Week 8- “Can I please be excused?”

It’s been 15 years since I graduated high school.  (That fact alone freaks me out)   My least favorite classes: Chemistry, Biology, and all Math.  Favorite ones: Art, pottery, weight lifting and history (only because my history teacher was a hippie and so cool.)  One of my other favorite parts about high school, if I was in Chemistry and bored out of my mind, I could ask for a bathroom pass and escape for a little bit.  Even if it was 5 minutes, it was 5 mins I didn’t have to listen to my teacher talk about molecules and the periodic table and all of that stuff that bored me out of my mind.

“Problem is, the bathroom pass can’t help you escape life. It’s still there when you come out. Problems and crap don’t go away hiding in the can.”  ― Simone Elkeles

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When asked to take a break from Facebook and Internet and television this week I thought, “Ok, this shouldn’t be too hard.”  Famous last words right?  By 12 o’clock Monday I had made all my business calls, read and made all my notes in Week 8 Master Keys, did my service for the week, and listened to my recordings.  Needless to say the whole time I was jonesing to hop on the internet and do my usual “busyness”.   It was like I was in high school again.  Looking for that opportunity to escape.  But, as the quote so eloquently states; Problems and crap don’t go away by hiding in the can.

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I never realized just how much time is wasted, truly wasted.  Every morning we get those 86,400 seconds.  And this week, every one of my 86,400 seconds have been spent playing trucks with my son and making crashing noises, rediscovering how awesome it is to just put your favorite music station on and enjoy, and experimenting with new Paleo recipes.  Not to mention all of my business stuff is completed by noon.  My only escapes allowed are getting on the MKMMA site, twitter and this blog.  Feels pretty freeing actually.

This trend will continue after the week is over.  After all, who really wants to escape life if we have a choice to change it?

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Week 7- I’m on a diet

I’ve said before how true health is a major part of my family’s life.  Well, this week my husband Derek is off to Austin, TX to be one of 24 chosen to take part in a clinical nutritional degree taught by Dr. Lindsey Duncan, a naturopath doctor of over 30 years.  Dr.  Duncan has the philosophy of Cleanse, Balance, Build.  Cleanse the body from all the toxins that we take in on a daily basis, balance the body’s PH level and hormones and build the body up with the best nutrition available.   Dr. Lindsey has always said something that stuck with me.  I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “you are what you eat.”  Well his response is:

“We are, in fact, what we choose to eat and what we digest, absorb, and assimilate;  if we are not careful, we become what we DO NOT eliminate!” Dr. Lindsey Duncan

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What does this have to do with the Master Keys?

Well, this phrase not only goes for our physical health, but mental as well.  We are, in fact, what we choose to allow into our subconscious.  Then we digest, absorb and process it; if we are not careful, we become what we do not get rid of.

It is often so easy to get sucked into the world of negativity.  The guy that just HAD to get in front of you on the way to work this morning, even though there was no one behind you.  The lady at the checkout that is arguing that the chips she’s buying are 10 cents cheaper than what they rang up for.  Your friend calls to tell you her current and ongoing drama and you are stuck listening to her for an hour, because it would be “rude” to not do that.   All of these things contribute to our mental state.  Most people, take everything in and hold on to it.  They hold on to the anger, the frustration and it all just sits and festers in them.  But, some of us don’t.  I’d like to think of us as the rare breed, that allows all of those things to roll off our back.  We see it, we hear it and we choose to  smile and enjoy the rest of our day.

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Since starting the mental diet on Tuesday I have started over…and over… and over.   But, I have been catching myself when I am in the middle of the negative thought, or comment and I stop myself!  I literally say,”Oops, negative thought.  Start over.”  Out loud!  And then I proceed with a positive one.  I have been in the BEST mood the last few days!  

In 7-22 Haanel says “Create ideals only, give no thought to external conditions, make the world within beautiful and opulent and the world without will express and manifest the condition which you have within.  You will come into a realization of your power to create ideals and these ideals will be projected into the world of effect.”

I see my world within and I know that my world without will soon follow.

Week 6- Fight or Flight?

Fight or Flight?  This is a response that your body instinctively has when it is confronted, attacked, or is in any perceived harm.   It is natural automatic response.  Personally, I am more on the flight side.  I really dislike conflict and try to keep my life as conflict-free as possible.

When I embarked on this journey, I thought it would be an exciting adventure that would lead me to the life that I had always wanted.   I had no idea the adventure also included battles.  And these battles are with no one other than MYSELF!

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Last week I found myself forgetting to do the readings, forgetting to say the affirmations, not wanting to make calls, ect., ect.  Halfway through the week I was really disappointed in myself.  What was going on?  It turned out to be my old blueprint going to battle with what I was trying to accomplish.  It was going “WOAH!  What are you thinking you are doing here?”  It was trying to go back to the comfortable familiar life that it was used to.  Back to old habits, “forgetful” habits, bad habits.

This time I had a different response than my normal flight.  I was going to FIGHT!  And fight I did.  This week I read everyone of my readings with passion, I said all my affirmations with passion and I haven’t forgotten a thing.  This won’t be the last of the battles that I will face over the next 5 months.  But, with persistence, they will become easier to face and fight.

Now, there is no looking back to the person that I was.   Only forging ahead and preparing for my new life.

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Week 5- My name is Inigo Montoya…

The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies.   I recently came across a interview with Mandy Patinkin, who played Inigo Montoya.  In this interview he said that he had a favorite line from the movie.  Interestingly enough he didn’t hear this line, even though he said it, until many years later.

The line is “Is very strange. I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.”

