Health is the state of natural harmony producing optimum performance. Gregge Tiffen (Open Secrets: The Hidden Worth of New Wealth, April, 2011)
This week’s post is slow to form. I tried a few different directions in an attempt to avoid sharing an unpleasant discovery I made yesterday. The unpleasantness stems from its being one of those jarring ‘ahas’ when you realize something that you’ve known for a long time on a whole new, deeper level. Then, after the initial jolt (aka “oh, sh__”) you are excited by the discovery. We humans are a confusing lot, yes?
For as long as I’ve explored metaphysics, I’ve had a strong belief about the power of our thoughts to heal. When I’m feeling poorly, I attend to my thoughts along with whatever physical symptoms I’m experiencing. I remember that I am the director of my cells and, with deep conviction, command them to do their job in alignment with one another to keep (or restore) me to health.
Until yesterday’s insight, I don’t ever recall thinking about how my thoughts in general impact my health. Because I tend to be an optimist, I’ve not put attention on my habits of thought. Hey, I’m upbeat, after all. I haven’t explored questions like: What is the tone of my thinking in general? How does it impact my life in general and my health in particular?
Experiencing some physical discomfort and imbalance for a couple days, yesterday morning I dove deeply into Gregge’s writing about the body as well as that of Ernest Holmes in Science of Mind. I wanted to find clear language for directing my cells back to physical perfection at a time when my symptoms seemed to be running the show.
After reading and some reflection on what I’d read, I began to write in my journal. As I did so, I saw clearly a pattern of unhealthy thinking that I unconsciously go to under stress, and I felt at a deep level its impact on my physical well-being. I saw how it directly related to the symptoms I’ve been experiencing.
It’s not that I wasn’t aware of this habit of building up a head of steam, writing a script in my head as a way to ‘prepare’ for conversations and situations that might prove difficult. You may be familiar with the emphatic “I’ll show him or tell her and they should …” conversations that occur only in your thoughts. Deep down I knew that they weren’t helpful, but never had I seen the clear, direct link to my health.
Busted! I felt the requirement to cease and desist, to deepen my awareness and choices about my thoughts. Not a new discipline, but a richer understanding of its importance to my ability to walk through life in a state of natural harmony producing optimum performance.