Mind Yoga: Master Your Mind, Master Your Life


By: Gaia Staff  |  October 22, 2013

Everyone is faced with challenges and obstacles throughout their lives and on their path to fulfillment, happiness and success. It’s not what happens to us in life that determines our outcomes, but rather how we respond to what happens to us. Having a knee-jerk emotional reaction to the challenges in life can create disappointing results. When we take a moment to process these challenges, and “choose” an appropriate response, we are more likely to make a wise decision.

In the human brain, when we have stress and experience the emotion of fear, our body sends out a massive amount of adrenaline into our system. This actually shuts down our logical thinking frontal lobe. Therefore, when fear rises, intelligence plummets. When you look back, can you match some of your worst decisions with a highly emotional state?

Meditation is a practice where you learn to “observe” your thoughts and emotions. As you do this, you can slowly begin to detach and analyze them so that you can slow down and make better decisions. The longer you meditate, the more that you’ll realize that while you can “have” emotions, you don’t need to “be” your emotions. This is a powerful distinction that builds your emotional intelligence.

We practice emotional intelligence when we allow ourselves to feel an emotion and then choose how we want to process and respond to that emotion. This allows us to create a more proactive response. The quality of our life depends on the quality of our perspective. When we are open-minded and willing to put our ego to one side, we can change the way we look at our life’s challenges. Meditation gives you the flexibility to change your perspective on life’s events.

A small adjustment in perspective may give you the power to make a dramatic and positive change in your life’s experiences.

Achieve Mental Strength

We are constantly bombarded with negative messages from the world. If we let these messages control and affect our own thoughts, then we too are letting the outside world control our thoughts. We end up having thoughts which are not actually ours. They are the thoughts of our culture, our society and of our environment. If you have any contact whatsoever with the daily news, internet news, newspapers of any kind or radio, you will be continually attacked with messages of negativity and fear. One would think that the world was always coming to an end! Unfortunately, disaster and bad news sells.

Creative and successful people have learned to monitor, control and choose their thoughts. This requires mental strength and mental discipline. They choose thoughts that support their visions and their dreams. They discard thoughts that are fear-based, negative and unproductive. This makes them original thinkers, innovators and leaders. Meditation is an effective practice for learning mental discipline.

It always amazes me how many people have discipline in so many areas of their life (their diet, their fitness and their schedule); however, few people practice any form of mental discipline – which is what really determines the outcomes and results that we have. The quality of your thoughts, determines the quality of your life.

Master your mind and you master your life! Successful, happy and balanced people have mental discipline, mental flexibility and mental strength. Just as your yoga practice helps you to create physical strength and flexibility, meditation assists you in developing mental flexibility and strength. When practiced with patience and persistence, meditation is the tool that will help you to master these areas as well.


 

Dr. Michelle Nielsen

Dr. Michelle loves watching people become happier, healthier and more connected through meditation. Her Meditation Spa APP and Meditation E-Courses marry modern technology with ancient wisdom to make meditation easy and accessible across the globe. 
As a wellness expert, international speaker, and published author, Michelle specializes in “Spiritual Makeovers”. After 2 decades in private practice helping people to heal their physical bodies, she realized that most patients were in great need of a soul surgeon. Therefore, she turned her attention towards healing the spirit and began a 15-year love affair with meditation and other spiritual practices. 
Thanks to her best-selling books and sold-out conferences, Dr. Nielsen travels the world teaching people how to create outrageous goals and birth them into reality, by aligning and better connecting body, mind and spirit. 
She also shares her powerful message in a diversity of ways such as in leading Corporate Workshops, creating guided meditations, writing for several magazines (including The Huffington Post & Cosmopolitan) and blogging for several popular websites. 
Michelle grew up in a small town in Canada and took her first international trip to the Outback in Australia at the age of 13, which turned her into a travel addict. She has lived and worked in over 10 countries, and is presently settled in beautiful Barcelona. She balances her professional life with being a wife and having the privilege of raising two delightful children, Tahlia and Matisse. The family enjoy an active wellness lifestyle, which includes snowboarding, rollerblading and many foreign adventures.
For more information about Michelle and her work, you may visit:
Website: www.MasterManifestors.com
Facebook: Master Manifestors 
Free Meditation E-Course
iTUNES: Meditation Spa App
Twitter: @DrMKNielsen
YouTube: Guided Meditations by Dr. Michelle Nielsen
In Spanish:
Website: www.maestrosdelavida.com
Facebook: Meastros De La Vida
YouTube: Maestros Manifestadores


 

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