To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. – Buddha
You are reading this sentence with YOUR MIND. You are thinking to yourself, “no shit Sherlock” with YOUR MIND. Your emotions feel humor because of YOUR MIND. You are beginning to drift to the multitudes of other thoughts in your head because YOUR MIND is vast.
YOUR MIND is like a muscle, it can only be strengthened through exercise. This post gives you three powerful exercises to promote your growth into living at your fullest potential.
The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be. – Oprah Winfrey
YOUR MIND is YOU, YOUR MIND creates YOUR LIFE and therefore when you control your mind, you control your destiny. At the foundation of YOUR MIND is your core philosophy which creates every iota of your being. The progression looks like this:
[YOUR MIND] -> Your core philosophy -> creates your thoughts -> creates your attitudes -> which creates your actions -> which creates your habits -> which creates your character -> which creates your results -> which creates your life!
The power of the mind is often under-rated, if the body weren’t necessary for life, exercising the mind would be the top priority! For a strong mind improves every aspect of your life.
When MIND is weak, situation is a PROBLEM, When MIND is balanced situation is CHALLENGE, when MIND is strong, situation becomes OPPORTUNITY.
3 Powerful Ways To Exercise YOUR MIND
1. Feed it Healthy Knowledge
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. – Sir Richard Steele
To develop into your optimal self, make it a goal every day to absorb quality knowledge that will help you achieve your dreams. A good rule of thumb is to try to read 10 pages of a good book everyday or listen to 10 minutes of an audiobook or seminar. Choose a method of attaining knowledge that works best for you but remember to do it every day! 10 pages of a good book a day equals 3,650 pages, roughly a dozen books full of life changing information. When you take the information you learn and apply it to your daily life, the transformation will be immeasurable!
Knowledge without practice is useless. Practice without knowledge is dangerous. – Confucius
Your mind is like a sponge, be careful to avoid “mind-mushers” like TV, video games, and web surfing. These devices often feed your subconscious mind with messages that do not serve your dreams.
I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. – Mahatma Gandhi
For an INSIGHTFUL video by Darren Hardy that describes how the information input you receive directly hurts or helps your life, check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T6LXuzfRwQ.
2. Meditate Daily
Start with 2 minutes a day! Tiny habits are easy to do and get you in the rhythm of creating a life-long habit. Only increase the amount of time when you feel you are ready.
The benefits of meditation are infinite as it is the true act of training your mind. Meditation increases your focus, memory, positivity, creativity, contentment, and alertness. Meditation also decreases your anxiety and stress. For a post that explains all of these benefits scientifically, go to bufferapp.com, I found the post to be very intriguing.
If you do not know how to meditate here is a video to get you started: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0rSmxsVHPE
I also explain 5 easy and simple steps that I use to meditate here: http://tinytweaks.com/how-to-meditate-5-simple-and-easy-steps/
3. Journal Nightly
Journaling is a great way to help your mind reflect on your day. Journaling helps you learn from each day and vividly process your emotions and thoughts. By writing about the most invigorating experiences during your day, you explore your mind at its deepest levels. This helps to increase your self-awareness and the understanding you have of yourself.
I have also found journaling to result in a more positive frame of mind for myself. I like to challenge myself each night to write about three things I am grateful for that happened throughout the day. This has subconsciously transformed my dreary life perspective. I now find myself looking for the best in people and situations instead of the worst.
Journaling nightly results in stress reduction, healing, personal growth, and enhanced problem solving.
For 100 benefits of journaling read this post from http://www.appleseeds.org/100_journaling.htm.
As you begin exercising your mind each day, you will feel an unrelenting momentum build within you. As YOUR MIND gets stronger, your life will get better! By using YOUR MIND as your greatest instrument, you will be everything you’ve ever imagined, and you will live everything you’ve ever dreamed!
In what one way does exercising YOUR MIND benefit you most?