I just got out of the shower, and didn’t have to overanalyze the process of cleaning my body. While using facial wash, my mind didn’t process the fact that I was washing Los Angeles smog off every pore on my face. While washing the oil, from the chain of my bike, off my legs, I didn’t have to over think the process, I just did it! While brushing my teeth in the shower (shhhh, don’t tell) I didn’t run through the remnants of items that may still be forming residue and plaque on my teeth. I just brushed them off.
Can we easily and effortlessly wash off old hurts and wounds daily, like we do with physical grime and dirt in the shower? Yes. If our minds are able to release instead of cling, then a mental shower will literally and figuratively wash your brain into clear, crisp, and lucid thoughts!
How do you take a mental shower?
If it is that easy to wash daily grime by turning a knob, it can truly be that easy to turn your thoughts from the dark into the light. Like turning your steering wheel from a good neighborhood, as opposed to a bad neighborhood. It’s really that easy. The magic is to NOT over think. Shut down the mental chatter with a daily mental shower and you and your world will smell, feel, and look brighter and fresher from this day forward.
Get your soap on DAILY, and transform!
Being among yogis, health nuts, and body workers for over 25 years, there is one common thread that seems to poison these chosen paths. The contamination begins when these health junkies focus on the purification of the physical body through fasting, sweating, juicing, massaging, and exercising but completely neglect the thoughts that are ruminating in the mind.
The mind is where it all begins.
Here are a few examples of healthy bodies and polluted minds :
1.When we go out to a restaurant and order our kale salad and carrot juice, and the person next to us orders a plate of fries with a grilled cheese sandwich and we begin to judge, the judgement is more harmful than the grease of the fries.
2.If we run to a yoga class and squeeze out all the toxins, and then go home and scream at our kids or partner, this erases all the positive affects of yoga.
3.If we are eating right, practicing healthy movement everyday, but constantly complaining about how miserable we are, then all those positive actions are cancelled out due to chronic negative thoughts.
When we begin with the body in order to make a healthy change, we have it backwards. Start with the mind first, then it flows to the body. Let’s call it your “mental gym”. How can we train our minds as diligently as our bodies, you ask? Well, it’s a daily mental challenge.
The time to begin your mental workout is as soon as you open up your eyes in the morning. Think of all the things you’re grateful for. A few examples are as simple as your mattress beneath you, your pillows, your hot shower that you are about to take, your electricity, and running water. How about recognizing your health, hands, arms, legs, feet, eyes, nose, ears etc...,. You get the picture.
Watch your thoughts on a daily basis. Choose them. Be cognizant of your self-deprecation, putting other people down, or complaining about your situation, or the state of the world.
Health truly begins in the mind. Having a negative voice in your head about yourself, other people, or the state of the planet, can literally wreak havoc on your organs, tissues, cells, and soul.
Always begin with your “mental gym” and constantly focus on what is perfect about you and the world, and your body will naturally follow. If your mind is filled with negative thoughts and your body is filled with healthy foods, there is a major discrepancy going on between the mind and the body. Align both the mind and body by doing prayer chin-ups, affirmation push-ups, complimenting sit-ups, and constantly sipping good thoughts morning, noon, and night.
In summation, we can all be well-rounded if we pause before we judge. Give each individual the dignity of their own path. That means the choice to eat and move and live how they see fit. It is truly none of our business what others choose. The best way to live is by example as opposed to lecturing. If others ask for help, then I am happy to share my knowledge, but unsolicited advice can be conveyed as rude and impolite. To be honest, I know some miserable health junkies, and I know truly remarkable happy potato chip eaters. Visit your mental gym daily and watch your happiness biceps and joyous triceps grow. Give it a try!
My Brother disappeared without a trace on July 11, 2014 and we discovered this morning he is alive. All of my siblings were convinced he was dead, as was I. When I heard the news he had vanished, I started to feel as if I had been hit by a truck. My mind went to worst-case scenario thinking. I was disturbed for days with despair and catastrophe.
Drama and trauma had been an old story for me, and I knew it was time to get my tool belt out in order to avoid circling the drain. Here are some steps to take in the middle of a crisis:
Compartmentalizing work life, family life, and tragedy is essential in maintaining composure so we don’t collapse under pressure. If you let trauma bleed into the rest of your life, the damage can become much greater. Placing things where they belong and into perspective, to avoid hysteria, is essential.
This week, hearing people complain about trite matters, bothered me. Didn’t they realize my brother is gone? Grief makes us so vulnerable and aware. Colors are vivid. Smells are intense. Sounds awaken me to the impermanence of all of us. My epiphany during this drama and trauma of losing my brother, is that I am going to suck the marrow out of every smell, sound, taste, touch, and sight of every moment, from now on. Life can throw us so many devastating events, but we must carry on, stay strong, and just try to find some sweetness, in the sometimes overwhelming bitterness of life.
Registered Yoga Instructor Certified Life Coach