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50 Best Documentaries Of All Time That Will Change Your Life

50 Best Documentaries Of All Time That Will Change Your Life

Documentaries are often more powerful than other types of films simply because they show the sides of life that many people would not be able to experience otherwise. Whether this involves a glimpse at the life of an unhealthy adult or traveling with a flock of animals, documentaries have the potential to change your life.

The following documentaries vary in genre and style, but they all have messages that will have an impact on your life.

1. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (2010)

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    By trying a juicing diet, Joe Cross is able to experience a new perspective on life while making the cross-country journey across America. You can watch on Netflix.

    2. May I Be Frank? (2010)

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      Frank’s choice to cut out all toxins and go completely vegan is inspiring for anyone who wants to have a healthier life, both mentally and physically. You can watch it on Hulu.

      3. Simply Raw (2009)

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        This documentary shows the impact a raw diet can have on anyone, especially a group of diabetics who go raw for 30 days. You can watch it on YouTube.

        4. Vegucated (2011)

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          Watch three New Yorkers embark on a vegan diet on Netflix.

          5. Food Fight (2004)

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            Why are there so many packaged foods? And why is junk food cheaper than health foods? Watch on Hulu to see for yourself.

            6. Supersize Me (2004)

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              Though this documentary has been called out for exaggerating the effects of McDonald’s food, it is eye-opening to see how a diet consisting solely of fast food can impact your health. Watch it here and make up your own mind on the issue.

              7. Sicko (2007)

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                Michael Moore’s documentary sheds light on the American health care system and points out the issues that many people who just want to be healthy face every day. Watch the film online here.

                8. The Thin Blue Line (1988)

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                  This documentary literally freed a man from prison. Errol Morris’ dedication to discovering the truth behind the Randall Adams’ case led to the reopening of a murder case. Watch the whole documentary on Netflix.

                  9. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

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                    Director Albert Gibney takes a look into the corporate greed that defrauded thousands of workers in the Enron scandal. Watch it on Hulu here.

                    10. The Act of Killing (2013)

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                      Focusing on the Indonesian Killings of 1965­–1966, this documentary can be difficult to watch. It confronts the terrible fact that the government contains many of the people involved in the genocide many years ago. You can watch it on Netflix.

                      11. The Art of the Steal (2009)

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                        This documentary shows the lengths many people will go through to receive private property — in this case, several priceless pieces of art — even if it means breaking apart a man’s clearly-written will. Watch it on Netflix.

                        12. The Imposter (2012)

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                          This documentary, which feels more like a thriller, examines a couple whose 13-year old son was found three years later in Spain. However, their “son” is clearly a man in his twenties — so for what reasons do they believe this man is their son? Watch it on Netflix.

                          13. Man on Wire (2008)

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                            When Phillipe Petit strung a wire between the two World Trade Center buildings and walked across it without any safety measures, the world was astounded. You can watch the man behind the feat on Netflix.

                            14. Inside 9/11 (2006)

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                              Though it is painful to relive, this documentary examines the before, during and after of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. Watch it here.

                              15. A Film Unfinished (2010)

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                                This documentary features an unfinished Nazi-produced film from the 1940s. Lacking both sound and a definitive ending, this film brings an eye-opening view on the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi reign. You can watch it on Hulu.

                                16. In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

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                                  Featuring first-hand testimonies of the only men who set foot on the moon, this documentary serves as a great reminder that there’s a whole universe outside our planet. You can watch it here.

                                  17. Titanic: The Final Word (2012)

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                                    Though James Cameron is known for his blockbuster films, he has gone on more expeditions to the Titanic ruins than anyone else in the world. This documentary examines the sinking and shed new light on the infamous disaster. Watch it online here.

                                    18. Solo (2008)

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                                      In 2007, Andrew McAuley began his journey to be the first man to kayak from Tasmania to New Zealand. Recovered footage of his journey examines the man who was willing to risk his life to achieve this record. You can watch it on Youtube.

