How can we reprogram the subconscious mind? A Hindu Priest shares some great insights.

The subconscious mind is akin to that unseen portion of an iceberg which remains underwater. Some believe that up to 95% of our mental activity takes place in the subconscious, just below our conscious awareness. This ‘underwater’ portion of the mind is never inactive, though, as it continues to collect and process information even when we are asleep.

According to the Freudian model of the unconscious, the contents of the subregions of the mind are the primary guiding influence on a person’s behavior, habits and urges. And in his study of the psyche, revered psychoanalyst Carl Jung relates the importance of paying attention to what is going on in the lower parts of the mind, saying, “until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

Freudian model of the subconscious mind

While this model may be debatable to some scientists, sages and those devoted to personal development have long known that these regions of the mind are programmable with conscious intention, a process which can be achieved with affirmation and mantra.

As a spiritual tool, monks of the eastern traditions have been using mantras since time immemorial, most recognizably along with prayer beads. The value of this type of meditation is well-understood by practitioners, although, difficult to quantify. It offers a simple but powerful means of creating the emergence of desired positive outcomes in personality, habits, beliefs and emotions.

“Mantra is really just a specialized grouping of sounds and vibrations which positively affect the mental and physiological planes. The effects of sound on the brain have been demonstrated in Electro Encephala Graph (EEG) charts as well as by documented physical changes (skin temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate among them). While we may consciously want to remove certain thought patterns, they can be difficult to dislodge because they are formed at subconscious levels. This is where mantra can be very effective.” ~Christina Sarich

Speaking on how this process works, Hindu priest and international speaker Dandapāni explains how mantras are similar to affirmations in how they work to reprogram the subconscious mind. In an interview with Brian Rose of London Real, Dandapāni answers the question of why the simple concentrated repetition of sound can so powerfully brings about positive changes in personal behavior.

“You can say they are prayer beads, but they’re actually more like affirmation or mantra beads. So, we use these to actually program our subconscious. So as we chant on each bead, we chant an affirmation. I am happy, or I’m confident. And we repeat the same chant over and over again, and there are 108 beads… one chant over and over again.”

There is more to it than just saying a phrase 108 times, however, and as he explains, three ingredients are necessary: “Concise choice of positive words, clear visualization, and a corresponding feeling.”

The process of visualization is extremely important in clarifying for the mind the precise object in focus. If you were to chant, ‘I love apples,’ the brain would become confused by the word apple, however, unless a very clear picture of the apple is presented along with the mantra.

Regarding a corresponding feeling, he explains how feeling is emotion and emotion is energy, quoting the late Nikola Tesla.

“He [Tesla] had this beautiful saying which kind of encapsulates Hindu philosophy really well. He said that, ‘to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.’ Everything is made up of energy that’s vibrating at its own frequency. What we believe is that if your subconscious is filled with patterns that are vibrating at a certain frequency… and if you can go into your subconscious and create a pattern, infuse it with energy that’s vibrating at a certain frequency, you can attract things of a similar nature to it.”

The combined effect of intentionally applying sound, visualization and emotion to create positive change can override the contents of the subconscious mind. He elaborates further in the video below:

 

Original source: Waking Times

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The tempo of the contemporary world makes us feel guilty if we choose to put ourselves first – as if taking care of your most basic needs is selfish, so modern societies unwittingly celebrate self-destructive behavior. That includes skipping your meals, ditching your yoga class and sleeping poorly as soon as your schedule is overflown with tasks and assignments.

Even though you might feel equipped to handle this stressful rhythm, it will ultimately take its toll and wreak havoc on your mood, health, and overall well-being. It’s time to slow down, restructure your life and make smarter choices, in order for your future self will be grateful – so let’s talk self-care strategies!

Savor every bite

Make a solemn promise to yourself to ditch fast food, pastry shops and candy bars that would keep a sloth in an Irish-dancing mood. Your mindset matters, and if you perceive healthy food as your archenemy, that’s the first thing you should change. Convenience doesn’t have to be unhealthy either, as it pays to invest time to prepare food beforehand, and structure a meal plan that will safeguard your immune system.

