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Power Thoughts: Input To Change Your Life

Power Thoughts: Input To Change Your Life

Thoughts are the foundations of our entire lives. How do you make that foundation strong so you can build the life you want?

Thoughts are our inputs. We think over 60,000 thoughts per day, all the while creating our lives, whether consciously or unconsciously. The choice of what we think is ours, even if we don’t realize it. When we decide we want more harmony, more joy, more happiness, more love, and more abundance in our lives, we have taken the first step in taking back our power and control. Our bodies and life experiences are reflections of what we are thinking. Every moment, we infuse our lives with thoughts. Those thoughts are feeding our body, our emotions, our experiences. Like building a muscle in our body, becoming aware of the inputs and thoughts we are cultivating takes awareness and time. Awareness can begin by just reading an article (like this one!) and becoming knowledgeable about the power you possess within. Over time, staying aware and recognizing the type of thoughts you are thinking will help the mind to weed out the thoughts that are not of the highest vibrations.

Positive thoughts, such as healing, kindness, love, joy, happiness, cooperation, peace, and high self-esteem, will improve your entire life. Negative thoughts, such as anger, control, low self-esteem, revenge, hatred, prejudice, and fighting, produce stress and make the body and our experiences feel sluggish, slow, and uninspired.

Ready to try out this knowledge and change your life?

Let us take our body image as an example:

1st Statement: I am fat.

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This is a very mean statement. You are attacking yourself and your image. By adjusting it, like unscrewing a screw, one turn at a time, we release the meanness of the statement and the power it possesses.

2nd Statement: I am a bit heavier than I want to be right now.

Feel the change? You are now making a statement relative to a goal you have for your body image. The thoughts are getting better and the power will increase.

3rd Statement: I am doing the best I can in this very moment and my body is reflecting all the inputs I have been giving it. These inputs include what I am thinking about it, all I feed it, and how much I move it.

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Fantastic. You are shifting the very inputs that determine how you feel about your body. This moves the thoughts up on the vibrational scale. The attacking has ended and self awareness of where you are at right now versus where you want to be is occurring. This is how all change begins.

4th Statement: I am ready to make improvements in my body because I want to feel stronger, healthier, and love my body again.

Bravo! You now recognize your body is yours and you do control all inputs: the thoughts you think, the food you eat, the movement you create. By changing just a few of our thoughts, we have moved from a place of self-attack to self-empowerment — yes, it is that simple!

These concepts are being proven again and again by science. The thoughts we think are even able to influence our DNA.

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“HeartMath deems integral elements of the model for who we are and what we can be are the thoughts, feelings and intentions we have every day. After two decades of studies, HeartMath researchers say other factors such as the appreciation and love we have for someone or the anger and anxiety we feel also influence and can alter the outcomes of each individual’s DNA blueprint.” —Heartmath.org: “You Can Change Your DNA”

The inputs you create all day become part of your body and trigger emotions. The emotions trigger chemical reactions in the body and influence how you feel, look, and act. The inputs we give ourselves determine what our minds communicate to our bodies and, in turn, how our lives unfold.

Becoming aware of our inputs and weeding out what does not help us allows the creation of a barrier which prevents additional negative thoughts from creating an endless loop within the mind. Remaining aware of what you are thinking provides the tools to be able to change your thoughts.

Louise Hay, the Queen of Positivity, has helped to build an empire of self-help gurus. Through her own journey of healing, her experience with cancer, and other challenging circumstances, she has produced many self-help books. In addition, Hay House, her publishing house, shares the power of thoughts with the world.

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“Through Louise’s healing techniques and positive philosophy, millions have learned how to create more of what they want in their lives, including more wellness in their bodies, minds, and spirits. Her own personal philosophy was forged from her tormented upbringing. Her childhood was unstable and impoverished, and her teen years were marked by abuse. Louise ran away from home and ended up in New York City, where she became a model and married a prosperous businessman. Although it appeared that her life had turned around, it was not until the marriage ended 14 years later that her healing really began.

Louise started what would become her life’s work in New York City in 1970. She attended meetings at the Church of Religious Science and began training in the ministerial program. She became a popular speaker at the church, and soon found herself counseling clients. This work quickly blossomed into a full-time career. After several years, Louise compiled a reference guide detailing the mental causes of physical ailments, and developed positive thought patterns for reversing illness and creating health. This compilation was the basis for Heal Your Body, also known affectionately as “the little blue book.” She began traveling throughout the United States, lecturing and facilitating workshops on loving ourselves and healing our lives. ” — Louisehay.com

Enjoy the beautiful audio of Louise Hay sharing affirmations and the power of those thoughts.

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

The Neural Knitwork Project

In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

The knitting and neural connection

The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

More mental health benefits from knitting

Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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“You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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“People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

The dopamine effect on our happiness

Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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“Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

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