Again with the Thoughts…

Okay, please hang in there with me, as I plan to blog for the next few weeks about the importance of healthy thinking. In my opinion, Healthy Thinking is one of the pillars of a strong foundation for an abundant and balanced life. It required focused discipline for me in the beginning. I had to create new habits for myself. The results gave me a great “return on my investment” of time, effort, energy, and personal responsibility. It changed my life, for the better!

The Mayo Clinic suggests paying attention to your thought life in order to change patterns of long-held thoughts and beliefs that may be inaccurate, fear-based, and self-defeating.12 Royce Morales, Founder of “Perfect Life Awakening,” is a personal development teacher. Her method involves tracing habitual thoughts and beliefs that may hinder us, back to earlier years when these beliefs began. She literally teaches us how to trace these patterns back to their root. By understanding where our beliefs about ourselves came from, we can heal and “re-program” patterns that have become subconscious and rote. When we set out to develop new patterns of thinking and living, we face the challenge of employing self-discipline and personal responsibility. Without them, most victories would never happen. Success rarely comes without working diligently….working smart.

Taking responsibility for one’s habits is not always easy. Some people suggest limiting the amount of news you watch, since many news stations tend to focus on disturbing stories rather than uplifting information. I also suggest putting together a personal routine and sticking to it to the best of your ability. For instance, if you plan to exercise for an hour in the morning and you suddenly don’t have the time, it’s helpful to exercise even for a just few minutes that morning in order to keep the routine going. It’s also helpful to put motivational quotations on your walls, and to keep a journal of your progress and your journey. -From The Root, A Memoir and A Philosophy for Balance in Our World, pp 61 Available on Amazon:

Stay Encouraged!

Articles featuring Royce Morales and Amazon link to her books:

 

Thoughts: The Building Blocks of Our Reality.

Thoughts are electrostatic and magnetic energy. When you shift your thought, you shift the vibration, or the movement of electrons around you. When you shift your rate of vibration via your thoughts, you attract the “like” vibration, and like a magnet, more “like” vibrations come your way. The science of psychoneuroimmunology explores the relationship between the mind, the nervous system and the immune system. Sure, it’s a larger than average word. I don’t know who makes the words up, but it breaks down quite easily: psycho (relating to the mind) neuro (relating to the nerves or nervous system), immun (relating to the immune system) and ology (relating to a subject of study or a branch of knowledge).

Psychoneuroimmunology is important because, as Dr. Bernie S. Siegel says, “Your life is stored in your body.” He emphasizes the importance of listening to one’s inner wisdom, and the wisdom of the outer world as well, through meditative methods.2 The reason? Because what we are thinking, what we are taking in from our outer world and how we are processing it, all has a constant impact on the health of our physical bodies and our mental health. Can’t you feel it in your body when you have an angry thought? How does it feel to you? How does it feel in comparison to a joyful thought? This is a simple example of how thoughts matter.

I remember a time after I had signed my record deal with Sony 550. Prince and I were discussing spiritual concepts and comparing notes on some of the books we had both read. We began to talk about the importance of choosing words carefully and the effect that certain words have on us. He and I had also similarly immersed ourselves in spiritual teachings.

-From The Root, A Memoir and A Philosophy for Balance in Our World, Pp 47 and 48

Can you be a personal detective and spy on your own thoughts? Can you see how your moods and habits are affected by your thoughts?

Can you see how your thoughts affect and shape your life?

And finally… what will you do with the answers to your questions? Are you motivated to propel your thoughts towards SOLUTIONS, rather than the problems in your life?

In my experience, every time I focus on the solutions and the goal, rather than getting bogged down in the problem, I create more joy and excellent results in my life. Give it a shot- try it out for a good amount of time. See how it works for you.

Imagine and Bring to Life… Be Free!

In the spirit of my new song, Be Free, I want to share some thoughts on how we can all get there- to that place of freedom that I describe in the song. (Find “Be Free” on iTunes, Spotify, Apple, Amazon, Google)

When we focus on the solutions and what we want in our lives and for our world, we begin to bring that vision to life. Conversely, when we focus on the problems constantly, and frame them in fighting and struggle terms, i.e.: “A Fight Against Hunger,” or “We’re fighting for our rights!” etc., then we keep ourselves mired in the “fight” or in the “struggle.” That is why, with Urban Farming, we quickly changed our soundbites to things like: “Creating an Abundance of Food for All in Our World,” or “Creating Abundance for All in Our Generation.”  These became more succinct and accurate statements of exactly what we are bringing to life. Here I will share an excerpt from the Preface of my new book, From The Root:

Imagine a world in which people have easy access to healthy food, feel empowered, and are educated with the skills for peaceful conflict resolution. In this scenario, individuals are able to participate and contribute their ideas to humankind. In this type of world, we will see balance and creativity, rather than extremities that exclude people and keep them from contributing to their own lives and to our world in fruitful ways.

My interest in our global balance has come out of a process. I have been in the music business most of my adult life. I was offered my first record deal by Prince in the same week that I was accepted into the Berklee College of Music. My life has been largely steeped in music and creativity. But recording a CD for Sony Records in Detroit, Michigan led me to see the vast amounts of unused land and the startling poverty in that city. I was moved to start a charitable organization called Urban Farming®. Armed with a global vision to create an abundance of quality food and quality opportunity for everyone in our world, I began by planting three community gardens of free food for people in need in Detroit. We started from a grass-roots level and rapidly grew, working in rural, suburban, and urban areas. 

There are now over 66,000 gardens around the world that are a part of the Urban Farming Global Food Chain®.  And out of my experiences both in affluent communities as well as economically challenged communities, I grew to understand the dire need for our world to heal from the root. That is why I was led to write my new book, From The Root. Essentially, the book is a Memoir and also a roadmap – full of solutions that will help balance our world and heal our relationships From The Root! 

Share the ways that you are healing yourself and your relationships, From The Root