Do you feel like a victim of your circumstances? Fated to suffer poor health because of your genetics? Destined to have a life you don’t want because “it’s too late to change”?
If you 100% believe those statements to be true, then they will probably become true for you. The mind is a powerful entity and can override our natural processes of healing, change, and adaptability. “Natural processes of healing” you ask? Yes. Your body is constantly working to heal injuries, adapt to different conditions, including actually changing structure and function to do so. If your mind says, “I want to eat the rest of this chocolate bar” and the stomach says, “But, I am full,” the mind can still say, “I am the boss and so I am going to eat more chocolate.” Is your mind really the boss? Is there a backseat driver to your mind saying, “You should always finish what you start,” “What’s a few more bites? You’re already overweight,” or “This tastes so good! Who knows when I’ll get chocolate this good again?”
At times, what your mind chooses to do can be completely opposite to what your body really needs for healing. When you’re in discomfort, an automatic response can be, “I don’t like this feeling. I want to be rid of it.” Some people may use their mind to outright ignore the discomfort. They may busy their minds with work or reduce their awareness of what’s going on with medications or alcohol. Others may zone out from reality by immersing themselves in mindless entertainment. If the discomfort is mild and benign, like a mosquito bite, ignoring it can be a better option than scratching it like crazy and spreading the infection. Other discomforts are signs our bodies are giving us of bigger issues that need attention. When it comes to health, discomfort and symptoms can be healthy outcomes when there is damage, strain or malfunctioning of the body. The ideal response is to assess the discomfort or symptom, determine the source of it, decide what is the best course of action, seek help if the situation is beyond your personal understanding or ability to improve, and follow through on the necessary steps to restore the healthy condition.
Sounds logical, right? If this ideal protocol is what people usually do, then theoretically we wouldn’t see people suffering, especially when it comes to chronic diseases or illnesses. Where are the gaps in this scenario that prevent the ideal course from playing out? First, the mind’s backseat driver may have been fed false information on what needs help in the first place. It might have been taught, “Exercise is supposed to hurt,” “It is unavoidable. Our bodies are breaking down with aging.” “Sluggishness is normal. That’s why everyone needs a coffee to start their day.” “All men over 40 years old need medications to prevent a heart attack.” “Headaches run in my family.” “All kids have trouble sitting still these days.” When you blindly believe these statements, you’re choosing to be a victim of exercise, aging, genetics, and social expectations. It’s usually an unconscious choice, as these messages were engrained in your mind when you were too young to discern if these statements were true or not. Therefore, if the discomfort is expected, then we can be complacent and not have to make any changes.
Our society’s norms involve many expectations of ongoing discomfort and illness throughout life. With this cultural expectation, reinforced by drug advertising and media messages, many of us are victims to this image of life. If you dare to hope to be different, you can be met with a lot of resistance, such as, “What makes you so special?” “Oh, she’s loopy.” “Yeah, right. It must be a scam.” How much resistance you face, however, is related to who you share your hopes and ideas with. If you are around like-minded people who are also courageous enough to strive for a better life, you are more likely to receive encouragement, not resistance or ridicule. This is very helpful, since some of the greatest resistance you’ll meet is within your own mind.
Being the architect of your own life is creativity in all aspects. You have a blank page in front of you and you can design the most fabulous life you want. You then hone your design such that it can be structurally sound and use materials you can source. Of course, there are some limitations of matter, in that we can’t grow a third arm, or eyes on the back of our head (as useful as these would be, especially for a busy mom). That said, with the right team of engineers (health care team, like your chiropractor), more and more dreams are possible to achieve.
A great plan is just the beginning. Are you brave enough, and committed enough to see the project to completion? Some people take short cuts with cheap materials, underqualified workers, and skip steps to get the project done very quickly and on an unrealistic budget. They skip setting down a strong foundation, because nobody can see it. These projects don’t hold up to challenging conditions, or even regular wear-and-tear over time. Others pay close attention to the integrity of their structure first, even though it requires more work. They take pride in a job well done. In doing so, they can count on the end-product continuing to increase in value over time. It does require some maintenance for upkeep, but minor ongoing maintenance is a much better situation than the drama of living from crisis-to-crisis. Medical care, for the most part, is crisis-management, and if you are critically ill or injured, it is the appropriate venue for care. If, however, you’re looking to engineer better health for yourself and family for years to come, corrective chiropractic care can be what it takes to build a stronger foundation. Ongoing wellness chiropractic care can help you stay in good form and even continually improve your state of health.
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