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The Power of Your Thoughts

Several months ago, I took a course centered around diagnosing and treating hormonal imbalances.  One of the instructors, Dr. Christiane Northrup, introduced an extremely profound concepts that I have come to believe is applicable to many aspects of life.  The concept was that our thoughts are our biggest hormone disruptor.   This statement was very thought provoking for me (no pun intended).  At the same time, I was reading a paper produced by the Harvard Medical School about positive thinking and happiness.  This paper talked about the power of our thoughts, and the role that they play in our overall happiness.  I had been mulling over these two concepts for months.  Then I attended the IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) annual conference, and one of the sessions I attended talked about how happiness and joy play a vital role in our overall health and mental wellbeing. 
 
I feel as though these concepts were being brought to me, layered one on top of the other, to help me understand the impact that our thoughts have on our health.  And more importantly, the power we have over our thoughts, and therefore, our happiness and our physical health and mental wellbeing!  And that is extremely empowering!
 
So let’s apply this same concept to stress.  Stress is a part of life.  We are surrounded by stress factors on a regular basis.  Those stress factors are individual (what causes stress in my life may not be the same as what causes stress in your life) as well as relative (what seems like a lot of stress to me may not seem like stress at all to you).  Many times it’s not the stress factors themselves that have a negative impact on our health, but rather the way we respond to those stress factors in terms of our thoughts!  Therefore, although oftentimes we cannot control many of the stress factors in our life, we CAN control our response to them!
 
As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, this concept can be applied to many different aspects of your life.  It’s a paradigm shift in thinking (again, no pun intended) that involves the art of reframing your thoughts.  I’m hoping that you find this concept to be as empowering as I have found it to be. And I wish you health and happiness today and every day!