Posted by Kara Badgley on October 24, 2016
THE MIND CONCEPT
These 4 Key Concepts along with other gratitude practices will be a leading force in your restoring your health and freedom. These Key Concepts, or perhaps ones you create, will help you no longer rely on will-power alone. By practicing these key concepts, and other positive psychology tools, you will heal self-sabotaging, destructive thought patterns.
We believe Chronic Conditions are a tap on the shoulder to learn how to live a life to best support our bodies to function more optimally. Once we begin to accept we are exactly where we are meant to be, doing exactly what we have been called to do, the anger can begin to subside. Choosing gratefulness in place of anger helps to embrace what is being gifted to us by our healing journey, rather than focusing on all that may be taken away. This concept can help to heal past traumas, grief and anger, all of which contribute to the development of chronic conditions. In order to heal, our thoughts must be aligned with our end goal of recovery and wellness. Our thoughts create our words, our words create our actions, our actions create our habits, our habits create our reality. When we think about what we are thankful for and talk about what we are doing for our recovery, more opportunities seem to present themselves to maximize our healing experience. It is common for patients' lives to become more fulfilling and happy because of life lessons learned and past traumas healed from healing a chronic condition.
When we become aware of our thoughts and our words, we choose actions which create an Atmosphere of Recovery. Rather than talking about the stress and despair associated with Chronic Conditions, we actively practice talking with our children and spouse about what we want and about the care plan we have created with Dr. Morris and Team. This will include everyone in co-creating this atmosphere, in and outside of the home. Everyone in the family is living the life of recovery. Many family members will have similar symptoms as the one with the diagnosis, perhaps to a less severe degree. Everyone will benefit from this lifestyle. When everyone is included in the atmosphere of recovery, the family can focus on the solution rather than constantly staring at the problem. The home becomes the headquarters for healing. When we constantly stare at the problem, we only get more evidence of that problem. What we focus on grows. Recognizing when we have depressing thoughts and replacing those thoughts by answering the question "What Can I Do right now?" and by practicing other positive psychology tools, we can steer ourselves in the direction of creating an atmosphere of recovery.
A great idea for families is to have weekly Family Meetings to determine what everyone CAN DO to adopt this lifestyle and to contribute to the Atmosphere of Recovery. When we include our kids in our decision making process it empowers them as part of the solution. This can even be done around the dinner table. Everyone needs to be involved. The entire family is affected by the diagnosis, therefore, everyone must be a part of the solution. What Can I DO helps to train our minds to shift from the depressed chain of thoughts commonly associated with chronic conditions to identifying what is reasonable to do so we can build upon our success. Some days, we will be able to do more than others. However, the more we identify what we can do and act upon it, the more confidence, motivation determination and conviction are cultivated. This is when the behaviors and symptoms stop being the focus, and stop ruling our world.
Friends, Co-Workers and Extended Family can challenge a health care plan which is different than the "standard of care". When you are in social settings, it’s important to be Matter of Fact that you are CHOOSING to eat foods which are not high allergen foods. You CHOOSE to remove as much burden from your body as you can to help it to heal. There is no reason to argue with others who feel Gluten Free is a fad or a waste of time. Being Matter of Fact about your conscious choices will help you to build confidence and to stay on board even in social settings. Chances are you could be helping save someone else’s life leading by example.
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