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Helena Collins Helena Collins autopilot resister. word worker. possibility exerciser.

Helena Collins is a multi-award-winning authority on conscious exercise instruction. She's a tireless advocate for those who seek the truth about fitness and want to unlock their hidden human potential. [www.lifeinsynergy.com]

As women, we spend so much time agonizing over our bodies and thinking about them and worrying about them. How can we get our brains and our bodies to work together to become more efficient at finding solutions? That question led me on a journey of a life in synergy, not just between my mind and my body, but also between my mind and my thoughts, my mind and the world, and my mind and other people.

In our minds, we deal with a duality between the conscious mind and the subconscious brain. The conscious mind looks at things and makes a choice. The subconscious brain runs our lives when we get stuck in our patterns or in our beliefs about ourselves or other people or the world at large. We need to understand that duality so we can say, Wait, I just drove to the store and I didn’t even think about it. Something else took over. When we see that, we can say instead, I am in control, and I get to make a different choice.

I encourage women to look beyond being stuck in the emotion and the problem. The brain is capable of coming up with solutions that aren’t compromises. Sometimes people say, “It’s just your genetics” or “It’s just your situation in life,” but we have the most amazing super-computers in the world living in our heads right now. Our brains can create any changes in our bodies and our lives.

Each day, I choose a positive word or phrase. Using the power of that word or phrase, I create a mind and synergy program for the day. If I’m feeling crappy, my word of the day might be simplistic. For that day, the words I choose are: a life in synergy is a life of simplicity.

If there’s a day when I have a problem with my employees, that problem is the first thing that pops into my head when I wake up. We tend to live in fight-or-flight mode, but I can choose not to live in that survival-of-the-fittest mode. I want to live at a higher consciousness, where everyone can achieve. On that day, the words I choose are: change my mind.

When you change your life, people notice. Your joy creates in synergy with the rest of the world. It branches out to everyone around you and creates a universal sense of possibility. The only place you find that possibility is within.

Helena Collins

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