Today we want to share some ideas on: is what you don't know hurting you? Continuing the dialogue on the mind/body connection.
Finally, we will provide you with an idea to look at clarifications to have you thinking about your own mind and body connection and how healthy - or unhealthy - it is.
You will then have the opportunity to take a deep dive into the thoughts that drive your actions and result in what you see when you look in the mirror.
Our minds and bodies are designed to work in tandem for our optimal health.
A healthy mind has a healthy influence on the body and a healthy body helps keep the mind focused and strong.
These healthy mind and body connections tend to come from a greater awareness that mindset and the outward expression of your mindset must be intentional.
Said differently, your mind and body are best connected when you actively keep the two linked.
What you know is likely helping you and what you don’t know could be hurting you.
There are three main thieves of the mind and body connection:
These thieves of joy infiltrate the mind and create a disconnect, or rift, between the mind and body.
Before we go on if you are questioning if it is true about the mind/body connection here is an article from Psychology Today that will help you clarify - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-the-face-adversity/201207/thoughts-neurotransmitters-body-mind-connection
OK, let’s continue with our three main thieves of the mind and body connection:
Ignorance relates to simply not knowing. This falls into many categories when it comes to the mind and body connection. Let’s take a look:
Not knowing there is a connection between the mind and body. If you are unaware that there is a direct connection between the mind and body, ignorance is at play.
Not realizing that what you think about and how you think about things directly affects your body keeps you operating in the dark.
Not knowing there is an issue. Some people are unaware that there are issues. They are unaware that they don’t feel great.
They are operating in life as if things are the way they are because they always have been this way.
These people are often highly unaware of their impact on others, let alone the impact their minds are having on their bodies.
Not knowing what to do. Knowing something is off base and knowing what to do about it are two different things.
Some people truly do not know what to do to remedy a situation.
Their ignorance about healthy eating, self-care, psychology, or inter-personal relationships is directly disconnecting their minds and bodies.
Ignorance isn’t about intelligence. It’s about simply not knowing any better.
Maya Angelou is attributed to saying, “Do the best you can with what you know. When you know better - do better.”
That’s the power of breaking ignorance. The more you know, the better you can do.
Ignorance is one of the factors that contribute to their mind and body disconnection.
Being unaware that the mind and bodywork together, that a breakdown is an issue, or what to do to repair the gap, are all examples of ignorance.
Awareness is the key to replacing ignorance with knowledge and bridging the gap.
Ok, let’s review the three thieves of joy regarding your mind and body connection and start to ponder which may be the culprit. Use this information as a guideline:
Ignorance - Not knowing what to do to remedy a gap between your mind and body connection
Blame - Putting the responsibility for your outcomes on someone else or using them as the excuse that your body (or your current life experiences) doesn’t reflect your desires.
Denial - Unwillingness or inability to accept personal responsibility for doing what you know is in your best interest for your health and wellbeing. Avoiding actions that are beneficial, despite knowing there are consequences.
Journal the following: Record your thoughts on which thief is robbing you. Which process have you been using to avoid connecting your mind and body? You can sort through your thoughts by asking yourself questions like these:
Powerful questions that might help you begin to connect mind and body. Asking yourself powerful questions may help you sort out which thief is robbing you of the mind and body connection you deserve.
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