Exploring Your Mind: The Final Frontier – by Dr. Nick Araza
It is time we take a look, an assessment if you will, at that all too important hunk of goo in between our ears. That’s right, after Dr. Franson’s talk last night on how Well People Think, I realized that it is time I spend some energy on examining and understanding the “mind” portion of my nervous system. The part that makes me laugh, cry, love, hate, and feel - the part that makes me human.
You see, I very much like to consider myself a well person. I exercise intensely and often, I eat real foods (most of them veggies and fruits), and I’m a goal-oriented, optimistic person. I have kept an exercise journal for the last three years, and have monitored my eating habits tightly for the past eight. However, I have never, ever, written down or examined my thoughts. Yes, I have journaled about various days or feelings on occasion, but that is like writing down a lot about one meal or one intense exercise day I had. I’m talking about exploring my mind, finding out what thoughts I cultivate on a hourly or even 1/2-hourly basis. So I’m going to do just that. I am going to purchase a silent buzz timer and put it in my pocket along with a small pad I can journal on, and I am going to monitor my thoughts every 30 minutes while I am awake. I am going to finally learn about my most important monitoring and regulating system, and truly discover what I think about on a routine basis. I have learned that our mind is like a garden and our thoughts are the bounty. We primarily think (or grow) the same stuff every day, and it can either be plentiful and good/well…. but it is about time I find out what kind of garden I have been growing.
It is hard to work specifically on a diet, to truly see what is missing and what shouldn’t be there, if you can’t really remember or see what you have been eating in writing, and this is the same thing. I am excited to find out what lurks in my own deep space. I will keep you all updated in the blogs to come, but expect a full report at the beginning of the year.
I challenge you to find out what’s in your garden…. and comment, we can go through this together.
I hope you join me!
Fight 4 (and Discover) Health
Dr. Nicholas Araza DC CCWP