Category “Mind-Body Training”

Getting Past Intrusive Thoughts

One of the most frequent questions I receive here at The Mind-Body Training Company is “How do I overcome negative thoughts that come up when I try to improve my life?” You know those phrases like “I can’t do this,” “This is just too hard,” “Who do I think I am?” and “What’s the use?”

These phrases can be quite distracting, lead you to feel bad, and intrude on your best intentions. In this post, we’ll explore some insights from Dr. Otto Scharmer’s research at M.I.T. on how the top leaders and innovators handle that and move to powerful solutions.

So, what did Scharmer’s research reveal?

First of all, Scharmer found that successful leaders and innovators share certain attitudes and strategies to create a positive mental environment for success. He synthesized his findings into what he calls Theory U. Theory U takes participants through seven stages to develop what he calls “presencing,” a state of inner stillness in which inner knowing comes to the surface.

Sounds a lot like what we do in meditation.

The first stage of this process is to “observe, observe, observe.” You learn to recognize the voice of judgment which reflects a lack of acceptance of what is really happening. You notice habits of being self-critical or blaming others, so you can consciously set them aside, and move deeper into a state of “full immersion” that reveals the best solutions to what is actually going on.

As you accept the chaos of the ever-busy critical mind, challenge its assumptions, and consciously let them go, you begin to access a quieter mental space in which you can ask substantial questions like “Who am I?” “What is my work?” and “What is the highest future possibility in this situation?”

Now, this process happens in stages. The first stage is perhaps the most essential, as it sets up the rest. In the first stage, you learn to recognize where your mind is coming from at the moment. In other words, you observe the different thoughts you have. You recognize the memories, inner critical voices, cynicism, and fear that intrude on your consciousness and color how you are looking at things.

You accept all of this, so you can see it more clearly and realize the results of your thinking. This alone is a powerful step. The ability to “observe, observe, observe,” sets the stage for diving deeper to access authentic, effective, creative solutions.

You can apply this idea whenever you run into a challenge or a stumbling block, whenever you feel stuck on “where to go” or “what to do.” You simply start from where you are now. And a big part of that is becoming more aware of what you are thinking. That doesn’t mean that you have to know 100% of what is going on in your mind. That could be an endless task. It just means that you begin to be aware of thoughts that stand out.

This can be as simple as turning inward and noticing the words that are streaming through your brain. See if you can witness what your mind is saying, without getting caught up in it or reacting to it. Is it possible to just watch your thoughts?

In that process, you start to grow a little mental “wiggle room.” You start to separate “who you are,” from all the various things that are going on in your head. As you watch and observe, you may start to experience a little quietness, a little more clarity, a little deeper connection to “what you are here to do,” and the best steps to get there. When you practice this consistently, that bit of awareness can grow into a quiet inner presence that senses your best solutions.

Enjoy your practice!


Kevin Schoeninger

P.S. Meditation is one of the best ways I know to learn to observe your thoughts, grow that quiet inner presence, and discover deeper knowing. Click here to discover The Secrets of Meditation.

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Energy Booster #8: How To Tap Into Those Good Vibrations

You’ve probably noticed how being around certain people or at certain social events energizes you, while being around other people or events drains your energy? What’s behind the social energy effect?

Neuroscience has discovered that we have neural structures called “mirror neurons” that enable us to pick up on and model the behavior of those around us. This is one of the things that gives us a capacity for empathy with what someone else is going through. It is supports our ability to learn by watching what someone else is doing.

On an energetic level, think of yourself as a subtle energy system within a larger Field of energy that surrounds you. Your subtle energy system is in constant communication with this Field, though you may not be consciously aware of it. Your personal energy field picks up and processes an infinite amount of energetic information from the larger Field. As a result you begin to resonate with strong energies that are in your vicinity and even those that are far away if you have a strong connection to them.

On the flip side, your own intentions, thoughts, feelings, actions, and attitude have an effect on what happens in the surrounding Field. Have you noticed that when you are more relaxed, happy, positive, and energized those around you interact with you easier, in a more relaxed and positive way?

So what is the energy boosting tip in all of this? On the one hand, make it a habit to choose to associate with positive people and events. On the other hand, bring your positive intentions, thoughts, feelings, actions, and attitude wherever you go to uplift those around you.

We can all use more of those good vibrations.

Kevin Schoeninger

P.S. For a powerful way to shift into a strong, positive, clear and coherent energetic vibration, check out “Raise Your Vibration”

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How to Make Positive Thinking Second Nature

The power of positive thinking is old news. We’ve become well familiarized with the idea that what we think about, feel, and believe makes a huge difference in our lives. Not only does positive thinking make you feel better, it also creates better results in your life—and the lives of those around you.

How do you get to the point of naturally thinking and feeling positively when there is so much around us that seems to invite pessimism?

Here are three things you can do right now to program yourself with a positive outlook and a happier inner vibration (For more details check out the book “Buddha’s Brain” by Rick Hanson, Ph.D. and Richard Mendius, M.D.):

1. Actively look for the positive: You may be subconsciously conditioned to see the world pessimistically, so it may take some effort to look for the positive. But, really, it’s just a good habit that you can develop. Seek out good news, positive people, and the best possibilities in whatever happens.

2. Once you find something positive focus on it for an extended period of time: Go into it in greater depth, so you begin to see even more positive elements under the surface. Imagine how that one little positive element could grow into something even better with a little attention.

3. Feel that positive experience deeply: Take in the positive with all your senses. Allow the positive element to brighten and stand out in the foreground of your awareness. Accentuate it. Tune in to how that positive element makes your body feel. Let it warm your heart. Feel your body tingle with anticipation of what good things could come if there were more positive events and actions like this.

The more you focus on the positive, keep it in your attention, and enhance the felt experience of it, the more you build the neural networks that enable you to perceive the positive in any situation. This is not some kind of wishy-washy thinking. It is training your mind and body for success and happiness.

Enjoy your practice,


Kevin Schoeninger

P.S. Click here to learn how to “Raise Your Vibration” and live from a positive state of being

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