Much has been explored in previous blogs about spiritual and psychological perspectives. In this blog we return to our bodies and to Christiane Northrup, who is a medical doctor and has written extensively about the physical body (Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being).
She highlights some exciting findings:
Mindfulness meditation was explained in an earlier blog (see “Are You Contagious?”); the benefits of exercise are well known; and we all seek happiness and appreciate smiles and laughter. The health ramifications of thoughts and beliefs, however, are easily overlooked. Yet with awareness, they are something we can work on:
A useful approach to achieving better health is simply to monitor negative thoughts about yourself, others, and the world. As you become aware of this negativity, think of how you can shift to something neutral or even positive. For example, when I compare myself to others at the gym for not working out as hard or as long as they do, I’ve learned to say to myself, “At 81 years old I’m doing a great job: I can walk two miles without stopping; I exercise every day of the week; I’m not overweight; and I know I am healthy and smile a lot—even if only at myself!”
What are some of the thoughts or beliefs that might be keeping you from greater health? What are some of the areas on Dr. Northrup’s list that you already connect to, or wish you could explore more fully? Comments are welcome!
Jeannette, your comments about our mind/body connections are so basic; it is wonderful to get your insightful reminders. For example,
your daily exercise habits are inspiring me to find new routines as my
capabilities diminish. Your shared thoughts encourage me anew!
I find putting upward curves in my lips as I fall asleep each night helps
me; as well as during difficult moments. It is good to keep aware of
negative thoughts increasing cortisol; which underlies inflammation, etc.
Smile! Again, Thank you, Jeannette! Love Joyce
Being aware of negative thoughts can save us from unnecessary distress as we smile and move on to the creative and positive pursuits--many of which you have!!