11/01/18                                                                               Volume 2 Issue 29

                              Best You Guru™

                             Mindfulness Control

The most recent blogs have dealt with the issue of epigenetics. I appreciate the questions and comments. I believe the field of behavioral epigenetics is important because it provides a biological substance to the Theory of Authentic Identity. Research in genetic biology provides support in a much-needed area of human development. It is not so much our genetic make-up determining our level of achievement but our genetic expression. Learn to express your genes.

A fundamental reason why our authentic identity is often hidden is due to the socialization process of an individual. Learned behaviors and beliefs acquired from societal institutions may not support the goals of the authentic identity. The good of the individual too often gives way to the will of society. A large impediment to living our authentic identity is our subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind is our autopilot with societal standards being the driver. Bruce Lipton in his book “The Biology of Belief” explains “the subconscious is an emotionless database of stored programs, whose functions are strictly concerned with reading environmental signals and engaging in hard-wired behavioral programs, no questions asked, no judgments made. The subconscious mind is a programmable “hard-drive” into which our life experiences are downloaded. The programs are fundamentally hard-wired stimulus-response behaviors.” Our environment determines much of our database and our database effects our behaviors. Thoughts determine actions and actions determine the result. You live where your thoughts are found.

We have so much control of our behaviors and the results of those behaviors. Our thoughts are critical and our surrounding environment is a major influence. It is not a matter of willpower or mind over matter. It is a matter of education and awareness. We have so much more control of our achievement in life. Science has provided us with a tremendous opportunity to reframe our thoughts of who we are and what we can achieve.  The success inherent within face limitations programmed into the subconscious. These subconscious limitations inhibit our thoughts, actions, and quality of life. From birth to death, strong forces attempt to transform our identity to fit the needs of society.

The key is found in conscious living. Yoga practitioners refer to it as being mindful. Be mindful of your environment. Be mindful of the quality of air, quality of water, quality of food, and all else that touches your life. Control as much as possible.  Be mindful of persons, places, things, words, images, and thoughts. Control as much as possible. The conscious mind offers us the free will to control our actions which often determine the quality of life. As it has been said numerous times, it is not as much as what happens to you in as much as how you respond. Be mindful of your thoughts and reactions. Never allow the negative to rent too much space in your brain.

Action step: Write down 5 real-life situations where you could gain more control of your life if only you look at the situation differently.

Example: Someone calls you a sissy. Do not argue with that person. Agree and go on about your business. Do not waste your time. A simple matter of controlling your thoughts and actions.   

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