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40 Attractive Places To Visit Which Are Always Overlooked

40 Attractive Places To Visit Which Are Always Overlooked

1. Cocos Island, Costa Rica

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    Off the shore of Costa Rica, Cocos Island is surrounded by deep waters and counter currents. Located in the Pacific Ocean, the island is more or less rectangular in shape. It is home to dense and exuberant tropical moist forests.

    2. Studenica Monastery, Serbia

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      A 12th Century Serbian Orthodox Monastery, Studenica Monastery is situated in Central Serbia. It is one of the largest and richest Serb Orthodox Monasteries in existence. A must see destination for religious followers, or just a curious soul. Surely, an exotic destination.

      3. Shibam, Yemen

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        With 7,000 inhabitants, Shibam, is quite a large town nestled in Yemen, famous for its mud-brick-made tower houses. The first known inscription about the city dates back from the 3rd century AD. It was the capital of Hadramawt Kingdom, and is now officially a World Heritage Site. The distinct features set it apart from other Heritage sites, and the houses rise 5 to 11 stories high.

        4. Gillette Castle State Park

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          Sitting high above the Connecticut River, the castle was originally a private residence. Designed by William Gillette, an american actor, famous for playing the role of Sherlock Holmes. The park receives 300,000 visitors annually. It opened in 2002, after years of restoration costing a total of 11 million dollars. Now, includes a museum, hiking trails, picnic area, and theatrical celebrations.

          6. Dinosaur Provincial Park, Canada

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            Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dinosaur Provincial Park is located two and a half hours southeast of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The park is situated in the valley of the REd Deer River and more than 500 specimens have been removed and exhibited in museums around the globe. It is also well-known for being the richest dinosaur fossil locales in the world.

            7. Rock Paintings, Baja California

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              Consisting of prehistoric paintings of humans and other animals, often larger than life-size, the paintings are situated in the mountains of northern and southern Baja California. The most common figures are humans and deer; others include rabbits, bighorn sheep, birds, fish, and snakes. The images are essentially silhouettes. A dorsal/ventral perspective is employed for humans, turtles, birds, and fish. A lateral perspective is used for most deer and other animals.

              8. Canyon de Chelly National Monument

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                Established on April 1, 1931, as a unit of the National Park Service, Canyon de Chelly National Monument is located in northeastern Arizona-within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. Ultimately, it preserves ruins of the early indigenous tribes that lived in the area including the Ancient Pueblo Peoples.

                9. Gebel Barkal And The Sites Of Napatan, Sudan

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                  A small mountain located some 400 km, north of Khartoum in Karima town, Sudan. The mountain is 98m tall, has a flat top, and apparently was used as a landmark by the traders in the important route between central Africa, Arabia, and Egypt. In 2003, the mountain and the historical city of Napata were named World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

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                  10. Liechtenstein

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                    Located in Central Europe, Liechtenstein, is a doubly landlocked German speaking micro state. It is a constitutional monarchy and is headed by the Prince of Liechtenstein. Bordered by Switzerland to the west and south by Austria, it has an area of just over 160 square kilometers. Economically, Liechtenstein has the highest gross domestic product per person in the world.

                    11. Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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                      Located in the death valley area, the sand dunes are surrounded by mountains on all sides. Due to their easy access these dunes have been used to film sand dune scenes for several movies. A wonderful destination to behold with your very eyes.

                      12. Gulf of Porto, Corsica

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                        Located on the French island Corsica, within Corsica Regional Park, the park and reserve has been recognized by the United Nations as a Natural World Heritage Site, and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1983.

                        13. Vredefort Dome, South Africa

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                          Enunciated in the list of of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2005, after a crater struck the Earth. An important moment in time captured perfectly awaiting for curious minds and souls indeed.

                          14. Giarre, Italy

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                            An Italian town on the east coast of Sicily in the providence of Catania. In 2010 it’s population was 27,785 people approximately. Since the late 18th century Giarre was a village of the county of Mascali.

