What do you think? Certainly that’s worth far more than a penny! I firmly believe that there are several requirements to achieving good health. Without a doubt, I believe nutrition is the foundation to good health but a foundation that needs to be built upon. We build on this foundation by following all of the Naturally Unbridled steps including this step; Think Naturally. What you think has a dramatic impact on your health. You can eat a 100% raw, vegan, organic diet and still get cancer if your thoughts are toxic. Remember, holistic health includes body, mind and spirit. You must nourish all three.
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Mental Pharmacy: Your thoughts are a type of mental pharmacist. If you have a stressful thought, that’s like a prescription for an increased production of adrenaline and cortisol. These two biochemicals cause a variety of effects in your body such as increasing respiration and blood pressure while disrupting sugar metabolism. Other hormones have beneficial effects on the body. Human Growth Hormone (yes, even in adults) helps to repari and generate tissue. Oxytocin, a hormone secreted during the birthing process, lactation or orgasm signals your brain to “bond” with another. Hormones, endorphins, and neurotransmitters are just a few of the types of chemicals your body will produce in response to your thoughts, feelings and emotions. This mental pharmacy has developed through evolution in response to various things in your environment from sabertooth tigers to chilly weather. Your body will shut down different systems and enhance others in response to your environment in order to maintain homeostasis (balance). Keeping your thoughts on the happy end of the spectrum, keeps the happy chemicals flowing freely while maintaining a stressful state does the same with the more detrimental chemicals.
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Try It: So if you don’t think that your thoughts have control over your bodily functions, give this a try… Take two or three slow, deep, breaths. Picture yourself in your kitchen. Picture yourself going to your fridge and taking out a lemon. Feel the lemon. Feel the coolness of the skin and the bumpy texture. Picture yourself putting the lemon on a cutting board and slicing it in half. Smell the crisp, citrus scent. Keep slicing the lemon until you have several lemon wedges. Your hands are cool and wet with lemon juice. Pick up a slice of lemon and bite into it. Taste the acidic juice tingling on your tongue. Are you puckering? Did your mouth water? Do you think that perhaps your thoughts do have an effect on your body? Heck, Pavlov proved this years ago.
Thoughts Are Things: Nothing demonstrates this more than the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAvzsjcBtx8). Basically, what he did was he took photographs of water crystals after labeling the containers of water with different words; some positive, some negative. After allowing the energy from the words to permeate the water, he removed a small sample for freezing on a microscope slide. The water crystals from the containers with negative words like “hate”, “despair”, “anger” written on them were malformed and ugly. The water crystals from the containers with positive works like “love”, “thank you” and “appreciation” written on them were beautiful, complex and symmetrical. His work shows that the thoughts we put out there have energy, true energy that has effects on what they encounter. Think about how you feel when you’re around a negative or hateful person as compared to a friendly, loving person. The difference is incredible.
You are basically a water balloon! Remember, you are roughly 80% water so the energy that permeates into you will have an effect. Haven’t you ever walked into a room and sensed the negativity? It’s palpable. It makes you want to leave. That experience led me to stop having lunch in the teacher’s room at a school that I worked at. It seemed that all people did in the teacher’s room was to sit around and talk badly about the school, the students and the administration. It was toxic. This compared to when I used to go for a walk at lunch every day and talked with my coworkers about who they were dating, what they were planning on doing for vacation, movies they had seen, or even recipes they were trying. That was energizing and refreshing.
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The Power Of Positive Thinking: For a long time, people have realized the power of positive thinking. If you’re positively blissful or positively miserable, you will get what you think about. One of the earliest books on this topic is called Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. While this book was originally penned around the time of the Great Depression, it is still a best seller and applicable to this day. This pioneer in the Law of Attraction offers many insights in achieving the life that you desire by using the Law of Attraction through positive affirmations, actions and beliefs.
Think again! The next time you catch yourself having negative thoughts, particularly about yourself, remember that your thoughts create your reality and choose to change that thought to something positive. That will change your perspective and result in less stress hormones and more happy hormones. It’s cool that you can control your life that way. I like that about you!
The words “I am” are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to.
The thing you’re claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.
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