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Most of us may not be in the revenge business, but we are in the business of frustration, chaos, worry, ect.  We have spent the majority of our lives feeling these feelings and honestly, being addicted to them.  So the question is; Who are we going to be without them?  

I had a moment of clarity this week as I was saying my daily affirmations.  I was saying “I can be what I WILL to be” and about half way through I heard myself saying it with such “enthuuuuusiasm” as Mark would say.   And suddenly, I believed myself!  I CAN be what I WILL myself to be!  I have been telling myself this all week.  During my workout yesterday, on my run, I heard Davene’s voice telling me to “Finish STRONG!”  and I kept repeating “I can be what I will to be.”  At that moment I was willing myself to be a strong runner.

How cool is it that we can reprogram ourselves and become whoever we want?!  Instead of the person who is in the business of not holding myself accountable for not doing what I should be doing and then being frustrated with where I am in life, I choose to be the person who takes action everyday and is constantly moving forward!

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Week 4- How to avoid a shrunken head

I think we have all, at one time in our life, gone to a gym.   It’s by far one of the best places to people watch.  There’s that incredibly hairy guy that only wears tank tops to show off his bear-like essence.  There’s that girl that walks on the treadmill while talking loud enough on her cell phone so that everyone in the gym can hear about her night out and what she ate today.  And then there is the infamous muscle guy that is so large up top that he can’t even move his head without turning his entire body, yet, he has neglected leg workouts for the last 10 years.

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While reading part 4 of the Master Keys this week, #28 really jumped out at me.

28. The reply is, by exercise; mental strength is secured in exactly the same way that physical strength is secured, by exercise.  We think something, perhaps with difficulty the first time; we think the same thing again, and it becomes easier this time; we think it again and again; finally it becomes automatic; we can no longer help thinking this thing; we are now positive of what we think; there is no longer any doubt about it.  We are sure; we know.  

I had never thought about it in this way.  Derek and I have always been active people.  We both Crossfit and have always been very cautious about our health.  But I have been neglecting one part of me.  The most important part…  my brain!   I think this is fairly common though.  Every other part of us is visible.  Exercising brings on visible changes.  But, your brain is not visible so it is often forgotten.   I guess this makes me the reverse of the hulk/chicken leg guy… I have a normal body with a shrunken head.

Now the brain is not a muscle, but responds just the same as one.   The more you use a part of your brain, the larger it will get.  Also like muscles, as you use a particular part of your brain, more blood is pumped to that area to provide energy. Finally, as with muscles, the more you use your brain, the better it works.  Davene talked a lot about the frontal lobe this weekend.  I did a little research on my own, and found that the executive functions of the frontal lobes involve the ability to recognize future consequences resulting from current actions, to choose between good and bad actions (or better and best).  It also overrides and suppresses socially unacceptable responses, and determines similarities and differences between things or events.

Hmmm… Sounds a lot like what we are doing for our “exercises”.

Now the questions I will pose to you is who would you rather be;

The guy with the shrunken head

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or

the guy with a huge head and has trouble finding hats?

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I think I will take up knitting so I can make my own hats.

Week 3- Humor and a positive attitude

Rough weeks… we all have them.  This week was definitely one for me.  What gets you through your rough times?  For me, two things; humor and a positive attitude.  This week was riddled with chaos and frustration.  It could have thrown me off course.  It could have set me back.  But instead, I chose to be Richard Simmons.

We all know and love that flamboyant happy guy, even if you don’t admit it.  Got to hand it to the guy.  He truly is the epitome of  someone that is always there to tell you “Yes you can do it!”  And, “Don’t give up!”  It says that he has inspired and motivated people to lose a total of 12,000,000 pounds!  That’s impressive.  He is giving these people what they need to keep moving forward.

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We all have what it takes.  We are all golden Buddhas underneath.  Doing the work is the part that gets most people.  All it takes is desire and will.  I will slowly chip all the cement off of me.  And little by little I am that golden Buddha.  And more than likely this Buddha will be wearing striped Dolfin shorts and a tank top telling other people “Yes you can!” and “Don’t give up!”

Attack of the Blue Rectangles- Week 2

Ever notice how you never noticed a specific car before, then you get one and then… they are EVERYWHERE?  That pretty much sums up my week so far.  

I was told to look for Blue Rectangles, and every time I saw one It would remind me of the chore I needed to preform and to “DO IT NOW!”

I had never really noticed blue rectangles before.  Then… BAM… Derek’s gym bag is a blue rectangle, street signs are blue rectangles, bathroom towels are blue rectangles, pictures all over the house are blue rectangles, My bedroom walls are giant blue rectangles, Parker’s bedspread is a blue rectangle, my MKMMA binders are blue rectangles and a picture Sophie made in preschool that is hanging on the fridge is, yup you guessed it, a blue rectangle.  Heck, even the buttons on this blog page are blue rectangles.  And they are all screaming at me to go do my chore and DO IT NOW!

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I was quite amazed at how well this worked.  I didn’t even make it past Tuesday before I just couldn’t help myself.  I HAD to go scrub my bathroom toilets.  (They regularly get cleaned but we have VERY hard water in Albuquerque and it leaves a nasty ring that has to be scrubbed off.)  Why had I not ever realized that things could be this simple?  I have always made myself a weekly “to-do” list but never have I had the COMPULSION to go in and scrub my toilets!  

I really am enjoying these new good habits that we are engraving into our subconscious.  New good habits, new blueprint, new life!  Shoot, if blue rectangles can go make me show the toilet rings who’s boss, I’m pretty curious what a red circle, green triangle and a yellow square can get me to do with passion!  

OH!  And guess what a blueprint is?  A BLUE RECTANGLE… just sayin.           Image