Detoxing Your Thoughts

Detoxing Thoughts

Detoxing Your Thoughts

What Are You Focused On?

A penny for your thoughts. Are they helpful thoughts or harmful thoughts? You get what you focus on whether you want it or not. You may have heard this statement before. Are you focused on what’s important? The things that REALLY matter? We have those area in our lives that make a long term impact on your well-being, things like health, relationships, career and purpose, and spirituality. Are you focused on the process of your experiences or the outcome of excelling in the areas that matter most? Or are you focused on fears, anxiety, what you don’t have, what’s wrong, what you don’t like?  Are you gossiping about others, or judging and comparing yourself to others?  These patterns may be just what is keeping you stuck. We all think about 60,000 thoughts per day, and 95% of them are the same thoughts from yesterday. Is it time for a change?

Questions Create Answers

Questions create answersWhat type of answer might you get when you ask, “What is wrong with me?”’ or “What else could go wrong?” or “Why do bad things always happen to me?” These types of questions keep us stuck in the past, in the problem, what’s not working, why it won’t work, what I don’t like about you/me/it, and blame. When we begin to make a conscious effort to choose new questions, our brains will automatically start to search out the answer. We really do receive what it is we’re searching for in our lives whether we realize it or not. Thoughts create reality.  If you’re thinking, yeah, right! It might be time to check in with yourself about the hidden beliefs that are underlying your actions.  If you’re not where you want to be, there just may be a limiting belief running the show.

Too old? Think Again!

Myth BusterThink you’re too old to change your thinking patterns? Think again! There is a new field of research called neuroplasticity and it has been studied that your brain can create new neural pathways to help learn new behavior, thoughts and patterns. Anytime you begin to do something new or think in a new way, your brain creates a new neural pathway and the more you do something the stronger the pathway will become. We can change the way we think about anything! Think about what this means for your health, wealth and happiness!

Change Your Meaning, Change Your Life

Let’s look at health. Health can be a big trigger for some people struggling with weight and other health concerns, as there are often times many emotional and physical addictions connected to food. There are beliefs about healthy food tasting bad, getting sick and feeling bad is a part of aging, and giving up foods means missing out, etc. We can change the meaning we give to each of those when we really begin to create awareness and understanding about what it is we are holding onto and why. When we begin to ask questions about what we’re struggling with, it begins to open those pathways up and new thoughts and beliefs emerge.

Which Wolf Will Win Inside Your Head?

thought bubblesOne evening a Cherokee elder told his grandson about the battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between the two ‘wolves’ that lives inside us all. One is Unhappiness. It is fear, worry, anger, jealousy, sorrow, self-pity, resentment, and inferiority. The other is Happiness. It is joy, love, hope, serenity, kindness, generosity, truth, and compassion.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

 

We get to choose what we want to focus on. Let’s begin thinking in a new way. Here are some questions to get you started.  Ask yourself these questions routinely when faced with challenge and see what changes can come!

What are you holding onto that is no longer serving you?

What do you need to let go of?

What story are you telling yourself?

What meaning are you giving your experiences?

 

Becoming Aware of Your Thoughts

awarenessWhen we create awareness in our lives we begin to open up and realize our true power. We get to begin making conscious choices, rather than running on autopilot. Have you ever been driving in a car and got to your destination and couldn’t remember how you got there? When we run our lives in that way, our minds are automatically running our lives and we are more likely to react emotionally to those around us and be succumbed being emotionally driven rather than through conscious awareness.

Things you can do to create awareness:

  1. Set the intention: By setting an intention that you choose to create awareness, your brain will find ways to become aware.
  2. Question your thoughts, beliefs, emotions, patterns of behavior.  We are all creatures of habit and you’re likely doing something the way you’ve always done it.  The question is, why? How is that impacting you?  Is it keeping you stuck?
  3. Become aware of the beauty that you have around you, the little things that you take for granted or don’t typically think twice about, like your breath, the flowers blooming, hitting every green light on your way to work.
  4. Be mindful of the present moment: When you connect to your breath, you choose to slow down and focus inward. Your breath connects you to the present moment. One exercise that will help build this foundation is to create a mindfulness/meditation practice:

Starting a mindfulness practice:

  1. meditationA quiet environment: Choose a quiet place in your home, office, garden, place of worship, or in the great outdoors where you can relax without distractions or interruptions.
  2. A comfortable position: Get comfortable, sit up with your spine straight, either in a chair or on the floor. You can also try a cross-legged or lotus position.
  3. A point of focus: Focus on your breathing, and just notice it without trying to change it, you can close your eyes.
  4. An observant, nonjudgmental attitude: Don’t worry about distracting thoughts that go through your mind or about how well you’re doing. If thoughts come up during your mindfulness session, don’t fight them. Instead, gently turn your attention back to your breath.

 

 

Power Questions to Move You

freedomHere are some questions that can be a great way to start and end your day and help move you through a challenge and begin creating freedom in your life.

MORNING POWER QUESTIONS

  1. What am I happy about in my life now?
    1. What about that makes me happy?
    2. How does that make me feel?
  2. What am I excited about in my life now?
    1. What about that makes me excited?
    2. How does that make me feel?
  3. What am I proud about in my life now?
    1. What about that makes me proud?
    2. How does that make me feel?
  4. What about that makes me grateful?
    1. What about that makes me grateful?
    2. How does that make me feel?
  5. What am I enjoying in my life right now?
    1. What about that do I enjoy?
    2. How does that make me feel?
  6. What am I committed to in my life right now?
    1. What about that makes me committed?
    2. How does that make me feel?
  7. Who do I love? Who loves me?
    1. What about that makes me loving?
    2. How does that make me feel?

EVENING POWER QUESTIONS

  1. What have I given today?
  2. In what ways have I been a giver today?
  3. What did I learn today?
  4. How has today added to the quality of my life OR how can I use today as an investment in my future?

PROBLEM SOLVING QUESTIONS

  1. What is great about this problem?
  2. What is not perfect yet?
  3. What am I willing to do to make it the way I want it?
  4. What am I willing no longer to do to make it the way I want it?
  5. How can I enjoy the process while I do what is necessary to make it the way I want it?

Power Questions adapted from Tony Robbins

At Plant Food and Gratitude , we take a coaching stance of asking our clients individualized high mileage questions to move them from the stuck places in their lives to forward movement. We can all get stuck in our lives and having a coach can help you open up to see your blind spots and support you through that process.

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