A weekly grocery shopping spree to for a fresh supply of antioxidant-packed fruits, detox-friendly veggies, and other delicacies will help you stay on the right track. Pick your meal-prepping day to pack your lunches in separate containers, and clear out your unhealthy snack stash – you know you have one! Never again will you have to spend another work lunch feeling guilty for eating a snickers bar or skipping your meal altogether.

Exercise is a way of being

You may not have time every day to visit your Zumba class or work those weights, but whatever you’re doing at home can use a bit of spicing up if you move it, move it! Or not – even static poses can be beneficial for your health when done properly, as you can work on your mobility and flexibility and increase your stability and strength by enjoying an episode of GoT in a Sphinx pose.

Other ways of working your muscles and your endurance while on the job include desk exercises, walking and munching on your lunch break, taking a brief break to do a few squats, lunges or planks (especially for those who work at home), use the jump-rope, and stretch. Other than that, take the stairs, set up walk and talk meetings and avoid spending your leisure time sitting down, even when you don’t have enough time for a full-blown routine.

Support your self-care

Would you encourage your kids to ride their bikes without a helmet or remain indifferent if your best friend goes hiking in her flip-flops? The same way you’d care for someone else, you need to make wise decisions about yourself, especially when you’re about to put your body through a strenuous workout.

Iron-addicts among you know well that you need to protect your ankles with quality bodybuilding shoes and stay hydrated throughout your training session. Yoga enthusiasts always invest in a solid yoga mat and comfortable yoga pants, while runners know not to hit the sidewalk in the first pair of sneakers they come across. Don’t treat any of your routines as a chore, as it can backfire, and you might end up getting injured.

Sweet dreams

Beauty is not the only byproduct of healthy sleep – in fact, most of your problem-solving skills and decision-making ability depend on a regular and quality sleeping pattern. Feeling drowsy or having a headache is a momentary side-effect of poor sleeping habits, but long-term consequences span from increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, depression to diabetes.

Consistency is key, and the only way to restore your natural biorhythm is to create and stick to a sleeping schedule that allows your body plenty of rest. Think of it this way: if you don’t get enough sleep, you will definitely diminish your cognitive capacity to handle all those ambitious tasks tomorrow. Rest, healthy food and exercise are the holy trinity of self-care, but they require harmony to take effect.

Practice gratitude and mental hygiene

Facing fears and detoxing from stress is like flossing for your emotional well-being. It takes a long time to master the art of positive thinking and gratitude, especially when you encounter a setback in life, but it all starts with one caring choice at a time.

Don’t let your emotions fester underneath the smiling surface, but make time to process whatever’s bothering you. The same way you would lend your best friend an ear when she’s in trouble, never ignore your own issues. Start writing an emotion journal, consult a professional, meditate, but find a stress-fighting structure that will let your self-care become a natural set of daily habits and allow your positive mindset to flourish.

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Do you have frequent and intense mood swings? Discover some surprising factors that affect your mood.

Mood swings can be real deal breakers: unless identified and remedied on time, frequent mood dips can shatter work focus, wreak havoc on relationships, and compromise long-term well-being through persistent appetite changes.

Unfortunately, psychological problems are all too common in the world we live in: studies show that about 9.5% of Americans aged over 18 suffer from mood disorders, and the figure is probably much higher as many cases go by undiagnosed.

But while psychotherapy and medications may be necessary in grave cases of mood disorders, slight lifestyle tweaks could help prevent frequent and intense bouts of the blues, irritability, anger, lethargy, confusion, and bad temper.

Sounds too easy to be true? It’s not really.

in fact, here are five surprising lifestyle factors that affect your mood, which you can apply right away.

1. Posture to Drive Away Mood Swings

You probably know confidence and happiness show in both the eyes and posture, but what you may not know is that the mood-stance link goes both ways. According to scientific research, slumping at your desk can give rise to feelings of hostility, anxiety, and unease, whereas sitting up straight will instantly boost energy and self-esteem.

