M is for Mind (and Madness. I’m hoping I don’t end up in that state of mind after doing this A to Z Challenge).
Mind over Matter is useful in a lot of situations. Here is my short list of things I use Mind over Matter in during my life.
Exercise in any form takes a whole lot of Mind over Matter. My Matter likes to stay at my computer or stretch out on the couch with my Kindle or eat a Muffin (another great M word)…just about anything else besides exercise. The problem with letting my Matter win over my Mind is that soon my Matter can’t get off the couch.
To keep from becoming large Matter, I’ve had to lure my Mind with tricks to help it become stronger than Matter. That trick, for me, was reading. I love to read, so instead of watching TV on the stationary bike, I started reading my Kindle instead. Mind finally made Matter lose a few pounds this way. Yea!
I found it hard to endure 30 min. of TV on the bike (because I really can’t stand much on TV), but can go an hour or more with a good book, especially when I get to a suspenseful part. Then I can’t stop until I get to a stopping point. Sometimes that is 15 minutes later. Bonus! My Matter works harder because Mind wants some resolution (Don’t read Dan Brown books on your bike–each chapter ends with a cliffhanger and you’ll have to read the whole book before you can stop. Your legs will be sore!).
If you hate exercise, like me, then find a way to trick yourself into liking it. I’ve been enjoying biking for several weeks now because I get to do something I like while I sweat.
And the best reason for using Mind over Matter is so that you can eat More Macaroons, especially if you make this recipe (which is super easy and completely to die for–literally if you’re allergic to coconut). That is the reason I exercise…so I can eat good food later. But do use Mind over Matter to keep from eating the whole batch yourself. Then you will have sweat for no good reason.
There are lots of other things that require Mind over Matter, but I promised you shorter posts this Month…so tell me in the comments all the ones I didn’t think of. Thanks for your help.