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Chi Time with Jill…..all things Chi and Resilience – Plasticity!

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I empower individuals and teams with simple effective solutions to enable resilience to become a way of life to thrive not merely survive.

More on the brain, plasticity and what I think Mind Chi is

Welcome back to my exploration of my Mind Chi journey so far…………

Last time I ended on the fact that we can literally program our brain by rewiring it. Chi Time with Jill – Sharing all things Chi and resilience! ( Changing our thought patterns is tangibly reflected in changes of habit.

Wow – How amazing is that? Imagine the advert:

You can’t live without this new gadget. It goes everywhere with you for the whole of your life. You can call upon it at a moment’s notice. It can do anything you teach it to. You can learn, grow and change to achieve anything you want through it….. and its FREE!

Who wouldn’t want one?!!!

Discovering the Brain

I can’t quite recall when my ‘aha’ moment was, except that it was a long time ago! It had an immediate profound effect on me. It helped me understand why I used techniques that I was automatically doing e.g. affirmations, positive outlook etc.

Yes, the brain does come with a health warning as it can actually do the opposite to what you want if not programmed in the best way – just like any computer!

My discovery therefore not so much changed, but reinforced my faith and belief in the brain by using my mind as a force for good. A force for good to transform my behaviour, either to get through challenging moments or as a source of inspiration for living the life I choose. Attracting the elements I need or wish to have to enable that.

Why ‘plasticity’ is important?

Plasticity is important because Mind Chi uses the fact that the brain is so malleable. We can literally rewire our brain through our patterns of thought. This can be negative if thoughts are primarily anxious, worry, hopeless etc. (This is the health warning a referred to above !)

We have some 50,000 thoughts per day and 70% of those are negative!

I recognised small habits I had unconsciously developed such as worrying if a presentation would go well, or that I would forget what I wanted to say etc..

Knowing, at the same time that a small amount of ‘stress’ in certain circumstances is totally natural and can be a huge energiser. We live with common ‘stressors’ day in, day out. It is however when we become overwhelmed by something that we can become stuck in a certain way of being as a default.

On the positive side, we want the brain as an unlimited source of inspiration through positive and uplifting thought patterns. Whatever we think more of we become.

Using Mind Chi, we can literally unstick our unhelpful thoughts, and habits and replace with ones that serve us well.

When Vanda asked me to briefly explain what I think Mind Chi is, I had no hesitation in answering:

Mind Chi helps to use our brain to help rather than hinder us.

Mind Chi builds, manages and directs mental energy for increased resilience, performance, motivation and happiness, through practicing control over our thoughts, emotions and actions

Consider what you unconsciously spend 8 minutes a day on – perhaps social media, procrastinating, worrying, listening to bad news, talking about bad news, researching best ‘smart apps’ etc, etc.

What if YOU reinvested one of those 8 minute unhelpful distractions to a Chi Time re-set?

Here is a previous article I wrote on the subject New FREE ‘smart app’ for everyone – The Change Maker Group

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Chi Time with Jill – Sharing all things Chi and resilience!

Chi time with Jill

Hello dear Mind Chi followers!

Thank you Vanda for your fabulous introduction to me Mind Chi Mentor – Jill Whittington – welcome to resilience and welcoming me to the Mind Chi virtual family!

As part of my introduction, I thought I’d start sharing some of my own thoughts on all things Chi and resilience!

As a practicing Mind Chi Mentor for well over a year now, and turning the corner into 2022, I found myself looking back on my Mind Chi journey so far.

Therefore, I thought I’d share my journey, so you can get to know me better. Also to help you get to know YOUR Chi better!  

What is the aim of Mind Chi?

As part of my accreditation, I was asked a fundamental question:

  • What (in your own words) is the main aim of Mind Chi?

My response:

To be the best ‘YOU’ day in day out, through utilising your brain and mind as your inbuilt coach to develop resilience, peak performance and a joy for life.’

I find it warmly reassuring that with the benefit of practical hindsight, having now physically coached people in Mind Chi, that this statement still trips off my tongue.

I profoundly know this is what Mind Chi can enable.

The brain has always fascinated me and so I relished the next question!

Exploring the Brain

  • What is the difference between the brain and the mind?

The brain and mind work together seamlessly. The brain is the physical element of electrical and chemical functioning.

The mind is the cognitive, perceptive and intellectual element in the mix.

Sheer genius, our brains are a source of unlimited potential and power to transform ourselves. Moreover, the fact that it is largely an untapped resource for many people is astonishing!

Did you know our brains generate about 50,000 thoughts per day?

Disturbingly, estimates are that 70% are negative thoughts.

The following facts stand out for me:

  • Attention spans are getting shorter. (In 2000, average attention span was 12 seconds. Now it’s 8 seconds)
  • Stress can change the size of your brain (and make it smaller)
  • Consistent regular exercisers achieve far superior cognitive performance than those who are sedentary. (In terms of long-term memory, reasoning, attention, problem-solving.)

And finally………..the killer question

  • What have you found particularly enlightening about the brain?

And THE killer response:

The fact that one can literally program it by rewiring it through changing our thought patterns which is tangibly reflected in changes of habit.

All of these ‘golly gosh’ facts motivated me to spread the word about a totally inclusive approach to wellbeing across physical, mental, emotional and ‘spiritual’ dimensions utilising the brain as the powerhouse to achieve this.

I’m already witnessing the power of this simple fact not just for myself, but in those whom I coach.

Next time…………………more on the brain, plasticity and what I think Mind Chi is

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