Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Day 5 & 6 - Brain Detox with Dr. Leaf

Day s 5 & 6…sorry about that.  I forgot to write anything yesterday.  But I have my notes, so I’ll just combine both.  The unchanging process may make this too dull for writing daily J.  We shall see.  Here’s a different thought for me…Attitude IS State of Mind.  It makes sense but I never thought of it that way.  I think I’m more inclined to excuse a poor attitude than I am a state of mind, so the phrasing helps me be more accountable.  Other tid-bits Dr. Leaf has offered that impacted me are:  We are thinking beings.  The mind is incredibly powerful—creating impact on both soul and body.  She actually says the mind is second in power only to God. 

Thanksgiving, Praise & Worship  Thanksgiving—I love that I’m not left alone to do this life.  The general theme of what God wants me to release so I can feel His presence remains the same.  I think He is showing me branches from that root.  That overwhelming sense of responsibility generates fear that I’ll mess something up; it gets me stuck.  Today I saw that often my faith rests in me…in what I can do.  Fear about what I can’t do, cripples or depresses.  Praise—The surrounding love & protection of God pressed in on me yesterday.  Today it was the sweet image of my coming to God bringing joy to Jesus.  (He danced you know J).   Worship—Creator of the Universe.  Planner of eternity.  Personal Friend.  Wow. 
Gathering Thoughts  My tendency is to multi-task…maybe as a ‘mask’ for unproductivity.  If I accomplish bits and pieces here and here, I have an excuse for what is not done.  (I need an excuse because that is how I find my value.)  Vicious cycle.  I wonder how many baby trees I have cluttering my head—almost like weeds—from multi-task thinking.  Strong trees have many branches; I need to focus on one thing at a time…in growing and producing.

Focused Reflection God puts a banner over me proclaiming “I love this one.”  He wants me to bring others to Him for their own banners, so we can reveal Him to the world!  Perfect love casts out all fear.  Letting Him plan, frees me to be draw into Jer 29:11 by truth & love.

Journal  My little stick figure has Jeremiah 29:11 as its core…and figures with banners of love abound. 

Revisit/redesign Thoughts God IS in charge.  Will I let Him be?  Will I keep in view the reality that He uses everything for good?  It’s my choice.  (Speaking of that, Leaf also reminds:  every thought produces a choice. To be in control of my mind (and the impacts it has), I must put the thought in the light of truth and choose whether that thought stays or goes.  Not to decide is to decide to let it stay and take up mental real estate, producing yuck.  Right choices tell the brain to produce proteins that in turn produce chemicals related to health and well-being.)

Active Reach – ‘Wordless book’ bracelet as a reminder of the Planner of Eternity J

Daily Disclaimer:  Welcome to my walk through Dr. Caroline Leaf’s 21-day Brain Detox.  This is a mini-glimpse (and filtered by my personal oddities) of her awesome research.  It is no where near a replacement for her program.  I hope you can enjoy the program personally. The program includes extensive explanations, videos and follow-up support.  I believe it is a good value for the $29.00.  The sign on site is here:

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