Putting your mind on the job

These days I choose to make things easier for myself. Not just in the choices I make so I don’t push too hard. But also in the way I approach things.

Simply put, I get my mind on the job. And it made such a difference through chemo.

Putting your mind to it, mind over matter, being mindful, getting your head in the right place, they’re all phrases we’re so use to hearing. But how often do we really make use of the amazing minds we all have?

And we all have them. Conscious and subconscious.

It’s so strange to think that we have these incredible resources but rarely get them working for us. Sometimes I think it’s a bit like owning a car but not realising it’s in the driveway so you walk everywhere instead.

But our minds are working all the time, even when we pay them little attention. Information flowing through both consciously and subconsciously. Our conscious minds being only aware of so much while our subconscious mind takes care of the rest. Every time you stand up and walk, every time you read a book, every time you go to sleep keeping your heart beating and your cells regenerating, breathing for you without you even thinking about it. Pretty clever, aren’t you!

Our minds are a powerhouse of energy but we’re not really taught how to use them. How to harness that energy intentionally for our highest good. I often liken our minds to flowing water. The water’s going to flow anyway and it’s up to us to harness its energy. It’s something I take the time to teach my children.

One morning my middle daughter was struggling with a school assignment. So wearing my power mum badge (it comes out occasionally) as I organised breakfast and lunch boxes for three kids, I got her to do a quick sketch of the brain. Right side, left side, logical, creative. Didn’t really matter what it looked like just as long as she knew what it was. And then I got her to think about the problem she was struggling with. Could she work it out logically or did it require a creative solution? And she knew the answer immediately because she had struggled with it consciously for days, stressing herself no end in the process. Interestingly her asthma had also started playing up. No surprises there.

But in the end she realised there was no point trying to force this one out of her logical analytical brain. Instead she needed to be creative. And that meant she needed to use her creative mind. Her subconscious mind. And to do this she had to set the intention of what she wanted and then leave it alone. Because that part of us works best when we don’t interfere. Like when we solve problems in our sleep or we remember what it was we had forgotten when we finally give up trying. Did you know the world’s most brilliant minds often went and had a nap when they had a problem to solve?

Needless to say her problem found a happy solution and to our absolute delight she won an award with her assignment. My greatest joy though was that this cemented for her the importance of allowing her subconscious mind to go to work to solve those problems we simply can’t sort out consciously.

Most people don’t realise our subconscious minds are one of our greatest assets…

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