LoveYourBrain Tip: Set An Intention For 2016!

SET AN INTENTION FOR 2016!

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BRAIN HEALTH | 1.4.2016 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, PH.D., M.S.

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As we begin this year with hope and ambition, we invite each of you to set an intention for 2016.  Don’t think of this as a New Year’s resolution that will fade away.  Think of this as a simple mantra, or theme, that you will refer to throughout the year.

Why is it important to set an intention?  As Buddha said,

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.  The mind is everything.  What we think we become.”

The mind is powerful and we are just scratching the surface of our scientific understanding.  We do know that thoughts can affect physiological outcomes, as is demonstrated with the placebo effect and the relationship between stress and illness.  Physicists are also exploring how thoughts affect reality at the subatomic level.

So, choose a thought for your year – it may be something like,

One day at a time.

or

Inhale.  Exhale.

or

I choose to be happy.

This is your theme for 2016.  This is the thought that will permeate your mind – and ultimately affect your behavior.  Make this affirmation part of your daily life.  Meditate on it each morning.  Write it down and post it on your bathroom mirror.  Find ways to redirect your focus to it often.

As the year gains momentum and you become consumed by work and activities, your intention will serve as an anchor, rooting you in positivity, even during those difficult moments.