Watch: Improve Your Self-Esteem

Similarly, walking with your back straight and your shoulders back can make you feel more positive about yourself and your surroundings, while a slumped walking posture can chip your confidence and mood and hamper your success.

2. Beat the Blues by Color Psychology

Clothes may not make the man, but the hues you wear certainly affect your psychological shape more than you think. Based on the principles of color psychology, hues can affect your mood and make or break success in various social situations, so strive to keep your wardrobe painted in the colors of the rainbow, or at least try to wear clothes in calming and vitalizing tones.

If possible, stay away from black and use brash colors such as red, bright green, and orange as accents as they can dial up stress for both you and people around you and send an inadequate message to others.

3. Gut Hitches Can Eat Your Mood Out

You may not be what you eat but your diet impacts your psychological shape in more ways than one. A recent study shows that excess sugar intake can increase the frequency of mood swings and depression, while a mild dehydration can lead to moodiness, fatigue, and problems focusing.

If you want to keep your mood stable, take care of your gut and feed it nutrient-dense foods. In case you’re struggling to meet recommended a daily nutrient intake, try and patch the gap using quality Biocare products, add probiotics to your plate, and up your water intake.

4. Get Offline and Log into Your Life

If you’re spending a lot of time on social media, no wonder you’re prone to mood swings. Seeing your friends posting about their happiness can affect your mood in a positive way, but living up in virtual reality is a risky affair.

As hilarious and inspirational as those viral videos might be, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can’t be a substitute for emotional well-being or real life contact with people you care about.

Offline is where peace, love, and happiness happen, so limit the amount of time you spend online if you want to prevent mood dips, increase productivity, and beat procrastination.

5. A Smart Mood Swing Spender

Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy presents that will show your loved ones you care and make their life a bit better, if only for a short while. It’s a rule of life: emotions are contagious, so if your significant other, parent, or child is happy, you’ll be happy, too, and cute gifts are an easy way to dial up anyone’s mood.

Still, be aware that the happiness solicited through gifts is short-lived and can’t replace true love and care, so try to keep tabs on emotional purchases: after all, the last thing you want is to end up throat-deep in debt-induced stress and the evil of money.

There’s far more to stable mood than meets the eye: from posture and colors to diet, internet, and the way you handle your finances, a number of factors impact your psychological shape and emotional wellbeing.

Fortunately, there are quite a few things you can do to prevent mood swings from taking hold of you – and if you’re still here, you now know five simple strategies to do away with sudden and intense emotional shifts.

Never forget: the power over your emotions is in your hands and your hands alone.

What other lifestyle habits do you know that can affect your mood? Share in the comments section below.

Have you noticed that you push people away from you? Why is this happening?

Ever since the act of communication exists people are trying to become better and better at it. In the past we used to understand each other with body language, further in time languages developed, and now we got to the point where technology-based communication took over. But thousands of centuries have passed and people still haven’t found the way to get along with each other.

One of the reasons for this is that our behaviors pretty often tend to be confusing which can result is nerve-racking arguments or losing friends. People are different and there is no way for everyone to get along with everyone else. But sometimes we act in a wicked manner without even realizing it, or the consequences of it which can easily drift people away from us.

So here is a list of 9 behaviors that can push people away from you:

1. Trying to dominate over people

It’s good to be a leader. The ability to keep things under control is a quality that not many people possess. But it is really important to know what you have the right to control. Constantly forcing your will upon your friends can be overwhelming for them. This kind of behavior isn’t something that people can easily put up with, so be careful because it may cost you some of your friendships. No one enjoys being told what to do. This is why understanding that compromise is what moves us along together is really important for your relationships with people. Stubbornness won’t do the trick.

2. Being judgmental

Judging people can play you a bad joke, if it is a behavior that has become a habit for you. We, people, can act differently depending on our current situation and on the people we are with. This is why judging people isn’t a good idea. A person will usually show you only as much of themselves as they wish to when communicating with you. Have in mind that before you conclude who somebody is for you. You never know how they are feeling on the inside or what is going on with their lives at that moment.

