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Right now, I am thinking hard about just how much trouble my brain gets my body into trouble. Currently, it’s an everyday occurrence that I have to fight!
The good news is that I am fully aware (I say fully but come on, who is fully, 100% aware, all the time!), well most of the time of the effects of what I think turns into what I feel that is shown in action that I take.
My amazing ED recovery coach, Sarah Lee taught me that what we think about becomes how we feel about something and then urges or behaviors follow. So you have to be extremely careful about the thoughts that you pay attention to and give power to.
For someone that is actively still in recovery from an eating disorder myself, I know just how critical it is that I think positive. It can be the difference between life and death in fact!
While I was in treatment at Oliver Pratt in Miami for “my toxic ED” (that’s what I like to call it) I learned some wonderful meditation and mindfulness techniques as well as ACT and DBT skills.
The main purpose of these skills is to teach us ways to effectively let negative thoughts and ideas come in when they appear instead of push them away automatically, to be aware of them as just thoughts and then let them float away. (If you want to learn more about this, check out this amazing info, go here)
The key for me with all of this is being able to take control over my mind and my thoughts so that I can focus on the present moment, not “Future or Past Trip” and to look for the positive things that will help me feel good and in turn will point me in the right direction of acting in healthy ways.
I’m sure you have heard of a “self-fulfilling prophecy.” I’m a firm believer in it and it’s power. I’ve also seen things come true in my life and in other people’s lives where they didn’t want something to happen and of course it eventually did, ironically!
In case you aren’t familiar with the term or concept, simple put, it means that what we think about turns into our reality. So, whether you are thinking and saying negative or positive stuff, it is more likely to become true because of the way that our brains are wired.
I remember years ago learning about “The Laws of Attraction.” It’s powerful shit! There is a book, a movie and more so if it’s something new to you, it may just change your life once you learn about its power and purpose.
I’ve spent the last few years specifically trying to learn more about myself and have put a big focus on improving myself with self-improvement, living purposefully and trying to stay true to my real, authentic self. It’s a super difficult thing to do some days!
I pride myself on being a life-long learner and consider myself to have the OLD disorder, which loosely translated means Obsessive Learning Disorder. Cute huh! It’s kinds like OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in case you aren’t familiar with it yet) but strictly focused on improving my brain!
Ok, so if THOUGHTS become FEELINGS that turn into ACTIONS, we’ll then, I think it’s critical to become an expert at not letting your mind control you!
Don’t become trapped in your head or as my now 19-year old, super spiritually wise son, Nick says “Get outta your head!”
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic! Have you done something massive in your life that changed the trajectory of it completely? If so, please feel free to comment on it below.
(Source of the main image: American Society for Nutrition)
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