For some we may first have to explain what it is. However there are many benefits to come from recalibrating your barometer and recognizing your atmospheric conditions.
I’ll explain next, on this edition of “Becoming Today”.
Plainly put, a barometer is an instrument that measures atmospheric pressure.
It’s used widely in forecasting the weather and determining altitude.
So what’s that got to do with you?
I’m getting to that.
A barometer is used as a device to reveal something which reflects changes. Like storm fronts or the effect of air on the human body.
An alternate definition of barometer also includes, “something which reflects changes in circumstances or opinions”.
Now we’re getting closer to our message today.
However getting back to the science, according to Neil deGrasse Tyson, barometers are beneficial in four areas:
- It helps us to understand the weather
- It measures impacts in oxygen levels that vary by elevations.
- It sets consistent standards for conditions in scientific experiments.
- It can impact your baking.
Knowing the barometric pressure can actually influence how long you should bake something in different areas of the country. It’s what forms those suggested times and the “high altitude” instructions on the back of the box.
Anyway our conversation is not about trying to out guess the TV weatherman nor making the perfect pineapple upside cake. The barometers we are concerned with recalibrating are our internal ones.
Just like when forecasting the weather or determining how to prepare for an impending storm the barometric pressures have a distinct impact on our bodies and our minds.
Barometric pressure, also referred to as atmospheric pressure, has some very distinct effects on us.
When “high” it pushes against our bodies affecting how our tissue, the very fiber of our physical body can expand or not.
When falling, or lowering on the spectrum it puts more pressure on our nerves and joints and has also been connected with the onset of migraines. Your Great Aunt was not off balance. She could tell rain was coming by her left hip and I can first hand testify to quick drops in the pressure triggering disabling migraines.
So considering these facts, we can start to see how “atmospheric pressures” can affect us all.
While the barometer on my wall, or noted in the ten-day forecast does not directly connect with our discussion today, it does allow us to draw some parallels.
Remember in the alternate definition of barometer it read, “something which reflects changes in circumstances or opinions.”
If our atmospheric pressure is rising quickly or suddenly falling we definitely are going to notice a change not only physically, but more probably first in our emotions, then impacting our spirit.
The good news is these atmospheric conditions are something we can individually address and take action to optimize. For dealing with this kind of climate change we do have the tools readily available and our ability to successfully make use of them is in our favor.
These conditions can be weathered by controlling our mind.
I’m not talking about hypnosis or some kind of goofy goggles that influence where you believe you are in time and space.
We can control our mind, by taking the responsibility to choose to do so.
Your thoughts do not need to control you. You need to assert your dominion over them and reclaim what Joyce Meyer has long referred to as “The Battlefield of the Mind”.
She, or perhaps someone on her staff summarizes her best selling book in part by sharing:
“A war is raging and your mind is the battlefield. Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger and feelings of condemnation … all of these are attacks on the mind. If you suffer from negative thoughts, take heart!
…learn to choose your own thoughts rather than letting the enemy fill your mind full of things that will destroy you. We must be responsible for our own thoughts and words because they produce our actions.”
Thoughts color our feelings, so the quickest way to make experience and life with better, more positive healthier emotions is to quit focusing on the bad ones. Don’t want to feel anger. Decide to think about something happy instead.
To reset your barometer, you need to readjust your attitudes and refresh your atmosphere in the process.
“For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of”. That thought shared in the Gospel of Matthew 12:34, is also discussed in the Book of Luke:
Choosing your words wisely is especially important when you are speaking about yourself, your circumstances or what you are trying to be “Becoming”.
If you complain, grumble and murmur, then that’s what you’ll get.
If you declare victory and actively accentuate the positive, that’s what you’ll get.
This is because the thoughts that you allow to dwell in your head then take up residence in your heart. If you linger in the negative, there goes your value spiraling downward and your infrastructure (health) declines as well.
When you actively and consciously decide to take control of thoughts and only allow thoughts of becoming more prosperous, then your investment sees a return in prosperity and wellness.
Commit to your own ”Becoming Today”. Choose to push yourself toward victory, always. Decide to think thoughts of overcoming not merely surviving.
I’ve shared before I have chosen to move past working to succeed and “I am thriving to excel.”.
Take responsibility for your thought life. Release doubt, fear and worry. Opt to defeat anxiety, pain and suffering. Sure there are moments you’ll still need to endure, however they are just that- mere moments.
This too shall pass, if you allow it to. If you choose to remain focused on the circumstance, issue or problem, well then it’ll just take that much longer for you to find resolution.
Why allow your joy to fade away or your hope be questioned ?
Begin by thinking about what you think about. If it’s not good. Stop it!
It’s like the old joke about the man who goes to see a doctor and says, “Doc, my arm hurts when I do this”. The doctor replies, “well then don’t do that”.
It really is that simple. I know it sounds like one of those things that seem to be too easy. There has to be a catch. I must go through three-thousand six hundred eighty eight steps while hula hooping on one leg -NO!
You don’t. It takes just one action. Resetting Your Barometer.
Recalibrate your internal settings to guard your heart. When you think about what you are thinking about, making a consistent, dedicated effort to elevate your thoughts and seeking improved results, then all you do will flow through from your heart.
This is a lot like a conversation we shared in the very first week of this project…
As one of our foundational offerings more than a year and a half ago, I offered an analogy based on a now “old” computer term.
It involved using the correct language, choosing the right sequences and remembering that your end result would be representative of your efforts.
G. I. G. O. stood for “ Garbage In. Garbage Out”.
At the time I shared:
“If you programmed garbage, that’s exactly what would be produced by the machine for you. It wasn’t the computer’s fault, it was the operator’s error. Conversely if you programmed with the right sequence, proper language and a formatted design, then you could achieve a desired result.
Flashback forward to the present, and all these decades later, I was putting garbage in my mind, my heart and my soul. So what else could I be able to receive but pure rubbish?
Then it hit me, (finally) that if I wanted to become, I had to make changes. I had to make new commitments. I had to accept new obligations. If I wanted to become something, I had to start, in a very active way. This is where “Becoming” becomes my new way.
And a new way deserves a new acronym, right?
So I’m turning “G.I.G.O.” around and now talking “G.O.G.I.”:
It’s time to take out the trash, put all the rubbish to the curb and get on with “Becoming”.”
You see it is that easy. Reprogram your approach and watch how the recalibration results in revitalizing your life.
Make the adjustments. Reset your internal barometer.
There is no free online owner’s manual that I can find to download to tell you how to do this.
We are all unique models. Features vary. We are all at different levels of elevation, all experiencing rapidly changing weather patterns, so here’s what I can suggest.
Begin by finding your center. Ensure you’re in a balanced state. Free from distractions, influences or opponents. When you arrive there, then readjust the conditions in your mind.
Recreate the atmosphere to reflect the altitude and attitude you desire.
Then when your barometric pressure is steady, you’ll be that much more ready for the next step, which we’ll explore together here on the next edition of “Becoming Today”.