The Positive Thinking Challenge
After twenty-five years of homeschooling, I’m coming back to one of my first loves—health and wellness. I can’t actually say “coming back”, because I never really left it. All throughout our homeschooling years, I taught our children the ‘hows and whys’ of being healthy and striving for wellness. Of all the many facets of health though, a recent and newfound love of mine is the heart/mind/body connection—how and why our emotions and thinking affect our physical health.
The more I started learning, the more fascinated I became with things like EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or Tapping, Neuroscience and neuroplasticity, heart/brain coherence, forgiveness, and other facets of this branch of healing. All other things being equal (great diet, good exercise, lots of sunshine, healthy supplements), it is our thinking that can make or break us. We will either sink or swim by how we think about and perceive our world.
As Dr. Caroline Leaf, a cognitive neuroscientist, says, “Our thoughts take up mental real estate. We can and do actually change our brain and body by how we think.” When our thinking is healthy and good, our body is healthy. When our thinking becomes distorted and toxic, our body becomes sick and diseased.
While listening to a recent ‘Chris Beat Cancer’ video teaching, Chris told of a few patients who were doing everything right: organic raw diet, juicing, supplementing, exercising, etc., but still weren’t overcoming the cancer that was causing havoc in their bodies. What was it that was preventing them from becoming healthy and beating their cancer? It was their thinking!
As proverbs says, ‘As a man thinks in his heart, so is he’. What an absolutely amazing statement! Our Creator gave us the ability to choose our life outcomes by our thinking. We have the God-given ability to create the life that we want, the health that we want, the dreams that we want, all by choosing our thoughts. We are even told to focus on things that are lovely, good, pure, right, and excellent, because that is what we will become.
Whatever we think about the most grows in us. If we think about good things that is what will grow in our lives, but if we dwell on problems, negativity, fear and stress, our lives, and yes, our bodies, will become toxic and unhealthy.
The general consensus among certain neuroscientists is that between 75-95% of all physical symptoms are caused by toxic thinking. Feelings of anger, jealousy, shame and un-forgiveness, can cause a wide range of disease symptoms, from autoimmune disorders to heart attacks, and yes, even cancer.
My goal in this blog is to share the many ways in which we can improve our physical/mental health by changing our thinking and learning various techniques to help us achieve that goal.
Do a little experiment this week. When you get up in the morning, determine to think only beautiful, happy, positive thoughts. Express gratitude to your Creator and those around you. Really try to stay in a positive frame of mind all day long, and notice at the end of the day, just how you feel physically. Try this way of thinking all week long, and become aware of any physical symptoms or ailments that might be lessening, or even are gone. This might seem difficult at first, but like anything, the more you do it the easier it becomes. Take my ‘Positive Thinking Challenge’ and write down your results. I think you might just be amazed.
Until next time, stay positive and be of good cheer.