Following the death of my mother, followed shortly thereafter by the untimely death of my husband, I set out on a voyage of discovery.
I knew I could exercise and eat the right foods to keep my body in good condition and there are plenty of avenues available to discovering what are the right foods and exercise.
But more than that, I wanted to find out more about how the mind worked, what the process was in the deterioration of brain cells and how I could reverse or at least, stop this process. I began reading and researching on these subjects and although I can make no claim to understanding these processes I found that science has now definitely determined that brain cells can regenerate. For a very long time it was thought that neurons did not regenerate, however, recent studies have shown that they do. Different types of neurons regenerate in varying capacities, but those in the hippocampus were among the first to be discovered regenerating in the human brain. (Various primates have been shown to regenerate and add neurons throughout the brain).
So using the maxim use it or lose it I decided that the brain/mind should be exercised daily in as many ways as possible so that it would not degenerate to the degree that my mother’s had.
In my life coaching training and in my own life I found that the most important thing in life is our self respect; how we see ourselves and what we tell ourselves. Most of us have heard of the Law of Attraction: the phenomenon that swept the world a few years ago. The basis of this Law is that we attract to ourselves that which we think about most. So I started to listen to my thinking- my self talk.
We all have this critic in our subconscious telling us that we can’t do something because we are too old, too slow, don’t have the right qualifications etc etc.
What was I telling myself? “I’m too old”; “If it was going to happen it would have by now”; “I can’t do that” and so on. So I immediately set about reprogramming my mind. You can control your thoughts and in some instances these are the only things we do have control over.
Try this for a day. Start first thing in the morning. What are your waking thoughts? Write them down. Then at regular intervals through the day (every 2 or 3 hours say) note down what you have been primarily thinking about. Are these thoughts helping you achieve your goals of staying fit and healthy?
Were your thoughts mostly positive or did the self-doubting, negative thoughts take over?
Remember that your subconscious mind is relaying what you think into your life. So if you think I am too old your body reacts as if this is true.