Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
Affirmation: I invite God’s divine healing light into my mind, body and spirit creating a state of total well-being.
One day someone asked me if I liked my body. I said “no.” Afterwards, I was so disappointed. I’ve been affirming for years how much I value my body but my gut reaction to the question in no way reflected my intention. Not only am I an integral part of American society with all the hang-ups presented to us through the media about the female image, I have also had quite a bit of pain, not to mention, cancer. I haven’t always felt safe in my body, especially after breast cancer. I mean I was feeling great. I wasn’t sick and then “boom” and I was now being operated on, chemoed and radiated!
During one of my visits to my Chiropractor our discussion turned to healing one’s self. She spoke to me about how the beliefs we have concerning our health have a direct impact on our state of well being, or ill being. She and her assistant have a practice they use to make life changes. She explained that not only did she find a phrase or sentence to affirm the desired change, but they also took time to visualize it. I left with a new found sense of power. I had been struggling for years with this sense of anxiety about my health and especially with a sore hip and here I was being told, I could change that by thinking differently about it. I’ve been practicing affirmations for years but truth to tell, I never thought about re-framing the ache in my hip.
Then, I was led to re-read John Sarno’s book: Healing Back Pain. There it was again, the same message. How you think about your body, your health, has a direct effect on its state. At one point in the book, Dr. Sarno says that you either believe the theory or you embrace it simply because you’re so desperate for relief. I happen to fall into the first category. I know one must be careful believing we are fully responsible for everything that happens to us. It can lead to a blame the victim mentality. But, I choose to think I am responsible for almost everything that happens to me. However, sometimes forces beyond our control overcome our best intentions. Believing that can be scary but it also takes away the blame. I read where people who think of themselves as resilient have fewer health problems. I wonder if they have fewer problems all together. After talking to my chiropractor and re-evaluating how I visualized my body, I decided it was time to change my thinking and so, I came up with the above affirmation. Oh, there’s much more to it. I tell myself I am strong, resilient, flexible, and powerful, any words that affirm this body in a positive light. When I took the time to closely examine how I could feel about my body, I realized I was only focusing on the negative and had totally neglected the positive aspects; like the fact that most of my body does not hurt, or that I have produced the miracle of three healthy children. My body is a miracle unto itself. I understand so little of how it operates but it does; most of it is in good working order, miraculously. So, I am making a very conscious effort to value my body, to believe in its ability to heal itself, to be strong and healthy. I believe it begins by loving it.
An article in USA Today talked about a study done to help women increase their sexual desire. Apparently there are many many women who are interested in this because this study involved several hundred of them. As in most studies there was a control group. This group was told they were taking a “magic” elixir which would do all they would hope it would do. It was however a placebo. Can you guess what happened? Most of these women had a definite increase in their level of desire. This study took place over several months and their levels did not decrease. I don’t know if they were ever told it was a placebo and for all I know they are all still out there enjoying themselves without knowing it’s all in their minds. And, that’s just the point. What else is just in our minds? What else can we change to our benefit by simply believing it is true? That’s the purpose and secret of positive affirmations; say it as if it already is; believe it as if it’s already true. Fake it until you make it! It’s without a doubt a great way to live your life. Sexy? Well, if that’s one of your intentions, go for it. If hundreds of women can feel that way by simply taking a sugar pill, certainly it’s available to those of us who decide to choose to believe it to be true.
The message is clear. How you think has a direct impact on how you feel. So, the next time someone asks me if I love my body I know I will say, “yes.” I affirm: “I have an awesome body. I invite God’s divine healing light into my mind, body and spirit; creating a state of total well being.”
Raven AlexisApril 5, 2013at3:21 pm
NES Health research suggests that the Human Body Field (HBF) is responsible for regulating and integrating the physical, chemical, mental, emotional, energetic and memory aspects of the physical body.