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It’s The Era Of Avocado! Try these 50+ Super Easy Avocado Recipes At Home Now!

It’s The Era Of Avocado! Try these 50+ Super Easy Avocado Recipes At Home Now!

Avocados are gaining popularity because of their rich nutritional value plus it’s mild and unique taste. It’s a versatile food that works with all kinds of dishes. Avocados are not only nutritious and delicious, they seem to be the hipster icon of the year. I have seen so many avocado tattoos on calf muscles and biceps that I’ve lost count. So if you love that green berry (yes, avocados are berries) so much that you would eat it for every meal and get a tattoo of it, stay tuned. The potential to add them to everything from smoothies for a rich and creamy texture, to desserts in order to substitute unhealthy fats, is endless! Avocados are super nutrient-rich, and the fact that they taste delicious makes it easy to get all your vitamins and healthy fats with every bite.

    How to shop for avocados:

    I love a good life hack, and luckily there are plenty for picking avocados. It’s difficult to base your decision on color alone (though you should observe any discoloration and bruising,) so it’s better to squeeze the berry gently and see if it’s firm but gives just a little. Don’t use your fingertips though, because you could wind up bruising it! If the avocado yields to firm, gentle pressure, then it’s ripe and ready. But if it just feels kind of tough, it’s going to need a couple more days [1]

    My favorite life hack for avocado selection is this one: peel back the stem! If you scratch off the tiny little stem on the top of the avocado, you’ll be able to know if your choice will be delicious or just brown and slimy inside. If the stem comes off easy and what’s underneath appears green, then it’s ripe! If you find brown underneath, then it’s overripe and won’t be good. And if the stem doesn’t come off and all, then the avocado is under ripe and won’t be ready for some time.

    If you’re buying avocados for an event, such as a party that absolutely needs guacamole, purchase unripe avocados 4-5 days in advance. That should give you a nice window and help to ensure you won’t wind up with over-ripe berries at your party.

      Taking off the steam is the easiest way to tell whether it’s good to eat or not!
        It’s not ripped yet!

        How to store avocados:

        Once you’re a pro at choosing avocados, you still have to be able to store them. If you’re like me, you don’t always use the entire berry in one sitting; sometime’s I’ll put half into my smoothie, and sometimes I spread a quarter on toast. I typically put my leftover avocado in Tupperware before sticking it in the fridge, but there are better ways to store the green goodness and ensure it won’t be gross by the next morning [2].

        Storing a cut avocado:

        No matter what form it’s in, cut, sliced, mashed, or even guacamole, put the remainders in a bowl and sprinkle some lemon, lime or even fresh orange juice on top. The acid slows down the oxidation process (that’s what leads to the brown slime) and prolongs the life of the avocado. But if you do start to see some browning, just scoop those parts out and toss them.

        If your avocado is simply sliced in half, you can just run some water over the cut surface and put it in the fridge. It’ll most likely develop a little brown film, but it’ll peel back easily and can be tossed.

        Storing an avocado that’s close to going bad:

        If your avocado is perfectly ripe but you don’t have the time to use it, don’t throw it away! Puree your avocado with a food processor or blender and store it in the freezer. When you are ready to try out that new dip or spread recipe, you can take it out and use it.

        How to ripen an avocado:

        I think we’ve all been there: in the produce section of our supermarket standing in front of the lousy selection of avocados and being forced to find the best of the worst. Obviously you want to choose one that is under-ripe and not over-ripe, but it still means you are going to have to wait to be able to eat it. Maybe as long as four days! Or does it?

        It turns out, there are some simple and effective methods to ripening an avocado quickly.

        1. Place the under-ripe avocado in a paper bag. Make sure the bag is in good shape and there aren’t any rips or tears. The bag is going to seal in the ethylene gas and ultimately ripen the berry.
        2. Add a banana in the bag with the avocado. You can use an apple or a tomato if you don’t have any bananas lying around, but the banana is your first choice. These fruits emit more ethylene gas than others, and the more they produce, the faster they’ll ripen.
        3. Close the bag by rolling it down and keep it at room temperature and away from sunlight.
        4. Check in often. The avocado will ripen as quickly as one day, so be sure to check it out. As it ripens, it will get some hints of deep purple and black. Once it’s ripe, store it as discussed, but only fora few days.

