Thinking Healthy to Being Healthy
Hear me out.
A lot of us look for answers in vitamins, creams, and potions. We are desperate for relief.
The unhappiness we feel most days because of our skin is hard to wrestle with, especially when we feel we have exhausted all options.
But what if we haven't?
The mind controls the body
I have been soaking in Dr. Joe Dispenza's Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself. It is such a game-changer. It is helping me understand that my body, though a physical element, is actually controlled by my mind.
For example, you can be sitting in your car, relaxing. You have a neutral set of emotions.
Then, your mind starts to wander and go over a past event or moment you had that day. Let's say your boss says something rude to you. It isn't the first time. So, you start replaying all those times your boss has been condescending towards you, and you begin making up the "come back" scenarios in your mind. What you wish you would have said to that rotten human!
"I hate this company! You're a lousy, miserable human being to work for! I hope you get explosive diarrhea!"
Your body reacts
As you go over all of this in your head, your blood pressure soars; your adrenaline pumps; the anger in you rises and rises.
Next thing you know, you are in a state of heated annoyance, ready to pounce on your boss if they were to knock on your car window.
Remember: This. Is. All. In. Your. Head.
You are literally sitting in your car, working yourself up, feeling the rage.
Emotions drive our body's responses
However, this is not just a feeling. Whether you realize it or not, your body is taking part in this (your blood pressure, your muscles tensing, your heart racing...). Your body can not tell that you are not actually having a roaring blowout with your boss. It is taking on all of those aggressive emotions as a reality.
Hence, what we think is what we become.
Why does this matter?
Dealing with a chronic illness is the pits, but it doesn't have to be.
Right now, most of us are allowing our external world (failed treatments, social media, unsupportive opinions, stresses at work/home) to highly influence our internal world (feelings and thoughts). In turn, our internal world is living in the same cycle of negative emotions. It creates a putrid environment - a place like "The Void" (any Loki fans?!). Our thoughts and emotions create our Oliath (seriously, go watch Loki!). That environment is not conducive to healing our skin. The only thing it usually does is bring illness (like rashy skin).
Even more so, I think we all tend to believe that once we have perfect skin, THEN we will finally be happy.
Wrong, again, friends.
Ashley Ann Lora wrote it beautifully: "Healthy skin doesn't equal happiness. There are millions of people walking around with healthy skin who aren't happy."
It isn't about perfect skin and THEN happiness. It is about HAPPINESS taking the wheel FIRST.
How do you do that?
Honestly, I'd be here all day explaining the mechanics of it. That is what Dr. Joe's book is for (I can not recommend it enough!)
But, in simple terms, it is about observing your thoughts throughout your day. Many of us live in such an automative, subconscious state (much like driving our cars). In the same manner, we cycle through the same emotions and actions each day on autopilot. Things will not change until we begin to stop and reflect on our intentions, emotions, and actions.
If you find yourself in a constant state of negativity, that could be a contributing factor to your skin. Crazy, right!? But it's true. And to combat this, and transform your life to a new path of thinking...
- Practice Gratitude - Instead of focusing so much energy and time on the negative, start looking around and observing all that you do have. This way, you start to feel more appreciative and less pessimistic about situations in your life.
- Write down an entire week of your thoughts and actions - This, too, is from the amazing Ashley Ann Lora. She decided to truly observe what she was doing for an entire week, from every action (like how long she spent scrolling through social media) to her thoughts (thinking of the past, worrying about the future). At the end of the week, you will be able to see where your time and energy went. If you don't like your results, you'll have a foundation to change!
Overall, guys, just keep trucking forward. I am not saying that you have to be happy 24/7 and see a rainbow every time you look in the sky. It's sincerely just about realizing how our thoughts and emotions drive us and our whole perspective of life. Our external world should not be in the driver's seat every day when it comes to our worthiness and how we perceive our life.
Be happy first. Then, watch the goodness roll in.
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