NOTE: This post was originally published on my previous blog, The Healing Project.
It’s hard to believe, but it has been 6 months since I started “The Healing Project.” My first post was made on February 3, 2010, and outlined my quest to heal my health and my life over the course of one year. My healing project utilizes the principles of Louise Hay and other teachers and also involves treating myself with more kindness and compassion.
Insights and Wins
Last week, upon the occasion of my 44th birthday, I posted my “Reflections at Mid-Life.” This week’s post is dedicated to sharing the insights I’ve gained and the triumphs I’ve made at the half-way point of my “healing project.” These powerful wins can be encapsulated within the following categories, each of which will be covered in the body of this post:
“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears” – Anthony Robbins
The quote above exemplifies the power of gratitude as a spiritual practice in life. When one reflects on the many blessings which are present in his life, he is less likely to experience fear and anxiety. The practice of gratitude involves having a “glass half full” outlook and looking for what’s right in your life instead of what’s wrong. It is definitely true that if you look for something, you’re going to find it, so why not look for the good instead of the bad?
Since beginning my healing project, I have adopted a much more powerful attitude of gratitude in my life. I am decidedly more present to the abundance of blessings that exist in my life, and I much more readily rejoice in the “little things” which bring me joy and peace on a daily basis. I am more easily able to live in the moment and less likely to either dwell on the mistakes and pain of the past or ruminate on the “what ifs” of the future.
One of my early posts was on “The Practice of Gratitude” and included the suggestion for keeping a gratitude and success journal on a regular basis. I wholeheartedly re-affirm that suggestion now! I strive to make entries in my gratitude journal on most days and find that it helps me to live more in the moment and focus more on my blessings rather than my challenges.
“Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.” – Frederick Langbridge
Closely related to gratitude is attitude. Adopting a positive attitude in life can help you navigate your way through the many challenges which you’ll face on your life journey. I used to be a pessimist and was always waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop. I used to believe that it was better to expect the worst because that way, I would never be disappointed. What I didn’t realize was that I spent a lot of time and energy needlessly worrying about calamities which never happened. Instead, I could have invested that mental and emotional capital in reaching my goals and fulfilling my dreams.
My healing project has involved a lot of attitudinal shifts. I have become much more keenly attuned to my thoughts and the impact they have on my health and my life experience. My increased awareness has allowed me to question my thoughts and assess how they are or are not serving me. I am now much more able to rapidly shift my thinking to a more positive space upon the realization that I am engaging in “stinking thinking.” I now spend far fewer precious moments each day in a negative space and my husband is delighted that I have become a more upbeat person.
“In all things, it is better to hope than to despair.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When 2010 began, I didn’t feel a lot of hope for myself or my life. I felt like a run-down, unhealthy, washed up “loser,” and I am not exaggerating much in this characterization. While I was very happy to have a loving and supportive husband, I felt despondent about my many health challenges, my lack of career success and prospects, and the absence of close relationships with my friends and family members. Until my epiphany while working out one January evening, I was very discouraged and had little idea how to go about changing my course in life.
The simple acts of declaring my healing project and beginning this blog infused a thread of hope into my consciousness, and this thread has grown into a small but beautiful tapestry over the course of the past six months. While I cannot report a completely clean bill of health, a thriving business, or a broad circle of friends, I can express increased hope for growth and improvement in all areas of my life.
I can also state that there have been significant positive changes in various facets of my life. I have revitalized some of my relationships and reached out to new acquaintances, and this has led to a few new career opportunities as well as an enhanced sense of connection with others. My health has also improved in several key ways which I will elaborate on further in the next section.
All in all, I feel that I am on a positive path and have much more hope for a compelling future than I did at the beginning of this year. I am gradually filling in the details and color in the vision for my future, and that is helping me to move forward in creating a more happy and peaceful life.
“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies.” – Friedrich Nietzche
A big part of my healing project relates to my overcoming a number of health challenges which have been adversely impacting my life. Some of these illnesses have plagued me for many years, while others have cropped up only recently. Fortunately, none of these difficulties are life-threatening, yet all have been troubling to me and have affected my quality of life.
As I am a big believer in Louise Hay’s philosophy that we create every illness in our bodies by virtue of our thoughts, I also ascribed to her powerful notion that I could overcome my ailments through changing my thinking. I made a point of shifting my thoughts from negative to positive and repeating empowering affirmations related to my health. I have also worked on being more gentle and loving toward myself, as Louise Hay asserts that all “when we really love and accept and approve of ourselves, then everything in life works.”
I am pleased to report that I have seen some noteworthy improvements in my health since beginning my healing project. I am experiencing far fewer body aches and pains and feel a higher level of health and vitality. My health conditions which have either disappeared or dramatically decreased in intensity include my neck pain, my TMJ syndrome, my digestive distress, and the throat condition which I wrote about in my post titled “It’s Always Something!” In terms of the latter condition, rather than having to take prescription medication twice a day as recommended by the specialist I saw, I am only taking a low dose of an over-the-counter drug each morning and my symptoms have almost completely abated!
On To the Second Half…
As I move into the second half of my yearlong healing project, I am both excited and encouraged to continue the progress I’ve made thus far. I am confident that I will succeed in my quest to heal myself and my life in one year. I look forward to sharing my many wins related to health, relationships, and success along the way and in February 2011!