Monday, December 8, 2014
Positive Mind Medicine
It is a well-known fact that stress, anxiety, tension, worrying, and fear will hurt your physical, mental, and emotional health. These negative states are shots of poison. "Drink" too many and you jeopardize not only your health, but your relationships, your career, your self-confidence, your self-esteem, and your self-worth.
Such negative states release toxins into the bloodstream, thereby "poisoning" your system. This opens the door to various ailments, disorders, diseases, and terminal illnesses.
Obviously, minimizing the amount of stress in your life will reduce the amount of "poison" you release into your system.
Hippocrates said, "The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well."
In other words, we hold the "cure." We are our own antidote.
If we can think ourselves sick, we can think ourselves whole. We have within us what it takes to change the direction of our health and the course of our lives. We can do this through the practice of positive mind medicine.
According to Universal Law, our thoughts and beliefs, whether positive or negative, manifest into reality. If we continually pump our systems with negativity, we release harmful cortisol and epinephrine (stress hormones) that deactivate our body's natural self-repair mechanisms. The more that is released, the more the body breaks down, adding more stress to an already compromised immune system.
However, if we use the power of positive thoughts and emotions to influence our physical health, we relax our nervous systems and give our bodies the space to heal. Also, choosing to participate in positive activities over destructive ones releases "happy hormones" (seratonin, endorphins, dopamine, phenylethamine, and gherlin) that reduce the effects of stress and make us feel better.
Of course, I am not suggesting that positive thinking is the only factor in the healing process (things do happen that warrant immediate medical attention; if you need it, seek it). But in many cases, a positive shift in one's way of thinking and mental habits can prove more effective than medicating oneself with drugs or other substances.
If negativity is "poisoning" you, here's what you can do:
Take inventory of the stressors in your life. What immediate steps can you take to reduce them? Develop a plan of action to begin removing them.
Be more aware of your thoughts. Practice mind management. Catch yourself whenever you think negative thoughts, and replace them by thinking about things that bring you joy. This may take some practice, but keep at it. Inside the poison is the antidote, so turn negative thoughts around to thoughts that will serve you rather than harm you.
Rest your body and mind often. Do this several times a day, even if only for a few minutes at a time.
Practice some form of meditation. Meditation releases tension and stress from the body and mind. Use creative visualization to produce positive changes in your life. Breathe deeply and slowly.
Read inspiring words. Start and end your day with inspirational quotes, positive affirmations, or sacred literature that uplifts and edifies you.
Think and expect the best. Focus thought energy on everything working out for the best. Remember, Universal Law works with your thought energy, whether the energy you are emitting is positive or negative.
Give gratitude for what you have. Remind yourself of all the positives in your life, no matter how small. Gratitude acts as a magnet, attracting more into your life for which to be thankful.
Positive mind medicine has no ill side effects, requires no prescription, and the benefits are many. I'll drink to that!