Yesterday we examined the structure of the Third Belief. Today we’ll explore why it works.
Have you ever had a really fabulous experience? How did you know it was fabulous?
Odds are high that you knew it was fabulous because it felt really good, in a very physical way. All of your senses were engaged and every part of you was smiling–or laughing out loud in sheer delight.
Each of these responses occur for us as physical sensations, like these:
- you feel lighter than air
- your face seems to glow
- your whole body feels warm in a very cozy way
These physical sensations give rise to thoughts that support them. So you feel a certain sensation and you’re mentally aware of it. You can lengthen the time you feel it by extending the amount of time you think about it.
You can also bring yourself this sensation of well-being any time you want to, simply by thinking about it. This is what memories will do for you. (If you’re a Star Trek: Next Generation fan, you could think of it as your own personal holodeck.) All of us can step into a memory and change our physiology instantly.
Why don’t you try it out for yourself right now? All you have to do is remember:
- your first kiss ~ from someone you were madly in love with.
- holding your first child or your first grandchild in your arms.
- getting your favorite Christmas or Birthday gift as a child.
How’s your physiology? It can happen pretty quickly, can’t it?
So now we’ve explored the connection between positive sensations, physiology and thoughts. When you’re looking for a gift of any sort, there is that positive expectation that feeds positive physical sensations in your body. That’s exactly what you did in your walk down Memory Lane a moment ago.
Now here’s the most exciting part of this: when you’re in a positive physical state, your brain works better.
Don’t take my word for it though – check your experience. When you’re feeling on top of the world, you can handle anything, right? So when you’re looking for the gift in any experience, you’re harnessing the power of your body and your brain in a positive state. Your state of mind and body is reflected in your results.
Now what happens when you focus on the negative? (When you read that, did you notice a little sinking feeling in your belly? That’s how quickly our thoughts can shift our physiology!)
Let’s talk about that on Thursday. In the meantime, I hope you’ll dig up some really positive memories and experience again what taking the time to remember them does for your physiology — and your results.
Thursday: The Physiology of Your Responses: Part 2