The end of the year is almost here and a lot of articles and social media prompts are asking questions. All these questions want you to dwell on the past year or project what is going to happen in the New Year.
The subconscious is the master of our domain –it stories the memories and beliefs (the programs). These questions fuel the subconscious which keeps us stuck in the story of me. The story of me is where all our suffering is stored.
If I took the question; “How was you year in 2004?” This was the year I was diagnosed with MS. I wouldn’t have much of an answer — MS was a nightmare. Living a “normal” life was difficult. That question would have led me to do dwell in thoughts of a difficult life. It would give my MS story more power over me.
If the next question was, “What’s your big plan for 2005?” I probably would have answered to live a “normal” life with MS. However the subconscious mind was stuck in the story of “a difficult life with MS.” Living a “normal” life would not come true unless the subconscious program was removed.
I focused 2004 and 2005 since they offered clarity for this article. We have all dramatic events that keep us stuck. Drama is a part of life and it’s important not to dwell on any areas.
The subconscious mind works much faster than the conscious mind. The brain developed the subconscious mind to save energy and time – it creates programs. Making conscious choices is slower and uses more energy. We have to work on the subconscious programming by being in the present moment.
The ancient text of India, the Bhagivita gita provides great advice to stay in this moment. “You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. “
Basically, “focus on the task at hand and not the end result. “ Whatever you are doing at this moment, give the task at hand your full attention. The end result is mind activity, projecting what the final outcome is going to be. We cannot predict the precise outcome — the outcome will take care of itself if when we give our attention to each moment.
When I was dealing with MS, I was usually focused on the end result — A “normal” life. If I was in each moment giving my full attention to the task of rehabilitation — I would have recovered quicker. The subconscious mind had a story that “life was difficult.” The conscious mind was focused on a “normal” life. The subconscious mind will always determine the final outcome. Positive affirmations do not work until the subconscious program is removed.
To stay in this moment we need to make a conscious choice, and not allowing the subconscious program to run the show. If we focus our attention on this moment the mind is not chattering — the mind will be quiet and still.
If we look at resolutions and we set a goal to “work out 3 or 4 times a week and lose 50 pounds by the end of the year.” This became out focus, you just wrote a program for the subconscious. The first week you succeeded and worked out 4 times. The mind is happy. The next week, work got really busy and you didn’t make it to the gym. Uh-oh, the requirements for the subconscious program were not met. You begin to suffer. You start thinking that work is terrible and it keeps you too busy. You start to get angry about work. Anger activates the “fight or flight response” in the body. This increases your heart rate and anger floods the body with cortisol. In time you will find yourself dealing with heart disease or diabetes from the cortisol. Cortisol increases sugar in the bloodstream.
Do not set resolutions with such rigid outcomes. Change it — I will take better care of the body. Better care would be to be fully in this moment and not allowing the mind to pull you into the world of imagination. If you make it to the gym great, give it your full attention and do not concern yourself on the end result of a fit body. If you worked out with your full focus on working out with no concern on the end result you will be healthier and in better shape then you could have imagined. You will have no stress about working out since you are not fixated on the end result. No stress equals no cortisol and you are healthier.
Plans are difficult to make without dwelling in thoughts. I am planning on a trip to LA in April 2014 to attend a conference. If the mind was in control then I would have a list of accomplishments to achieve while there – I have none. The only thing that may happen in April is that I may end up in LA beyond that is a guess. I trust that the universe has everything under control and I will learn what I need from the event. Life in the unknowing is wonderful, many things happen that I could never have imagined. No subconscious programs are set, those only succeed in limiting us.
Be mindful of any questions that cause you to dwell in thoughts. These thoughts are pulling you out of this moment.