Anxiety, Change, chronic pain, Managing Pain Naturally, mindfulness

Thoughts Are Powerful

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“Everything will be so good so soon.  Just hang in there and don’t worry about it too much.”

If you have not realized it by now, I am obviously a very big fan of Pinterest  If you said that term years ago, I would have laughed and when I first downloaded this platform, I was beyond overwhelmed and within two days got off of it.  I was looking at all the “boards” about motherhood, cooking, crafts etc.  My mind started going crazy and thoughts such as: “Oh my God, I am a terrible mother.  I should be cooking this and that and look at all these crafts!  How will I find time to do all of these.” A few weeks later I realized Pinterest has “boards” as they call them that are fascinating to me.  No, I do not like sewing nor do I want to do a craft with Kayci that will take five hours.  I would rather take her on a hike or read or meet up with her friends and learn through group interaction.  And when it comes to crafts, there are many clubs and places I have taken her to that help her be creative.  I love to write but ask me to draw something and I can come up with three things: a tree, a bird, and the sun.  I am also the queen of bubble letters but Kayci is three and bubble letters really are not her thing yet.  What does interest me in Pinterest?  Quotes, Ideas, Mindfulness, Yoga, Meditation, Exercise, Crock Pot recipes, and boards on chronic pain and the things I truly believe in.  My inspiration board I made years ago that still hangs on my bedroom wall was inspired by the quotes I found on Pinterest.  My favorite being: “A Year From Now You Will Wish You Started Today.”

Each day, usually before bed I go on Pinterest and read quotes by my favorite philosophers and writers such as Eckhart Tolle and Rumi.  The one quote that I know so well keeps coming up on a daily basis and that is: “If we realized how powerful our thoughts are, we would never think a negative thought again.”  Every day I see this quote and this morning before I worked out I saw it again.  The Universe is clearly trying to remind me of something.  I manage chronic pain without treatment or medication, most of you know that and know how I came to that place in my journey with chronic pain.  People ask me: “What helps you the most in managing chronic pain without a cure or pain medications?”  That is a difficult question to answer but if I had to pick one thing out of my giant bag of tools it would be: mindfulness.  I have chronic pain and I have accepted that and have come to peace with that being a part of my life forever, most likely.  However, for over ten years when I begin to focus on my pain I distract myself with a different thought and if that does not work I do something.  I do not just sit there and think non stop about pain.  I did that for ten years and my pain only increased as my quality of life decreased.  So once again, we come to the quote: “If we realized how powerful our thoughts are, we would never think a negative thought again.”  Guess what?  I will think a negative thought again and to be brutally honest I may think one in the next day but I can train my brain to think about something positive when I feel the negative thoughts entering my mind.  I read something recently about thinking positively and it said: “I used to get so frustrated at the amount of laundry I have to do on a daily basis.  Now, I see how blessed I am to have such a good family and the money to buy all the clothes I need to wash.”  Our minds and the way we see things truly have total power over our lives.

For today, maybe you can all join me in truly tuning into our minds and seeing what they are focused on.  If we are thinking negatively or about things we do not want, we either change the thought entirely into what we do want and if that does not work, we find something to distract ourselves.

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