Originally Posted September 5, 2014

Not Feeling Well? 
It’s your own darn fault!
 
Yes, those are harsh words, so let me explain!
 
I’m a firm believer that our health is directly related to our own thoughts.  Now, you don’t have to believe this, but hear me out…
 
Hindsight is 20/20, right?  Think back to those times in your life when you were most stressed.  How were you feeling?  Did you have constant headaches, sinus infections, back pain, insomnia? 
 
When I look back on my own life, it’s actually freaky to make this connection.  Right after college, I was working at a Chicago-based cable TV station.  I loved what I was doing but I was working about 70+ hours a week and completely stressed out.  My hair began to fall out in clumps.  After leaving that job, I never had that problem again.
 
When I was in a toxic business relationship in the late ’90’s, not only was I prone to accidents, (falling, tripping, running into things), I also had to have vocal chord surgery.  Was it was due to singing 6 nights a week and that’s why my chords were over and mis-used?  Maybe.  Or, was it because I was so angry in that situation I literally couldn’t speak?  Once I left that toxic environment, I never had the problem again, even with an equally heavy singing schedule.
 
A few years ago I found myself in another situation where I wasn’t speaking up (I know, those who know me are finding that hard to believe…but it’s actually true!).  I wasn’t speaking up for myself, my thoughts, or my ideas.  Not only were my creative juices completely stunted, I actually developed gall stones, which I was able to pass naturally.
 
 
It was at that time that I found the writings of Louise L. Hay, specifically the book, You Can Heal Your Life. In it she states, “I believe we create every so-called illness in our body.  The body, like everything else in life, is a mirror of our inner thoughts and beliefs.  The body is always talking to us, if we will only take the time to listen.  Every cell within your body responds to every single thought you think and every word you speak.”  
 
The book actually lists Probable Mental Patterns that create illness in our body. Specific health problems are listed, along with the probable cause and a new thought pattern to help alleviate the dis-ease your body is having.  Again, you have every right to call it poppycock, but it certainly is interesting.  Under gallstones is states the probable cause as bitterness, hard thoughts, condemning, pride.  Hmmm, that is what I was feeling and thinking at the time.  Coincidence?
 
Now, I’m not saying if you hack off a finger with a sharp Cutco knife your thoughts can re-attach that finger for you.  And, you could call it an accident (but that’s a whole other topic!). I’m simply suggesting to take a deep look at how you are really feeling and see if your thoughts around something that’s going on in your life is not the root cause.  I do recommend all of Louise Hays books.  I find them fascinating.
 
I’m also not suggesting you bail out of any stressful job or situation.  What I have learned and now understand is that we create our own stress.  How we are choosing to react or respond to situations in our life is us creating our own stress or peace. 
 
We forget that we create the situations, then we give our power away by blaming the other person for our frustration.  No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for ‘we’ are the only thinkers in our mind.  We create our experiences, our reality, and everyone in it.  When we create peace and harmony and balance in our mind, we will find it in our lives.” – Louise Hays, You Can Heal Your Life
 
Take a moment to see how your negative and stressful thoughts are impacting your health.  Before you begin to medicate the symptoms, see if you can’t understand the underlying cause.  The power you have over your own body just might surprise you.
 
Here’s to your healthy bliss!
Lesley Picchietti, CPC, ACC, ELI-MP
 
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