The Mind/Body Connection
Your conscious and sub conscious minds are in constant communication. Try an experiment: move your finger. Easy, right? You might say, “That was a conscious effort.”
But what happens on the subconscious level? What about the blood that flowed to the muscles in your finger, allowing it to move? Did you consciously cause your heart to beat, thus sending the blood to the finger? No. It was a joint effort between your conscious and subconscious minds.
As you can see, your conscious mind can have a tremendous impact on your body. Another experiment: think of a time when you were embarrassed. Maybe you feel heat in your cheeks. If you look in a mirror, you might see your face turning red. Your heart rate might increase. These physiological effects are the result of you using your conscious mind to create physical effects.
Your thoughts can influence your body; likewise, your body can influence your thoughts. For example, when you feel tightness in your stomach, you might start thinking about food. When you feel dryness in your mouth, you might look for water. Those are two common examples of your body influencing your mind.
Your thoughts can influence your body; likewise, your body can influence your thoughts.
The whole body is interconnected – physiological components, conscious mind, and subconscious mind. Once you’re willing to accept that your goal can be achieved, you’re motivated to do so, and you’re expecting success.
Then you can give shape and form to your goal. Once you’ve harnessed the power of your conscious mind, both your subconscious mind, and your body, will accommodate. The key to mastery of the conscious mind is mindfulness: master mindfulness, master yourself.
Mindfulness: The Conscious Mind
Mindfulness meditation is a state in which you become consciously aware of your surroundings. You choose which stimuli are important, and which to exclude. Doing so helps to reprogram your subconscious mind.
Furthermore, mindfulness allows you to become aware not only of your surroundings, but your subconscious mind and physiological state as well. Suppose you’ve attempted dieting in the past. You probably experienced repeated failures because there is a certain unhealthy food you find irresistible. Attempting to consciously avoid that food is an exercise in futility because somewhere down the line, your subconscious mind learned that it filled a need. Now the need is gone and instead of filling a need, the food undermines your diet. Beditations provide insight into why that food became so irresistible in the first place. Once you are aware of why it has such power over you, it loses its power. You have effectively reprogrammed your subconscious mind and will likely enjoy better results while dieting.
This is the mindful dieting: you’re creating a goal, communicating to your subconscious mind that you wish to make this goal a reality, and then following through on your attention, eliminating barriers that may be inhibiting you from reaching your goal.