When you’re dealing with infertility or illness during pregnancy you’re dealing with a real medical condition – absolutely. 100%. So what does mind have to do with it?
Sometimes doctors can find out the physical cause and sometimes they can’t. But there’s usually some explanation, even if it’s unknown or unidentified.
So why do I help women with their mindset? How in the world can that help someone with a PHYSICAL problem? Glad you asked!
The analogy of the sick plant
When a plant is sick, we usually take a look at the plant and see if there are signs of distress. Are the leaves covered in scabs, wilted, yellow? Are the stems shriveled, covered in insects or damaged in any way?
These clues can sometimes give us insight into the problem. Perhaps it’s an insect, or maybe powdery mildew.
But if the outward signs aren’t visible, we might decide to go deeper with the diagnostics. We could test the soil for deficiencies or pathogens.
These diagnostics can give us a more targeted approach in how we go about treating the plant.
But what if the test results are inconclusive?
In this case, we’re going to do our best to provide the plant with the best overall conditions possible – food, water, sun exposure, etc. We’ll do everything we can to encourage plant healing and optimal health. Makes sense, right?
Aim for optimal overall health no matter what
The truth is, this kind of overall holistic treatment is appropriate in any case.
Maybe we need to remove aphids or scale, perhaps we need to add more nitrogen or phosphorus to the soil. Maybe an anti-fungal is in order or perhaps even a careful removal of infected leaves or limbs.
But every great gardener also knows that despite treating the apparent physical problem with the plant we still need to address one more thing: overall plant health. Healthy plants in the right environments tend not to get sick, this is scientifically proven.
When a plant is receiving proper nutrition, the right amount of water, and is growing in appropriate environmental conditions, it is far less likely to succumb to disease. Even insects tend to prefer plants that are weakened and more vulnerable.
Even though prevention is not always possible, we can still take this information and apply it to the treatment plan. We want to ensure that the plant is as healthy as possible in whatever way we can reasonably control.
We take care of that plant with proper food, water, and overall care – attending to its basic life-nurturing needs so it can repair itself and continue to grow and thrive.
By doing this, we not only help the plant out but we reduce the volume of chemical pesticides and fertilizers that are needed to fight off disease. We also improve their response to such treatments.
People are not much different
When we get sick, we can usually find a physiological problem, and we often have advanced medical treatment options to help alleviate that problem.
But if we’re not treating the whole person – mind, body, spirit – then we’re allowing the conditions for disease to remain. Plus we’re not giving the body the best advantage for healing.
Lest you think I’m minimizing the value of medical treatment – think again. I have a child with a serious brain disorder that, left untreated, could result in severe mental and physical disabilities and eventual death. I’m a huge fan of getting help when it’s needed!
But when you’re seeking answers and help for your physical body, don’t forget to consider the “environment” – your mind, your emotions, your lifestyle, your whole self.
There are many studies and personal accounts that show us how responsive the body is to your thinking. Both your outward thoughts and the internal dialogue.
Think about it, your brain is the control center for everything that happens in your body. Your brain is sending out instructions to your body on an unconscious level, without your awareness.
Now think about how your conscious thoughts might also affect how your body operates.
We know that what we think and how we interpret the world affects our emotions. In fact, emotions are not spontaneous at all, they’re your brains attempt to predict or interpret whatever you’re seeing or experiencing and put it into action. It does this by comparing what is happening with old patterns and experiences.
When you see, hear or experience anything your mind quickly tries to make sense of it by comparing it to something you know or have experienced before. This forms your instant emotional reaction.
What if you could change your brain’s interpretation?
Put simply: you can.
It may take time, effort, and new skills, but it’s worth the effort. If you want to heal more efficiently and strengthen yourself for a lifetime of greater wellness, then start considering how you can nurture and respect your whole self, including your mind.
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