Your subconscious mind has recorded all information since the time you were born. That’s a lot of information. Some of what we retain from the past serves us and a lot of it does not. Patterns of thought create grooves in the brain, like a pathway. Once these pathways are set, they become our automatic default. It takes a consistent and deliberate approach to release these habits but it can be done. It takes a little bit of focus and the rewards are immense. It is in the process of becoming mindful where all the magic happens. You can do this.
How do you start? Figure out where your trigger points are. Three of the most common ones are here in this article. The next step is to work on unraveling the belief.
Our remedy for addressing the limiting belief is an affirmation. Affirmations reprogram the pathways in the brain. If you have always turned left at the bridge, maybe it’s time to turn right, or even travel across the bridge and see where it leads. Affirmations are like guide posts steering us in the direction of choice rather than habit. Here are a few right in time for the holidays.
- I bless every bite with love
‘Tis the season to indulge. That’s part of why we love it, right? It’s the best time of year for family recipes and all things battered, fried and buttered. Since you will likely eat it anyway, how about applying a blessing instead of a curse? An important part of eating is how you feel about yourself when you eat. If you believe something is good for you and you eat it, you feel great and it will have a positive effect. If you believe something is bad for you and you eat it, you will not feel great and it will not have a positive effect. This affirmation is a humble offering to heal your relationship with food. Give it a go at the table this season and notice what happens.
- Everyone is my teacher
A Sikh saint once said, “Show me an enlightened person and I will ask her to spend a day with her family.” Haha. But it’s not always so funny. Even the most well-centered and calm person can become stressed and ruffled during holiday events surrounded by friends and family. Here is a way to elevate those situations. Turn the focus back on yourself. What can you learn about yourself in each situation? How you can leave the occasion with your dignity and your miracle mindset intact? Look for the lesson. Look at someone who is causing you to feel anxious or stressed as an opportunity to get clarity on yourself. If in doubt, go to the bathroom and spend one full minute smiling at yourself. It works like a charm.
- I am open to receive
Money comes and goes. If it’s customary in your circle to give gifts, then you may have been watching money flow outward with a little panic in the back of your mind. Practical advice is to spend within your limits. Energetic advice is to couple that with a keen awareness of all the love, positivity, gifts, time and blessings that are coming your way. The more you notice what you have, the easier it is for the good stuff to flow your way.
This is the perfect time to recommit to your personal wellness strategy. Pick an affirmation and run it through your mind multiple times a day. No one has to know you are doing it. No one will even notice. Give yourself a little more space. Excuse yourself for a few minutes to take the dog for a walk, offer to run an errand, check out a local yoga class or sit quietly near the Christmas tree and meditate. Be present in your own experience and reap the benefit of a loving heart and a quiet mind.
Happy holidays and much love to you for your journey in the year ahead.
Contributor: Salimah Kassim-Lakha
The statements made in this article have not been evaluated by Health Canada or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. None of the information presented is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.