Exercise- Burn it up

We take in toxins in our everyday life through the air we breathe, the foods we eat, etc. We have to find a way to expel them. Our bodies expel toxins through peeing and pooping, and don’t forget sweating. So burn it up. Burn the toxins up through exercise.

I set schedules to construct my own recovery. I dedicated 6 am to 7 am as my hour for physical exercise. I have lifted weights, ran on a treadmill, road a stationary bike, or done a guided workout through Beach Bodies for the last couple of years. I have by no means been perfect. Somedays I sleep in. But you have to continually progress and challenge yourself.

Since December 2019 I have been going to Hot Yoga 2-3 times a week. Typically I go Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6 am. I expel puddles of sweat in this class. I sometimes attend the Sunday morning session at 8 am. 

Yoga has been a form of meditation for me. Active Meditation. My workouts have been a holy space for me where I could begin to detangle the positive and negative thoughts. 

“If you are not aware of what your body needs, you can’t take care of it. If you don’t feel hunger, you can’t nourish yourself. If you mistake anxiety for hunger, you may eat too much. And if you can’t feel when you’re satiated, you’ll keep eating.” 

– Page 275 – The Body Keeps The Score; Brain, Mind, and Body In The Healing Of Trauma by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk

“… scientific methods have confirmed that changing the way one breathes can improve problems with anger, depression, and anxiety and that yoga can positively affect such wide-ranging medical problems as high blood pressure, elevated stress hormone secretion, asthma, and low-back pain.” 

-Page 271- The Body Keeps The Score; Brain, Mind, and Body In The Healing Of Trauma by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk

Your whole self is a connected organism- Body, Mind, and Spirit

Eat crappy foods, feel like crap. Feeling like crap will cycle in more negative thoughts and negative thoughts pull you back into the monster. 

Exercising makes you feel good. It makes you believe that you can do hard things and that builds on itself. Remember comparison is a thief of progression. Compete against yourself. Set goals to drop in body fat percentage, or measure your progress on timed runs, or weights lifted. Don’t pay attention to what others are achieving, just build on what you have done. Your progression is your singular focus.

Meditate 

“Understanding of the self only arises in relationship, in watching yourself in relationship with people, ideas, and things; to trees, the earth, and the world around you and within you. Relationship is the mirror in which the self is revealed. Without self-knowledge there is no basis for right thought and action…   Begin where you are. Read every word, every phrase, every paragraph of the mind, as it operates through thought.” 

  • Jiddu Krishnamurti

Joe Dispenza says:

“All thoughts carry an energy or a frequency. Change your thoughts, & you change your life.”

https://drjoedispenza.com/

There are multiple studies out there stating that we have anywhere to 60,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. When you are in the depths of despair, the majority of those thoughts are negative. It takes work to change those thoughts from negative to positive.

This is what I have learned. Thoughts are living and breathing. What thoughts you give place to in your mind will start to construct your belief systems. What you believe turns into what you feel. What you feel turns into actions, and finally, repeated actions or behaviors are our default settings. In order to change our behavior. You have to start at the root and at the beginning. You have to evaluate what thoughts that you are giving life and breathe to in your mind. The only way that you can start to evaluate your thinking is by being more aware. Stopping and thinking just to stop and think. 

I have used applications like Head Space and others to be taken through guided meditation. There are resources out there where you can trial the applications for a month. For me, the most success that I have seen is using The Listening Program by Advanced Brain Technologies. I listen anywhere from 15 minutes a day, to even on my hardest and most difficult days, to two 15-minute sessions. The Listening Program plays classical music in specific orders and combinations based on what you are trying to achieve. I have found that I am better able to manage my emotions and decipher my thoughts when I use mediation practices in my life. 

https://advancedbrain.com/the-listening-program/

“The Listening Program® is not like any music you’ve heard before. It’s more than music, it’s music that works; to improve your mental, physical and emotional health.

All TLP music has been painstakingly recorded and engineered with world class musicians including the award-winning Arcangelos Chamber Ensemble under the musical direction of Richard Lawrence, and composer and master ethno-percussionist Nacho Arimany, among others.

Using the highest audio quality recording technology (High Definition sound) and advanced neuroacoustic techniques, TLP music is acoustically modified to train your brain, strengthening neurological pathways to improve your ability to learn, communicate, and process information.

TLP can benefit most anyone, and applications are wide ranging, from rehabilitation, to wellness and peak performance; in settings ranging from schools, hospitals, therapy clinics, assisted living facilities, companies, athletic and music programs, in homes, and on military bases.”

I close my eyes and I imagine a monitoring system, like a beam checking out my whole body. This beam of light slowly descends from your head to your toes evaluating your intentions, feelings, motives and your well being. This allows me to check in with myself to see what emotions that I am feeling, and why I am feeling them. Maybe you are holding on to resentment or anger towards a family member or a co-worker. Don’t criticize or shun the feeling. Welcome the feeling and become curious about it. Why is the feeling present? What do you need to learn from it? What thoughts give birth to this feeling?

Once you feel like you have evaluated the emotion long enough, you can decide what you need to do with the thoughts tied to it. For example, In modern society we are all used to receiving tons of communication. When your phone starts to slow down and lag, you start to erase old text messages that are no longer needed. Once the text is no longer needed, you can delete it. Our mind can be similar. When a thought doesn’t serve you. Delete it. Expel it. Make room and space for more important thoughts.

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