The journey begins

Trying new things in the desert

Trying new things in the desert

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.


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6 thoughts on “The journey begins

  1. These are great ideas. I am wondering if you have read the book by Andy Andrews called The Noticer? Your post reminded me of some of the things I learned while reading that book.

  2. Hello again Jenny – no I haven’t read that book but will look for it the next time I go to the library. Did you see my blog on what I am reading?
    Thanks for the comments on the blog. I really enjoy the interaction with others.

  3. I did read your “What I am reading” I think it was the first one that caught my eye. I wanted to comment that the quiliting book series are very good. I would be interested in talking more about books with you. I am hoping to do a post on my favorite books soon.

  4. Love that bird picture in your right hand bar – reminds me of swap cards of yesteryear.

    This is a great post, valuable reading. I wish I had a life coach! 🙂

  5. Actually, do you mind if I copy that picture for my blog? I would rather be award free too! It gets a bit much!!

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