Several years ago, during a chiropractor visit, my longtime practitioner (kindly and courageously) said to me, “I hope I am not overstepping any boundaries, but the way you think is killing you.” After completing my appointment, I walked to my car, sat in it, and wept.
You see, she was right, and I had intuitively known it for a very long time. I had longed to know and understand how people go about changing their thinking. For my entire life, I had lived under constant stress, which was profoundly affecting my physiology by sapping all of my energy and strength as well as increasingly manifesting itself in a myriad of other physical symptoms.
Mind-Body Nutrition and Dynamic Eating Psychology state that the mind and the body are intimately connected and intertwined. Negative, harmful thoughts can affect the body in negative, harmful ways. In the same way, nourishing, loving, and kind thoughts can affect the body in healing, transformative ways. One major shift in my life and body came as I became increasingly more mindful in my thinking. Mindful thinking means that we can choose what and how we think. We can consciously exchange negative, harmful ways of thinking for more loving, kind, and positive thinking.
Another way of saying this is that we can not reach our highest goals through self-abuse and self-attack. This road only leads to self-rejection and self-hate.
So, I say ”thank you” to my chiropractor for calling me into consciousness about the damage I was causing in my life and health. This led me to seek a better path, a path whose effects have truly healed both my mind and my body.