The past doesn't exist now. The future has not yet existed. So all we truly have is this moment. When we live this moment consciously, magic happens. We find growth, flow, and ease.
One of the books on my Cannot-Live-Without List is "I Can Do It" by Louise Hay. Her words are simple, yet profoundly life-changing. Changing the way we think and talk to ourselves and others has a tremendous effect on each of our life experiences.
If what we think is what we get in life, then it is totally worth our time to examine our thoughts and take control over them. How do we think about health? Nutrition? Exercise? Enjoyment? Peace? Contentment?
How do we think about stress? Disease? Genetics? Destiny?
Proverbs 23:7 says "As a man thinks, so he is." Thoughts repeated become beliefs. Therefore, whatever you believe, you are. If I think that I am a failure, I come to believe it, and therefore I am a failure. If I think I am successful, I come to believe it, and therefore I am a success. As Wayne Dyer often repeats, "Whether you believe it or not, you are right."
As we believe, so we live our lives. If we see the world as hostile, we will experience hostility. If we see the world as friendly, we will attract friendly experiences.
Louise Hay's writing has freed me from feeling...believing...that I MUST point out errors. I have a background in journalism, editing, proof-reading, so my eye is adept at scanning and finding errors. This filter carries over into every area of my life -- if left alone with my thinking mind, I exist is perfection-mode (i.e. unattainable mode), constantly critiquing, analyzing, trying to figure out patterns, how things "should" be, what changes need to be made, where processes and procedures lack, fail, breakdown. My employers generally like my analytic eye; my husband not so much.
Imagine the shift that occurred when I realized that I actually have the power to choose whether I look for what's wrong or what's right, what is destructive or what is empowering, what is negating versus what is affirming, what expands or what contracts, what feels peaceful or what feels stressful. We can hold our breath with tight shoulders and chests, or we can breathe deeply and release, allowing our shoulders to relax their vigilance. (More on breathing in a future blog.)
Such is the power of changing our thoughts. Doing this intentionally is quite affirming and truly changes us and everything around us.
I would like to close by sharing a few of Louise Hay's affirmations on body, nutrition, and health. If we think on these things, making healthy choices feels uplifting and empowering, not restrictive or deprecating. It's all in how we choose to think.
Affirmations are powerful. Simply start by reading them aloud each day. Then think about adopting a routine and allow them to grow from there. Each morning, make a cup of herbal tea, watch the morning sky and mediate on your chosen affirmations for the day. Make it a prayer, a song, a story--whatever works with your creativity.
From Louise Hay's "I Can Do It" book:
- I honor my body and take good care of it.
- I allow my body to return to natural, vibrant health.
- I enjoy foods that are best for my body.
- I make healthy choices.
- I am discovering new ways to improve my health.
- I give my body what it needs.
- Perfect health is my divine right; I claim it now.
- I am grateful for my healthy body.