Updated: Jul 22, 2021
Someone asked me a while ago, did I go to the Gym. I said no, then I thought about it & actually I do. Every morning I go to my GIMBE.
G - Is for my Gratitude Exercises
I - Is for my 'I Am Affirmations'
M - Is for Meditation
B - Is for My Blessings Exercises
E - Exercise
Having Gratitude is so good for our health. According to UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, regularly expressing Gratitude literally changes the molecular structure of the brain, keeps the grey matter functioning, and makes us healthier and happier. In 2008, scientists first used MRI to study gratitude. In the study the researchers measured brain activity of participants experiencing different emotions, and found that Gratitude causes synchronized activation in multiple brain regions, and lights up parts of the brain’s reward pathways and the hypothalamus. In short, Gratitude can boost neurotransmitter serotonin and activate the brain stem to produce dopamine.
The first thing that I say when I wake up is 'Thank you' & I really get into the Gratitude feeling. Some mornings it is harder than others, but I push myself through it.
Then I sit down and write 10 Things that I am Grateful for in my Gratitude Journal - Things that have happened & some that haven't happened yet (forward memory), but I say it in the present tense.
E.g I Am So Happy & Grateful Now That I am living in my Dream Home or I Am So Happy & Grateful For my Family.
I AM AFFIRMATIONS
Sometimes our self-talk isn't kind. But, it is very important that we are kind to ourselves and show self-love. Often negative self-talk originates from criticism given to us as children and we continue to carry that with us, sometimes not remembering where it originally came from. As children we get conditioned by our Environment and those around us, and they got conditioned by their Environment and those around them. We can stop this Tribal Cycle now by showing love to ourselves, so our children and our children's children can love & appreciate themselves.
When you first do your Affirmations, you might not believe what you are saying, it might seem to be a lie. But what you are doing is reprogramming your Sub-Conscious mind. Your Sub-conscious mind doesn't know the difference between what is real and what is a lie, it just accepts everything that you tell it. So why not tell it good things!
I say my 'I Am Affirmations' in the morning. I also do some into the mirror at night before I go to bed.
Some examples of my 'I Am Affirmations are:
I Am Happy
I Am Healthy
I Am Lovable
I Am Enough
I Am Courageous
I Am Confident
I Am Worthy
You can create your own to suit you. E.g. If you are feeling anxious, you could say 'I Am Calm & Relaxed or ' I Am Safe & Protected at all times' - whatever suits your situation.
Make sure that you are really feeling the emotion of the Affirmation, because it's the feeling that really embeds it into the Sub-Conscious mind.
Research shows that Meditation and mindfulness induce a heightened state of awareness and focused attention. Various studies demonstrate the practice can help relieve stress — as well as manage anxiety, reduce inflammation, and improve memory and attention.
Each morning I sit for at least 10 minutes and Meditate. I do 2 different types of meditation in the mornings.
The first one is the 'Abdominal Breathing Meditation'. I take deep abdominal breaths in through my nose & then breathe out through my mouth. Make sure that when you do this, that you take the deep diaphragm breaths and that they are not shallow. I do this for about 10 minutes.
The second one is the 'White Dot' Meditation. I close my eyes & imagine that there is a white dot in between my eyebrows (Third Eye). I keep focusing and saying in my head, white dot. Sometimes it is hard to see, but just keep focusing in that area and thinking, white dot.
A tip for both these meditations is imagining that there is a blue sky and when you get thoughts during your meditation, imagine that they are clouds and as you breathe in through your nose and then out through your mouth you are blowing the thoughts (clouds) away.
After the Meditations I sit and close my eyes and ask God for guidance for the day. Sometimes I hear the answer then and there and sometimes it's through the day. It could be something that someone says, music or a sign in some way that I understand. I also use Oracle cards to gain insight and guidance about the day ahead.
For those of you who don't talk to God, you may want to just close your eyes and ask your higher self or the Universe for Guidance.
This is where you send Blessings to at least 3 people. Personally I send Blessings to everyone and everything. You also need to send Blessings to those that have done wrong by you.This one can be tricky and takes the longest to master.
A Tip for this one is send Blessings to someone that you love and that makes you feel good, see their face and then gradually slip in the name of the person that has hurt you. Trust me it gets easier with time. It is not to condone the other person, it is to free you from the situation or event that occured.
Sending Love & Blessings transmutes any negativity.
At the end of my Blessings Exercise, I say 'May I be a Blessing to everyone that I am in contact with today".
This one you can design yourself. You can do it before or after the other exercises, it is totally up to you. Just as long as you move! E.g Walking, Swimming, Aerobics
It is scientifically proven that exercising helps, both our physical and mental health. It helps to produce endorphins, and helps reduce stress and anxiety, increases muscle and also increases the bodies energy levels. Exercising helps you feel better, and sleep better.
I personally do about 30 minutes a day 3 - 4 days a week.
Design an Exercise plan to suit you!
I hope that these GIMBE Exercises help you!
Starting your day with a positive mindset is the best way to start your day. It sets the mood for the whole day.
Thank you for reading this Blog - May you have a Blessed day!
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Kel-Anne Brandt - De Riviere