Healthy Living

The Power of Life and Death

I hope everyone is having a great week. It has been a nice and sunny week here in MS until today. It’s raining as I type. Our garden needed a shower. 
Speaking of the garden, my little garden experiment is not going very well. One of my tomato plants died, but the others seem to be okay. I was worried about all of them because we were getting so much rain. I also had to replant all of my seed. We used dirt that became very hard and the seed couldn’t grow. This time I used organic potting soil. So we’ll see…
I am very excited to have purchased a Vitamix blender! I’ve been wanting one for a long time, but the price was not in my range. Last week I looked again on Amazon and to my surprise the price had dropped. God blessed me with a good deal! I have used it twice since it arrived yesterday. It’s pretty amazing! Ok, let me get to my thought for this week.
Health, good or bad, is directly related to what we say and what we think. The Wiseman Solomon had something to say about both areas. Regarding our words he said, “Death aaand life are in the power of the tongue…” (Proverbs 18:21). Regarding thoughts he said, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7). 
Words have power, and we all know the affects of negative words on our thoughts and actions. If said often enough, negative words can and will affect your health, your life, and your outlook on life. The negative power and feelings are already there, add them to your negative words and you have the makings of a disaster which is your health.
The ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus wrote, “Words are the physicians of a diseased mind.” Have you ever paid attention to how words impact you? Words have power to heal, the power to destroy, and the power to change the world. The most powerful words of all are the ones you say to yourself every day. People say things to themselves that they would never say to someone else, things like, “I’m fat” or “I’m not smart enough to do that.” It is rare for people to complement themselves. 
Words have a tremendous impact on your health. Do you ever hear yourself say, “I don’t have time to exercise,” or “Just one more won’t hurt?” Do you frequently say, “I’m tired,” or “I’m stressed?” Words like these create the emotion or feeling you would have if the words were true.If you say you are tired, then you will begin to feel tired. Feeling tired leads to sluggish behavior which generates fatigue rather than vibrant energy. What you focus on grows. If you focus on feeling unhealthy, then you will have unhealthy behaviors that follow.
Program your health with the right words. The words you use are like computer code that become the software of your mind. If you do not like the results you are getting in your life, you simply need to change the software by reprogramming your mind. It takes time to work out the bugs in a program, but the goal is consciously to decide what you want, use words and thoughts consistent with that desire, and then begin acting on the thought. For example, if you want to become thin, stop saying and thinking, “I’m fat.” Replace that thought with, “I enjoy being a healthy weight” or “I’m enjoying the process of becoming thin.” Also, erase the term “lose weight” from your vocabulary. When you lose something, you find it. Try using the term “release weight” instead. 
Never use possessive words to refer to a sickness or disease. For example, “My Diabetes,” “My cancer,” “My headaches,” “My IBS,” “My asthma,” etc. Why would you want to take ownership of disease? A sickness may be in my body, but it does not belong there and I refuse to take ownership of it by my words. If a diagnosis is spoken over me, in my mind I am not going to accept it. It doesn’t belong to me and I’m not taking ownership of it.
Talk healthy! Think healthy! Cultivate self talk that leads to healthier thinking. Think, “Healthy people eat vegetables instead of cake.” “Thin people exercise most days of the week, so I will go to the gym today.” Squash all thoughts that are contrary to your goal, and cultivate those that lead to healthy behavior. Think of yourself as a healthy person, start speaking healthy words, and then take healthy actions.
The medical establishment has been proving that the mind can heal the body for over fifty years. We call it the placebo affect. When patients get sugar pills, saline injections, or fake surgeries, and they believe they are getting the latest and greatest miracle drugs or surgeries, their bodies get better eighteen to eighty percent of the time. A combination of positive belief and the nurturing care of the right healer can activate the body’s natural self repair mechanisms and help the body heal itself. The opposite is also true. Negative belief about our health or harsh care from insensitive doctors harms the body. Harmful beliefs poison your body. Some people die younger not because they have bad genes, but because they have bad beliefs. As a man thinks, so is he. 
In conclusion, negative beliefs fill our bodies with harmful cortisol and epinephrine while positive beliefs relax our nervous systems and allow our bodies to heal. You wouldn’t take a pill from a bottle with a skull and cross bones on it, but every time  you think negative thoughts about your health you are potentially poisoning your body with stress hormones that deactivate your body’s natural self repair mechanisms. You are the gatekeeper of your mind. It is your responsibility to protect what you think. If you get your thinking right, your words will be right. This is paramount to living a healthy lifestyle. 

For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂 

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