If our brain creates every experience we have in our body, it is our responsibility to create a healing environment so we can better respond to medical treatments and heal. We are responsible for every experience in our body, but we are responsible for how we interpret what we experience. There are things we cannot control, but we definitely can control our interpretations. Read these ten tips from the perspective that this is something you can do to help participate in the healing process.
Consider your brain a useful tool in creating an inner healing environment. Use that precious tool to be an active partner with your doctor, to avoid mental sabotage that limits your potential to heal and become empowered to play an active role in healing.
1. The most significant tip for a person dealing with a chronic illness is to be aware of how they use their mind. How we interpret things can create stress, which inhibits the immune system.
2. Our self-image is where we direct our thoughts. If we have a negative self-image, we direct our thoughts to a part of us that gives negative interpretations. If we direct our thoughts to a positive self-image, we interpret our situation positively.
3. We have the ability to create conscious habits, so that we can condition our subconscious mind to instantly respond without having to think about it.
4. The ability to trust ourselves honors and respects the wisdom of the body. This trust has to extend beyond our thoughts and conditioned habits to activate this inner wisdom.
5. What we breathe into is what we give life to. We have to learn to breathe into our inner wisdom and our positive self and not our fears.
6. Worries do not support the healing process. In Latin, the word “worry” comes from the word “choke.” When we breathe into worries, we cut our breath short.
7. Confidence comes from using inner kindness to deal with our weakness. Confidence and kindness are incredible tools for creating an inner healing environment.
8. The quality of life does not depend on the health of your body; it depends on your focus. You have the ability, regardless of your challenge, to control your focus.
9. Utilize your inner wisdom to become a partner with your doctor in the healing process. When inner and outer resources work together, the best results happen.
10. The patient’s role in healing is to not be a victim, but to be an active participant. Use every obstacle you face as an opportunity to evolve and better participate in the challenges life offers.
If you develop these techniques, you will feel actively involved in your healing as you receive the medical treatments in the best way they can be used. It is normal to just look outside for help when you are in a health crisis, but developing yourself to be an active participant is a healthy way to be sick.
© 2011 Marc Lerner and Life Skills Institute
Marc Lerner has been an MS patient since 1981. In 1982, he founded Life Skills Institute, a non-profit to empower patient participation. He wrote A Healthy Way to Be Sick , which can be found on Amazon.com. He gives tele-seminars to empower patient participation. His website defines his workhttp://lifeskillsinc.com.