At every turn drug companies continue to bombard us with messages intended to make us believe that we can’t heal ourselves. They want so desperately for every last American to pay up, lie down, and accept that sickness is a way of life and decay is inevitable.
No thank you!
We live in a reality where the power of choice is absolute. The importance (or lack thereof) we choose to place on individual and societal beliefs creates our experience of reality. To put this in a less esoteric way, “Attitude is everything.” Conscious, self-aware adults who believe that vibrant, radiant health is their birth right will create this in their lives. Those who don’t will create conditions like obesity, diabetes, cancer, and/or chronic pain. Am I saying everyone with these or other health conditions has a bad attitude? No! Am I saying they suffer needlessly because they forget (or choose to ignore) their innate ability to heal? Yes!
I found an anti-depressant several years ago that is far more effective than Wellbutrin, Lithium, or Prozac, and a weight-loss aid that’s much better for the body than diet pills or starvation. I’ve been reminded of this miracle while reading the book Living with Joy. It’s called gratitude.
When someone doesn’t appreciate you, how does it feel? Does it lift you up and make you want to give that person more? If you value yourself, the answer is probably “No.” Our physical and emotional bodies are the same way. Every time we berate ourselves for feeling a certain way or look in the mirror and find fault with our bodies, our energy level drops and we begin to project even more of the quality we disdain. Why? Because what we focus on is what we create.
Next time you’re tempted to make yourself wrong, stop and take a breath instead. Then find something (anything!) to be grateful for. Keep finding things to be grateful for – things you have and are and things you want and would like to be – until you feel better (and I promise – if you do this, you will feel better). This exercise is the most effective way I’ve found to short-circuit the downward spiral that would otherwise ruin my day and create even more of what I initially reacted to. It’s hard (sometimes very hard) to remember this in the heat of the moment – but when I do it always helps.