WHEN to Practice the Ideas of Health

Being a human in the 21st century means that our first impulse in the morning is to generally reach for our phones and check to see which notifications we have received during the course of sleeping. This is a habit that I am willing to bet most of us share. 

I am not immune to the addiction of my phone. That being said, I work to overcome the addiction and set boundaries so that I do not become a slave to my phone, but rather aim to be the master of my phone; and when and how I use it.

Recently I cancelled my unlimited data plan and switched to a smaller data plan. Now instead of aimlessly scrolling through Instagram or mindlessly checking my email for the 20th time that day, I am able to remain present when I am away from a WiFi signal and actually take in my surroundings during a dog walk or while out with friends. 

I once heard a great quote about our phones and life in general... 

The speaker said "You want to be the thermostat in your own life and not the thermometer."

The speaker was also referring to checking, or refraining from checking, your phone first thing in the morning. 

By slowing down and not reacting to life as soon as we open our eyes, we become the THERMOSTAT in our own lives, controlling the flow of information or the flow of our day, instead of being a thermometer and reacting to our phones or the things that happen to us during the day. 

Which brings me to the point of this email. I promise it's all tied together.

Last week we spoke about "Practicing The Ideas of Health" and today it occurred to me that I did not speak about when to practice those ideas.

Maybe you see where I am going with this already....

The best time to practice the ideas of health is first thing in the morning and right before bed. This is a time when out minds are most fresh and able to assimilate new ideas more easily. 

If practicing the idea of health, or the idea of "oneness" is a new concept to you, then the best time to "flex that brain muscle" is first thing in the morning when the mind is clear. This is also the time of day when our subconscious minds are more receptive to new material. 

The same can be said for those few moments before we drift off on our pillows, however, I truly feel that implementing this habit first thing in the morning will serve you more than only doing this before bed. I like to make sure that the morning meditation or contemplation is not missed (as often as possible) and is merely supplemented by the evening one.

Try it this week. 

Before reaching for the phone, or turning on the news, or checking your work emails, take FIVE MINUTES and spend time with an affirmation of your choosing that will bring you closer to your health or personal development goals.

The affirmations should be simple. Something like...

"My body (back, neck, shoulder) is healing."

"I am safe."

"I am whole."

"I am complet."

"I am one with everything."

Really the sky is the limit. Choose something that resonates with your personally and where you are trying to go.

Spending 5 minutes in the morning focusing and practicing the ideas of health will set your day towards a radically different perspective, one of healing and positivity, instead of one of reaction and negativity. 

If we don't practice these ideas and flex our mind muscles, then they will begin to weaken within our conscious and subconscious minds and we will find ourselves being tossed around with the whims of the world. Which, if you look around, there is plenty of that going around and the world is in need of a few more "anchors" if you know what I mean.

Marianne Williamson says that "Meditation is as important as showering each morning"

She goes on to say that "We shower to clean yesterday's dirt off of our bodies, just as we meditate to clean yesterday's dirt off of our minds.... So that we may go out into the world and be fresh and clean and not carrying around the baggage of yesterday's mental and emotional dirt."

(I'm parasphrasing, but you get the idea.)

If we wake up and immediately pile on the emotional and mental dirt of the world or our previous subconscious patterns... "I'm broken.", "I'm not worthy.", "All is doomed." etc... by checking the news or reacting to our phones etc... then we will continue to carry those mental impulses with us throughout the day.

If we simply take the time in the morning, five minutes, to focus on healing, love, God, or any other positive force or deity that we admire, then we can rest assured that the remainder of our day will be one that is more aligned with the values that we seek as the highest forms of expression in this life. 

If 5 minutes is too long, then start with a minute.

If 1 minute is took long, try 30 seconds... You get the idea.

Don't beat yourself up if you miss a day or can't make it to 5 minutes. Celebrate that you set the intention and that you showed up for whatever amount of time that you are able. 

Be the THERMOSTAT. Control your day and control your life.

I want nothing but all the peace and happiness in this world for you that it has to offer.