Your mind is at the very center of all that you think and do, and all that your body does for you. When there has been a disruptive event that requires healing, it is your mind that orchestrates the actions required to accomplish that. But what is healing and how does your mind participate?
“Healing” is a word with two definitions:
Sometimes it entails assisting the body itself to physically heal a wound or disease.
Just as often, and probably more importantly, it entails helping the person “heal” the place inside their minds where conflicts, resentments, disappointments and sorrow reside. This is important because any feelings can directly impact the body’s ability to heal itself.
These two definitions go hand in hand. Doctors perform the major work of (A) above, while any of the work done in (B) above needs to be accompanied by a good medical checkup. However amazing the skills that doctors may have, we can remember that they are essentially arranging body parts. Once the body is put together, or attended to physically in any way, it is the mind that orchestrates all that occurs to allow the body to heal itself. The clearer the mind is about that work, the more smoothly the healing goes. Negative, fear-based, or hostile emotions can stall, hinder or block the body’s ability to heal. Our mind helps us heal.
We humans are endowed with a unique ability to step outside ourselves. Our minds can see ourselves as strangers. This ability is directly linked to how we can heal ourselves in the following ways:
Sometimes what we long for is compassion. To heal ourselves with compassion, we must first allow the wounded part to “talk” to us. About fifteen years ago, I started having considerable pain in my right ovary. I went to the doctor, but all looked well. Later, I sat quietly with myself. I brought an image of my ovaries into my mind. The left one was pink, the right one was grey. I asked it directly, “Why are you grey?” The answer came as an image of a pouting face. I heard an answer, “She got to make a baby, but I never will!” (“She,” meaning the left ovary. I had had only one child.) I spent some time commiserating with this ovary, and agreed to remember it always. The pain vanished that day and has never come back. You can talk with your wound. Find out what it needs, and provide it. Having compassion for the wound and for yourself allows healing to occur.
Sometimes we need to let go of limiting beliefs about our right or ability to be healthy. We can then fill that space in our minds with affirmations such as: “I love my completely healthy body,” “Every day my body (leg, arm, etc.) is healing in a normal and perfect way,” “I am daily grateful for my healthy body.” These can be sung, printed out on paper and pasted to the bathroom mirror or the hub of your steering wheel, woven into a cross-stitch, or recognized in any way that keeps it before you. Affirmations help us create the reality we seek, even when they sound untrue or strange in the beginning. The body listens to what we say to it.
Sometimes we can see the humor in our situation. This is a magic balm for anger. I remember when, as a child, I tried to spray my brother with the hose. The nozzle was pointed at me, however, so I got the full spray. My first reaction was fury, but I could see my brother howling with laughter. I “saw” the situation through his eyes, and we both laughed for a long time. This “healed” an angry and separated place between us as brother and sister. Humor is the opposite side of the coin of anger. Not sarcasm or derision, but true humor. Laughter lets it all out and restores healthy balance.
Acceptance and use of the experience can create an environment that allows the body to heal. My friend was in a car accident and badly hurt, with many broken bones. She came out of the hospital with an array of metal plates and pins holding her together. Discharged into a nursing facility because she was so incapacitated, she found herself surrounded by very weak and sick elderly women and men. She chose to accept the experience as a series of lessons about stillness and about acceptance of support from others. She also determined to get to know the other residents by name and to hear each of their stories before she left the facility. When she did leave, the residents were talking more with each other, and addressing each other by name far more than before. Looking at her today, you would not know she had been so broken, and she came away from the experience with a new and uplifted sense of herself. Simply using an experience as a place to learn about yourself and others in a good way is powerfully healing.
These are just a few of the ways that your mind can heal you, inside and out. In life, many opportunities will arise to challenge our understanding of who we are. We have the capacity to be mindful and powerful, and to use our mind to direct ourselves toward health.Your mind is at the very center of all that you think and do, and all that your body does for you. When there has been a disruptive event that requires healing, it is your mind that orchestrates the actions required to accomplish that. But what is healing and how does your mind participate?
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