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Time For Your “Mind Gym” – How Do You Use Your Shell?


No, I am not basing the above question on the mere assumption that you have a shell to start with. You do have a shell you often hide in on your own, retreat to in tough times, or coil up in and prepare to reboot your system.

It is that private space that you seek; the personal bubble you protect. It is transparent to the ordinary eye, but becomes quite obvious with excessive use.

Your shell can be as hard and impermeable as that of a turtle. When threatened, the turtle totally withdraws inside. It is a natural defense mechanism to be safe rendering it, indeed, much protected.

You can create your shell in your mind’s eye and become more aware of it. Observe the patterns… When do you go in there most?

Do you notice that you’re in “hiding” most of the time? ALERT!! No movement; no progress. No progress; no life fulfillment.

Do you notice retreating occasionally to take a break? GOOD!! That’s normal. Careful the kind of thoughts you bring inside that shell with the rest of you though. Consider it solitude time in there (& that is quite different from hosting your worst demons every time). In there, you have no other company, so be a good one.

And “the reason why some people enjoy spending some time alone is because they’re never really lonely. They have their own most interesting company”. ~3Ds

After that time-out, you’ll go: “Phew, inspiring talk… Can we meet more often? I love you” 🙂

Your Personal Coach


  1. August 31, 2014 at 7:31 am
  2. August 31, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Dania, I always enjoy your perspective and your questions. You present them in an entertaining and inspiring way that adds to the learning for the readers, without making the information heavy-handed. I have never thought about my shell in these different ways. Yes, I do have a shell that has gotten me through life, has protected me, has been a refuge for me to climb into when needed, but has at times, kept me back. So when we find ourselves wanting to climb into our shells, having the awareness to ask ourselves some good questions about our motives for escaping, or about our needs, without blaming ourselves, but paying attention, is a really good thing.


    • August 31, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks for commenting Iris 🙂 This is actually an old post that I re-blogged today (I didn’t have the chance to prepare a new one lately), but I like it & maybe I need to resort to my own shell to assess thing & be clear about how I will move forward 🙂 i love my shell 🙂 my main discoveries take place there 🙂 🙂

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  3. August 31, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    It is fine (and even good) to re-blog sometimes, especially when you put a lot of time into posts and they don’t get the exposure they could or should. Re-blogging gives more people the opportunity to see them, and to benefit.


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