Equally important is what we feed our minds. What do you say when you talk to yourself? “Talking to yourself” implies two people, and if you’re the one listening, who are you listening to? It’s your subconscious mind, which can be trained to help and support you, but when left alone can be overrun by demons. Most of us have some areas of our lives that are controlled by demons. We need to become conscious about our own thoughts, beliefs and attitudes which are the fuels that feed our subconscious minds. What are we feeding it, and how often are we feeding it?
Just as breakfast is the most important meal of the day, “mental breakfast” is equally important, if not more so. How do you start your day? Are you happy? Angry? Sad? Really get in touch with your emotions from the second you wake up. Train yourself to wake up happy and thankful.
A simple way to do this is to say “thank you” to the Universe three times as SOON as you wake up. You can be laying in bed and just think the thought… “Thank you, thank you, thank you”, or sit up and take a second or two, it doesn’t matter. FEEL the emotion of truly being thankful for what you have and where you are in life. You have SO much to be thankful for. If this is difficult for you, then it is very important that you start to look for reasons to be thankful today and every day for the rest of your life. This one change alone can make a huge difference!
If we go back to our “bacon and potato chips” physical diet and replace the first meal of the day with a healthy breakfast you would start to see some physical improvement even though the rest of the day we’re filling ourselves with junk. It’s the same concept here – we need to start somewhere and first thing in the morning is the best place to make a change.
Take some time to READ, MEDITATE and/or JOURNAL every morning. It doesn’t have to take long, but remember – we’re FEEDING OUR ANGEL so make it something uplifting! Get a book of daily motivations, sign up for daily motivational e-mails, get calendars that have motivational sayings on every day – FEED YOUR ANGEL by reading something positive every morning! What you feed yourself today is what you’ll see in your life in the future!
Meditation takes a bit longer, but just waking up and thanking God or the Universe for what you have is an easy, simple form of meditation that can be done every day without taking up too much time. Fill your time thanking the Universe with genuine emotion. Teach yourself to be grateful if you aren’t already – the rewards are HUGE. Whenever possible spend a bit more time on meditation in the morning. Don’t think about it too much, don’t worry about “doing it right”, the Universe doesn’t care. Just get quiet and tap into whatever the God force is in your life as often as possible.
Journaling is another great way to start the day. You can learn a lot about yourself and what you’re REALLY feeling by journaling. Once again, no right or wrong way to journal, just DO IT! Get some paper and start writing about anything and everything going on inside you. Look for areas of weakness where demons love to creep in and be aware of situations and people that stir negative emotions. At some point you’ll have to determine whether you need to eradicate them from your life or learn to view them differently.
Here are a few ideas I use as starting points when I’m taking time in the morning to do some soul searching:
- Ask yourself, “What would I do on a daily basis if money wasn’t a concern?” Really think about this and try to picture what you’d do if money wasn’t anything you needed to worry about. Travel? Fix up old cars? Learn to play the piano? The answer is different for each of us, but usually this exercise will show you an area or two that will have great emotion for you. Sometimes it’s an old dream long forgotten. Maybe it’s a project you always wanted to do, but never started. The things that you would do if money wasn’t a concern are usually things you can start doing NOW in some form. Get in touch with your passions again, and start moving in the direction of your dreams!
- If you knew today would be your last day on earth, what would you do? Would you work a regular day, then go to bed normally and that’s that? Or would you take these last few hours to grab the people you love and tell them how you feel, make amends whenever possible, and squeeze every last drop of joy out of the day you could? Choose JOY! DO NOT WAIT! We are all on borrowed time, so make the most of every day. Use this exercise to show you the people and places you want to spend your time with. Surprise someone with a phone call just to say thanks, make amends or tell them how you feel. Live each day like there’s no tomorrow because tomorrow is guaranteed to no-one.
- Picture your perfect day. Write down what that day looks like, then read it to yourself every day. I do this by picturing what my day would look like if I was living my ideal lifestyle. It’s just a couple paragraphs, and I tweak it periodically as things change. I start by thinking “What would a successful person do if they moved into my body today?” Right away you might start thinking’ “Ah-ha! He doesn’t think he’s successful! Demons!”… which is not the case at all. By “successful person” I am just looking to create my ideal daily guidelines. You can do this however you want, but this is the format that works for me. To give you an idea what mine looks like and a possible template to use in constructing yours, here is a portion of my “perfect day”:
THAT, my friends – is mental breakfast! START TODAY!!!