Creating Inner Wellness
All things are created twice… first in your mind and then in the physical world. (Anonymous)
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. (Dr Wayne Dyer)
For something to change, you have to change. (Jim Rohn)
To change your results, change your focus. (Tony Robbins)
I hope you’ve joined me with a cup of your favorite beverage and are ready to reflect and reflect deeply on the power of these quotes. I begin with these questions because my recent study of inner wellbeing has made it very clear that our bodies have an innate ability to heal.
What does this mean for you and me? Well, sit back and let’s explore this together in the next few moments.
First, let’s define a few keywords. When I refer to “inward” or “innate,” I define it as intuitive, natural, God-given. The online Webster Dictionary defines innate as “belonging to the essential nature of something” and “that (which) is part of one’s intrinsic essential nature”. A wonderful definition of wellness that I recently found is as follows: “Wellness…is a lens through which to see the world, it is a philosophical view that allows the body, mind and spirit to, by nature to be intelligent, self-healing, and self-regulating.” (Dr. J. Chestnut, DC “The Innate Nutrition and Natural Hygiene”).
If inner wellbeing is a valuable element to strive for, how do we consistently bring it into our lives?
Consider the statement, “The past need not be the same as the future.” If you are faced with a situation in your life that has led to poor health and are being challenged by the drain on your energy, what would it be worth for you to know for sure that that is exactly the case wherever you are Set focus Where will you see results? To be sure that you could change the outcome of this situation with some effort and responsibility for the choices you made? What do you think of focusing your attention on something to change your outcomes?
The best illustration of this concept is to look at the process of goal setting and setting intentions. Most of us have heard of SMART goal setting: that is, goals should be:
o Realistic in time frame
o Team supported
Staying committed to a goal takes determination and a willingness to change sails when you need to find a better way. Realize that creating and maintaining inner well-being is about creating a place of inner peace and doing it with focus and supreme awareness. Expect things to go up and down in life, but if you choose to keep your focus on good health, you will definitely see results.
One of my favorite authors, Dr. Wayne Dyer, in his book There Is a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, writes: “All healing is a return to wholeness. Your thoughts have a lot to do with this healing process. Low energy patterns can activate an ulcer (or cause healing.) Let me make it absolutely clear that the intelligence inhabiting your body becomes what you project and will create a healthy or ailing body , whichever way you choose. Use your mind… Make your mind strong, loving, healthy and positive and your body will respond accordingly.”
Good advice! So how do we put these concepts into action?
First, instead of endlessly wasting energy asking the question WHY? Why me? Why now? Why is this happening? Focus on asking these empowering questions:
– What I want? (Priorities)
– What do I have to have/be/do?
– What have I tried?
– What’s holding me back?
– Who can support me?
When you choose to focus on creating SOLUTIONS instead of focusing on the problem itself, a few things tend to happen:
1. The size of the problem often decreases because there is a better perspective and “bigger attitude” about how that situation fits into the framework of your life.
2. The solutions that you hadn’t previously considered emerge, gain momentum, and a strong sense of POSSIBILITIES arises.
When options and possibilities become your habitual response, it happens in that inner space in your heart and mind where the excitement of available options allows you to create and build inner well-being.
Second, do a little self-check-in — how many times have you stopped to pat yourself on the back and remembered all the wonderful things you’ve done, become, and achieved in your life? How have you served your neighborhood or church? Positive encouragement and reflection on all you have contributed to someone else’s life is great encouragement to take yourself to a place of wonderful inner well-being.
Third: Realize that life is just a “blip” and no matter how much time we are all blessed with in this life, there will always be a wish that we had more time… So honor your life priorities… . .Anything that is deep, rich, and meaningful requires your utmost focus and effort
Finally, answer these questions:
– How can you use your current situation to squeeze more “juice” out of life?
– What life experiences have you gone through that really influenced you?
– What is your “life legacy” ~ what would you like to be remembered for?
May you continue to live a blessed life of inner wellbeing, wisdom and peace.
Thanks to Carolyn Wiens