Keeping your heart healthy makes it a timekeeper for your life. Your timekeeper requires more than just taking physical care of your heart and body. In my last post we looked at how to have a healthy heart. In my next several posts, I will share taking a more holistic approach to heart health.
Think of your heart as a physical entity, affected by physical, mental, and spiritual factors. Keep in mind also that the mental association between love and your heart is so powerful that you can use this concept for your benefit. As you read this, remember PEMS – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Know that the connection between love and your heart is so great that it can generate powerful chemical changes – a physical manifestation that originates from a feeling of love.
These chemical changes, in turn, produce cellular relaxation that results in cellular regeneration. Cells always have two possible states: open or closed, expanding or contracting, renewing or dying.
- If you had a choice about the state your cells were in, which would you choose–robust or atrophy?
- And how would that benefit your heart physically?
As you explore physical ways to keep your timekeeper healthy, keep your thoughts positive and encouraging. Keep your feelings grounded in love. Do this, and you will renew the physical cells that make up your heart.
Reducing Stress on the Timekeeper
Reducing stress is critical to restoring and maintaining a healthy heart!
Great news here. You have plenty of non-drug stress interventions to choose from. They include deep breathing, biofeedback, yoga, support groups, vacations, hobbies, even your family pets! What is required is for you to set aside a time for your activity and to establish a regular routine or ritual around its performance.
It requires an act of self-love for you to follow through on your plans. Yes, you must put your health in a place of importance in your life. Can you care enough about your life to gain more of it?
This is a great time to take out your journal and seriously consider this question. As part of the emotional and spiritual maintenance that is necessary for heart health, ask yourself whether or not you are worth it? What’s stopping you from keeping your heart healthy? We often sabotage our own health for a variety of reasons. You need to examine these reasons if you want your timekeeper to stick around!
Using your intuition is like conducting a science experiment. You can take our word for it that it’s powerful chemistry, but wouldn’t you really rather turn on the flame under the Bunson burner and see for yourself?
Become your own consciousness coach by strengthening your connection to your intuition. Yes, you’ll need to do a little training. Don’t worry – no aerobics required! Instead, this article offers you some exercises that will sensitize you to your feelings and thoughts. Sensitivity is the first step in communicating with your intuition.
It’s best to choose a time when you won’t be interrupted to practice these exercises; your practice time will be more effective if you’re not distracted. Simply keep in mind that when you’re open and relaxed, you’re more receptive to the “voice” of your intuition.
Try This – The Tide Flows Images To You
Sit or stand, but make yourself really comfortable. Imagine that you’re facing the ocean. Bring the ocean fully into your senses. What does the ocean smell like? Does a breeze feel tingly on your skin? Is the sound of the ocean loud or soft?
The tides are high, rushing to shore and spreading all over the sandy beach. The ocean leaves its wet brush strokes for you to observe. Look and see the soggy brush strokes on the sand. Stare at them until the next tide breaks and changes the landscape. What do you see? Stay and observe as long as you can.
Next, focus on the waves themselves. Watch how the tide rolls in and out. Feel the rhythm of the tide within yourself. Breathe and open your abdomen fully. Feel the imaginary water moving in and out of you.
Do you feel pulled in and out like the wave? Ask the waves, “Waves, what images do you have for me?”
Try This – Lightning Strikes for You
If you’ve ever watched a storm when bright flashes sizzle the sky, then you know the power of the energetic activity in a bolt of electricity. You can access that energy for yourself, using lightning as a doorway.
Imagine that you are comfortably seated in an inviting chair that gives you a good view of the sky. Stare out of an imaginary window, and gaze at the sky as the thunderclouds roll before you. Lightning flashes, leaving its footprint-its light reflection-against the dark, heavy clouds.
Stare into that space, and the lightning flashes again. Hold the image of the lightning blaze in your mind and breathe the intensity and power of the lightning into you. Imagine the power in your gut, your nervous system. Imagine the energy the lightning activates in you!
Now that you feel and focus on the lightning flashes, ask for the images you need according to your intention.
Let Nature Teach You
You’ll get a tremendous benefit if you can take a walk or a special afternoon or weekend of retreat into nature itself to learn to soften and focus your vision as a gateway to deeper awareness and intuition. Nature imagery exercises are a good way to access intuition and to help you relax if you work long hours. Natural images are familiar and most people find them comforting.
There are several ways that you can let nature assist your intuitive connection.
Try This – Remembering Past Ah-Ha Moments
An Ah-Ha Moment is your natural intuition at work and at its best.
In a moment of flight over enemy lines, a World War Two pilot had a flash of insight – an “Ah-ha!” moment — about what he would do if he lived through that moment. He lived and now owns a large business conglomerate.
