Reprinted with the kind permission of Sue Ingebretson
There’s a positive fix for the fibromyalgia body that’s as finely crafted as a tuning fork. It’s a precision instrument that filters our every thought, emotion, and experience. While we all have this instrument, few are aware of its potential to bring about improved health and healing.
Want to strengthen this instrument to get what you truly want from life?
How to Fortify This Positive Fix
Here’s an illustration of this fortification process. You’ve seen body builders, haven’t you? They pump iron to stretch, exercise, and build up muscle definition. It goes without saying that symmetry is part of the desired look. They wouldn’t do bicep curls only using one arm. If their “guns” were lopsided, they may get stares, but probably not in a good way.
Interestingly, we have a “muscle” between our ears that also needs exercise. Every single thought we have creates an opportunity to build neural pathways. Reinforced (repeated) thoughts build strengthened neural pathways.
Are your thoughts predominantly positive?
For most of us (if we make a truthful assessment), we find that negative thoughts outweigh the positive. Therefore, we’re using this precision instrument to build strong connections to negative outcomes. Ouch!
To counteract this tendency, monitor the thoughts that creep through your mind on a regular basis. Flip the thought toward the positive and reinforce it through repetition.
The Positive Remedy
Looking for the positive angle in life isn’t just a nice thing to do. It’s vital for improved health and healing.
If you’ve ever read my Tuning Fork Analogy post, you may remember my correlation between the fibromyalgia body (and mind) and a precision instrument such as a tuning fork.
Click the link below if you’d like a refresher.
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We’re finely tuned to “ring” in the presence of positive people, places, food, and experiences. And, of course, there’s a flip side. We “clang” in the presence of abrasive people, toxins, and artificial foods and products.
Why does this Matter and How Does It Fix Anything?
If your life, health, and relationships are not where you’d like them to be, take a look at your thoughts. If they’re predominantly negative and worrisome, then the path your life takes is negatively affected.
The exciting news is that our brain’s connectivity and function is far more malleable than once thought. Hence, the term “neural plasticity.” We have an amazing opportunity to fine tune this precision instrument – our ability to choose what we think. We can establish new patterns of thought and rebuild weakened connections over time.
Repeated and dominant thoughts strengthen and fortify connectivity in the brain helping to form habits. It follows then, that healthy habits follow positive thoughts.
Getting back to our lopsided muscle analogy, imagine that dominant thoughts create big muscles (think Popeye). If he had mostly positive thoughts, he’d have one “Popeye” arm, and the other skinny one would appear more like it belongs to Olive Oyl.
Even if our brain doesn’t appear lopsided, our dominant thoughts leave tell-tale clues. “Fixing” our thoughts is our first line of action toward creating the positive outcomes we desire. Small steps (such as shifting our thoughts toward positivity) lead to very big results.
Which mental muscles will you choose to build?
Need some help? Contact me and let’s chat how together we can help you to build a positive future!
Norman Vincent Peale
Sue Ingebretson is the Natural Healing Editor for ProHealth.com as well as a frequent contributor to ProHealth’s Fibromyalgia site. She’s an Amazon best-selling author, speaker, and workshop leader. Additionally, Sue is an Integrative Nutrition & Health Coach, a Certified Nutritional Therapist, a Master NLP Practitioner, and the director of program development for the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Center at California State University, Fullerton. You can find out more and contact Sue at www.RebuildingWellness.com.