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July 11, 2013

Lori Brothers: Changing habits? Put your whole self in

NEW CASTLE — Changing habits is a complete reshaping of your orientation to life in order to go in a new direction and create a different reality.

OK, I’m about to go a little bit “Star Wars” on you.

It takes more than the will to change. It is more than mind over matter. It is literally a gathering of your own life forces. Imagine all of the molecules that you are. That is, imagine a 2 with 27 zeroes after it. That is the estimate of how many molecules you are.

Now when you make a permanent change in your way of being (a habit, or lifestyle change) all 2 x 10 to the 27th power of molecules have to shift along with you. So that’s like gathering up all of the energy that you are until you’ve turned yourself into a “laser for change.”

If you are a smoker, you’ve programmed your 2,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 molecules to relate to the nicotine. Add your emotions, which can be attracted to the smoking experience, and your mind patterns, which can feed the need for that boost, and you feel hooked.

The same is true if you are addicted to alcohol or other substances, including the sugary late night snack that you look forward to every night that is contributing to your rising blood sugar and triglycerides.

“It’s not will power, it’s programming,” Dr. Phil says on his website under Seven Steps to Breaking Your Addiction. “You have to set your life up for success if you’re going to break your addiction.”

All of the variables have to be above the radar and programmed for your intention to change. So, we all have to face the below-the-radar (unconscious) variables, better known as “the dark side.”

For example, if you go to the fridge without really feeling hunger, you may be eating because you are lonely, but you don’t realize it. That’s the dark side.

You shine the light on these patterns by becoming more aware of your actions, and how they are sabotaging your goal.

Equally, all the conditions that you’ve created around you are shaping life as you know it right now. Are you scattered or are you focused?  

All conditions have to be right to influence all of that energy that you are into a new model of “what you intend to become.” For anything you want to change, sometimes you have to let go of the environments and people that condition you to continue the pattern.

All of your habits — the way you eat, sleep breathe, play, pray, work, move, laugh, grumble, emote, care — are delivering the experience you are having right now.

Taking ownership of your whole life force is equal to getting your own light saber to wield. Remember, Luke Skywalker had to practice in order to become a master fighter. That was powerful stuff. Yoda thought Luke was too old to learn the ways of the Force.

So do you think your’re an old dog?  Are you afraid you’ve missed the opportunity to use awareness wisely and sharpen your skills at choosing who you want to become? Many professionals including, physicians, registered dieticians, personal trainers, counselors, ministers, massage therapists and physical therapists can be on your team of “wise ones” to shift your attention towards the new you. It’s never too late.

And don’t forget loving, caring family and friends who support you. They can also be instrumental as you gather up all of the molecules that you are into one powerful laser beam of intent for positive, powerful change.

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