There is a light bulb joke that goes like this: How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: One… but the light bulb has REALLY got to want to change. Changing behaviors isn’t easy (if it were dieting/obesity, exercise, alcoholism and quitting smoking would not be major health issues that they are today.) Changing health behaviors requires more than will power. It requires the combined forces of both the conscious and unconscious minds. Many people forget that about 85% (if not more) of human behavior is governed by the unconscious. It is a formidable force to reckon with and one that is often neglected in changing stress-prone behaviors. Sadly, the advertising industry is well aware of the powers of the unconscious mind and uses this knowledge daily. So much so they can get you to buy things you don’t need with money you don’t have. This is also why hypnotherapy is thought to be effective for a great many people. The unconscious mind, Carl Jung, taught us speaks in a whole different language than words. Its language palette includes the use of symbols, colors, metaphors, intuition, stories, dreams, and sometimes music (not to mention the occasional Freudian slip). So… if you are looking to make some positive changes in your (stress-prone) behaviors, unite the powers of both minds: your conscious and unconscious minds.
• Stress Tip for the Day:
Intuition isn’t an inner resource just for stay at home moms and Jamaican psychics, we all have the ability to tap into the power of our unconscious mind and access the deep-seated wisdom of our intuition. Intuition is not a fear-based voice. The voice of intuition is a message grounded in stability—once you have quieted the voice of the ego. Take time to listen to your intuition. Take time to unite the powers of both minds.
• Links Worth Noting:
My friend Michele Mariscal (hi Michele) sent me this link which often has some great photos of the night sky (and most likely paid for by your tax dollars). Enjoy
• Photo of the Day:
While it was tempting to use a photo of a light bulb, I thought better of the idea (my intuition thought better—wink). Lately we have been having some AMAZING thunderstorms here in Colorado. It’s not easy to photograph bolts of lightening and I have been trying in vain to get “the best shot and film footage” for my Earth Songs DVD. I think I succeeded the other night while photographing a sunset from my back yard. The mountains in the background are part of the Rocky Mountain National Park. The lightening show went on four hours after sunset. Enjoy
• Quote for the Day:
“I’m not offended by the term “dumb blonde, because I’m not dumb and I’m not blonde.”
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 10 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (6E). He can be reached through his website:www.brianlukeseaward.net
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