Compassionate self care profoundly affects every area of life. Compassionate self care enhances energy, cultivates greater happiness and improves health.
How you use your minds is key for these results.
Mind Shapes Brain: What the experts say
“Compassion is integration of the mind made visible. When the brain is operating in a state of harmony and integration, that harmony is reflected externally in the way we engage with the world. It manifests as compassion towards ourselves, others, and our world.” says Carolyn Gregoire reporting on Dan Siegel’s research.
Dr. Deepak Chopra states, “It is the mind that dominates the body, that acts as chooser, controller and governor. Instead of being incidental, your state of awareness plays a huge part in how your cells function.” Dr. Chopra
Dr. Dawson Church, PhD in The Genie in Your Genes, tells us that our emotions and behavior shape stimulate the formation of neural pathways in our brains that reinforce existing patterns or begin new ones. When we think the same thoughts, the neural pathways become busier, stronger and more pronounced.
Being in charge of our mind’s function lays the groundwork for health and happiness!
Compassionate Self Care: More than an Attitude
Having the inner capacity for compassionate self care is not something we have without effort. But we can learn it!
Cultivating the infrastructure necessary for compassionate self care and other positive qualities requires tools and practices that bring the desired qualities from concept to reality. Meditation, mindfulness practices, breath-work, and contemplative practices are all effective approaches to do just that.
In addition, cognitive techniques that help to expand our consciousness are also helpful.
Questions to Spark Consciousness for Compassionate Self Care
Here are some questions that Deepak Chopra presents to help target what needs to happen to move forward in caring for ourselves and our health.
1. What am I doing to free myself from my past?
2. Am I honestly confronting my bad habits and addictive tendencies?
3. Do I make choices from a secure center, knowing who I really am?
4. Do I have confidence that I am evolving and will continue to evolve?
5. Looking around, how does my world, including everyone I relate to, reflect what’s going on inside?
How would you answer those five questions? What would your priorities be in terms of creating a plan to engage the power of your mind to improve your health and well being?
All of the programs that we develop here at Living Energy Works are aimed at providing you with tools that help develop the necessary infrastructure for compassionate self care. Rather than “work”, they are pleasant, easy to use and begin showing you results in you life almost immediately! You can learn more here: http://www.livingenergyworks.com/