                            15. Cappadocia, Turkey

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                              A historical region in Central Anatolia, famous for unique geographical features like chimneys and grand-scale architecture. Made from stone, the works are amazing and breath-taking to behold. Next time, make sure to make a visit at this grand destination.

                              16. Rohtas Fort, Pakistan

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                                A historical garrison fort located near the city of Jhelum in Punjab, Pakistan. It was built by Raja Todar Mal, in the 16th century, at a strategic site in the North of Pakistan. It is a perfect example of Muslim military architecture. So, if you are interested in these sort of things, check it out next time you go on a trip.

                                17. Sani Pass, South Africa

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                                  Known as the mother of South African mountain passes, it meanders over the Drakensberg Escarpment into Lesotho. The Rout up Sani Pass starts 1544 m and climbs 1332 vertical meters to an altitude of 2876 meters. The road is notoriously dangerous and requires the use of a 4*4 vehicle as to maneuver the route in a decent manner, with safety primarily in mind. Caution is to be exercised and all people must be alert along the way.

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                                  18. Kangbashi, China

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                                    Also known as China’ “Ghost City” Kangbashi is largely uninhabited, and was originally built for a population of a million. If you love seeking out terrifying and thrilling new places, China’s Ghost City aka. Kangbashi, China is the right place for you.

                                    19. Volcanoes of Kamchatka, Russia

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                                      Volcanoes at Kamchatka are a large group of volcanoes situated on the Kamchatka peninsula. The Kamchatka River and valley surrounding it are flanked by large volcanic belts containing 160 volcanoes of which 29 are still active.

                                      20. Nowhere, Monegros, Spain

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                                        An event that is based primarily on the European Arts, Nowhere, is held annually in the month of July. It embraces the Burning Man principles of radical self-expression if you may.

                                        21. Barle-Nassau and Narle Hertog

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                                          Municipalities in the town of Southern Netherlands, these overlooked destinations are great for anyone interested in antique architecture. The municipalities are quite old, and are linked with complicated borders especially the Dutch-Belgian Border in this case. Baarle-Hertog is in Belgium while Baarle-Nassau is in the Netherlands side. So in this case, you get to be treated with twice the fun and excitement, and make sure to not miss out.

                                          22. Saltaire, England

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                                            A Victorian model village, Saltaire, England, lies within the confines of the Bradford Metropolitan District by the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. It was designated as a World Heritage Site, and is also an Anchor Point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. It was built in 1851 by Sir Titus Salt, a leading industrialist in the Yorkshire woolen industry.

                                            23. Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, USA

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                                              Lying in Yellowstone National Park, the Springs are the largest in the United States of America and the third largest in the whole world. They reside in the Midway Geyser Basin and were named for their striking coloration that match the rainbow consisting of green, blue, red, orange, and yellow.

                                              24. Bukhara, Uzbekistan

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                                                Capital of the Bukhara Providence, the city-museum include 140 architectural monuments. The nation’s 5th largest city, the population was approximately 272,710 people in the year of 2014. The city has been a center of trade as it lies on the Silk Road and is known for trade, scholarship, religion, and culture. It contains several mosques, madrases, and is a World Heritage Site in additional quality.

                                                25. Kilauea Volcano and Thurston Lava Tube, Hawaii

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                                                  A currently hyperactive shilled Volcano, Kilauea is the most active of the five surrounding volcanoes. Located around the southern shore of the island is the second youngest of offspring…and is also the most active. Notably, and surprisingly, it was also one thought to be a satellite also.

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                                                  26. China Danxia, Southwest China

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                                                    Danxia is the name given in China to landscapes developed on continental red sedimentary beds, and endogenous forces, or sandstone if you may please. They are characterized by steep cliffs as well by the same token. It was inscribed on the World Heritage site as well.

                                                    27. Portland Head light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

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                                                      A historic lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The light station sits on a head of land at the entrance of the primary shipping channel into Port Harbor within Casco Bay in the Gulf of Maine. Construction had begun in 1787 while George Washington was president of the USA.

