“The human Soul: It is the internal control mechanism consisting of a collection of rules and regulations which define the limits within which human behaviour should stay in order to conform to the requirements of interaction with other human beings and the environment in general. It can be considered as a sort of adjudicator of the suitability of activities proposed by the Mind. As stated earlier, the Soul has only an advisory role and its function is restricted to filtering proposals from the Mind by checking them against the framework of rules and regulations which have been accepted by the individual as representing the laws and references according to which the individual wants to adjust his or her behaviour. In other words, that which is called personality or character of an individual is the result of the public demonstration of the internal set of references comprising the individual’s Soul. That is why sometimes one may hear the saying” this person has no Soul” referring to a person who behaves outside of the acceptable norms of the society in which one belongs. The importance of the Soul in the expression of human behaviour is vital and critical. If for whatever reason the references used by the Soul are corrupted or false, or the link of communication between the Soul and the Mind is severed, then human behaviour will be either uncontrolled or will present serious deviation from the generally acceptable behaviour. In the discussion which follows in later chapters of this book, the organisation of references and the integrity of the Soul will be examined in greater detail. The last concept which needs to be defined is the one commonly known as “Consciousness”
“Some people seem to find it easier to cope in life, have you ever wondered why? I found myself doing just this. My findings were surprising. Research led by Harvard University, the University of Oregon and the University of Texas revealed that very effective leaders all share a similar mindset but, not just this, they also share similar hormone levels. The more powerful the leader, the higher the levels of testosterone.
This simply means that those with higher levels of testosterone are naturally primed to be more assertive, relaxed and confident. They will be less reactive to stressors and be able to handle the bombardment of pressure quite well. In addition, there’s one physical cue which impacts both hormones and that’s body language. So, if you can improve your body language, you will naturally increase testosterone while decreasing cortisone levels and this means, less stress but more confidence.
This leads me directly into power body poses. Power poses are intriguing. Amy Cuddy is a researcher based at Harvard University and she and her team have identified that different body positions equate to high power or low power poses. High power poses tend to be open and relaxed while low power poses will be closed off and guarded.
“They studied the impact of these poses in a research study on 42 students. Saliva was taken from each of them and cortisone levels and testosterone levels were then measured. Afterwards, each person was asked to sit in either high power or low power poses for approximately 2 minutes. After which, an additional sample saliva was taken and cortisone and testosterone levels were measured yet again.
The results were stunning. High power poses serve to increase testosterone by approximately 20% and they found that cortisone levels decreased by 25%. When you consider the ability to exude confidence and cope with daily pressures, this is significant. Try this well-known and versatile power pose so you can see what I mean. Its nickname is ‘The Wonder Woman’ pose and, you simply stand tall, with chest out and hands on the hips. It’s certainly a power stance and irrespective of its name, it is just as important to men as it is to women. Try it now and then see how you feel afterwards.”
“I mentioned before that our body language speaks volumes about us. If you are a little worried as to those secretive body language communications, try to build in some body language checks each day and insert a higher power pose into your routine each morning for approximately 2 or 3 minutes. When you do so, close your eyes, breathing in deeply for a count of 3, you can hold the breath for just a second and then, breathe out fully for a count of 5. If this is difficult, you can reduce the count – say for 2, 1 and 4 counts. You can also combine breathing exercises with power poses for maximum benefits. I use power poses with meditation at the start of my day and I feel great afterwards.
As you are only investing a couple of minutes, you will have time for it. Body language is important but it’s not everything. One thing for sure is that confidence affects both your mind and body. Your personality and emotional state of mind will no doubt affect your levels of confidence but improving your body language by taking up one of the power poses, will certainly increase physical presence and make you feel so much better. You can use these power poses quickly and efficiently in every situation.
Think about a difficult presentation in front of your boss or colleagues. Imagine you are waiting to be called in and you start to feel nervous and your hands are sweating. Find a quiet space and take a moment to adjust your posture. Put your hands on your hips, keep your chin up, have your chest out and visualize the pose. If you can just do this for a couple of minutes before you attend your meeting or your interview, your testosterone levels will increase as will your confidence. You will also naturally and quickly lower your stress levels.”
Fear begins with a thought 💭. Whatever we think repeatedly becomes a part of us. The scripture says “As he thinks in his heart, he shall become.” If you allow fearful thoughts to come into your heart and mind, you will have those fearful thoughts. They will begin to control how you act.
It is true that as an example, if you are so interested in something that it is all you think about, most likely it will become your overall life aka career and hobby. Or at least one of your main hobbies. You could be great at a lot of things, however; this is losing the point of how we overcome fear, and how to deal with it. We need to guard our minds, choosing carefully which thoughts we accept and reject.
In the trials of life, you decide what your responses will be , no one else can do that for you. When you panic you have two choices either to calm down or to have an anxiety attack. Now, to panic means you are overcome by sudden fear. However, you are not able to overcome this, you overcame it already, because you are a strong courageous individual.
Instead you stay the course, you meet fear face to face. This is because you can’t conquer what you can not control and or confrontational innuendoes.
Identify the fears that are left in your mind and say that they are no longer allowed to be there any longer. You can now choose today to stop living in fear!
Owner and Founder At The Goddess Bibles A Memoir By Laura Zukerman
Mental fatigue occurs when the brain is overstimulated. Also from a lack of mental stress. If someone is mentally stressed , they may find it hard to sleep or to stay asleep. Alternatively, stressed individuals require more sleep than usual.
If you are lacking sleep it may be hard for you to retain anything in your brain, your memories may become scattered. Everything therefore, slows down and or freezes. Your brain begins to feel overload and then becomes foggy 🌫. If you are showing symptom of brain fog , it is time to go to sleep or take a nap.
People suffering with mental fatigue often become bombarded with confusion. Especially when they are bombarded with an endless source of information. Such as when looking on a computer. When you are mentally fatigued you might ask someone to repeat themselves. Even if you heard them perfectly, you are mentally clouded and in need of taking that material in, digesting it once more.
If you are irritable, sad or just not in the mood to do anything, you are showing signs of mental fatigues. Out of control emotional distress is a sure sign of mental fatigues.
Mental fatigue may make you crave sugary or salty foods. Others, may lose their appetite all together. These negative eating patterns have to do with the fact that your brain is not dealing with the stresses; so it’s time to make a change.
Your mind and body are connected and therefore, if your mental health is having problems; your sure to see your physical health having problems as well. Muscle pains, headaches, constipation and high blood pressure are signs of mental fatigue.
It may start with rapid heart rates, shortening of your breath , stomach pains and your teeth grinding. This is a sign that harmoniously your body and brain are not working together.
If you want to have a healthy body, you better realize that it all starts with your brain. It is the central processor. Make sure your brain health is performing optimally , so that your entire body is at its best too! ❤️🤟
Owner and Founder At The Goddess Bibles A Memoir By Laura Zukerman