The Power of Belief

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You can make yourself feel better by directing the thoughts in your mind.

Last week we screened the documentary HEAL at my yoga studio. The community came out for this wonderful event and it really showed that people are very interested in the power of healing and the power of belief.

The movie follows a few people through their journey of illness while also highlighting alternative therapies. You can stream the film or buy the DVD at healdocumentary.com and I definitely recommend you do, especially if you or someone you love struggles with chronic illness.

A woman featured in the film had cancer and while she had radiation and chemotherapy, she believes the alternative therapies are what helped her healing, she believes they helped her handle the intense doses of chemicals in her system, and most importantly, she believes they helped her keep a positive attitude throughout her treatment.

The film is validation for the growing science of Positive Psychology, which focuses on helping yourself be better by adjusting your attitude. It focuses on various techniques including mindfulness in order to live the “good life.” According to their definition, “The goal is to minimize pathological thoughts that may arise in a hopeless mindset, and to, instead, develop a sense of optimism toward life.”

If you’ve been following my writings or my social media postings you’ll see very clearly that I enjoy my life and keep a positive attitude as often as possible. I’m an eternal optimist and so far that’s served me very well.

Here are 4 things you can do to help make yourself feel better:

Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important things we can do, but we need good sleep. Science shows that 7-9 hours of good sleep will allow us to be healthy and energetic during the day.

Eat Right

Two things for the nutrition category: 1. Stop eating as many chemicals, processed, and fried foods as possible; and 2. Eat whole foods, mostly vegatables, and don’t eat too much. It’s simple, but in our culture, it’s not always easy.

Exercise

I’m still not blue in the face, so I’m going to keep on saying it. Move your body! Break a sweat, challenge yourself and do it at least 4-6 times a week. It doesn’t have to be long, 20-30 minutes of a great HIIT workout will suffice, but the benefits are overwhelming!

Meditate

This is getting more and more popular and more and more necessary. Again, this doesn’t need to be 20-30 minutes twice a day, it can be short moments when you take a deep breath and connect with that deeper sense of self inside you. The time is now to find that deeper connection, that deeper purpose in life and meditation will help you get there. If you’re too busy worried about notifications on your phone, you’re going to miss out on the beauty and richness of your inner life. Discovering your inner world will lead you to your purpose in life which, once aligned, will make you a much happier person.

I’ve developed a free meditation course that will help you get started. As always feel free to contact me with any questions. I’m always here. See you on the yellow brick road!

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