                                                      28. Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

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                                                        Dominated by the Ahklun Mountains in the north and cold waters of Bristol Bay, Togiak National Wildlife Refuge confronts the traveler with a kaleidoscope of landscapes. The natural forces that have shaped this land range from violent and powerful to the geologically patient. Earthquales and volcanoes filled the former role but glacial ice filled the latter role as well. It is the fourth largest National Wildlife Refuge in the United States of America and home to 48 mammal species, of which 17 are marine-life.

                                                        29. Mount Hood

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                                                          A stratovolcano in the northern region of Oregon.

                                                          30. Horseshoe Bend

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                                                            A horse shoe shaped meander of the Colorado River, it is located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States of America. It is accessible via hiking a 1.5 mile round trip from US Route 89 and contains various minerals like platinum, garnet, and hematite.

                                                            31. Salt Lake Temple and Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah

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                                                              The centerpiece of the 10-acre Temple Square, Salt Lake Temple is considered sacred by the Church and its members. It is the largest LDS Temple by floor area and the sixth temple completed by the Church. It required 40 years to complete and the fourth temple built since the Mormon exodus.

                                                              32. Garden of The Gods

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                                                                A public park in the location of the Colorado Springs and designated a National Natural landmark in 1971 as well. The red rock formations that are evident were a cause of a major geological upheaval millions of years ago. Evidence show that people lived for a hundreds of years ago….as prehistoric evidence primarily or more specifically declares. Native American People may have been attracted to the wildlife and plant life and used overhangs for shelter.

                                                                33. Tubbataha Reef, Phillipines

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                                                                  A protected area of the Philippines, the reef is home to a wondrous amount of creatures and species of fish. It is located in the middle Sulu Sea. It is made up of two coral reefs called the North and South and separated by a wide and deep channel. Each reef has a big lagoon in the middle of it, quite a spectacle for many. In 2008, the reef was nominated at the New 7 Wonders of Nature – a big achievement.

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                                                                  34. Gila Cliff Dwellings

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                                                                    The Gila Cliff Dwellings is a National Monument in the Gila Wilderness of southwestern New Mexico. The 533-acre was established by President Theodore Roosevelt and located in the extreme southern part of Catron County.

                                                                    35. Palouse Falls

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                                                                      Lying on the Palouse River, the falls are 198 ft. in height. The canyon at the falls is very deep and exposes the Columbia River Plateau.

                                                                      36. Windsor Ruins, Mississippi

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                                                                        About 10 miles Southwest of Port Gibson, these Ruins have notably been used in various motion pictures. Commonly known as Windsor or Windsor Ruins, today they are comprised of 23 columns, a few pieces of China, and some wrought iron chairs.

                                                                        37. Skagit Valley Tulip Field

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                                                                          The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is held annually April 1 – April 30th. The festival is Washington’s largest with over one-million visitors in the State of Washington. It was also selected on #1 street fair in King Tv’s “Best of the Northwest” award.

                                                                          38. White Sands National Monument

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                                                                            White Sands National Monument is a US monument located 16 miles southwest of Alamogordo. Creating a national park in the White Sands has been a major find. A group in El Paso has proposed the creation of “Mescalero” National Park.

                                                                            39. Lumbini, Nepal

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                                                                              The area is known to be sacred as it was the birth place of Lord Buddha in 623 B.C. It is located in Terai plains of southern Nepal, and is widely recognized by its’ famous gardens of Lumbini. Now it is a place of pilgrimage, where visitors come across the world to visit.

                                                                              40. Lake Junaluska

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                                                                                Lake Junalska lies in the Great Smokey Mountains, 20 miles from Asheville, North Carolina. Home to a lovely and man-made Lake, it is named after a prominent chief of the Cherokees because the land was inherently their for centuries. The past 100 years, it has been the home of a retreat and conference center operated by the United Methodist Church of the South Eastern District. There is a gorgeous walking trail evident.

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                                                                                Last Updated on August 20, 2019

                                                                                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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