What You Think, Creates How You Feel
As you may know, our own thought patterns affect the health of our body and mind. Each emotional thought pattern is really an underlying “cause” of a physical illness or characteristic about yourself that you don’t like. From migraines to low self esteem we create thought patterns in our conscious and subconscious minds that affect how we act and react to situations in our lives.
Over time, those negative thoughts can affect our physical medical conditions if left unattended. In other words, our psychological thought patterns often progress into physical illness or ailments. The longer we ignore the thought pattern, the more severe the ailment can become.
For instance, if you have a recurring issue with your right wrist, you can look at the ailment and decipher the underlying mental issue. Ask yourself what does this area of my body do for me physically? The wrist allows you to be flexible with holding or handling things. So the general underlying message for this ailment is that you’re not being flexible in the way you’re handling a situation in your life.
This is not a new concept. In fact it’s an approach that has existed in Eastern medicine for centuries. Many Indo-European and American Shamanistic cultures also taught this approach and continue to do so. But the concept is finding its way into Western perspectives through the lessons of being Mindful, addressing the entire patient (Mind, body and spirit) and holistic or alternative medicines such as Reiki hands on healing and others.
The basic idea is that we can choose to live at ease with ourselves and our life, or we can hold feelings of uneasiness. In doing so we create a “dis-ease” in our physical body. If we continue to ignore the dis-ease, an ailment will develop over time and get worse. The longer we ignore it, the worse it can get until it reaches a point where it could be too late to do anything about reversing it. But changing our thought pattern even in the most severe conditions can alter the course of a problem and help in the healing process to maintain or lesson its impacts on our physical health. I believe in miracles! They do happen if we make room for them to work in our lives.
Most alternative medicine modalities have some form of changing ones thinking to improve a persons health. One way to bring about that Mindful change in your life is to replace the negative thought pattern with a positive one. That’s where affirmations come in to help. By themselves they are ineffective. But by reciting the affirmation and bringing its energy into your life on a daily basis; you can bring about a change in the way you think, act and react to situations. You re-program your subconscious and live the affirmation in your daily life and before you know it, you’ve changed the negative pattern.
Don’t let the idea of putting this into practice daily seem daunting or overwhelming. In our modern age there are many ways to help you remember to be Mindful of your thoughts, or to recite an affirmation to help you change your thought patterns. There are several apps for Remembering To Be Mindful. The Mindfulness Bell is my favorite. There’s always an app for that, so look for something to help you do what you want to do, before you give up!
One of the best resources I’ve found on this subject is “Heal Your Body” by Louise Hay and it’s her affirmations I use or that have inspired my self-created/personal affirmations I use in my practice for myself and my clients.
Take some quiet time to sit down and really think about how you feel and what it is you want to address and change. You don’t have to tackle everything all at once if you feel you have a multitude of issues. Start with a small one and spend a month addressing that issue. Then move on to another issue and so on.
You must be honest with yourself, accept the accountability of your own thoughts and take the responsibility to change them. You can’t say “I’m angry because she lied to me”, this is placing accountability of your emotions on someone else. No one caused you to be angry, you made the choice to be angry over a particular situation. So you must be honest and decipher why you’re angry, what is the real underlying cause. Is it a sense of insecurity or a failure to trust? You’re the only one who truly knows where the psychological emotion is coming from. But you can’t change those thoughts, until you’re willing to accept responsibility for them.
All you need to make a change in your life is the desire. No one can make you change, no one can change for you. But if you want to change your life, you can do it. It just takes a desire to get started and an effort to work at making the change on daily basis. It’s not overwhelming if you take on one thing at a time and stick to it. Turn one little thing around and you’ll generate energy that inspires you to work on the next thing. Before you know it, you’ve altered your day, then two days and your entire life for the betterment of your own health. You can do this, if you just get started today.