Dr. Lipton’s book, The Biology of Belief, is one of the first books I read in my journey to understanding mental wellness. Why does his understanding and teaching matter?
Because knowing that we have power to change how we are showing up in our life is freedom! It removes any victim mentality. It puts us in the seat of being the creator of our life dreams and desires.
Repetition is something I use every day to reprogram my subconscious. I create affirmations of the truth about how I want to show up; many are based on WBLs I complete. I have a story about what I want to create. I listen to them on the ThinkUp app every day. It’s as important to me as eating! And the results? Phenomenal!! I could go on and on about the results. Suffice it to say that now 18 months into being very intentional with daily listening, my confidence in who I am, how I get answers, and my ability to CREATE is unstoppable. My desire to live from a space of truth trumps every opposite voice. When a challenge presents itself, I know exactly what to do to work through it instead of pushing it aside because it might cause some pain.
What is one challenge you have right now? How do you want to show up in this challenge? Begin the reprogramming by doing a WBL (Write, Burn & Learn) and creating a statement of truth about how you want to show up. Use ThinkUP to get it into your subconscious mind.
Last year during June my friend helped me plant some flowers in our rock wall. She took some starts of the soapwort flower from my front yard and planted them right inside the rocks. I diligently watered them. I was very hopeful they would produce beautiful plants this spring. Some of the plants seemed to really begin thriving. Others died off completely. Others straggled along with tiny green leaves that would show up every so often.
I was pretty careful to diligently water the plants. I knew that establishing the plants in the first few months of their lives was super important. And I’m so glad I took the time to water those little guys…because this year the beauty is beyond comprehension!
I’ve been thinking alot about these beautiful flowers and the parallels to life and to my clients. Every one of us starts as a seedling. The potential to blossom, to grow into the purpose and creation we were put here to grow into, is within every human being. Growing from a seedling into the creation of what fuels us as individuals is a beautiful process. It doesn’t happen overnight. As much as I wanted large, beautiful plants growing inside my rock wall the morning after planting the seedlings, I had to wait a season.
Your season is whenever you choose it. Just know that whatever size your seedling is, it is SO worth the time and effort to grow into YOUR desired creation. It is SO worth choosing to rewrite your story, let go of faulty thoughts and programming, honor the needs of your body, and being true to what your spirit is telling you.
Chances are very high that your gut micro biome is out of balance. We live in a world of large amounts of toxicity–it’s in our fertilizers and weed killers; our hair sprays and hair gels and shampoos; our pesticides; our food. So no matter how “clean” a person is with what they eat or the products they put on their skin, toxins can still create chaos in the micro biome.
This was the case with me. I could not understand why my doctor started me down this route when I cooked from scratch, made our own bread, and didn’t eat a lot of processed or refined-sugared food…
The truth was, my microbiome needed help. I had stored heavy metals from what I describe above. I had no idea. And I certainly did not know the connection between gut health and depression and anxiety.
I now know. What my doctor helped me to see was the connection and that I could do something about it. I began a study and learning curve that changed my world–I combined this learning and action with mindset training I also learned and I was freed from depression in 2012…and it has not come back!!
Watch the following video to see how the microbiome second brain affects the production of neurotransmitters and why you may be fighting depression and anxiety…
While I fought depression for 12 years, I did a lot of withholding of my thoughts. I had convinced myself that no one wanted to really hear me. This was false but to me it was true. 12 years of bottling up my thoughts and concerns took a toll.
INSPIRATION MINUS EXPRESSION = DEPRESSION
Give yourself permission to express something today. Use the Weed, Feed & File technique…
It SO matters!
(first published Sept 2018)
It is the summer of 2011. I have been battling the war for 11 years now. I’ve been off antidepressants fairly regularly for two years as I try to get to the root of this. I am on a really good vitamin supplement plan. But the darkness still rears its ugly head off and on. I wonder, really wonder, if I’m ever going to beat this. There are times that are really hopeful. Other times are far from hopeful as I battle the voices in my head.
Those voices keep telling me there is no other way; that this is just part of my mortal experience; that it could be so much worse–at least I get out of bed every day; that feeling so much sadness is just how it is…Some days I think I will go crazy if I have to fight this the rest of my life.
I did a lot of silent suffering. As I’ve mentioned before, I didn’t open up to very many people. It was a weakness. And this weakness kept help from coming more quickly. I can see that now. I subconsciously believed that I needed to just trudge through the daily challenge on my own. Somehow I believed that reaching out for help would make me less than who I wanted to be. This one belief was poison. Poison.
Depression and any other mental illness is laced with poison–poison that swirls around in the brain. Locating that poison with a counter attack is vital. The counter attack may sound too simple. It may sound like there is no way it will make a difference.
I learned this counter attack in August 2011. It came unexpectedly. I was attending a class on personal development and the teacher taught the why and the how. Something stirred inside me when I heard it. I decided to begin trying it out. After all, I certainly didn’t have anything to loose! What happened showed me that I had everything to gain because I decided to give it a try.
The counter attack is this: write down every negative message you hear in your head. This is the poison. Then counter it with its exact opposite. When the thought pops into your head again, say its opposite again. It may take a fair amount of time to reprogram your brain with the truth. That’s okay. Just keep at it!
I’ve written about this before. I write about it again today because of a recent experience where a person shared with me how critical it was to her healing that she launch this counter attack. Her therapist had recommended it to her. It took time and tremendous effort but it enabled her to move into complete healing. My personal experience with counter attacking also moved me into healing.
So, counter attack! Remove the poison. You’re worth it and it matters!
(original post April 2015)