Don't Like It? Change Your Mind!

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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

As much as this starts off reeking of an infomercial, trust me, it's not! There's no need to subscribe, no need to share your personal details and you don't even need to send me money (unless you want)!

I'd like to share with you how I change my life in just one hour each day. 


It was sweet Anne (thxxx!) back in Sayulita who first suggested it - finding a quiet place every day and writing 3-pages in a journal. Letting my thoughts flow freely and continuously from my mind, through my arm and onto paper. Free from inhibition and censorship.
 
It has become written meditation to me. The space I have been craving. The download I have been missing. The next best thing to a coffee with a close female friend, something I miss very dearly living on The Road Lees Travelled.
 
Initial attempts proved therapeutic but it wasn't until it became routine here in tranquilo Isla Holbox that the full benefit became evident: 
  • regular me-time
  • slowing my thoughts down to the pace of my pen
  • noticing how fleeting my mind is, jumping quickly from one thing to something completely unrelated
  • quietening my mind by acknowledging each thought in turn, making them slightly more linear. Once acknowledged a thought tends to step aside to allow the next one airtime.
  • really listening to my thoughts with intent
  • identifying thoughts that repeatedly pop up - obssessions? things left undone? or perhaps unresolved issues? e.g. I often mention feeling dehydrated. So...maybe, just maybe, I should drink more water and drink less alcohol?
  • identifying delusions, excuses, or unhealthy self-talk, the type of thing I wouldn't tolerate from other people
  • identifying negative, unhealthy thoughts and criticisms of others, things I wouldn't dare say to their face
  • noticing other people's words in my head, especially regarding things "I should do or could do" or worse still, things "I shouldn't do or couldn't do"! Memories of authority figures enforcing outdated rules? The media's brain-washing? Or perhaps the projection of other people's fears and limitations on me. 
  • noticing the absolute absurdity of some thoughts that really don't warrant my time and attention
  • consciously replacing unproductive thoughts with positive ones, reasoning with myself on paper
  • the more I write in each session, the more my real voice can be heard, the more positive my thoughts become
  • laughing out loud at my musings and cheesy thoughts, realising how lighthearted and entertaining I find myself. 
Mario has been, and continues to be, incredibly supportive, reminding me and giving me the space. He knows how important it has become to me. Thanks, my Nizzy!

This is just the beginning. There is lots more to learn. About myself. About the world. How I perceive everyone and everything in it. How I choose to respond to them.
  
I choose.
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Flo on

sounds like you could be ready for a vipassana when you make it to India (not that I have tried it...), or as I would say it "just go with the flow" ;)

thelees
thelees on

hehe will have to settle with a yoga/med retreat in San Marcos for now, young Flo.x

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