For Mental Health Awareness Week, our friends at The Health Lodge has provided us with the following article, which aims to help ease any Lockdown negativity and promote our inner creativity.
“Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep.” – Napoleon Hill
With so much bombardment of negativity and stress in the news in our current situation and that all around the world, it’s no wonder we are losing our inner creativity, our inner purpose and for some our inner balance. Our entire normal “routine” has been changed to meet this challenge and we need a different strategy to cope than what we would normally be able to do automatically.
Here’s a 10-minute routine I found written by Benjamin Hardy to help find the calm and focus you need:
“Your subconscious never rests and is always on duty because it controls your heartbeat, blood circulation, and digestion. It controls all the vital processes and functions of your body and knows the answers to all your problems.
What happens on your subconscious level influences what happens on your conscious level. In other words, what goes on internally, even unconsciously, eventually affects your reality.
“The goal, then, is to master how to utilize your unconscious mind and how you not only tap into it, but also how to feed it the thoughts and reality you want to create. When you learn how to master your unconscious, you quite literally become the creator of your world.”
“When you change your unconscious, EVERYTHING in your world immediately shifts to meet your unconscious level.”
Ten Minutes Before Going to Sleep
“Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.”— Thomas Edison
It’s common practice for many of the world’s most successful people to intentionally direct the workings of their subconscious mind while they’re sleeping.
Take a few moments before you go to bed to meditate on and write down the things you’re trying to accomplish. Write down your goals and dreams and ambitions.
Meditation and journal writing both have two core purposes:
- self-awareness: You gain self-awareness and clarity as you reflect and ponder on your life and your goals.
- imagination: You increase your imagination by allowing yourself to see possibilities in your life beyond your current circumstances.
Albert Einstein said:
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
“Right before bed, play with the possibility in your mind and on paper. Then, let your subconscious mind turn that imagination into reality. While you sleep, and particularly in REM, your subconscious rewires itself. You can train your brain to rewire itself to match your future desires so that organically and naturally, they unfold in your life.”
Ten Minutes After Waking Up
Benjamin states that “Research confirms the brain, specifically the prefrontal cortex, is most active and readily creative immediately following sleep. Your subconscious mind has been loosely mind-wandering while you slept, making contextual and temporal connections. Creativity, after all, is making connections between different parts of the brain.”
Try this morning routine to tap into the subconscious breakthroughs and connections experienced while you are sleeping.
Unlike 90 percent of people between the ages of 18–44 who check their smartphones within 15 minutes of waking up, go to a quiet place, do some meditation and grab a journal.