Myths About Success:
Myth One - You are not made for success.
Myth Two - You have to ignore your body to get success.
Myth Three - Your mind-body connection is not important.
Realities About Success
Reality One - You already have everything it takes to be successful.
Reality Two - Your body points you towards success.
Reality Three - A unified mind-body connection makes success possible.
The natural state of the mind-body connection is one of harmony and unity. When disrupted, your mind and body aren't working together preventing success. Mind-Body Bridging (a branch of mind-body medicine) has developedan easy to understand, clinically validated way to restore a smoothly functioning mind-body connection.
What Is Your Body Saying About Success?
Try the following exercise:
1. Choose a specific goal (relationships, work or wellness) you haven't been successful in reaching.
2. Take a piece of paper, write the goal in the middle of the page and draw an oval around it
3. Next take 1-2 minutes to jot down around the oval whatever pops into your mind about that goal and your attempts to achieve it. Work quickly and don't self edit.
4. At the bottom of the paper write down the location and type of body tension that you felt while doing this exercise (e.g. shoulders tight, band around head, etc.).
5. Ask yourself: Is your mind cluttered and your body tense? Body tension and mind clutter is telling you that your mind-body connection is disrupted.
6. Go back and look at the exercise you just did. Identify the thoughts with body tension. The negative thoughts define you and the positive thoughts confine you.
7. Your road to success is being side tracked.
Use Your Mind-Body Connection for Success
In the next exercise you will experience a unified mind-body connection clearing your road to success.
1. Take another piece of paper, write the same goal in the middle of the page and draw an oval around it.
2. Before you continue writing, "come to your senses". Seat yourself comfortably, listen to the background sounds, experience the pressure on your seat, feel your feet on the floor, and feel the pen in your hand. If you have thoughts, gently return to the background sounds and your senses. Take your time. Once you feel settled, start writing whatever comes to mind about your goal. Watch the ink go on the paper, continue to feel the pen in your hand and listen to the background sounds. Write for 1-2 minutes.
3. Ask yourself the following questions.
a. Is your mind cluttered or clear?
b. Is your body tense or relaxed? A relaxed mind and body shows that your mind-body connection is unified.
c. Consider the thoughts without body tension and mind clutter. These thoughts are from a unified mind-body connection that unlocks your possibilities. This new mind-body harmony is your creative powerful self.
d. Can you now identify action steps that put you on the road to success?
This Mind-Body Bridging exercise unlocks your goals. Whenever your mind clutters with thoughts and your body tenses, you are being sent a signal. When you notice that signal of mind-body disharmony, and use your senses to regain your balance, your path to goal achievement opens. Throughout the day, sense what you touch, feel your feet hit the ground as you're walking, and hear the sounds around you, and the road to success becomes clearer.
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Coming in November, 2012, New Harbinger Publishers
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