                                      19. Touching the Void (2003)

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                                        Based on a book by the same name, this documentary shows the events of two men who get separated while climbing the Andes. Hailed as one of the best British documentaries, it conducts interviews with the two men and features reenactments of the events. This is available on Amazon.

                                        20. Blindsight (2006)

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                                          This inspiring story features a group of Tibetan blind boys who, shunned by their family and community due to cultural stigma, climb the north side of Mount Everest. You can watch it on Hulu.

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                                          21. Gasland (2010)

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                                            This film answers questions many people have regarding fracking, while raising questions about why it’s happening today. You can watch it on Youtube.

                                            22. Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

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                                              Antarctica has as much beauty and wonder to it as any other part of the world. This film shows the beauty of this land and the people who study it. You can watch it on Amazon.

                                              23. Marley (2012)

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                                                Director Kevin Macdonald’s documentary takes a look into this influential musicians life to examine why he’s still influential even today. You can watch it on Netflix.

                                                24. 20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

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                                                  Behind almost every singer is a group of backup singers. Watch a new perspective of singers  on Netflix.

                                                  25. Festival Express (2003)

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                                                    Take a look at one of the biggest musical tours of 1970. A must-see for any music lover, you can watch it here.

                                                    26. Senna (2010)

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                                                      Known as one of the greatest sports documentaries, Senna uses footages from the ‘80s and ‘90s to tell the story of Aryton Senna. His fame as one of the greatest Formula One racers lives on. You can watch it on Netflix.

                                                      27. Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery (2012)

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                                                        This documentary covers Russell Brand’s journey from addict to sobriety. Including facts about alcohol addiction and the mental and physical struggles he overcomes, his story can inspire anyone with similar addictions. You can watch it here.

                                                        28. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

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                                                          Created by renowned graffiti artist Banksy, the film proves to be an interesting look at Los Angeles street art and the impact is has on the people. You can watch it on Netflix.

                                                          29. Charles Manson: The Man Who Killed the Sixties (1994)

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                                                            Charles Manson’s belief led to the creation of a cult-like following who would go on to kill seven innocent people. Seeing the impact this man had on people is astounding, especially when you realize what he encouraged. You can watch it online.

                                                            30. The Great American Cowboy (1973)

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                                                              The winner of the 1973 Academy Award for Best Documentary, with plenty of action and thrills, you won’t look at the rodeo the same way again. You can watch it in four parts on YouTube.

                                                              31. Best Worst Movie (2009)

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                                                                Troll 2 is one of the worst movies created — but it has one of the largest cult followings. This documentary gets to the heart of the behind-the-scenes and helps explain what makes the bad so appealing. You can watch it on Netflix.

                                                                32. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)

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                                                                  Jiro is the world’s best sushi chef. He is so devoted to his work he literally dreams of it and of being even better. With plenty of heart, this documentary examines Jiro’s relationship with his son and the desire to reach perfection. You can watch it on Netflix.

                                                                  33. Jesus Camp (2006)

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                                                                    There’s a camp in North Dakota where Christian children are told they can “take back America for Christ.” Hard to watch at times, this film is an eye-opening experience. You can watch it on Netflix.

                                                                    34. The Queen of Versailles (2012)

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                                                                      Originally meant to be a quick look at the obscenely rich, this documentary follows a family as they go from riches to rags with the 2008 housing market crash. Bouncing from funny to heart wrenching, you’ll have to prepare yourself for a rollercoaster of emotions. You can watch it on Netflix.

                                                                      35. The UP series (1964-Present)

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                                                                        This documentary series follows the lives of fourteen British youths from 7 to 56. With a wide range of demographics, you see how differently the lives play out for the privileged and the poor. You can  watch 7 Up and 56 Up on Netflix.

