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Perspective Fibonacci

 

Life

Game On!

Inner moves,

personality,

colors our inner perspective.

Positive or negative thought patterns create moods.

Black pessimism or white optimism? Wise choices change the outcome of your game.

For Kira’s “Checkmate” Photo Prompt Mondays on Voices of Poetry and Prose

purchased image from bigstock.com

Odd poem you say?  Let me reframe it a bit.  I recently watched a thought-provoking documentary by BBC personality and journalist Michael Mosley called “Don’t Worry Be Happy”.  In it Michael explores the basic makeup of his personality and learns how to modify his naturally negative perspective.  Research into personalities has shown that persons with a natural bent toward optimism life on average 7 1/2 years longer than people who see ‘the glass half empty’.  Michael has chronic insomnia and anxiety and his personality testing showed that his right frontal cortex, where negative emotions are generated, was three times more active than his left.

Michael started a program to modify his negative thinking using two proven therapies.  Cognitive Bias Modification is a simple process where one looks at mixed facial images and picks out the pleasant and happy faces for 10-15 minutes a day.  Mindfulness meditation is a process where one clears the mind and focus’ on deep abdominal breathing starting with a few minutes a day and working up to 20 minutes a day.

At the end of 8 weeks Michael  was sleeping better than he had in years and felt much more relaxed.  His re-testing showed that his right frontal cortex was only slightly more active than his left, a remarkable improvement.

Can depression and dark thinking lead to illness? It is known that persons with Bipolar II disorder live much shorter lives than the general population.  I believe in the mind-body connection, and I wonder whether some of my medical illnesses will some day be traced to my negative perspective.   I am the girl who, at age three, had two very interesting sentences to everything:  “I can’t like it” and “I can’t want to.”  While my family has laughed over that over the years, I wonder if I would have been healthier had I been given the skills to change my inner thinking.  To change what is so ingrained is a daunting task indeed.

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4 comments on “Perspective Fibonacci

  1. Fantastic poem Lori!! And I found the second half of your post fascinating. Joyce Meyer says the “mind is the battlefield.” I think she’s got it right. If we can re-train our minds and remember we have the mind of Christ we have ammunition for the battle!. I always like to say “the glass is never empty because when there is no liquid filling it up….the air is filling it up.” I still have negative thoughts at times, but I really try to turn them over to The Lord quickly!!! Loved this post!!

    • Thanks for the picture which so perfectly fit what I have been thinking about! I fail at turning my thoughts over, so I think I need some training at it. I am going to combine the breathing with joyful images and verses which are comforting. The Bible commands us to meditate on the word, and I think God recognizes the need for a mental break throughout the day, thus providing us some down time! While the post was mainly written from a secular viewpoint, Michael is really on to something needed by so many. I think it is a shame that Christians don’t emphasize the need to balance the craziness of life with ways to decompress.
      Hey, I sent an email to your old account, but realized it yesterday and resent to your new one! I am….SCATTERED!

  2. Wonderful poem! Nice contrast of the board and the black and white outcomes, although sometimes …. greyscale works too! Letting go … is a 100% POSITIVE action. And Mindful Meditation is EXACTLY what I do…and it has helped me tremendously! I was at the dentist the other day, waiting, meditating, and even though it was just a cleaning … dragons, at least THIS dragon, needs to meditate while at the dentist! 🙂

    • Thankee! I haven’t produced much lately, but had some time on vacation to think a bit. Did Greyscale already, so had to come up with something else.
      I used to think letting go is giving up. But now I try and see it more as a release from prison.
      What? No valium martini before the dental visit? 🙂
      I did think of you when I watched the show. I don’t know if I can change the core of my personality, but I do know it is possible if I am committed. Its the motivation and commitment that are the hurdles.

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