Today we welcome back Kelli von Heydekampf, Certified Professional Hypnotherapist and one of Fitlandia’s very own expert practitioners. Kelli is here to teach us how to harness the power of our mind to help with our fitness endeavors.
Many of us have a negative cognition when it comes to thinking or talking about the emotions that are linked to our fitness or health goals. Of course, binge eating from emotional stress or snacking out of boredom is certainly not beneficial, but seeing how these behaviors all tie together helps us mentally and physically.
Stay tuned to the end when Kelli walks us through a mind zoning session.
Examples in Everyday Life
Fostering a new puppy, Kelli has been observing the interactions between her 50-pound puppy and her 8-pound cat. Upon meeting each other for the first time, their physicality didn’t seem to matter but their attitudes and mindset set the tone and it was clear the cat was in charge.
Kelli said she’s also noticed how her foster puppy is learning many “good dog behaviors” from their older dog. The puppy is learning what the rules are and what it takes to be a dog in this new household. By following the older dog, the pup is quickly learning his manners but in return, the older dog is getting reintroduced to the fun of playfulness.
This monitoring and mentoring activity seems to be done naturally by animals and it serves them well. As humans, we can benefit from these similar types of relationships. We might not be familiar with this new fitness lifestyle but with the support of community, we can see what is possible and take joy in it.
Kelli’s Book Recommendations
Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert, PhD.
Candace, who has passed on, was a trained scientist and studied quantum physics. In her work, she discovered just how connected our minds and bodies are. Her book relates to the newly discovered field of epigenetics.
People who study epigenetics know that our DNA and genetics play a large part of who are and how our bodies may react to certain things but do not agree that we are pre-diagnosed to anything specific, simply based on our genetic makeup.
The science of epigenetics agrees that every cell has this DNA and genetic information stored in it but the bigger and more important picture is how the receptors of each cell react. These receptors act as receivers of information – they’re constantly scanning our cells and our environment for information to tell it what to turn on and what to turn off. Your genetics might say you are predisposed for certain diseases but taking control of your emotions, environment, what you put in your body and what you tell your brain changes how those cells react.
Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality and Well-Being by Christiane Northup, M.D.
Kelli says this book encourages:
- Ways of accepting the emotions we have as simply being emotions; that they are our part of our core foundation and our body’s way of keeping us safe
- Appropriate ways of expressing emotions instead of suppressing them
- Movement to a place of joy, pleasure and feeling light
- Discovering joyful ways to move our bodies – If you are stuck in a physical routine and you don’t feel joyful, change it and find something new that you do enjoy!
Kelli says, “Both of these books speak to how important emotions are and how we have complete control over them at any given time.”
Kelli’s Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Tips
- It’s important to be aware of your emotions, but not to follow or to become them. It’s often easy for people to fall into an illusion of thinking they have depression because they’ve simply been diagnosed with it.
Kelli states, “A diagnosis is nothing more than a probability and too often we live in the world of probability instead of possibility.”
- We have the possibility to move forward and to make new choices, despite our emotions; we have control and the power to change them.
- No matter what choices you make you shouldn’t shame yourself.
“At the end of the day, it’s so simple,” Kelli reminds us, “It’s not always easy but just ask yourself, is this allowing me to feel light?” If yes, then find ways to repeat this optimistic mindset and transfer it into other areas of your life but if not, ask yourself what you can do to move yourself in that positive direction.
- Whatever emotion or negative thought you’re feeling, try to catch yourself and turn it around. You can choose to react differently regardless if the feeling of desire is there or not. And by overcoming the negative emotion and behavior, you will achieve success that you can build upon for next time.
Mind Zoning® to Feel Light
Connect to your space within
Maybe a heart space
Your solar plexus
Wherever your space is
Wherever it harbors the space of who you are
Take in fresh relaxing breaths
Let them flow out
Smooth rhythm of your breath
Recognize the rise and fall of your stomach
As your breath moves in and out
Let your awareness expand further than your breath
Feeling of whole breathing
As your entire being were taking that breath in
Every cell collect and inhale
Not confining our breath to our airway system
Expand to the whole body
Allow yourself to be breathed
You’re no longer being the source of that breath
Source coming from a place you might not understand
Source that is unlimited
Unlimited in breath
Unlimited in light
Unlimited in love
Message from that source
That you are meant to enjoy your life
Meant to move beyond struggle
Meant to experience love and laughter
Meant to experience health and success, prosperity and abundance
That’s what we are created for
Doesn’t mean we won’t have challenges
Or negative emotions
There is a truth about us
Truth that we are meant to get out of life as much as we possibly can
Always becoming more expanded than we already are
This thought of getting control of our emotions and being able to create what we want is such a powerful experience
We talked about endorphins
They’re funny looking creatures
These are all over your body
There is a supercenter
At the base of your neck
You have the capacity to create and send out these endorphins
Like super endorphins
Letting you feel really really good
Tap into what it means to you to feel really really good
There is a relationship already built into your mind of what that means
Foundation is the same
As in what feels really good
Acompasses feeling hopeful, joyful, feeling love, feeling competent
Let yourself recreate that experience
As you create
Know your mind doesn’t differentiate between imagine and real
As you create that experience know those beta endorphins are being sent out
When they’re released something amazing happens
Healing is activated
We’re able to have a different outlook on life
Allowing ourselves to move from negative emotions to feeling good
You can move into this state at any time
When you make the choice to do so
Remember the last time you laughed totally inappropriately
You’re tapping into that laugher which originally caught you off guard
So joyfully, so freely you laughed
It resonates through your whole body and sends a vibration
As you remember this time
Access those feelings that you’re recreating
This is an inside – outside practice
This feels good
And when you give yourself permission
Where you simply feel light
And when you feel complete
Open your eyes
And feel wonderful