Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Frown Upside Down

I spent the weekend in Seattle studying a kind of therapy that I have been in for years called B.E.S.T.
Part of B.E.S.T.'s philosophy is there are 6 choices that we make, all the time, every day, that establish our level of health:
1. What we eat
2. What we drink
3. How we exercise
4. How we rest
5. What and how we breathe
6. What we think
Catch is: Number 6. is more important than the other 5 combined.
I'd like to take this time give a BIG shout out to yoga and the fine book that explains yoga, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
After many years of practice, I am able, some of the time, to be aware of my thoughts. And, the crazy news is, sometimes they are pretty darn negative. The fine people at Morter Health Systems (who invented and continue to do research in the field of B.E.S.T.) have studied the intense effect of negative thoughts on the body. To be super-big-time-brief, I'll do some math:
negative thoughts+the perfect machine that is our body=defense physiology.
a prolonged state of defense physiology=SYMPTOMS of ill-health.
Now I'm going to freak out again:
I love you, the Yoga Sutras, I love you, I love you.
Yoga sutra 2.33: vitarkabadhane pratipaksabhavanam. To remove the negative, reflect upon the positive.
Do you have a negative thought that plays over and over and over again in your mind?
I'll give you an example from my head:
I will fail miserably.
Flip it upside down and bring it into the present moment:
I am a huge success.
Your ego may find this cheesy. Sometimes mine does too. Your spirit, however, knows it works.

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