While vomiting in the alley behind the local neighborhood pub, an alcoholic wondered — “Ah-ha!” — what he could do to help himself. He saw his answer as a vision in his mind. The next morning he quit drinking and rehabilitated himself.
On the way to her office one morning, a real estate developer wondered what it would take to close a big deal. The answer — “Ah-Ha!” — arrived in her daydreaming while driving. If you would like to foster your intuition, take a trip down memory lane to an Ah-Ha Moment you’ve already experienced. Write in as much detail as possible what you remember-images, feelings, sensory awareness, and all the emotions that the moment stimulated.
Review what you’ve written. In reviewing, you’ll find clues to how your intuition works and how to become your own consciousness coach.
Try This – Your Intuition Journal
Some people keep dream journals. Those practicing and cultivating intuition keep Intuition Journals.
Give yourself fifteen minutes each day to check in with your gut and see if there is anything you need to be aware of. Just write down whatever comes and then go about your regular schedule.
After a week, you’ll begin to see patterns. You might notice that your intuition communicates in brief sentences, images, metaphors, caring advice or a soliloquy.
The Bottom Line
Be open to the idea that your intuition is giving you important information that you need to know. Ultimately, when you decide your need to know is so important that you can’t ignore intuitive signals, you’ll have made intuition a priority in your life.
If a strong feeling of certainty arises from your intuitive exercises, write it down. Ignore your intellect’s questions or judgments, and truly trust your gut-level feelings, images or awareness. Re-read all that has happened to you; observe how intuition has worked for you and how being incongruent did not.
Learn from experience that your intuitions are to be trusted
Not all super successful people have the exact same skill sets. Yet the traits like happiness and positivity, of a successful person have been mapped in research studies. We can model…
How a successful person thinks?
Which trait of a successful person is proven to be the most effective in success?
How does this successful person handle failure? Does happiness elude them?
Is this successful person emotionally competent?
1) Successful People Visualize The Desired Outcome
Anyone who has become well-known understands that the first success trait of successful people is to visualize the perfect outcome. You probably already know what business, sport, relationship or activity in which you would love to excel. Think about the perfect situation where you have achieved all that you have ever dreamed of somewhere in the future. Then visualize the perfect scenario for you.
Any time you fill your head with images and visualizations of perfection and success, you feed your hunger to do whatever is humanly possible to reach your goals and live your dreams. There is scientific evidence indicating that you move physically towards your most dominant thought. Of all the traits of successful people, how they choose to focus on a specific goal, thought or image inspires them to move on that goal. What thoughts of success do you have that you can rank and make a commitment to focus on for your success? Write them down now.
2) Another Trait of A Successful Person Is Ownership of Failures
There are certainly some successful people who enjoy playing the blame game. However the most accomplished people, the ones that achieve truly incredible levels of success, give credit where credit is due. They exude positivity and happiness, and they are not afraid to admit they have failed. Owning failures is a transparent trait of emotional intelligence. Everyone has failed, and most accept failures as a part of life.
Legendary Texas oil and gas executive and billionaire T. Boone Pickens said the best single piece of advice he ever received was from his grandmother, Nellie Molonson. He claimed that many times as a child, his grandmother told him that sooner or later he was going “to have to sit on his own bottom.” She explained that the phrase meant there was no point in blaming others when he failed, and that nothing good would come from it.
Celebrated author and professional blogger Gretchen Rubin agrees wholeheartedly, saying, “To become a success you should always give credit where credit is due, and take the blame when you deserve it.”
3) The Next Trait of a Successful Person Is To Read
Whenever you see a picture of an incredibly successful person in his or her home office or business office, there are always bookshelves filled to overflowing.
The link is clear in the media perception that a successful person reads. Do they? Yes, reading journals, books, and industry reports is a trait of a successful person. That is because successful people understand the importance of constantly learning about the business, marketplace or endeavor in which they are dedicated to succeeding.
As Director for the National Year of Reading, Honor Wilson-Fletcher pointed out that reading anything relieves stress, improves communication skills and opens doors in business and personal relationships. Countless studies have also shown that consistent reading dramatically improves your chances of enjoying a successful career and life. Make it your goal to read something every day, especially specific reports and resources that pertain to the particular field in which you wish to succeed.
In summary, if you can emulate any one trait of a successful person listed here, then your practice is to choose one trait where you need more strength.
Then focus on it through visualization and move toward it.
The second action to be more successful is to intentionally make a list of your failures, read them and own them. If you feel that any remnant of emotion flares up, then act on it immediately in any of these steps: talk it through with a coach or friend; write out the feelings and words via longhand. The physical act of writing moves the energy of emotions out of you and relieves any tension.
Choose one trait of a successful person today and then focus, be free of blame and failure, and read to stay ahead of the trends in your field. These three steps are part of your success system and you are on your way now! The best is yet to come.