                                                                        36. March of the Penguins (2005)

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                                                                          This well-known documentary shows the lengths emperor penguins go through to ensure their children survive the incubation period in the frigid Antarctic. It’s moving and will tug and your heartstrings. You can stream it on Amazon.

                                                                          37. Blackfish (2013)

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                                                                            This film gives insight on the accidents associated with Seaworld’s whales and shows how the attacks are more humankind’s making due to years of mistreatment, rather than natural instinct. You can watch it on Netflix.

                                                                            38. Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur)  (2003)

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                                                                              With some of the most beautiful shots in documentary history, this follows the migration patterns of birds throughout the seasons. This is a visual masterpiece that will leave you breathless until the final credits. You can watch it here.

                                                                              39. Grizzly Man (2005)

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                                                                                Timothy Treadwell lived with the bears he studied and loved and was eventually killed by them. A look at how obsessive behavior can lead to disaster, the film is powerful and haunting. You can watch it on Hulu here.

                                                                                40. The Cove (2009)

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                                                                                  In a small town in Japan, the people’s livelihood comes from hunting the endangered and beautiful dolphins. With beautiful underwater shots and shocking images of the industry’s impact on the ecology, you’ll have a deeper respect for the beauty on the world after watching this. You can watch it on Amazon.

                                                                                  41. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2005)

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                                                                                    Many years ago, a flock of parrots gathered in a section of San Francisco. Though no one knows where they came from, a street musician soon formed a bond with the birds. This documentary is a charming and intelligent story of humanity and nature. You can watch it on Youtube.

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                                                                                    42. The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971)

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                                                                                      A mix of documentary, science fiction and horror, The Hellstrom Chronicle presents a struggle between humans and insects. Though you may be more wary of insects after watching this, it shows that small things can have great power when combined. You can watch it in parts on Youtube.

                                                                                      43. The Invisible War (2012)

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                                                                                        Tackling the subject of rape is hard enough, but this documentary goes to great lengths to expose the attacks female American soldiers face within their own ranks. This will force you to question a government that would cover up these crimes and a military that would allow them to happen. You can watch it here.

                                                                                        44. Brooklyn Castle (2012)

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                                                                                          Brooklyn Castle reveals the impact extracurricular activities have on children in schools, particularly inner-city schools. Following a group of children who just want to play chess, it reveals how important it is for kids to have options at school. You can watch it on Netflix.

                                                                                          45. Bully (2011)

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                                                                                            Focusing on two students whose bullying eventually led to their suicides, the documentary follows five children who were bullied. It shows how hard it is for children to defend themselves and why it’s important to step in when bullying occurs. You can watch it on Netflix.

                                                                                            46. Fambul Tok (2011)

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                                                                                              Though the fighting is over, the effects of the civil war in Sierra Leone are still present. Translating into family talk, Fambul Tok shows how the perpetrators of vicious crimes still walk among their victims without the fear of imprisonment or punishment. You can watch it on Netflix.

                                                                                              47. How to Survive a Plague (2012)

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                                                                                                When the AIDS epidemic first swept the nation, two groups — ACT UP and Treatment Action Group (TAG) — were formed to help find treatment and a cure for the disease. This documentary takes film from over 700 hours of archived video to follows these organizations as they helped transform the disease from a death sentence to something survivable. You can watch it on Netflix.

                                                                                                48. Murderball (2005)

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                                                                                                  Following paraplegic rugby players, this documentary shatters any beliefs you may have about the handicapped and their supposed limitations. You can watch it on YouTube.

                                                                                                  49. The Island President (2012)

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                                                                                                    The Island President follows Maldives’ president during his first year as he works to save his country from the ever-rising ocean. You can watch it here.

                                                                                                    50. Bigger, Stronger, Faster (2008)

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                                                                                                      Analyzing America’s obsession with winning, director Chris Bell looks into the bodybuiding culture and its use of steroids for success. It looks into the dangerous side effects that come with being successful. You can watch on YouTube.

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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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