        How to ripen a cut avocado:

        If you forgot to check for the ripeness of the avocado and went straight to slicing it open, you may be disappointed to realize it’s not read to eat. Luckily you can take a couple steps and ripen the halves in no time.

        1. Sprinkle the avocado slices with lemon or lime juice. This will help avoid that brown mush.
        2. Cover it in saran wrap with the two halves facing each other like you are reconnecting it. Stick it in the refrigerator.
        3. Check in often! The length of time it will take to ripen will vary, but check in every day to ensure it doesn’t go bad. Take the avocado out of the wrap and poke it gently. If it seems soft enough, feel free to sample it. If it doesn’t quite taste right yet, put it back in the fridge.

        How do you cut an avocado?

        Few things are as satisfying as taking a knife to the pit of an avocado, twisting it and pulling it out cleanly! But not everyone can do it on the first try. Below is a video showing you how to successfully cut an avocado.

        Here are some delicious avocado recipes for you to try:

        Breakfast Recipes

        Baked Egg in Avocado

        This breakfast is both delicious and beautiful. Want to host the ultimate healthy brunch and look like a pro? Try this.

          Avocado Banana Smoothie

          This creamy breakfast smoothie is not only sweetly delicious, but it’s a great way to burn fat and give your heart the healthy stuff it needs!

            Avocado Toast

            Avocado toast is a classic way to incorporate healthy fats into your morning routine. This site gives six unique ways to top your toast.

              Power Breakfast Potato Boat

              If you love eating a big breakfast , this beast is for you. A potato, some bacon, a fried egg and avocado is on top of melted cheese. Don’t make this one a habit though.

                Blueberry Avocado Muffins


                I’m a sucker for recipes that give me healthy things hidden in seemingly sinful things. This delicious muffin is a sweet way to get your vitamins in at the breakfast table.

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                  Mexican Grilled Corn Avocado Toast: If you needed more proof that avocado toast is never bland , check out this recipe. Mexican style street corn tops tons of delicious flavors on this gorgeous brekki.

                    Spicy chard and pineapple smoothie:

                    If you don’t like a ton of sweetness in your green smoothie, try this recipe. The bitter chard mixed with the sweet pineapple provides a memorable bite.

                      Avocado and egg breakfast pizza

                      Pizza can be for breakfast! Top your “pizza” with pureed avocado and a fried egg. Add some hot sauce if you’re feeling crazy.

                        Steak and avocado breakfast burrito

                        Chipotle, who? This breakfast burrito will be your new favorite meal.

                          Pomegranate and Pistachio Relish on Avocado Toast

                          If you want a little sweet, a little salty and a lot delicious, make this toast ! Not only will your stomach be happy, but your Instagram will be filled with pictures of this pretty meal.

                            Lunch Recipes

                            Avocado Chicken Salad

                            Delicious, light and refreshing, this avocado chicken salad is sure to please even the pickiest eater. Check out this recipe for a lunch you will look forward to eating.

                              Tomato Avocado Melt

                              Cheese? yes. Avocados? yes. I’m already sold .

                                Avocado Grilled Cheese

                                Just when you thought a a grilled cheese couldn’t get an y more delicious, someone put avocado with it. Yes, please.

                                  Spicy southwestern salad with avocado dressing

                                  This salad is loaded with greens, beans, corn and sweet potatoes. Avocados and cilantro create a delicious dressing that would probably be good consumed with just a straw.

                                    Japapeno Turkey Burgers

                                    You can find plenty of rich recipes including avocado, but if you’re watching your weight, you may find even more. This turkey burger is a great lunch you don’t have to feel guilty about.

                                      Shrimp avocado salad

                                      This salad is a great choice for a warm day, especially if you’re in a seafood state of mind. Avocado is great with fish (think any sushi roll ever), so shrimp makes sense!

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                                        Garlic Bacon Avocado Burgers

                                        Sometimes you just need a good burger . And hey, if you use avocado, that makes it healthy! Right?

                                          Orange Almond Salad with Avocado

                                          If you want a fresh salad with lots of flavor, put this yummy salad together.

