In a recent blog post, I used a metaphor of unlocking your specific code (the intertwining of your mind, body and spirit) that makes you, you. These three components compose our essence. Each of us has a distinct way our mind operates that translates into actions, based on our thoughts and beliefs. Perhaps experiences we had growing up sculpted our belief system about our relationship to the world and others.
The first component is the mind. There is a conscious part of our mind, or what makes up our 5 main senses and cognition. The other part is the subconscious, the realm of our mind that our thoughts and beliefs shape. Our subconscious, then, is powerful in shaping how we manage our physical health. Altering our mindset is a huge task and it takes time. Most of us are not taught to do that.
People don’t appreciate the power of the subconscious mind because we aren’t aware of its power. I see many patients who don’t like the situation they’re in but feel powerless to change it.
In my own experiences changing some of my own health and fitness habits, I realized that the first step is to recognize my own thoughts about health and wellness. I did this by looking back into my past to where these thoughts started.
When we look far back in our past, our parents and siblings or other close relatives often influence our earliest thoughts. Perhaps they had poor habits that “rubbed off” on us. Perhaps we saw physicians as the ultimate authority and weren’t allowed to question them. Maybe our religious beliefs taught us that there were things we could or couldn’t do.
Questioning yourself and “unweaving” that part of the tapestry is, then, the first step. When you see a tapestry or painting up close, the various specific threads can be seen but you can’t see exactly where a thread weaves into another. The threads are so tightly woven that it is very difficult to “tease” it out.
But these thoughts and beliefs need to be “teased” out and examined for what they are; long-held. You need to ask yourself, “Do these thoughts resonate with me anymore?” If they don’t, and you struggle with how to find new ones, read on.
As I’ve written in previous posts, meditation is a time-tested way to “shut off” the outside noise and reflect on your thoughts. Believing that you can influence your thoughts and actually change them takes discipline. It can be done. There are many methods of meditation, as I wrote about here.
The next post will go through understanding the physical part of your code.
I would love to hear your comments on this post. Thank you.