AquaCure Diary: First Week, Subtle Changes

It was about a week ago that I started my AquaCure experiment, where for one month I plan on drinking water out of a glass that has positive words written on the outside.

I came up with the idea to do this experiment to improve my health, after seeing Masuro Emoto‘s test of rice and photographs of water crystals that form beautiful crystals to harmonious words like “Love,” and “Gratitude,” and ugly shapes to negative words like “Hitler” and “I hate you.”

Below, is a book that Emoto wrote on “The Healing Power of Water.”

This week I was guided to read a self-help book that I mentioned in my post AquaCure Diary – My Healing Experiment, titled “Why Don’t I do the Things I know are Good for Me?”   The book was both refreshing and enlightening as it went to the heart of my issue “self-care.”  Quotes that stood out were:
  • Sometimes we do just the opposite of what we know to be in our own best interests.  We overeat and under exercise; we spend every last nickel; we fall in love with bad boys and marry inappropriate men.  We accumulate too much stuff, procrastinate and fritter away time, neglect our bodies, mismanage our money, and bail out on ourselves in countless ways.
  • Our self-care behavior is often not based on rationality – it’s based on instincts and emotions.  If we feel anxious and fearful, we know that spending time mediating, taking a along walk, or calling a friend would be good self-care, but instead we reach for ice cream or candy bar to soothe ourselves.
  • Our rational thoughts may tell us what would be good for us, but our fatigue and emotions – the need for immediate stress relief or comfort – override our rationality.
  • Allowing short-term or immediate concerns to out-weigh our long-term self-interest is probably the single biggest reason we often don’t do what we know is good for us. You are not alone – millions of us do the same thing.
  • In terms of doing what we know is good for us, using addictive substances or engaging in addictive processes like shopping are the antithesis of good self-care.  The problem is, even when we come out of our denial, we can’t quit even if we desperately want to.  We’re hooked.
  • If you wait until we feel like it[develop self-care], we might never learn new behaviors and habits.  So we must go to the gym, even if we’re tired.  We can choose a salad from the menu, even if we’d rather have a pizza.   Acting in our own best interest often means “faking it until we make it.”

I can’t quantify yet what effects my experiment has had on my life because the changes have been subtle.  I am having less aches and pains in the morning, I have lost a few pounds, a rash on left foot that I’ve had for months has disappeared, and my energy is slowly returning.

I can also say that it’s nice to have a focus like the water glass.  When I fill the glass with water, hold it between my two hands as I utter affirming words, in my mind’s eye I see the molecules changing to heal my body.  Out of this focus comes a peaceful energy that’s almost like meditating.  It may even be what Eckhart Tolle calls being in the NOW.

When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. You do not need it anymore. Presence is the key. Now is the key.

Moving from Zombieland to Presentville

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(Photo credit: Convenience Store Gourmet)

Do you go through life like a zombie — mindlessly going through your daily routine?  I do!

Here’s a little incident that happened to me last week.  Most of the time, I take a commuter train to my job.  But one day, I missed the window of time to catch the train, so I decided to drive.

Later that day, I got off work and stepped out the door only to find a commuter train pulling up, so I hopped on, settled into a comfy seat and pulled out a newspaper.

About 15 minutes later, I was rocked out of my twilight zone when I suddenly realized my car wasn’t waiting for me at the other end of the tracks … it was back downtown in a parking garage.

I pulled myself together, gathered up my belongings and my pride, and I got off the train to catch one heading in the opposite direction.  At the time, I kinda laughed about it and felt stupid at the same time.

Did you ever notice that the most spaced out people tend to work at Fast Food Restaurants?  It must be something about making the same food over-and-over that puts them into trances.

A Hamburger, fries, and a coke from a fast-foo...

A pet peeve of mine is when you go into the drive-thru lane and order a “cheeseburger with fries and a Coke?”  What happens next is a symptom that the person on the other end of the speaker is not all there, when she replies, “Do you want cheese on that burger?  Did you want a drink?”

You sit there in total frustration, having just told her the answers to those questions.  But she spaced you out … she didn’t hear your words … it didn’t register in her brain.  Instead, she went into her automatic speal.

In an article “Spacing Out Half the Day Makes People Unhappy in Harvard Study,” the author says in the journal Science that “people spend half their waking hours thinking about something other than what they are doing” and a Harvard study showed that “wandering minds tend to lead to unhappiness.”

What’s this all mean?  If we spend half our time residing in negative Lalaland it’s difficult to manifest your heart’s desires, so it’s best to move from Zombieland to Presentville.

To start you on that trip, below are a few quotes as shown on goodread.com from Eckhart Tolle, a Law of Attraction spiritual leader who is one of the biggest proponents of living in the present moment:

Head-shot of Eckhart Tolle from directly in fr...

Eckhart Tolle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The past has no power over the present moment.” ― Eckhart Tolle

“Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” ― Eckhart TolleThe Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”― Eckhart Tolle

“Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” ― Eckhart Tolle

“Don’t let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment.” ― Eckhart TolleA New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have.” ― Eckhart Tolle

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