The Power of the Mind Part 1: Recognition
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind.
If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.Buddha
Recognising the power our mind has over our body’s health is a huge first step for most people.
I have memories of arguing that even having an accident can also be a result of what our thoughts are at the time. To be honest I wasn’t sure if it was true – but then again I wasn’t sure that it couldn’t be possible either.
The benefit of having an open mind is that there are some things that will become obvious with time. That is – it’s easier to accept what may seem impossible or improbable to be an option if we aren’t holding onto a belief thinking our life depends on it.
It has become increasingly obvious that our thoughts, actions, stresses, overwhelm and niggling fears are just some of the ways we can affect our physical health.
How often do we get the chance to simply be, uninterrupted, alone and able to think of nothing, be nobody and become unaware of time. It’s a very rare occurrence.
It’s time to Recognise that maybe something has to change!
Just think about it. Those days when we “get up on the wrong side of the bed” feeling grumpy, can’t find our slippers, the dog has spewed on the carpet, there’s no milk left for our morning coffee and then we put on our clothes for the day and discover the food stains from the last time we wore them. ….
We walk to our car, thinking bad thoughts and continuing to grump deciding that this is the ‘worst day ever’.
Every red light is stopping us from getting anywhere fast, the guy in the car next to us at the lights has some obnoxious music thumping.
I don’t know about you, but by this time I’m blaming god, the universe and anybody else I know or have heard of.
The day continues….not being in a clear and happy mindset continues to dog our day. Having problems with clients, forgotten crucial items that were left at home, unpleasant conversations handled badly due to not being in a good frame of mind.
At the end of the day – or maybe the next day…we have a sore throat or maybe our back starts to twinge. So we reach for the tablets to suppress the pain and inflammation and as the ad says we “soldier on”.
End of story – or so we think.
We continue on, doing what we do, reliving this same pattern for our entire lives, thinking that that’s just the way it is. There are good days and bad days. Meh (shrugs).
If we are unlucky enough, our disorganised and undisciplined mind will cause the niggling pain to become a full blown chronic problem that requires a diagnosis and heavy medication or maybe even surgery.
Since this has now been brought to your attention you will either recognise it instantly and know what I’m talking about or…this is a totally new concept for you. If that’s the case you will love this – it will open up your world and give you choices you didn’t realise you had and control over your life that can give you real freedom.
OPEN YOUR MIND
Here are a few things you can do to get in touch with your mind and begin to understand the power it has over your body.
- As you are moving about in your day, I prefer to do this while walking on the beach, so anytime where there’s not much demanded from you is the best – bring your mind inwards. You can do this by recognising that your body is pretty well on automatic by now.
- The activities you are doing don’t need too much thought and your mind is free to chat to itself, reminisce, project, judge, complain or question at any and all times.
- This can also be done when you are sitting quietly – it’s your choice entirely – experiment see what works best for you.
- Watch your mind as if viewing from the outside. You are a third party observer. And I want you to remember that these thoughts are not you, they are merely a habit, a pattern you have produced – maybe as protection or maybe just to please or agree with someone else. Or maybe they come from your young days when you have been affected by a horrible and shocking phrase that simply rocked your young world.
- It becomes easy to judge and put ourselves down constantly – where else are all these memes coming from now?…. we are all doing it as have many generations before us – it’s nothing new. Thinking we aren’t good enough, not fast enough, young enough, old enough, pretty enough, strong enough, experienced enough or clever enough.
- These thoughts are not you – they are like a projection from another realm of uncomfortable and meaningless insults.
- You don’t need them.
- The whole idea is to recognise that not only is your body preprogrammed to run on automatic but so is your mind. You have taught yourself to walk, play musical instruments and drive and it’s taken a little bit of practice to allow your neural pathways to connect in a way that becomes strong – therefore we no longer have to concentrate on it as much. So when we hurt our back or get a sore throat for example – our thoughts will go to a place that is familiar and we recognise as a certainty. That is – a sore throat equals the flu, a bad back equals being bedridden for 6 weeks. A certain degree of fear sneaks into our thoughts.
- What is happening is that there is a connection that’s been made at some stage of our lives that has kicked off those thoughts – note: there’s no need to discover where it all started. You just need to recognise it – that’s all.
It’s not that beneficial to wonder what your thoughts were at the time of the accident or when you first noticed your illness or pain. We are a myriad of interconnected thoughts, actions, habits, emotions, hormonal fluctuations, limitations and questions – and to gain understanding of these and ultimately discipline them we first have to recognise them.
And not judge these thoughts or condemn them. Just to be aware is a great first step.
BUT HOW IS THIS RELEVANT TO MY BODY?
There have been many books written about the connection between the mind and the body – this is a topic that has been bickered about since 400BC. Not only do so called spiritual people advocate this connection but Neuroscientists have also studied it as well and written several well versed books about this subject.
Even though there are still many nay-sayers – when it comes down to it…it’s a matter of trying it and seeing for yourself. It’s a beautiful place to experiment and play with different ways of thinking and acting. Studying how we act and react, how our bodies respond to certain ways of living and thinking is a great start.
It’s already been proven that we can rewrite our genetic code. Therefore the excuse of “it’s just genetic, I have to live with it” is no longer acceptable. Epigenetics has proven through science that it is now in the realm of reality. Scientists are seeing evidence of rewriting the genetic genome (chromosome).
Once this excuse is removed – what’s left. Is it another excuse? Or are you ready to bite the bullet and give this a go.
Here’s a quick rundown of one of my experiences:
- In the past I would get crippling back pain that caused me to be totally incapacitated for weeks with severe sciatic. Once I had taken a good look at what I was feeling (feeling is a huge thing here – being an emotion) and connected it with what I was thinking – the connection (for me) was that I felt alone, unsupported and that ‘it wasn’t fair’. Often I also really wanted a break. Now that I’ve recognised that – the cure I have is simple and ridiculously effective. This will be touched on a bit later.
The main thing is that it’s no longer out of my control – That’s the real benefit here – not feeling like my freedom has been taken away and fearing it may be forever. Which is a weird but real fear just the same.
We all have the choice to either decide that our lives are in our control or not. Of course there are always times when it’s insurmountable – but generally and mostly it is in our control.
Becoming aware of our minds preoccupation with way too much and making these thoughts into problems, worries, plans, judgements and repetitive habits is the first and most important thing to realise and will take us to the next step:
The Decision. Deciding to leave your old beliefs behind and risk looking at new ones – the ones you make yourself – for yourself.