Do our thoughts and actions truly play a crucial role in the state of our physical well-being?
What does choosing to take the higher road with chronic illness even mean? I can tell you what it does not mean. It doesn’t mean sitting cross-legged in the living-room thinking ‘positive thoughts’ while envisioning your pain floating away from you on clouds of ‘good vibrations’. It also does not mean denying, or ignoring the reality of your pain.
The principal of ‘reaping & sowing’ can be applied here. Choosing to take the higher road quite simply means; taking a few simple but highly effective steps to stay on the outside of certain practices that create toxic environments within the body. This toxicity of stress invites more pain, and feeds the spoiled soil that disease thrives in.Do our thoughts & actions truly play a role in the state of our physical well-being? Click To Tweet
We have been fearfully and wonderfully made. I believe science has only just begun to scratch the surface of what really goes on within the human body. This would include the connection between the mind (our thoughts) and the physical body (healing/disease). A study published by the Carnegie Mellon University showed certain controlled study groups exhibiting ‘Positive affects’ (traits including: liveliness, energetic, happy, cheerful, at ease, and calmness) were less likely to experience the onset of viral illness as opposed to those who habitually practiced negative emotions.
So what does that actually look like in our everyday struggle with pain and sickness? What simple and practical steps can be taken by us in order to begin to cultivate a place inside of us that can yield a harvest of health?
Ways Of Choosing A Higher Road With Chronic Illness
Patience & Kindness In Everyday Travel ~ Take a deep breath. Slow down and allow others to go ahead of you. Leave earlier so you will not be in panicked rush, and have to focus solely on you own need to get where you are going. Calmness will be one several benefits involved here.
Think Before You Hit ‘Enter’ ~ So much I could say here. Just do this: remember there is a person on the other end of your computer. This person has the same feelings and capacity for being hurt by thoughtless words and criticism as you do. Making a ‘point’, or carelessly flinging out the first thing that pops into your mind can cause damage. Ask yourself: “Would I say this, in this same manner, if I was looking into the eyes of the person it is aimed at?”. You’re creating a ‘surrounding’ for yourself with the actions you choose to take, good or bad. This including how you conduct yourself online.
You Are Going To Be In Pain Anyway ~ You can choose to spend your energy & time raging on about how bad you feel, how unfair everyone is treating you, and focusing on how chronic illness is making your life miserable...it won’t change a thing. This is not about denying how awful you feel, or not being genuine in facing legitimate needs. Rather, it is about ‘balance’, and quite frankly the vanishing practice of ‘good manners’. The hope is that by spreading a good fertilizer rather than just ‘clumps of crap’ around, a crop goodness will spring up that will bring nourishishment both to ourselves and others as well.