Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Just What I Need When I Need It

(This blog was originally posted on October 6, 2016)

Photo by Rick Hustead

I have noticed something very interesting in the past couple of weeks. When I think about some physical skill or flexibility that I need to improve for my riding, that “thing,” whatever it is, seems to appear in my environment. Then there were those fortuitous events I described in my blog, Lost…And Found, when various items I believed were gone forever suddenly showed up again. On a couple of occasions, I have been able to find not only a spot but a great spot to park my car in a lot where parking is at a premium. And now, this has started to happen.
  At the beginning of each yoga class the instructor suggests that we set an intention for the practice. Most of the time I “ask” for patience with myself to be able to stay in a pose for a little longer than I have been able to in the past, or hope that I need fewer corrections from the teacher. That is coming from my conscious mind, though, and these desires are more superficial. They aren’t what I actually need. My subconscious mind takes care of that.
 Inevitably, the focus of the class addresses something my riding instructor has told me to work on during my previous ride. At some point during my lesson, she will identify something I need to work on, such as strengthen the muscles in my legs or abs, sit up taller or keep my shoulders back, increase my stamina, etc. She has even created a regimen of ballet stretches and other exercises for me to do to improve these areas for my riding. I do sets of lunges and demi and grand pliĆ©s in second and first position to open my hips and tread my feet on the edge of step to increase flexibility in my Achilles tendons. In addition, I practice straight kicks to the front, side and behind my body to isolate movement of my legs from my hips; sit-ups to strengthen my abs; and sprints up and down her long driveway to increase my stamina. Meanwhile, I also take yoga classes five times a week to improve my balance, strength and, of course, practice isolating movement in specific areas of my body.
I didn’t mention that goal to the yoga teacher before the class; but my subconscious mind attracted the day’s curriculum for me, nonetheless. The day after my trainer told me I needed to get more flexibility in my hips, the yoga instructor focused on hip openers throughout most of the practice. We did a lot of those today, as well. As I rolled up my yoga mat at the end of class I thought about all those crunches I still needed to do later, and the teacher announced, “Next week we are doing core work!”
In his book titled, Success Is Not an Accident: The Mental Bank Concept, Hypnosis Motivation Institute founder John Kappas, Ph.D., explains how the mental scripts we program into our subconscious mind determine the outcome of our actions. Whether we imagine a positive or negative result, the SCM follows that subconscious mental script to actualize the goal you “want.” These instances are great examples of how the Law of Attraction facilitated the opportunity to work toward my goal of increasing strength and flexibility through my yoga practice. As Ralph Waldo Emerson previously wrote, “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
 It’s like magic, and I am the magician.

Sara R. Fogan, C.Ht. is a certified hypnotherapist based in Southern California. She graduated with honors from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in 2005. For more information about Calminsense Hypnotherapy® and to set up an appointment, please visit http://www.calminsensehypnotherapy.com/.
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