Mind Over Matter

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I am thrilled! I successfully walked the 2009 Los Angeles Marathon. I’ve added this success to my list of anchors that remind me I can accomplish my goals.

I had many AHA moments along the way but there was one that influenced me  to finish the marathon –  remembering the “mind over matter” theory and using it to overcome my challenge to complete the marathon.

What’s the meaning of mind over matter?

The Phrase Mind over matter  has to do with the theory that your mind can be used to influence matter. Your mind can be used to control your body, overcome physical pain and other life challenges.

Using my mind to overcome physical pain helped me to complete the 2009 Los Angeles marathon

MY Story

Six months ago, I set my intention powerfully in my mind. Even though I had some physical challenges, I was determined to not allow them to hinder me from achieving my goal, to complete the 2009 Los Angeles marathon.

I confidently  started weight training four days per week and I did different levels of walking six days per week.

Even though losing weight wasn’t my focus, I lost 50 lbs from this workout.

Self-hypnosis, helped me to bypass my critical mind  to access  my subconscious mind. I informed my subconscious of my intention, and through repetition, my conscious desire was accepted by my subconscious mind.

In February 2009, I had to put my training on hold because of a knee injury. My doctor recommended physical therapy but It didn’t alleviate the pain. I gave it up and a month after my injury, I resumed my walking regimen.

On Marathon eve, May 24, 2009, I didn’t sleep a wink. My knee was stiff and painful and it said to me  “Adalia, we are not going to the marathon.” That wasn’t an option.

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Man and woman in acrobatic pose with “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work” quote

My conscious and subconscious mind worked as a team to help me to complete the marathon.

Marathon morning, Monday, May 25, 2009, I arrived downtown Los Angeles. I was  excited but apprehensive. I enjoyed the crowd and the camaraderie. I loved being there.

I felt  like a kid attending Disneyland for the first time.

I had my i Pod, my son had filled it with an eclectic set of music: reggae, pop, jazz, classical, hip-hop, rap, country and calypso. I brought along Icy Hot for my knee, electrolytes, water and nutritious snacks.

The horn went off, my heart fluttered, and with hundreds of other eager participants, I started my 26.2 miles walk.

The first 5 miles were relatively easy and I called my son to share this with him. The night before, I told him I was going to call after each 5 mile increment, something to keep me focused and motivated. This was my first and only call to my son. I realized that I did not need to make that call to keep me motivated. I focused on my intention and being in the moment

On the 6 mile stretch, I began to experience intense pain in my right knee.

I closed my eyes and gave myself three deep cleansing breaths and  connected to the infinite wisdom of the universe and asked for guidance and the universe replied,  “Adalia, you have said time and time again that we don’t realize how powerful our minds are. Now practice what you preach and walk!”

I also reflected on a news event that happened several months ago. Four friends were on the ocean  fishing and the boat capsized. They all fell overboard. The only survivor held on to the boat for two days before he was rescued. He said he focused on living not dying.

When I compared my pain to his experience,  I realized that I had a minor challenge. I needed to disconnect my thoughts  from my pain and connect them to the finish line.

I accomplished this for a few more miles. At mile 10, I started to compare myself to the other walkers. From my point of view, I was the slowest walker on the road, everyone was passing me, young, old, short, tall, over-weight and underweight.

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I shifted my thinking, STOP! I said to myself, it’s not about them, it’s about you.

I allowed the eclectic music on the iPod to energize me. I paid attention to the hundreds of friendly, supportive, men, women and children along the way. They were from all walks of life, from different neighborhoods, different ethnic backgrounds. All unified on this day, all getting along. AWESOME!!!

There was entertainment. Volunteers gave you water. Strangers spoke words of encouragement. And they reminded me that beyond a shadow of a doubt I was going to complete the marathon.

I had successfully disconnected from my pain, I was in the moment and enjoying the experience.

I visualized the finish line and intermittently repeated to my self  “mind over matter,”  from mile 10 to mile 26.2 AND

8:45 hrs later, I completed the Los Angeles marathon 2009, for me, a historic event. Woo Hoo!

Would you like to use the Mind Over Matter theory In Your Daily Life?

Here Are Four Ways to Daily Utilize the Power of Your Mind Over Matter

1. Keep your intention in your mind.
Often visualize, imagine, feel, and even taste it. Hypnosis is an excellent tool to anchor your outcome in your subconscious mind.

2. Affirm your desired outcome.
An affirmation confirms something to be true (before it’s accomplished) through an oral or written statement. When I chanted inwardly “mind over matter” to prevent the pain in my knee from distracting me from my intention to finish the 2009 Los Angeles marathon, that was me affirming that yes, I was going to make it to the finish line.

Example of an affirmation:
I have the stamina and courage to finish the marathon.

3. Use an anchor.
An anchor helps you to re-focus your intention when your thoughts take you off course. An anchor is an NLP technique for eliciting a certain frame of mind. It can be internal, such as a picture, feeling, or someone’s voice. It can also be external, such as pulling on your ear or focusing on your breathing or a word. This technique is intended to help you concentrate on your intention.

Example of an anchor:
Someone became my client because he was experiencing anxiety attacks in anticipation of his debut as a stand-up comedian. Using hypnosis, I helped him to relax his body and calm his mind. As his name was called on the day of his debut, he pulled on his right ear (an anchor) as he stood before the audience. This induced a calm and relaxed state of mind and body. It worked!

4. Reframe.
Reframing is the process of looking at a negative situation, examining a negative thought, or exploring a negative feeling with the intention to see a positive outcome.

Example of reframing:
My friend was terminated from her job. She was extremely upset and sunk into the abyss of deep despair. I encouraged her to celebrate her termination, instead of moping (reframing). I inspired her to see this as an opportunity for her to pursue her long-time dream of starting her own business as a make-up artist. She was already doing it for free and already had people in her circle who were willing to pay for her talent. She listened.

It’s a Wrap

Your mind is powerful. Use it to live the life you choose to live.

What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.  – Napoleon Hill

Other Resources

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