3. Being negative all the time

As I observe people lately, what I notice is a mass aspiration for positive thinking and positive attitude towards life, despite all the bullshit we deal with in our daily routine. It’s like people are finally realizing that positivity attracts positivity and the opposite – negativity brings about more negativity. This is why negatively disposed people who are complaining all the time, whining about this being hard and that being tough are very likely to alienate people from themselves. Just compare spending a day with someone you have to comfort all the time, listening to their pessimistic points of view and overall disapproval of everything around them, with spending a day with a person who cherishes the small things in life, smiles and looks life on its bright side. Both good and bad energy are contagious, so who would you choose?

4. Lacking delicacy

Saying the wrong thing at the wrong time can sometimes cause a lot of drama but it has happened at least once to most of us. Lacking delicacy is another thing. It’s when jokes go beyond the borders of the “friendly rudeness” (we all have those friends with whom insulting each other is the way we show our love), it’s when you touch someone on the raw, it’s when you use your friend’s weaknesses against them just to defeat them in an argument. As Mark Twain says, it’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than open ones mouth and remove all doubt. Don’t give up on straight- forwardness, just keep in mind that words sometimes come out as bullets, so watch your aiming.

5. Living in the virtual reality

One of the best definitions of our generation is “the generation with heads bowed down”. We walk, we travel, we communicate with our eyes staring into the phone’s screens. It would be no surprise if after a decade or two anatomists start studying the smartphone as a part of the human hand. Everyone has experienced going out with friends and instead of talking they all browse their virtual life, not realizing they’re missing on the real one. Some people tend to lead a completely different life on the social networks, presenting themselves as different people than they actually are, happier than they feel, wiser than they would ever be. It doesn’t matter what the Wi-Fi password is, your friends are right where you need them to be – next to you, not on your Facebook news feed.

6. Being self-centered

Putting yourself first is essential for growing into a successful and content individual. But make no mistake – being self-centered and blind for the presence of others as equal people is another story. If your only topic when in a conversation tends to be “you” and you get fed up with listening to other people’s stories, problems and opinion, then you’d better change having friends with having a mirror. Because friendship is not a one-way street but treated as such, it will probably reach the “no outlet” sign anytime soon.

7. Taking everything way too seriously

How many times have you drawn back from somebody just because it seemed to you that there was something unpleasant behind their words, or a joke touched you on a weak spot? Have in mind that very often people do that without meaning it, jokes aren’t supposed to be rude, neither do they aim to hurt your feelings. Don’t go looking into every single word, being afraid that someone is making fun of you or hiding an agenda. This speaks for weakness and insecurity, and makes you the least fun person to be with. It’s also a projection of your own ways and habitudes. Taking everything too seriously can also refer to those situations when you get upset for completely insignificant things, such as missing the bus or losing 10 bucks… Repeat after me: This Is No Big Deal! The deeper you dig into the dirt, the dirtier you will end up being.

8. Lacking punctuality

This concerns not only arriving on time. A punctual person is someone who stays behind their words, whose promises don’t fade overnight, who acts according to the prompts. Not being able to be present at the exact appointed time can make your friends nervous and unwilling to make arrangements with you. This can have a seriously negative impact on your job performance, too. In a more figurative way, lacking punctuality is connected to the values of an individual, which tend to change with the weather. No one would ever choose to rely on such a person. This is a certain way to alienate people.

9. Becoming a workaholic

There is nothing better than falling in love with your job and being dedicated to it. But the positive aspects of this can easily turn into a negative facet of your life. Not having time for anything other than work can turn into negligence for the closest people around you and yourself. When you are too dedicated to your job, you risk reaching a point where nothing is as important as work – neither your family, nor your health. Be careful when you choose your priorities because losing people you treasure is not worth any money you earn.

Did any of those behaviors sound familiar to you? If you have found yourself in any of them, don’t be paranoid that you will lose all your friends because you possess some negative qualities. WE ALL DO! The point here is to stop for a second and think about them. A recognized problem is a half-solved problem. Believe in your goodness but always doubt your flawlessness!

