Have you ever spoken with someone who has absolutely nothing going on in his/her mind, as if he or she is either drugged or has been programmed by a computer? Their lives take on little meaning, as they live without spiritual or mental purpose, but continuing to survive only physically. Perhaps, they are waiting for something—love, to win the lottery, or someone just to tell them they have worth.
This state of mind is a trend in America, especially among the people who are addicted to traits like watching television for more than 2 hours a day, playing video games for long periods of time, working a 8-10 hour day and coming home to alcohol. This behavior numbs the mind and keeps the person from stepping into life fully.
I have a family member who seems to live in this Zombie state. I have a perspective in this case on why he acts this way. I believe his behavior is a result of physical depression combined with no consistent positive input.
I have never experienced, personally, such negativity as he exhibits. If he were my client, I would insist he sees a psychiatrist and gets on medication to treat the symptoms. When you can’t even come to the table with any sense of normalcy, taking a prescribed drug is the first step. Most people live in numbness by choice. They smoke dope, drink, or take a drug of choice to keep their minds from thinking or deliberating a pain that was so harsh, that they spend their lives avoiding it. This is called Attachment Disorder combined with Addiction.
But not all people who have little to offer life are addicted or depressed. Some just have been programmed that life is about growing up, working hard, having a middle-class family, then retiring at 65. Their entire lives are about the reward at the end of the 65 years. But these people often smoke or eat poorly on the way to their dreams, leaving them with little time to even utilize the money they’ve saved for retirement.
In a recent article I read on the “Effect of Smoking on Life Span,” this resources says that one pack of cigarettes a day—starting at the age of 20—could result in losing… get this, 25 years of your life. 25 YEARS! My goodness, Joe Hard Worker suddenly works 11 hours a day for retirement at 65 and never gets there. That seems to be the hard reality. Or worse yet, he gets there with no quality of life, having had throat or lung cancer and carrying around oxygen or having a tracheotomy.
I talked to a brilliant man recently who contributes much to life. He’s not the walking dead or a Zombie in America. Joe Hardworker makes his job the focus of his life, with friends a close second. He has much to offer life and relationships, but still has the same mentality about work and the pay-off at retirement. Joe Hardworker is a smoker of 1-2 packs of cigarettes a day.
Cigarettes are one of those habits that you feel will not hurt you because one cigarette doesn’t feel as if it takes away your life. It’s the cumulative effect of this problem that causes the issue. You can’t see the big picture until it’s too late. It’s as if smokers are literally in a smoke bubble or smokescreen that prohibits even children who watch their own parents die of cancer, not to see the harsh reality of their habit.
I have an interesting perspective on this as I am a hypnotherapist who treats mostly smokers and food addicts. I have at least a 90-93% success rate for smokers and even higher for other issues, especially for those who follow the protocol. If the person comes in and commits to the process, I have a 99% success rate.
The person who comes in who is hooked on a behavior, loves to smoke and is ambivalent about quitting has the hardest time quitting. So, they wait until they are ready, which becomes never. Suddenly, they become the Zombies in America just waiting for a slow death to take away the joyful end to their lives.
You’d be surprised that more women have this issue than men. Women tend to be closet smokers who think 3-5 cigarettes a day on the back porch or bathroom isn’t going to affect life. So, this issue is a bigger deal to quit. Nonetheless, 31.5% of Americans are smoking and are the Walking Dead.
No matter how much they contribute to life now, they are on a fast-slow time continuum that keeps shortening every day. Don’t be that person! Get some help now.
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A Year to CLEAR Challenge:
(Please Know: You Can Join Us At Any Point in the Year Challenge.)
The masses search outward for things that qualify them as a person, but I always go inward for that which quantifies me for greatness. At twenty-five I preached on street corners in NYC as an in-the-closet Pentecostal minister. One day I heard a still small voice say, ‘God cannot be contained in a book or a law or even in a religion. Dig deeper, reach further to find me, and you will find your authentic Self.’”
A Year to CLEAR Challenge!
The acronym CLEAR stands for (Compassionate, Loving, Enthusiastic, And Relationship-Ready). The goal of this project is to engulf readers in a weekly study that will transform them by removing blocks, promote self-growth, and give them wings to fly freely into daily life. Each week, by going to BoSebastian.com and choosing the Year to CLEAR Challenge tab, a new challenge or thought to provoke conversation, growth, and group functionality.
My vision is to make Finding Authentic You the book to have in your Kindle or on your computer. The book is a comprehensive look at growth—spiritually, mentally, and physically.
As a yoga teacher and student of the Ayurvedic tradition, I bring to the table understanding of physical challenges, the ability to overcome mental problems with Life & Health Coaching, as well as hypnotherapy, and expertise in meditation and spirituality as a minister.
The combination of all three in one book with an interactive connection to like-minded readers, for one year, is what makes this Year to CLEAR Challenge a must-do for every spiritual seeker.
The One-Year Approach to Change
No one believes he or she can change overnight. But success in change comes from the metaphors of nature. Seasonally, life changes all around us in nature. Finding Authentic You offers a gradual change perspective, looking at the triune aspects of change as in yoga: Body, Mind and Spirit.
Accessing the ability to change and finding yourself actually pursuing change must be a daily search, which I call getting to the “observer mind.”
In this frontal cortex of the brain we find the anatomy of change and the power to counter every negative trigger of the human process. The workings of Hypnosis, NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are all positive actions to help the mind and body flow to a positive space for change.
Every aspect of FINDING AUTHENTIC YOU fulfills this constant need for diffusing the negative past and dreaming of a fulfilling future.
Step 1: Recognize That Change is Inevitable
Step 2: Release from Resistance to Change
Step 3: Understanding Change and Allow Spirit to Define It
Step 4: A History Lesson—About You
Step 5: Look at Your Past with Compassion
Step 6: Making a Strong Commitment to Change
Step 7: Dream Your Fabulous Future
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• Weight Loss mp3
• Hypnotic Lap Band surgery Mp3
• Insomnia mp3
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• Meditation Music mp3
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