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I Gave Up, So What? by Dio Miranda

I had been looking into the art of doing nothing just as July 4 holiday approached this year,, because it certainly has some benefits. The pressure of the day had me thinking “What is the plan for today? What are we doing today? Where are we eating?” After a while, so many questions became a bother. Time kept passing by, and eventually we decided that doing NOTHING was the right thing for us on the Fourth of July, and that we were “ok” with it. We, as a family, discovered that art that has become a treasure buried in the sand– that every now and then, doing nothing brings joy and peace!Giving up daily duties for a while so I can take time to rest and nourish myself is important. As you have heard me say many times, I cannot give what I do not have. Sometimes doing nothing gives me time to gather myself!Each day, I wake up in the morning in an attitude of gratitude, immediately read a page of my enlightenment book, brush my teeth, then I jump in the shower and run the upcoming day through my head. I hear the concert of Texas’ “crickets”, and I give thanks for having the ability to hear. J

Keeping the good thoughts, I go on through the start of my day. I think that there is no physician like a cheerful thought. Linking these reminders of positivism with purpose is what moves us forward in this life.

“A strong cannot help a weaker unless the weaker is willing to be helped, and even then the weak man must become strong of himself; he must by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in others”.

…and you, too, youthful reader, will realize your vision (not the idle wish) of your heart, be it base or beautiful, or a mixture of both, for you always gravitate toward that which you, secretly, most love. Into your hands will be placed the exact results of your thoughts; you will receive that which you earned; no more, no less.
***Allen, James. As Man Thinketh

I plan to share this with my son some day! We need to find some time, then, to think about that which we want. By the way, make sure that you are eating well, as today’s processed foods disrupt the brain’s activities.

The calm man, having learned how to govern himself, knows how to adapt himself to others (including our own children): and they in turn, reverence his spiritual strength, and feel that they can learn of him and rely upon him (this is us, parents). The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. The strong, calm man is always loved and revered.

Success from the heart is what many do not talk about, so here I will teach you a technique that I use on myself. Tonight, before you close your eyes to rest on your pillow, breathe through your heart and not your diaphragm as I have suggested before. It is ok to breathe through your diaphragm, but in this particular exercise is ok to do it with the heart. I guarantee you that you will feel better. And, you will feel a different sensation as you connect with yourself.

Research shows that the heart has a little brain connected with our head brain and both maintain a constant two-way dialogue and relationship involving many processes in the brain. They maintain their influence upon one another more than we know. The information they send to one another includes heart signals that can influence a person’s perception, emotional experience and higher cognitive function. This information will hopefully open people’s eyes and hearts to the union and homeostasis (internal balance) that we are part of without excluding the inner power that is in us. The heart brain and the head brain both respond to the thoughts we have and the things that surround us.

A life full of experience has taught me that making these heart-brain connections will contribute to weight loss, strength and decrease fatigue. So, practice and take action!. Enough with the planning and thinking! Let’s first build a foundation by taking time to connect our heart and head brain, to focus on the good around us, and to bring about our deepest dreams by finding time to do “nothing”.

My intentions are that you, become an expert yourself!

***I have shared some of my favorite passages with you in this article. A book that I would encourage to make part of your collection.

Migdoel Miranda
Holistic and Lifestyle Coach II
Performance Enhance Specialist- National Academy of Sports Medicine

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