My passion is to see women become all they are designed to be – personally and professionally. I write, teach, mentor and coach with that passion in mind. As an author and prolific blogger, I reach out to women in all walks of life, especially women of faith to empower and equip them for greatness. [/author_info] [/author] Let me say up front that I am NOT an expert on health and wellness. I know just enough about natural ‘stuff’ to be dangerous. But what I do know is that the ageless adage “Mind over Matter” is true.
Our minds have considerably more powerful influence over our bodies than we realize. During the last century and now into the 21st; we are learning more about the brain – it’s intricacies and importance, than we have ever known. And it is amazing information that can keep us young in heart and spirit as well as body. What we know can help us view life in ways vastly different than the past AND help us overcome bodily ills influenced by how we view what comes our way during a lifetime!
A piece of personal truth! I’m known as a melancholic temperament. As explained to me years ago by our family physician, most of the time, I’m “under mood”. In other words, I am more inclined to subscribe to Murphy’s Law – If anything can go wrong; it will” than “if anything can go right – it will”!
It has been a lifelong battle to turn that temperament around to see life in more positive terms; including circumstances that I might previously have viewed as the Law of Murphy exercising it’s right to my viewpoint.
When my Mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and we were given a dire prognosis after her mastectomy; she was referred to a wonderful Indian oncologist who prescribed the following:
1. No chemo – absolutely none
2. A specific healthy natural diet
3. An anti-depressant because he absolutely forbid her to be depressed – even after only a year from my Father’s death.
She survived a little over 5 years from the bleak report and only succumbed after becoming despondent over the death of two close friends from breast cancer. The nasty stuff returned to occupy her bones! We pleaded with her to not let their deaths impact her life perspective – to no avail!
I share these vignettes from my personal life because they are poignant and powerful testimonies to “mind over matter”. The impact and importance of how we think creating bodily conditions in which we thrive – or we shrivel!
Not everything is governed exclusively by our brains. We inherit certain genes and specific DNA. Previously it was thought that we can’t change such; but new research says we can impact the impact of certain genes and specific DNA by mapping the possible outcomes and changing the direction they will take over our lifetimes. Pretty amazing ‘stuff’!
We can also determine how we will view life events and take control over our responses by viewing them from halfway up the mountain – at the top of the mountain – or from the deep valley below. Such a perspective is entirely up to us!
Well you might be thinking – “that’s fine for you, but what about dire circumstances that naturally send us to the pit”. And you’d be correct in that thinking.
But, and it’s an important but – we don’t have to stay there. We can CHOOSE to change our mental outlook; rise up and take control of how we think, thus minimizing the negative impact on bodily functions! Here’s some things this melancholic has learned over the years that may be helpful to you as well:
1. If you are a woman of faith in living relationship with the Lord; give your mental processes over to Him and the power of the Holy Spirit. In other words, let Him “transform you/your thoughts by renewing your mind”. He’ll erase old tapes with faulty info and replace them with the truth. Of Who He is and who you are!
2. Those old scripts? Use your ‘now voice’ and speak to them. I mean OUT LOUD. They are faulty voices drawn from the past that have no relevance now. However, you can make them your friend by honoring what you have learned from them. AND choosing not to live there anymore!
3. Develop AFFIRMATIONS. I’ve never been a big fan of them; but I did use them successfully as a former professional therapist. Write them down on stick-em notes and paste EVERYWHERE. Mirror in bathroom; on fridge – anywhere you’ll see them on a constant basis. Repeat them over and over as a mantra. Repeat them when negative thoughts arise. Gradually their positive messages will embed in your synapses and find residence in the memory traces. You will literally become who you say you are. . .
4. Don’t accept negatives from others. Last year I was told I had a “mass in my liver”. My response? “I don’t think so!” The reason I could say same? The words didn’t compute in my head or my body. No fear or dread arose – just a confidence that what the nurse said, was simply not true. And it wasn’t.
5. Let go! Leg go of the need to harbor negativity. Let go of the desire to hold onto grudges from wrongs perpetrated long ago. If you need to rid your life of negative folks – do so. I have and I have peace! We are called to forgive the person; we don’t have to forgive their actions. And as we forgive the person; the emotional impact of their actions will no longer dredge up the feelings once associated with them. Been there – done that and have lived to tell!
Hopefully the few ‘tips’ I’ve shared above will help you remove from your minds that which could and would negatively impact your bodies.
One more tip that I deem most important – DON’T turn to untested and untried methods shared with you by others. Shamanism may sound awesome and “out of the world”, but it may also not benefit you positively. And if you choose the natural medicine route – check how the practitioner works and in what he or she advises before taking the leap. Desperation is never a positive route to take. And remember – only you will know what is best for YOU!
Linda S. Fitzgerald, Visionary Partner
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