Welcome one and all. It is April and up here in the Northern Hemisphere we are in the middle of Spring and our growing season. Down South they are just beginning to Harvest. Thinking about growing and harvesting reminded me of something that it is too easy to forget, but you shouldn’t. It’s a mindset when you are thinking of a goal or something you want to accomplish and it is crucial to your success. I’ll talk more about that in this month’s article, but first I want to give you a few fun facts about April.
Everyone writes about April Fool’s Day, Passover or Easter so I thought this year I’d write about a few lesser known facts.
The 1st Sunday in April is called Daffodil Sunday. In Victorian times families picked daffodils from their gardens and took them to local hospitals to give to the sick.
On April 5, 1640 Pocahontas got married. Now, that was a fascinating woman.
On April 6, Robert Edwin Peary reached the North Pole in 1909.
April 7, 1827, the first matches sold. I wonder what they used prior to this.
April 15, 1912 R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg and sank.
In the late 19 century, April 19 was celebrated as Primrose Day in memory of British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli (another fascinating individual), who died on this day in 1881. People were encouraged to pay tribute to the statesman by wearing primroses as they were supposedly his favorite flower. However, it seems there was a misunderstanding and that the flower was not his favorite at all. Queen Victoria sent a wreath of primroses to Disraeli's funeral with a note stating that they were “his favourite flowers” and people assumed that the “his” referred to Disraeli, but in fact it referred to, Prince Albert.
April 21 st is the birthday of Seattle’s Space Needle and on April 21, 1999, the City's Landmarks Preservation Board named it an official City of Seattle Landmark (and one of my personal favorites).
The April 23 rd is St. George’s Day. St. George is the Patron Saint of England and also of Scouting. It is said that St. George once saved a village from great danger. The villagers were frightened of a fierce dragon that lived close by, so St. George killed the dragon. Boy could I use my very own St. George sometimes.
Finally, the Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975, when South Vietnam surrendered.
Get Your Mindset Straight
by Linda Simmon C.Ht.
So often when we set a goal for ourselves or we decide on a course of action, we sabotage ourselves at the very start by spending a lot of time thinking about what it is that we don’t want rather than focusing on what it is we do want.
It is important to remember that you need to think about whether you are moving Away From what you don't want or Toward what you want. Toward is a powerful and positive direction and means of accomplishing what you want, focusing your energy in the most empowering way possible. Imagine it like walking downhill with the wind at your back.
Moving Away from what you don’t want or fear is so much harder. You are coming from a position of weakness, undermining yourself. You should visualize it as walking up hill with the wind in your face forcing you to fight each step of the way.
To give you a few examples, I decided quite a while ago that I needed a lot more financial security in my life. That seems like a reasonable goal, doesn’t it? Well, after a while I looked at where I was and it seemed that it was a constant struggle trying to work at this goal. At this point I had started my hypnotherapy training and was privy to all sorts of new ideas and ways of thinking and healing and I realized that my mindset regarding this goal was way off base.
I chose this goal because a few years earlier I had the misfortune of losing virtually everything I owned and I realized that I was focusing on my fear of loss rather than on the empowering thought of acquiring and growth. In essence, I was trying to use the energy of Moving Away from something. Moving Away from loss, fear and poverty rather than focusing on Moving Toward my goal of prosperity and abundance. As soon as I changed that one single mindset, opportunities started to present themselves and while I’ve not yet become the wealthiest woman on the face of the earth, the whole process of acquiring a bit of security became so much easier and a whole lot more fun.
To explain from another perspective, let’s talk a bit about relationships.
Trust is a big thing for me in a relationship. We all have triggers, and one of mine is being lied to. If I focus on being with someone who won’t lie to me, that’s a mindset of Moving Away from a man who has a behavior that angers, scares and hurts me. But when I focused my thoughts on that, I can’t tell you the number of amazing liars I managed to find. Some of the stories I’ve heard are truly mind boggling. But almost the very moment I realized what I was doing and changed my mindset to focus instead on a man who is honest and truthful, the liars just faded into the woodwork. That’s moving toward what I want and empowering my ability to get it.
