Conscious Vs. Subconscious
When I talk about making weight loss a conscious effort I am talking about remaining in a state of consciousness. When you are in a conscious state these are the times when you are being true to yourself, and when you are being true to your most important qualities.
This is when we feel that we have meaning, we have purpose, and we are in harmony. We realize that we are born to seek to value and to be valued, life means more to us, we feel most alive, we value one another, nature, beauty, and we can get in touch with our spirituality. These are the times when we realize that there is something larger than just ourselves. When we are in our conscious state, we feel a motivation to improve, appreciate, connect, and protect.
The deeper we are able to get in touch with our values the more we are able to get in touch with our sense of meaning and purpose. This is a far different experience than when we are in our subconscious state. This is when we are detached from our core values, these are times when we feel negative emotions, we become protective of ourselves, getting into our anger and resentment, we use defensive behaviours and this is when we get into our aggression and withdrawal, defensiveness happens when we are trying to prove our core value to someone else, we become insular by brooding and becoming depressed, we become vigilant in which we are anxious or agitated. Also we get into removal of emotion; when we feel numb with feelings of guilt or shame as well as a sense of meaninglessness. Addictions and compulsive behaviours can form around any of these feelings, when we are detached from our core values.
When you are in your conscious state you know you’re valuable because you want to improve, appreciate, connect, and protect of self. You know you are worthy of love because you can feel compassion and negative thoughts are turned into motivations to improve, appreciate, connect, and protect. When you are in your conscious state and attuned with your core values you can still feel sadness, grief, disappointment, and loss, however, you never go to the place of feeling that you are unlovable or inadequate. Instead you turn these negative emotions into motivations to improve, appreciate, connect, and protect.
You are able to say self statements such as, ‘yes that made me sad, but I’m okay because I can still build value in my life.’ You know that you are worthy of love because you can feel self compassion. However, if you are in your unconscious state and not in tune with your core values then you can easily devalue more than you value yourself. In this state you are likely to suffer extreme negative feelings such as resentment, depression, and anxiety. Holding onto the negative things that happen while devaluing the good things that happen.
The prefrontal cortex of the brain is the part of the brain that makes plans and makes sure that they will happen, so it is really good to be able to put together a plan in which you will value your identity by getting in touch with your ability to create value and meaning in your life, that you commit to concentrating on your conscious state and your ability to improve, appreciate, connect, and protect yourself.
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