Can you think your way thin?
Do your thoughts affect your body, how you eat, and your metabolism? YES. #HealthYeah.
Case in point: my flower pots.
Now, I know you’ve heard the sayings –
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford
“The only thing more dangerous than an idea is a belief.” – Sarah Vowell
“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” – Peace Pilgrim
I’ve been reading E2, by Pam Grout. It’s an entertaining book on energy experiments that “prove your thoughts create your reality.” Bold statement, right?
I decided to put one of Pam’s experiments to the test, and enrolled my 8 year old son, various friends, and my garden into the plan.
The experiment is based on old wisdom that our thoughts have energy and power, and the basic premise is this:
- Give good energy, words and thoughts to something and it will bloom, heal, and grow in a positive way.
- Give bad energy, words, and thoughts to something and it will suffer, wither, and mutate in a negative way.
I took two identical pots, filled them with soil from the same bag of dirt, planted 4 nasturtium seeds from the same packet, placed them next to each other, and began the experiment.
Every day as I watered my garden, I would count to 3, sprinkling each pot with the same amount of water. Then I would say loving things to the pot on the left, while saying mean, nasty things to the pot on the right.
Some days my son would come upstairs and “yell at the seeds” with me. He got a real kick out of it. When I had friends over, I would invite them to be nice to the left pot, and mean to the right pot, and we would kind of gang up on or befriend the germinating seeds.
The results were staggering:
The “happy pot” flourished, and 2 of the 4 nasturtium seeds germinated into flowering plants. Grass and edible Lamb’s Quarters, and edible weed, sprouted as well.
The “bad pot” floundered. None of the 4 nasturtium seeds sprouted, and only a few weeds took root.
I have to admit, it was hard to be mean to the “bad pot” – every day I walked away from the experiment feeling a little gross.
Being openly mean to anything living feels gross.
But we do that to our bodies every day, don’t we?
And the energetic affect on your body, metabolism, and ability to be truly healthy is staggering:
- You can think yourself well: the placebo effect demonstrates how the power of positive thinking, hope, and nurturing care can cause healing. The “nocebo” effect demonstrates the physiological effects of negative belief, fear, anxiety, and what Martin Seligman terms “learned helplessness.”
- You can either stress, or you can digest: when you are stuck in a stressful state of mind, your digestion (and metabolism) shut down or are impared
- Negative thoughts and emotions trigger the amygdala in your brain to send out a red alert that activates a “fight-or-flight” stress response. When the nervous system is in “fight-or-flight,” the body’s self-repair mechanisms don’t function properly and the body is predisposed to illness. This can happen even just from thinking “people in my family get sick/cancer/arthritis, etc.”
- Every time you think harsh, cruel, or negative thoughts about your body or your health, you’re potentially poisoning your body with stress hormones that deactivate your body’s natural self-repair mechanisms. You wouldn’t chug from a bottle with a skull and crossbones on it, but we are habituated to thinking terrible things about our bodies.
Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.
~ Willie Nelson, my favorite outlaw cowboy singer
You Are The Artist Of Your Life, You Are The Gatekeeper Of Your Body
It’s up to you to think differently.
It’s within your power to grow a flourishing garden in your cells and your soul.
What thoughts do you choose to think about your body?
Your thoughts to yourself can heal…
…or your thoughts to yourself can damage.
Your thoughts to your body can uplift and re-energize…
…or your thoughts to your body can degrade and shame.
Your thoughts about yourself can transform your life, your relationship with food, and your future for the better…
…or your thoughts can turn it into (or keep it) a real shit show.
As you look towards the possibilities this new way of thinking has for you, including all the personal desires and cravings that call to you, I want to extend my hand and offer myself as a part of your circle of support.
To be totally honest, I’ve accomplished a lot in my life, in many realms, but NONE of it, have I done alone.
When I’m looking at making a big change, or taking on a new way of being, or when I want something that just feels beyond my ability to create, I will raise my hand, phone a friend, shout out loud “HELP!”
If you are in this space, with visions and hope for a future that glows with self-love, joy, freedom, peace and energy, then I welcome you to go. for. it.
Feel into the image that you see and feel, and seek the support you need to make the transformation real.
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We’ll intentionally approach these topics with love, kindness, and compassion – those good thoughts that helped my garden flourish! Let’s skip the extra shame and frustration, shall we?
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