With Summer just around the corner and so many people focused on weight, let’s use the example of setting a goal to lose weight. If all you think about is what you don’t want (being out of shape, overweight, tired, clothes not fitting), you are trying to Move Away from those things and those images. This makes your effort twice as hard, finding yourself thinking about everything you “can’t” eat and having no motivation to get yourself into shape. Feeling deprived and tired.
Instead, make a slight adjustment to your mindset and focus on what it is you do want. Focus on a healthy, slim body with lots of energy. Get a clear image of how you will look and feel when you’ve reached your goal and with that minor change in your mindset, you are now Moving Toward your goal rather than Away From what you don’t want.
And remember, all this becomes so much easier when you can bypass those blocks and walls you’ve put into place by speaking directly to your subconscious. By listening to a hypnotherapist, you can reach a deeply relaxed state of mind, a state that all medical professionals have realized is where most of our healing occurs; and while in this relaxed state, empowering your subconscious to help you Move Toward your goal.
I developed recorded sessions to help with almost any desired goal. Maybe it’s time to give yourself a small gift, the gift of empowerment and healing. I’ve got a short free sample session on my site; please feel free to play it as often as you want. Also remember, I’m here anytime to answer any questions your might have.
Finally, talking about goals, just a few thing I want to mention, realize that obstacles will come up. It is life, deal with them, go around the obstacle, readjust where you are going, do whatever you need to do to reach your goal. Keep adjusting your course until you do reach your goal.
Check yourself regularly to monitor your progress sometimes daily, sometimes weekly, revising and adjusting as needed when changes in your life and your body occur.
Remember, it is your goal; it is not failure to adjust your goal. It is yours, you created it and you can change it anytime you want. That’s what we call freewill.
So, when you are making a goal, do this little exercise. Take a sheet of paper and make two columns, on the left side write down what it is you want to accomplish or move toward. On the right side write down what it is you don’t want or you want to move away from. Look at them; make sure you have each item in the correct column. Ask yourself for each item if you are moving toward something or away from something.
Finally, when you have your two columns completed, cut the paper in half and throw away the right hand side giving yourself a list of what you need to Move Toward. Look at it frequently, say it out loud, think about it a few minutes before going to bed, visualize it, all these things utilize your subconscious and watch how much more quickly you reach that goal.
Linda Simmon, C.Ht.
Past Life Regressionist, Certified Hypnotherapist and Life Coach
With Summer around the corner as I mentioned earlier, I thought perhaps our health tips might want to focus around something that can help you get back into bathing suit shape.
3 Sweet Ways to Eat Less Sugar
Do you have any idea how much sugar you eat in the course of a day? The amount might startle you -- even if you don't have a soda habit or a sweet tooth, per se. Most people take in about 430 calories of added sugar every day. That's a lot of waist-widening, nutrition-void sweetness!
In their book, The Good Housekeeping Complete Household Handbook, the domestic experts at Good Housekeeping offer these three ideas for taking in the reins on your sugar intake:Here are those three ways to add sweet without dipping into the sugar bowl:
In your coffee pot
Brew your morning coffee with a cinnamon stick or vanilla bean and ditch the flavored creamers. Just 1 tablespoon of flavored creamer can add 6 grams of sugar.
On your breakfast
Maple syrup adds about 50 calories and 12 grams of sugar per tablespoon. For a little sweet, add fresh fruit or pure fruit purees to pancakes and waffles. Or even oatmeal.
- In cookie recipes
You can generally get away with cutting the sugar by up to a third in recipes for cookies, cakes, or other baked goods. Try experimenting with a little less of the sweet stuff on your next batch of macaroons.
The Unsweet Truth
Extra calories in sugar often turn into extra pounds, but that's not the worst of it. Studies suggest high sugar consumption could also increase the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer -- particularly pancreatic cancer.
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