Reminiscing About Your Past

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Massaged By Good Memories

If it weren’t for the brain’s ability to integrate and retrieve memories, our pasts would be nothing but a big mystery. Can you imagine going through life not remembering what experiences you had during your childhood and adolescence? Reminiscing about your past can put you in a mental state of relaxation, as if you’re being massaged by good memories.

Reminiscing is a form of living in the past, but not the pathological kind. Most people who reminisce do so because they have wonderful memories which they can revisit. Good memories can help alleviate stress, anxiety and even depressive symptoms. Utilize your bank of good memories to help you with your mental health; it’s a tool that is often underutilized by many people.

It’s mentally and emotionally healthy to revisit good memories about your childhood and adolescence, because it makes you appreciative of your life in the past. By looking back in time, you can analyze what you did right and how you can potentially repeat it again in the present. There is so much to learn from the past, but make sure to revisit it in moderation; too much time spent in the past can distract you from the present.

One effective way of reminiscing about your past is by playing music that you enjoyed listening to when you were younger. Whether that’s Billy Joel, Tiesto or Jedi Mind Tricks, it doesn’t matter. Find an artist who you really liked growing up and listen to them again. You will notice an instant transformation in your mind: your attention in the present moment will suddenly shift into the memories associated with that artist.

It truly is an amazing experience to allow certain melodies from the past to help you reminisce; music is sometimes like a vehicle, helping transport you back into time. Another tool for reminiscing about your past is meditation. By practicing mindfulness, your mind will be hit by a ton of thoughts from your childhood, adolescence and the present moment.

By experiencing thoughts from the past during your mindfulness sessions, you will be able to recall events which were previously buried in the depths of your mind; some good and some bad. But it doesn’t matter. Mindfulness is about being nonjudgmental and fully present in the moment. But when that moment incorporates reminiscing about good events and scenarios from the past, it feels like your mind is being massaged by invisible hands.

Here is your new formula for revisiting the past: mindfulness + reminiscing + music, or “mindfully reminiscing over good music.”

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Be A Good Memory For Somebody

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You Can Make A Difference

You can make a difference. You can be that person who somebody looks up to. You can be their shining star! Find it in your heart to step up to the plate and deliver hope and inspiration for someone; it doesn’t even have to be someone in need. It can be anyone! And today, you can make that difference that will propel someone’s life forward!

But you first have to be willing to help yourself. You have to adopt a winning but humble attitude; the stance of a true champion! People desire a champion in their lives and you can be that one starting today. Not tomorrow but today! Do you have what it requires to take the lead?

By demonstrating impressive and professional behavior, others will look up to you for guidance and motivation. Do not give them false information or hope; you’re much better than that. And do not be selfish and do this just for your ego; let your heart shine onto others.

No one has time for a selfish person who just seeks attention. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Lend a helping hand to those in need; give them a dollar! Stand proud but humble, and help others stand a little straighter when they have no shoulder to cry on.

Help your neighbor improve by sharing with them some helpful knowledge and resources; don’t keep all the goods to yourself. Share your heart with others; this is the only way our world will improve. Don’t be cocky and arrogant; this only promotes hatred and jealousy.

Competition is important in life but be gentle at it! There is no correlation between being more competitive and achieving more success; it’s about being smart, humble and blessed! So spread your blessings onto others; don’t be greedy for greed only stalls your progress.

Together, we can achieve great things moving forward! Let’s make memories! Join The DSM Ready Movement today.

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