There is now much research into the link between our feelings, thoughts and health.
The science and statistics are clear. There is a link.
However, we are still very much in the early days of exploring HOW to change our feelings and thoughts to affect our health.
With the goal of health, many of us living with chronic illness choose to take part in this journey of exploration.
From my own experience of significant recovery from ME/CFS, I can confirm that feelings and thoughts affect health.
However, when setting out to change your feelings or change your thoughts, there are various pitfalls which can leave you blaming yourself for being ill in the first place.
If you are living with chronic illness, you have enough to deal with already. Please remember to be gentle on yourself. Keep reading for my view on the dangers of 'positive thinking'.
Above, I have picked out some healing approaches that are not necessarily spiritual.
You will also find an abundance of spirituality articles on this site.
The spiritual journey is one where we are constantly willing to train our thoughts along new pathways that allow us to
access greater peace. Feeling at peace allows us to find emotional health regardless of our physical health.
Click to read a spiritual perspective on the link between our thoughts and health: Do Our Beliefs Create Our Reality?
When I talk of the connection between feelings, thoughts and health you may take this to mean that I am advising positive thinking...
"If you could just do more positive thinking and feel more positive then the illness would go away"
Because of such simplistic advice, I am somewhat wary of the term positive thinking, or rather I use it in a different way from many people.
For a long time I misunderstood and misapplied positive thinking to stuff
my feelings down and give myself a hard time for so-called 'negative thoughts' and 'negative feelings'.
Plenty of people may seem to tell you to do this when you are ill. I am certainly not one of them.
I am often astounded by the level of positive thinking I find in people with the illness CFS/ME or other illnesses.
I see incredible beauty and strength in people who shine regardless of living with health challenges.
The most useful kind of positive thinking is to love and accept yourself whatever you think and feel right now.
Once you have practised self love and self acceptance, then - and only then - you might choose to play with changing your feelings and thoughts.
The most important change of thought to align your thoughts and health is the thought that there is something okay about you, whatever you are thinking.
The most important change of feelings to align your feelings and health is to feel okay about yourself, whatever you are feeling.
beauty of healing approaches which allow your thoughts to change and your feelings to change is
that regardless of whether your physical health doesn't improve or does
improve, you CAN find greater mental and emotional health regardless.
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