The most overlooked, underestimated and misunderstood element of health is how your mind, attitude and thoughts impact your health. I purposely saved this for last because it is the MOST important aspect of your health. This does NOT mean that you can think yourself to health and neglect your alignment, diet and exercise without deadly consequences.
For thousands of years enlightened souls have repeated a common theme: your thoughts and attitudes shape your life. Sounds simple doesn’t it? The most critical element of our health is also the one that is the most difficult and requires the most discipline. “The truth is what you believe it to be” – Unknown. What are your beliefs about health and the human body? Do you believe you can and will heal?
The mind is very suggestible and for this reason it is critical to be disciplined with what you are exposed to. Examples are, who you spend time with, what you read, what you watch, what you listen to, what you say and what you think about. Forget about being perfect, just focus on small daily improvements.
Your emotional state is your barometer of your spoken word and thoughts. Are you feeling inspired, enthusiastic, calm, loving, energized and confident? If so, you are on the right track! Or are you feeling wound up, anxious, fearful, angry, doubtful tired and pessimistic?
An attitude adjustment is something you can do yourself! Five days a week is what is recommended for the A, B, C, D’s (see below). Remember retraining your mind is hard work and takes time if you have a lot of negative thoughts. After having a daily routine for 108 days you will notice a huge difference in your life and you will be able to identify negative thoughts quickly.
A. See: Read, watch and surround yourself with what you want (what do you want? Health, love, prosperity, joy). Examples include television, people, books, internet. See with your minds eye as well by visualizing so vividly that you feel it.
B. Speak: Your spoken word programs the infinite part of you, your mind. Do affirmations 5 times a week, 3 times each. Tip: Starting with I am… is one of the most powerful statements you can make. Create your own affirmations or use someone else’s that resonates for you. Example, I am healthy, strong and I feel fantastic.
C. Hear: Listen to music, audio programs and be around people that inspire, support and nourish your soul.
D. Do: Give of yourself and you will receive. How can you give back? Is it volunteering your skills, listening to someone, helping someone with a project or giving financial support?
The essence of spirituality as we are referring to here is: having a faith in an energy/power/God or life giving force that is benevolent and has your best interest at heart. Spirituality does not necessarily mean religion, although it may for some and for others it may be a belief system or a belief in karma or mother nature.
This topic is so crucial to well being because people with a faith tend to experience far more peace and are able to withstand the stresses of life more effectively. Fear and worry can kill you, literally. The effects of stress on our physical bodies have been know for decades, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, decreased immunity and digestion and hormonal changes are just a few of the effects. Much of the mental anguish we experience is based on perceived fear of the future. Having a faith or belief that things will “work out” provides real physical and mental benefits. These two quotes by one of the greatest scientists of all time speak to the term spirit as I use here.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.” – Albert Einstein
It is my belief that spirituality can be practiced many ways. Below are just a few examples. The key is to find what resonates with your heart and begin living that way five days a week, preferably first thing in the morning or before bed.
- Listen to your gut. Trust that inner intuition.
- Pray to whatever resonates with your beliefs.
- Get into nature regularly and allow yourself to be awed.
- Give thanks for all things, to whatever resonates with your beliefs.
- Live with integrity.
- Treat others as you wish to be treated.