Making Your Mind Matter

Let’s Go Back 20 Years in Mind and Body.

You CAN do this, you know. The mind is very powerful.  I can’t say I am living proof, but there have been experiments done where groups of individuals have retreated for several weeks from society.  They lived and breathed as if they were 20 years younger.   After a short period of time, they were playing football, tennis, etc. like they did when they were much younger.  Their fingers even grew.   Dr. Joe Dispenza talks about this experiment in his book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself.  In his book he emphasizes you are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life. A new science is emerging that empowers all human beings to create the reality they choose.  About Dr. Joe Dispenza

95% of who you are by 35 years old is a set of memorized behaviors, beliefs and perceptions.  Your mind and body have memorized these behaviors.  As we age, though, we start to add “age” based behaviors, beliefs and perceptions.  For instance, “I can’t go hiking.  I am 70 years old.  I’m too fragile.”   Or, “that (whatever that is) is for young people.”

As long as you are thinking the same things everyday, you keep the same reality.  Do you want to be defined by those thoughts and activities?  Thoughts are language of the mind whereas feelings are language of the body.  Therefore, if you change your thoughts and feelings, you can change your mind and body!  Even unconscious thoughts can bring you down.

Epigenetics is a huge field of study now.  Your behavior actually gives your genes expression.  Scientists are beginning to discover that we might be able to change our genes by our thoughts and feelings.  I am not going to begin to pretend I am an expert on the power of the mind.  Let’s just say it has been an interest of mine for many years.

So, let’s get to it………………

Here are some  “make your mind matter”  journal questions:

So…..pretend you are 20 years younger .  Find some music from the mid to late 1990’s that you loved.  Play this music regularly in your car, home, etc. all week.  But, definitely play while you are journaling.

For one week, let’s think differently.  Incorporate some of the activities and thoughts below into your week.

Make a list of activities from 20 years ago that you would love to do now.

Make a list of thoughts you may have regularly had 20 years ago. (Renewed thoughts can lead to new choices)

Do these activities and thoughts belong in your future?  Why, why not?  Could they? Should they?

Are you holding onto negative feelings from 20, 30, 40 years ago?   Remember positive and negative feelings impact the body.

Who will you pretend to be for one week?  For instance, I have a friend, Loretta, who is in her 80’s.  She goes to the gym daily, meditates daily, never eats sugar, and does adventurous things all the time.  She is who I will be for a week!

Who will you pretend “not” to be for one week?   For instance, my mother worried a lot.  I inherited that gene.  So, I will pretend not to be my mother for one week.

If you have a physical problem, visualize yourself without that problem. Do this regularly each day for one week.  What will you visualize?  For instance, I have a bad arthritic ankle from an injury 40 years ago.  I’m going to visualize myself playing tennis.

Remember, this is not an exercise in positive thinking.    Dr. Joe says  “This is about changing how you think, act, and feel, to create a new personal reality.”

As I was writing this article, I thought how fun it would be to get a group of like-minded people together to act like we were 20 years younger for 6 months or so.  Well???

And, by the way, these are good questions to ask yourself if you are retired or nearing retired.  There are more provocative questions in my new book, Journal Your Way to Retirement.

Have fun !

Joan Marie










My long career as a CPA and Certified Financial Planner has kept me locked into numbers for a long time. But, over those years, I have come to understand the power of journaling or writing ideas and thoughts on paper. My hope is for one of these books to resonate with you and to provide you the tools to get what you want in life.

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