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Empower your Mind

November 21, 2011

Often, when we hear about the power of the mind, we automatically go on auto-pilot listening. Here are 3 common reasons why:

1. It’s cliché to hear.

2. When you tried it nothing ever came of it so it must be nonsense.

3. you probably think the power of the mind means something like a super power

Maybe you’ve got other reasons but it will most often fall into a subcategory of those above.

Time and time again, we hear the word from people who can attest with testimonies of great success that they attribute their success to positive thinking.

Before I go further, I must first clear out the notion that the power of the mind belongs to the intelligent. It is a half-truth. It is not entirely true nor is it entirely false. The real truth to that is, it belongs to the willing, the disciplined and the wise. Along the way, intelligence plays a small role too.

Henry Ford says, Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right.”

The Bible says, “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7 King James Version

Joyce Meyer, author of BATTLEFIELD of the MIND, says, “The mind is the battlefield.” and “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.”

Often we underestimate the human mind, attributing it only to logic, mathematics, task-orientation, levels of intelligence. We forget that the mind is a complex organ and does much more.

In anatomy class, and other nursing science classes I took, the brain plays a big role on mood, task achievement, thoughts and feelings.The human body works with two main organs, the brain and the heart working together. You are considered dead if one or the other stops functioning. Even if the heart still pumps, we have a situation described as brain-dead.

The human brain is the control area that signals parts of the body to function. Any alteration in thought brought about by external circumstances will cause a part to malfunction, to produce too much or to produce less than it does or turns the switch on your fight or flee response.

Disturbance in important chemicals in the brain can cause mental problems including depression, psychosis, mania and other problems. Even a problem that causes you sleepless nights can lead to a disturbance on the delicate balance of these chemicals. In turn, presence or absence of these chemicals signals responses from the endocrine system to release hormones.

The human body can be likened to the art of balancing on wires. Imbalances can be detrimental physically, emotionally, mentally and even spiritually.

It is said that Albert Einstein only used 10% of his brain during his lifetime. Imagine the 90% behind it!

Now that we have tackled an overview of the brain works. Here is how the mind works, it responds not to external stimuli simply… but it responds to how you perceive the stimuli.

Let me give an example. When you watch Ripley’s believe it or not, doesn’t it make you cringe when someone does “death-defying” acts? In the show you would see people using their teeth to pull on cars, or the tip of their lips or a part of their skin. There are those who lay on needles or eat swords. Does it hurt? I honestly don’t know. Why don’t you ask them?

The point is while we perceive the act to be painful or dangerous, it is apparent that they THINK otherwise.

Here is a more common example. Diet. I doubt anybody at this age and time hasn’t gone through any of the yo-yo diets promoted on the internet or wherever. But here is one technique that works. MINDFUL EATING.  Basically, it’s not a yo-yo diet craze. I came upon this, in a newsletter from a site called that was sent to my email. It is the best tip. Basically the underlying principle is too much or too little of anything is not good. You have to be mindful of what you eat, how you eat and how much you eat. The more  you are aware of your eating habits the more you will likely be able to control your eating habit.

Your mind responds to the input that you feed it. When you feed your mind negative things, it will react negatively. When you feed it positive thoughts, then surely you will have more positive reactions.

What are you feeding your mind? What are you absorbing from your surroundings?



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