The Mind Connection:
Anxious, bereaved, calm, disturbed, edgy, frustrated, guarded, hopeful, ill, jealous, livid, miserable, nostalgic, outraged, puzzled, quiet, reserved, sensitive, thoughtful, upset, vibrant, worried, exasperated, yearning, zesty.
Feelings. Everyone feels – even people who are consciously numb still feel, but not everyone knows how to effectively manage their feelings. Out of control feelings will imprison and suffocate you if you allow them to. Feelings are the result of thoughts so understanding why your thoughts are creating negative emotions is the key.
The mind’s process uses the past as a reference for understanding what you are currently experiencing. If your past is filled with emotionally painful memories, then the only long-term solution is to understand what happened in your past, now, at your current level of understanding and resolve it.
Get the yuck out! Start a journal. Writing down your thoughts each day not only helps to release negative feelings without hurting anyone, it is also a good way of learning how you think. In writing each day, you will eventually see patterns and recognizing the negative patterns will help you begin to change.
In your journal each day answer the following questions:
- What experience/event happened today that had an impact on my well-being?
- What was my very first thought at the onset of the experience/event?
- How did this experience/event make me feel? What was my reaction to my thoughts and feelings?
- If this experience/event was negative, was I able to release it or am I carrying it with me in my mind?
The Body Connection:
Every person is biochemically unique. Just as each of us has a unique fingerprint, so too the molecules inside of our body. In order to run efficiently, our body requires a wide range of quality nutrients and water. When we don’t give our body the nutrients it needs, or if the nutrients are of poor quality, our body will do it’s best to adapt and maintain good health. Eventually, it will give us signs that it isn’t getting ‘quality fuel’. We may become moody, unable to concentrate, depressed, anxious, and our sleep quality could deteriorate.
Foods that work great in one body may be unknowingly detrimental in another. According to Dr. Carolee Bateson-Kock, food allergies and/or intolerances have been linked to: amnesia, apathy, blackouts, coma, delusions, depression, epilepsy, fatigue, hallucinations, headache, hyperactivity, impaired comprehension, impaired coordination, irritability, sadness, mental lapses, nervousness, neuralgia, paranoia, insomnia, violent behavior and a host of other symptoms not related to mental health.
Allergies and sensitivities aren’t just linked to food. It is estimated that 8 to 15 pounds of toxic materials are taken into a human body every year. Chemicals in and on food, as well as in our environment, can build up in our system putting our body out of balance.
Herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides not only kill bugs and weeds, but they have also been known to disrupt the balance of good and bad bacteria in the human body. I know from personal experience that when bad bacteria take over the lower intestinal tract, many of the symptoms listed above related to food allergies can also be the result of bacterial imbalances.
- DO drink plenty of pure clean water every day.
If you are not a fan of water, add flavor by infusing your water with fresh, certified organic fruit, or an herbal tea.
- DO include healthy fats in your diet every single day.
Make your own salad dressing using 100% cold pressed olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and seasonings such as basil, oregano, and garlic. If you are able to eat fish, salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, and tuna are great sources of healthy fat. Free range eggs, certified organic butter, and high-quality grass-fed meats will also provide a good source of healthy fat, as well as flaxseed, safflower, and sunflower oils.
- DO eat the best carbohydrates for your body every day.
Carbohydrates are foods that break down into sugars inside your body. Whole grains, nuts, and seeds, beans, lentils and legumes, fruits and vegetables are all part of the carbohydrate family. Choose the highest quality products you can afford. Chemical free fresh fruits and vegetables help to keep the toxic load in your body at a minimum. Sugar is the best fuel for your brain so it’s important to maintain your body’s blood sugar level. As stated in Patrick Holford’s New Optimum Nutrition For The Mind, fluctuations in blood sugar can create aggressive behavior, fatigue, irritability, dizziness, insomnia, excessive sweating (especially at night), poor concentration and forgetfulness, excessive thirst, depression, crying spells, digestive disturbances, and blurred vision.
- DO eat high-quality protein every day.
When you eat chicken, fish or meat products, they break down into tiny particles called amino acids. There are two categories of amino acids: essential and non-essential. You must consume essential amino acids, but your body can form non-essential amino acids providing it has the proper nutrients to do so. Deficiency in specific amino acids isn’t uncommon and can be the root cause behind depression, apathy, lack of motivation, inability to relax, and poor memory and concentration.
The Spiritual Connection:
We are naturally spiritual creatures. Faith and spiritual rituals have been practiced by human beings for thousands of years. We cannot maintain balance without a spiritual practice, and we cannot achieve optimum health and wellness without being balanced – mind, body, and Spirit.
When a person has suffered, it is natural to feel as though God abandoned you, but it’s not possible for God to abandon you. People abandon people and God is not a people.
Search yourself for that little voice that reminds you who you are. Search yourself for that part of you that warns you to stay away from certain people and places. Search yourself for that part of you that reminds you when you’ve done or said something you shouldn’t have. This part of you is your Spirit and your Spirit is connected to something much bigger than you.
Reconnect with your Spirit and begin your healing journey.