By Ivelina Ivanova

This article was originally created and published on I Heart Intelligence.

The fast-paced world we live in has lead us to obtain certain unhealthy and toxic habits which affect our physical, as well as mental health. Somehow, our desire to achieve more has contributed to a reduced work productivity. Over time, we develop bad habits like smoking, unhealthy diet, and many other we were not even aware of. Why? Because we create an illusion that these habits keep us in balance.

Working mothers are in the worst position since they are required to juggle their personal and professional lives. The solution to this problem is rather simple – focusing on one task at a time. It is a common misconception that multitasking is vital for business success. Many are those who believe that the ability to single-task, i.e. work until a certain goal is achieved, is what leads to accomplishing long-lasting results. And what’s the key? One word – Flow.

The Theory of Flow

Flow represents the state of mind in which a person is fully focused on the task at hand; completely immersing themselves in it, losing track of time. When in the state of flow, you forget about everything; yourself, others, the entire world around you; at the same time, you are overwhelmed by the feeling of happiness; you become creative, motivated and highly productive. You no longer allow yourself to get easily interrupted by minor things but stay engaged with the challenging task you are working on.

How can you turn your entire (work) life around? According to Sonja Lyubomirsky, researcher at the University of California, “40% of our capacity for happiness is within our power to change.” So, what are some of the things we can actually do today, to avoid going back to our old habits tomorrow?

1. Start healthy

First off, don’t wake up with the regret of what you could have, or should have done yesterday; focus on what you can do today. To get the most of your day, start it with a positive attitude and a torrent of energy. Furthermore, substitute your first cup of coffee for the first glass of lemon water. It will help you rehydrate your body and flush your digestive system. You will balance your metabolism, and as a result, get a leaner figure. If you lead a hectic lifestyle, developing healthy habits may be difficult as you probably don’t have much time to prepare your own healthy food and work out. Fortunately, you can get protein drinks and other supplements to help with your nutrition and make baby steps when it comes to your fitness routine.  Also, don’t forget to drink a lot of fluids later during the day to avoid dehydration, dizziness and, ultimately, lowered productivity.

Dry brushing before showering is also advisable as a regular part of a morning routine, as it increases circulation, providing you with more energy. Starting with your feet and hands, the skin is commonly brushed towards the chest, that is – the heart.

2. Start strong

It is essential to organize your time around your body’s natural rhythm. When it comes to any kind of cognitive work, a greater number of adults proved to perform better in the morning. For this reason, more challenging tasks should be dealt with earlier in a day, as concentration and alertness tend to descend as time passes.

3. Define your goals

Setting personal goals provides you with a long-term vision, as well as a short-term motivation. They help you get a clearer vision of where you want to go in life and on what you should concentrate your efforts. Ensure you set a SMART goal; and by that, we mean Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. If they feel a bit abstract – write them down, plan the steps and cross off one after the other as you complete them.

4. Concentrate on self-comparison

The reason certain people struggle with insecurity is that they compare themselves to others, thus keeping themselves reserved and self-conscious. The biggest issue here is that we are never fully familiar with someone else’s story, and we are only presented with fragments of it. Only jealousy and resentment can come of it. Instead, focus on your journey; we all carry a unique footprint no one else possesses and we can utilize it to create something exceptional.

5. Limit the decision-making

By placing a time limit on decision-making, you will yield higher quality choices. By setting deadlines, you force yourself to spring into action. This technique proved to be extremely useful when conducting team meetings and brainstorming sessions. This way, everyone knows that there will be a vote at a specific time and it won’t lead to an endless and pointless debate.

It was Aristotle who said “We are what we repeatedly do; that excellence is not an act, but a force of habit,” so how long do you want to continue to live with the bad ones? Are they really beneficial? No. And today is a good day to quit your bad habits and focus only on what’s going to build your confidence from the ground up.

This article was originally created and published by Visual Meditation. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution (active link to this article) and author bio.