Disease and health are rooted in thought…..There is no physician like cheerful thought to dissipate the ills of the body. James Allen
Can You Think Yourself to Good Health?
Here’s a thought-provoking post on FoxNews (written by Lissa Rankin, MD and originally published on Health.com). We discuss eating, exercising, maintaining healthy hormone levels, avoiding bad habits, and other strategies to live a healthier life, but many times we ignore, or fail to recognize the importance of attitude and the power of thought to improve health.
There’s more to good physical health than good health habits. What I think gets in the way of truly living a healthy energetic life is the willingness to be less than you’re capable of becoming – doing enough to get by if you will. Healthy energetic people do not simply plod through the day; they make the day.
I’ve met more than a few individuals who despite some less than desirable health habits lived long and meaningful lives because they have lived purposeful and purposed fill lives. Individuals who approach life with purpose seem to naturally have healthy attitudes. They aren’t immune to stress, but are able to manage it and put it in perspective. They see setbacks as opportunities to start anew with a better plan. They’re positive, grateful, and thankful. They possess that unique ability to make those around them feel better. They see the good in all people and all events and circumstances. They rise above difficult circumstances and do not allow themselves to get bogged down by pettiness. They also seem to enjoy the aging process.
We touched upon this subject of the mind-body connection in our book review on Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, by Daniel Amen, MD. I suggest another book. In As a Man Thinketh, James Allen discusses the power of positive thinking and its effects on our character, our circumstances, our health, our achievements, and our purpose. As a Man Thinketh is a short book, but impactful.
While Dr. Amen emphasizes the science and biochemistry of the brain and the brain’s effect on the rest of the body, Mr. Allen approaches the power of the brain from the perspective of thought. The brain is powerful and has Allen says “Thought is the font of action, life, and manifestation; make the fountain pure, and all will be pure.”
Think yourself to good health. Change your thoughts and you will change your health and your world.