Allison Zopel

Have you ever stopped to think about the importance of your environment and the effect it may have on our conscious and subconscious mind?

    Have you ever considered how you or your loved ones are feeling inside; how their words, actions, or emotions can be directly affected by the information constantly streaming into their conscious and subconscious minds?

    Stop and look around you for a minute … what do you see, hear, and feel? Is the television on? If so, what is on the screen? Is there music on? What are the lyrics being sung? Is there a conversation going on around you? What are the people saying?

    You may think that much of this may be mere entertainment for our satisfaction, that we know in our conscious minds not to be real, or just simple conversations, a part of our daily life. This may be true for the most part, to our conscious mind. But is it also true to our subconscious mind?

    On December 23rd, 1999, I was in a car accident which resulted in severe brain injuries and a coma, which lasted for five years. I learned a lot about life, the human brain, along with the conscious, and mostly, the subconscious mind during this time.

    During my coma recovery, while I was trapped somewhere between unconscious and conscious for many years, I had an experience that helped me to better understand the brain, our subconscious mind, and how the environment around us can directly affect our mind. Allow me to share my experience with you.

    After the injuries had occurred in my brain, I slowly began to realize that I had lost my ability to shift my thoughts. You know, the natural ability we have to shift from one thought to the next? Many people don't even realize this is an ability that we have until it is gone.

    It was, unfortunately, as I was sitting in front of the television one night when I realized that this ability was gone. As I was sitting there, I remember watching the people on the screen moving around, their mouths were moving, and I had no idea what they were saying. I could not process their words or the storyline.

    Then, suddenly, a scene came on where a man was shot—and this was how I learned. My mind, now unable to shift over to the next thought, began to replay the scene of the man getting shot over, and over, and over, all night long. It was out of my control: my brain had literally lost its ability to switch over to the next thought. It was a nightmare, and there was nothing I could do to make it stop.

    I began to realize many things about life that night. We have all been told how important the people and things we surround ourselves with are: Well, now I was actually beginning to experience the truth of this reality. As I lay there, I was beginning to experience the fact that everything we see or hear going on around us all of the time, really does get stored into our subconscious mind.

    Just because we have the ability to switch a thought over to the next one and forget about it, does not mean that information has gone away. It stays in our subconscious mind and does not leave, until or unless we make the conscious choice to clear it out.

    Imagine how this can affect us and our loved ones every day, especially in our children, whose brains are still developing. And while their conscious minds may understand reality; their subconscious minds may not be able to tell the difference.

    Thankfully, there are many beautiful ways that we can provide a healthy, happy, and supportive environment, to help ourselves and our loved ones to have a more positive experience in our hearts, minds, and in our lives.

    We can create a beautiful home environment by surrounding ourselves and our loved ones with plants, animals, peaceful music, and healthy, positive social media, such as inspiring Ted talks, beautiful music or nature videos, as often as possible. We can take part in things like yoga, tai chi, meditation, or a walk in nature to help us calm and clear our heart and mind. And whether written or spoken, we can surround ourselves with loving words, pictures of compassion, and positive affirmations.

    I invite you to become more aware of your daily surroundings, and to be inspired to create the kind of positive environment filled with things that you would love to have fill your own, and your loved ones' conscious and subconscious minds. And I guarantee, you will begin to see how it will directly affect your life, actions, words, feelings, overall health and well-being, and how you and your loved ones will begin to carry yourselves out into the world, in the most beautiful ways.

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Jim, Maureen, I need help with those. LOL.