                                            Toasted Avocado and Bean Pitas

                                            I believe everything tastes better on pita bread. But I’m pretty sure this combo would taste good even on it’s own.

                                              Cucumber Avocado Sandwich

                                              This sandwich is simple, clean and oh so good.

                                                Avocado Caprese Salad

                                                Okay, these little bites are so cute. How could you not want to eat these healthy cuties?

                                                  Chickpea Avocado Mash

                                                  This wrap is so good and healthy, but it still tastes filling and satisfying.

                                                    Avocado Hummus Taquitos

                                                    I love taquitos. That crunch is so satisfying. Hummus and avocado mash mingle here for a creamy, crunchy lunch.

                                                      Avocado Pasta Salad

                                                      This recipe is chock full of avocado. It even has an avocado dressing!

                                                        Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

                                                        Light, refreshing and uber healthy. Enjoy!

                                                          Dinner Recipes:

                                                          Creamy Avocado and Spinach Pasta

                                                          This is pasta you don’t have to feel guilty about! Slurp those noodles knowing your nourishing your body!

                                                            Chicken Avocado Quesadillas

                                                            These quesadillas are super filling but so, so tasty! You’ll look forward to having leftovers for lunch the next day.

                                                              BLT Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados

                                                              Who needs stuffed peppers when you can stuff an avocado? Try this one tonight.

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                                                                Avocado Pesto Stuffed Shells

                                                                I loved stuffed shells, and I love this recipe because it gives me the taste I want without all the fatty cheeses.

                                                                  Creamy Cucumber and Avocado Soup

                                                                  This soup is perfect any night of the year, no matter the weather. And it’s so colorful!

                                                                    Avocado Pesto Noodles

                                                                    I love noodles that aren’t actually “noodles.” This recipe will deliver a flavorful dinner that won’t leave you feeling carb-loaded.

                                                                      Avocado Cucumber Egg Salad

                                                                      This dinner recipe could so easily be served as a snack or a side dish. No matter when you choose to eat it, you’ll definitely enjoy it.

                                                                        Tomato Avocado Salad

                                                                        Want a crazy healthy dinner? Eat this.

                                                                          Avocado, Strawberry and Spinach Salad

                                                                          When a salad is balanced, it truly can be its own meal. This clean salad is perfect for a summer night.

                                                                            Avocado Frittata with Cotija and Mozzarella Cheese

                                                                            A casserole that you can enjoy on a diet?! You’re welcome.

                                                                              Black bean tacos with avocado cilantro-lime sauce:

                                                                              You can’t go wrong with tacos . And if you’ve learned anything so far, it should be that avocados make tacos even better.

                                                                                Blackened Shrimp Avocado Cucumber Bites

                                                                                Refreshing, yummy and can be a snack or a meal . Depends on how hard it is for you to stop eating them!

                                                                                  Smokey bacon sweet potato hash and eggs:

                                                                                  YUM! While this is almost like breakfast for dinner , it’s going to be good and good for you no matter what time of day.

                                                                                    Blackened Tilapia Taco Bowls

                                                                                    What’s better than tacos ? Deconstructed tacos!

                                                                                      Chili-Lime Beef and Black Bean Bowls with Avocado Crema

                                                                                      Beef, avocado , black beans…what more could you want?

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                                                                                        Snack Recipes

                                                                                        Crispy Baked Avocado Fries and Chipotle Dipping Sauce

                                                                                        One of my favorite things about clean eating is how not clean it tastes. I love zucchini chips, roasted sweet potatoes and crispy brussel sprouts. These avocado fries are a delicious, healthy way to snack.

                                                                                          Avocado Brushetta

                                                                                          This is a super simple recipe to put together, and ideal as an appetizer.

                                                                                            Avocado Deviled Eggs

                                                                                            If you are always responsible for bringing deviled eggs to the party, try these next tim e to impress the crowd.

                                                                                              Avocado Egg Rolls

                                                                                              These are a great pre-dinner snack. That is, if you can avoid eating them all!

                                                                                                Guacamole

                                                                                                An avocado list wouldn’t be complete without a guac recipe!

