the right things. It’s totally ok, as long as we don’t use the time to replace other times where we are prompted and inspired to act. Whenever you get the chance, even if it’s for a short time, please take advantage of some down time to think beautiful things, and get your mind and body in order. It will have extreme benefits when the time to act arrives.
Enjoy the blessings : )
September 1, 2011
I have read about 30 self-help/mind power books during the past two years or so. One of my favorites is “The Power Of Intention” by Wayne Dyer. I’ve read the book three times over and still refer to it on a regular basis. Every time I read it, I find something that I didn’t notice or focus on before.
As I was browsing the book again, I noticed a powerful meditation technique called Japa. I remember reading about it in the book before, but I don’t usually pay attention to alternate meditation methods so I disregarded it for the most part. However, as I read about Japa again and realized how it can be used to increase power and confidence in my life, I paid much closer attention.
The author describes Japa as repeating the names of God over and over, focusing on His presence. I saw another definition on Wikipedia as simply a meditative repetition of a name of divine power. What I noticed this time that I didn’t before is that Wayne Dyer suggests doing this as you imagine something you want to accomplish in your life. Say the name Jesus as you imagine yourself succeeding at your job, with your family, other relationships, and enjoying a greater and happier life. Say the word Lord or God as you imagine yourself overcoming the obstacles currently in your way.
I have tried this myself, and it is powerful. I find it especially effective because, instead of focusing on our desire, need, or problem we are focusing on the presence of God. The peace and power that it brings is amazing. I also feel like I am releasing the situation to Him, faithfully knowing that it’s in His hands.
I recommend you try this meditation. It can be done anywhere and doesn’t take a great deal of time. Even if you do it a few minutes at a time several times during the day, it can have dramatic results. It is especially helpful during the most stressful times as it provides the assurance that God is right there helping you through. I hope it helps you as much as it’s helped me.