Another super book packed full of value, this one was recommended by Daniela Lopez! Here’s what I wrote down, hope you find value;
- As we ag the brain produces new nerve cells, this can be stimulated by physical exercise, mentally stimulating activities (such as reading) and social connectedness.
How to expand your consciousness;
- Put a higher value on being awake, alert aware.
- Resist conformity. Don’t think and act like everyone else
- Value yourself. Don’t wait for the approval of others to validate you. Instead of desiring external validation strive to help others.
- Question your own core beliefs
- Keep faith that inner growth is an ending process.
How to transform your perceptions;
- Be sceptical of fixed reactions, both yours and anyone else.
- Confront old conditioning – it leads to unconscious behaviour.
- Be aware of your emotions and where they come from.
- Examine your core beliefs, hold them up to the light, and discard beliefs that make you stuck.
- Practice empathy so that you can experience the world through someone else’s eyes.
- Awareness is noticing you are feeling an emotion e.g. “I am angry/sad” etc
- Self-awareness is asking “What do I think about being angry? What does it mean?”
- Loosing Weight – An imbalance in the brain circuitry results when the areas for impulsive behaviour are strengthened while areas for rational decision making have been weakened. The repetition of negative patterns also harms decision making because when you blame yourself or feel like a failure, lower parts of your brain are once again over-riding your cerebral cortex. Balance is restored when you make a self-enhancing decision – good food or not eating due to an emotional fix.
- No one speaks of the wisdom of the sex drive, but our instinctively driven emotions are definitely wise. They stand for the kind of awareness that leads us to be happy.
- Responding to any situation requires understanding, reacting doesn’t.
Good suffering you don’t need;
- Taking the blame for someone else’s mistakes.
- Covering up abuse, physical or mental.
- Allowing yourself to be belittled in public.
- Letting your children disrespect you.
- Not speaking your truth.
- Denying yourself sexual fulfilment.
- Pretending to love.
- Working at a job you hate.
- Rigidity leads to ritualistic behaviour (rigidity = rigid people). Taken to an extreme, rigidity leads to severe judgements against others enforcing rules with harsh punishments.
- Fear becomes worse when you are seriously ill, yet dealing with anxiety is far more effective if you attend to it years before you ever get sick. The mind-body connection has to be strengthened before trouble arises.
- Meditation can increase the enzyme that replenishes telomeres – the anti-ageing chemical. Mediation keeps us young.
- Drink red wine other alcohol for anti-ageing.
- Studies have shown that loosing a spouse suddenly leads to isolation, depression, higher risk for disease and shortened life span. But if you have a social network beyond your spouse you have a cushion against these baleful consequences.
- Falling asleep during meditation is not failure, your brain is taking what it needs most.
- We aren’t machines that learned to think, we are thoughts that learned how to make machines.
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