                                                                                                  Dessert Recipes

                                                                                                  Fudgey Avocado Brownies with Avocado Frosting

                                                                                                  The cool thing about avocados is they add a creamy texture which can pass for a rich batter in baked goods. This recipe is for yummy HEALTHY brownies

                                                                                                    Mexican Chocolate Avocado Ice cream

                                                                                                    Healthy ice cream? It sounds too good to be true. But it’s real and you can make it!

                                                                                                      Flourless Chocolate Avocado Cookies

                                                                                                      These cookies are great for people with allergies.

                                                                                                        Avocado Fudge Pops

                                                                                                        These are yummy if you’re an adult, but if you have picky kids, they’re an ideal way to get your kid to eat healthy !

                                                                                                          Honey Lime Avocado Baked Donuts

                                                                                                          Homemade doughnuts instantly make you impressive and cool. Healthy homemade doughnuts make you a superhero.

                                                                                                            Which recipes are you going to try? Let us know!

                                                                                                            Avocado cartoon image: http://lingvistov.com/doodles via Pinterest

                                                                                                            Avocado stem images: thekitchn.com

                                                                                                            Featured photo credit: Krzysztof Puszczynski via stocksnap.io

                                                                                                            Reference

                                                                                                            [1] SOURCE: How To Pick The Perfect Avocado
                                                                                                            [2] http://www.wikihow.com/Ripen-an-Avocado

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                                                                                                            How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                                                                                            How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                                                                                            Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                                                                                                            Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

                                                                                                            I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                                                                                                            You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                                                                                            Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                                                                                                            When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                                                                                            I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                                                                                            Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                                                                                            Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                                                                                            Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                                                                                                            1. The Inner Critic

                                                                                                            This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                                                                                            • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                                                                                                            • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                                                                                                            • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                                                                                                            • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                                                                                            The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                                                                                                            Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                                                                                            2. The Worrier

                                                                                                            This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                                                                                                            The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

                                                                                                            3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                                                                                                            This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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                                                                                                            This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                                                                                            The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                                                                                                            4. The Sleep Depriver

                                                                                                            This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                                                                                            The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                                                                                            • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                                                                                            • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                                                                                            • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                                                                                                            • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                                                                                            How can you control these squatters?

                                                                                                            How to Master Your Mind

                                                                                                            You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                                                                                            Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                                                                                            There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                                                                                            • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                                                                                            • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                                                                                            This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                                                                                                            The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                                                                                                            Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                                                                                            For the Inner Critic

                                                                                                            When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                                                                                            You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                                                                                            For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

                                                                                                            You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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                                                                                                            “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                                                                                            If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                                                                                            • They rile up the Worrier.
                                                                                                            • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                                                                                            • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                                                                                            • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                                                                                            • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                                                                                            Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                                                                                            Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                                                                                            For the Worrier

                                                                                                            Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                                                                                            Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                                                                                                            You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                                                                                            • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                                                                                            • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                                                                            • Muscles tense

                                                                                                            Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                                                                                            If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                                                                                            Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                                                                                            “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                                                                                            Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                                                                                            If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                                                                                                            Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

                                                                                                            Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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                                                                                                            For example:

                                                                                                            If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                                                                                            “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                                                                                            Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                                                                                            “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                                                                                            Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                                                                                            For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                                                                                            Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                                                                                            The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                                                                                                            • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                                                                                                            • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                                                                            • Muscles tension

                                                                                                            I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                                                                                            Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                                                                                            Breathe in through your nose:

                                                                                                            • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                                                                                            • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                                                                                            • Focus on your belly rising.

                                                                                                            Breathe out through your nose:

                                                                                                            • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                                                                                            • Focus on your belly falling.
                                                                                                            • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                                                                                            Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                                                                                                            Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

                                                                                                            One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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                                                                                                            Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                                                                                            For the Sleep Depriver

                                                                                                            (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                                                                                            I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                                                                                            Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                                                                                            1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                                                                                            2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                                                                                            When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                                                                                                            From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                                                                                            For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                                                                                            If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                                                                                            You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                                                                                            • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                                                                                                            • Shut down your thinking.
                                                                                                            • Calm your feelings.
                                                                                                            • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                                                                                                            The Bottom Line

                                                                                                            Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                                                                                                            You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                                                                                            Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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