Mindful Exercise

By | 2017-05-17T13:31:08+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Subconscious Mind|

It is now common knowledge that being active throughout the day is one of the key factors to optimal health. It is also common knowledge that, with our technological advances, our daily physical activity has decreased. This leaves us knowing we must bring more physical activity into our lives, and, at the same time, creates many more unanswered questions! Our intentions are good: we want to start, but how and with what and for how long? We are inundated with information telling us this exercise is the best, while another tells us why it isn’t. We see and hear about friends and colleagues who work out two to four hours a day, or who run 10mile runs for fun all swearing that their strategy is the best. The truth is, they are all correct because it is the best routine that works for them. The true key to proper fitness is to find an activity that you love. When you do an activity that you enjoy, it promotes consistency. Consistency is the key to life-long physical health. When you are involved in an activity that you enjoy, even the “work” part of that activity changes from being daunting to inspiring. Starting out any new form of exercise will feel difficult at first and will require a mental push to keep going, but when you find the right exercise for you, you will want to keep going and keep pushing. You will naturally begin to set performance goals for yourself. Your focus will shift from “Uuuggghhhh I have to do this because it’s good for me but I truly want to be doing anything but” to “Well that was tough, but I wonder how much [...]

Eating with Self-Awareness

By | 2017-05-17T13:14:40+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Subconscious Mind|

We are what we eat. This statement couldn’t be truer. In the journey to reaching optimal health, diet relates to 80% of the equation. What we choose to eat, the quality of the food we choose to eat and the amounts of food we eat all play an important part in that equation. With so many choices on the market today, how do we decide which options are the best? With so many recommendations on portion sizes and other diet related topics, how do we decipher which advice is right? The answer is simple: We listen to what our body is telling us. Babies and toddlers are prime examples of ones who listen to what their body is telling them and eat with self-awareness. What may be perceived as picky is really their inner-self telling them what is the best option for them. They are aware of when they are hungry and when they are full. Babies and toddlers will never let themselves starve: If they appear to eat very little one day, they will more than likely eat more the next day. When presented with a healthy and nutritious variety of food, they will always make choices that are best suited for them. Though parents have the best interest at heart, it is the repetitive conditionings of “Finish everything on your plate, there are kids out there who don’t get to eat” or “If you want desert you need to eat all your dinner” or “Great job, you deserve a treat” that we begin to replace our ability to listen to our internal cues and replace them with the external conditioning. Our body strives to be in optimal health every day. Our body tells [...]

Is there something that you chose to do every day that has had a lasting effect

By | 2017-05-17T13:13:29+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Subconscious Mind|

Last week was a tough week for me. For those of you who know me and my coaching, I truly believe in consistency not perfection.  I believe that life long health and emotional goals are reached through being consistent with the plans we set out for ourselves: that though we may not follow through on our plans perfectly, when we do struggle or stumble that we get back up, learn from our experience and continue to move forward without guilt or shame. Despite my daily intentions to be consistent with my health goals last week, I found myself really struggling.  I did not exercise as I had intended.  I did not eat as I had intended.  I did not meditate as I intended.  Despite my knowledge to the contrary, I began to notice that I wanted to make choices based on avoidance rather than dealing with how I was feeling: tv, food, sleep as some examples.  Despite just being feelings, they felt incredibly powerful and I was left feeling as though I was no longer in control of my choices on how to cope with them. Thankfully, I was able to work my way through the emotions and release them, though I will admit that it wasn’t easy.  For me, when I am truly in those darker mood places, though I say to myself I want to feel better, the true motivation to do anything about it is gone. I wanted to share how I was able to do that.  For myself, it was all about starting small and releasing the need to fix it right away.  I told myself that for right now, I simply need to make one choice every day (no [...]

Self-Sabotaging Behaviors

By | 2017-03-31T20:49:09+00:00 April 24th, 2015|Subconscious Mind|

Subconscious Patterns of Behavior Certain patterns of behavior happen automatically because specific routines are repeated regularly and repetitively which are then programmed into the subconscious mind. Our bodies are amazing at learning and adapting. They are constantly searching for ways to work the most efficiently. This is the reason we build muscle: our body builds muscle when weight is repetitively lifted to make it easier for the body to lift the weight the next time. Our minds form habits as a way to save effort used when actions or routines are done consistently and repetitively. The repetitive routine, such as driving the same route to work day after day, becomes logged into your subconscious mind. It is your subconscious mind that acts as your auto pilot requiring less energy. This is why you are able to drive to work some days and not remember at all how you got there. Unfortunately, the brain is unable to decipher between good and bad routines when it comes to storing them in your subconscious. If repeated long enough, even a self-sabotaging pattern of behavior will become stored in the subconscious and done without any conscious thought. To make matters worse, if a stored pattern of behavior has been triggered and the subconscious routine has started, it has to be completed the exact way it was programmed or else it leaves a feeling of unease or anxiety. It is for this reason that not brushing your teeth in the morning (a routine that you have executed for years) can leave you feeling uneasy even if you are not initially consciously aware of the reason why. These patterns of behavior can translate into our routines with food, exercise and our [...]

What is the subconscious mind?

By | 2017-03-31T20:49:09+00:00 March 12th, 2015|Subconscious Mind|

The subconscious mind: Think of the subconscious mind as the storage room of everything that is currently not in your conscious mind. The subconscious mind stores all of your previous life experiences, your beliefs, your memories, you skills, all situations you've been through and all images you've ever seen. The best way to understand the subconscious mind is to look at the example of the person who wants to learn how to drive a car. At the beginning he wouldn't be able to hold a conversation with anyone while driving as he would be focusing on the different moves involved. That's because he's still using his conscious mind to drive. The subconscious mind; your Autopilot! Few weeks later driving becomes a natural habit that happens automatically without needing to think about it. That person could even start using his cell phone or talking to his friends while driving. This happened because the driving habit has been transferred to his subconscious mind and so the conscious mind become free. This allowed him to use it to talk in his cell phone. The subconscious mind is responsible for the automatically triggered feelings and emotions that you suddenly experience upon facing a new situation. If you were about to give a presentation then all the fear and anxiety feelings you might experience are in fact launched and controlled by your subconscious mind. The conscious mind is, on the other hand, responsible for logic, calculations and all actions that are performed while you are conscious. The subconscious mind also controls other functions in your body like breathing and heart beats. Another good example that can help you better understand the subconscious mind is the process of breathing. Before you [...]

Rules of the Subconscious Mind

By | 2017-03-31T20:49:09+00:00 March 12th, 2015|Subconscious Mind|

The Power of the Subconscious Mind Your subconscious mind is far more powerful than your conscious mind. By learning how to train and use your subconscious mind you will be able to control your behavior, break bad habits, get rid of unwanted emotions and fix your belief system. To use the power of your subconscious mind you must first know how the subconscious mind works. The subconscious mind has many rules that govern it. The following is an explanation of each of these rules: Rules of the Subconscious Mind The subconscious mind does not differentiate between visualizations and real situations: Have you been to a horror movie lately? If you have, then you must have noticed how your pulse raced in fear and horror despite facing no real danger.In simpler words because your subconscious mind does not differentiate between real and imagery situations it assumed that you are facing a real threat rather than an imagery one. Suppose you had to give a presentation. If you properly visualized your presentation a couple of times before you actually gave it then your subconscious mind will believe that you've performed so well in your previous 'presentations' and as a result you might do well in the real presentation. Read full article here >>