4 Pillars of Holistic Wellness | Mental
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
— Proverbs 23:7
Mind your Mind
Mental health is defined as, “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
Many internal and external factors contribute to emotional well-being, including relationships with loved ones, financial issues, work environment, and coping behaviors/skills. Life is in constant motion, but it is our ability to remain conscious of the thoughts that allow us to make good decisions and to create a loving life.
“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”
— James Allen
Many times we become aware of our negative thoughts when we connect those thoughts to our behaviors and patterns. Our ego’s might allow us to believe that we are self-respecting, self-loving, and self-sufficient; but our behaviors reveal the truth of our deepest beliefs. For example, the thought “all men cheat” might allow a woman who believes herself self-loving to accept, and even expect, infidelity from her partner. Abusing alcohol or staying in a relationship with an alcohol abuser might result from the unconscious thought, “I am not enough.” Continuously failing to complete projects, sabotaging relationships, and disappointing those who count on you might be behaviors that result from the thought, “I am undeserving” or “I am unworthy.” Mental unwellness results in negative or racing thoughts, poor self-image, limiting thoughts, judgement of self and others, inability to focus, and mental illness. When our minds become overwhelmed, anger, anxiety, depression, or chronic stress may result. These toxicities, that begins in our minds, can lead to physical symptoms ranging in severity from headache to a heart attack or stroke.
The power of positive thinking
We completely control our thoughts. We are responsible for what we allow into our minds. We choose where to focus our mental energies. In all situations, we can choose to focus on the positives or the negatives. This choice will greatly affect our experience. When our minds are well, we are clear about our abilities and the abilities of others. A positive person anticipates happiness, health and success, and believes they can overcome any obstacle and difficulty. They do not believe, “All men cheat“, however they believe, “I am worthy of a faithful and committed partner. This is what I expect, and I will not allow or accept otherwise.” They focus their attention on positive examples of what they expect to receive. They surround themselves with those in healthy and successful relationships, and avoid toxicity and drama. The thought, “I am worthy,” will be displayed in all they say, do, and allow into their intimate space. They see challenges as growth opportunities, and make intentional choices that support their goals and desires for their life. A positive person expects and offers goodness.
YOU CAN HAVE THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART!