This question is not a spiritual question but a life teaching. This question is like a statement for the way you experience life. Our lives are the products of our thoughts! And that’s indeed not a question, but a fact! So, let me pose these questions to you: How well do you know your thoughts? How often do you listen to the inner dialogues that are happening in your head every single day? How much are you aware of how these inputs impact your perception of reality?
Your Mind Does Not Know The Word ‘Not’
Did you know this? You are engaging in inner dialogues with yourself all day long and it’s impacting how you experience life. And even more so you are exposed to the external dialogues others involve you in voluntarily or involuntarily and you and your mind keep listening to what those voices have to say…actively or passively. To the mind, this doesn’t make a difference! So, here comes an important life lesson: Phrasing sentences in a negative way doesn’t bring value to your life. If I say “I don’t want to feel sad” all my mind is hearing is the word “sad”. Our mind is not capable to process the “not” in the sentence. This is a crucial aspect if you’re going through life without paying attention to this mechanism. Start analyzing yourself and your own language & start re-phrasing your expressions in a positive way instead.
Your Mind Reacts To The Images And Words In Your Head
Watching out for your language doesn’t stop there. Because your mind truly believes everything you tell it. Let’s say you are finding yourself in a stressful situation at work and you keep saying “This work is just killing me”. Trust me, your mind will believe you without a doubt. Our mind lacks the ability to distinguish between irony and reality. It will therefore take your expressions as the truth without filtering them beforehand and will take them in as direct commands and act upon them. The result being that a stress response is being induced.
…And yes, now is exactly the moment when you should keep on reading to uncover the distressing and destructive effects of this process so you can experience life in all its facets.
Negativity Shows In Our Body
The cryptic word Psycho-Neuro-Immunology describes the effect that our words produce a strong biochemical effect & impact our immune system and essentially the way we experience life. The more negative self-talk we engage in the more it shows in our body. Negative thoughts create fear and pain. Fear and pain put us in a distressed fight or flight mode. And this fight or flight mode releases stress hormones like cortisol into our bodies. This would be beneficial if we were trying to escape a deadly threat. However, it’s not beneficial if we are simply experiencing a “normal” day while being constantly triggered in this negative way. The truth is, that our mind cannot distinguish between a real threat and a perceived threat. The threat and stress response is the same. And being in this stress response even in case of real threat only serves us for the moment being as it gathers all its energy for our survival purpose. In the process, it shuts down highly relevant processes that we need in the long-term like a strong immune response, our digestive system, or even our reproductive systems. Needless to say, experiencing this state for a longer time is highly destructive yet in modern society, we are finding ourselves in this state constantly because we are not paying attention to our thoughts and the words we say to ourselves.
The Bright Light On The Other Side
After all this negativity, let’s take a look at the bright side. Because by recognizing these destructive negative effects, you will, most importantly, realize your potential for growth. And this is where the positive powerful effect lies. Making yourself aware of these concepts you will gain skills on how to monitor them and steer them. Because let’s be honest who wants a life where you and the way you experience life are programmed by outer forces?
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