Fete Lifestyle Magazine April 2021 - Spring/Fashion Issue | Page 79

The problem arises when we do NOT like the experience we are living. What happens when we decide we no longer want or like our current situation? Many of us, since the beginning of the pandemic, have been experiencing chronic stress, anxiety, depression, or trauma from loss, illness, or civil unrest. We are overwhelmed with thoughts, emotions and behaviors that perpetuate an unhealthy experience of ourselves. The good news is that we do not have to accept our current experience, no matter what your present situation may look like, you absolutely have the power to change it. According to Neuroscientist, Dr. Joe Dispenza, "We can either choose to be defined by the thoughts of our past or by a vision of our future." I would like to share with you 3 simple rules to becoming a Master of Your Mind.

Rule No. 1

When we give our mind clear instructions about what we want, our mind follows our words and the images we create is like a blueprint. Your ability to communicate with yourself is the most important skill you can learn. Our mind's job is to protect us and keep us safe from harm. It hears everything we say. It does not differentiate between what is good or bad, it simply does what it thinks we want. Remember, every muscle in your body responds to the words you tell it. For example, when we say words like, "This is killing me," "This is driving me crazy," "I hate this," or "I don't like this," our mind creates changes in our body that supports our avoidance of the pain in order to keep us safe. Eliminating our internal critic immediately reduces stress.

Choose an attitude of non-judgment and kindness. Decide how you want to feel about yourself or a situation, then tell yourself what you need to hear in order to feel that way. Use words like "It thrills me," "This excites me," "I love this," "It makes me happy," and so on. Talk your mind into what you want by using words that are descriptive, words that create images, words that evoke emotions, and speak words with conviction. Speaking "I am enough," and "I am worthy" bolsters your belief in yourself. Marisa Peer, international therapist and founder of RTT, says "You make your habits, then your habits make you."

"Your ability to communicate with yourself is the most important skill you can learn."