An essential step towards healing your body from autoimmune disorders and other chronic illness is to learn how to manage negative emotions. In particular, anxiety, resentment, anger, criticism, depression, and guilt have a damaging effect on our health. So much, that new scientific discoveries are now classifying unforgiveness as a disease. Ouch!
According to Dr. Steven Standiford, chief of surgery at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, refusing to forgive makes people sick and keeps them ill. As a result, forgiveness therapy is now being
and sleep; and reducing pain, blood pressure, and anxiety, depression, and stress.
Moreover, according to research by Dr. Michael Barry harboring the negative emotions associated with unforgiveness, such as anger and hatred, creates a state of chronic anxiety. However, unforgiveness is not the only factor that contributes to Anxiety. Chronic stress and negative emotions such as worrying, work stress, or keeping up with a packed schedule amongst other things are also vital contributors. Constant anxiety very predictably produces excess adrenaline and cortisol, which deplete the production of natural killer cells, which is your body's foot soldier in the fight against cancer and other chronic diseases.
Therefore, the only path to health and a good life is to create peace and harmony in our lives. So how can we do this? Peace and harmony are generated from positive emotions, such as appreciation, joy, and excitement. There are a few simple things that you can do daily to ensure that you are continually experiencing positive feelings:
Practice mindfulness meditation on a regular basis (daily is better). Meditation not only helps you be in the present moment it also dispels negative thinking and rewires your brain for positive thoughts. Remember, every thought you think and anything you say throughout the day is an affirmation. Therefore, it is essential to be mindful of our thoughts all day long.
Emotions are contagious. Therefore, surround yourself with positive people. Allowing negative people into your life will only bring you and your energy vibrations down, and can also hurt your spirit. Therefore, keep the company of those who inspire, uplift, and encourage you to live the best life possible.
Find ways to gain spiritual awareness and connection to the divine, such as meditation, mindfulness, stillness, creativity, walking in the park or beach, etc.
Develop an attitude of gratitude. Make a habit of expressing gratitude and appreciation in all parts of your life, on a daily basis, be grateful for both the big and small things alike. Also, I have found that thinking of why I’m thankful for a particular item, person, or situation, makes me feel gratitude even more deeply.
Thru meditation, send peace and love to the world (love and kindness meditation). Good feelings towards others releases oxytocin, endorphins, and other biochemicals in the brain that generate feelings of warmth, and euphoria. It also contributes to the improvement of the planet. Volunteer work also promotes these feelings.
Find your purpose and live it. When you feel as if your life has meaning, research shows that you may be less likely to develop sleep problems, have a heart attack, or die prematurely.
Use process affirmations and visualization daily. Affirm positive beliefs about yourself and the life you would like to experience and visualize and feel what this life looks like.
Be mindful of what you watch on tv and the music you listen to. The news, negative shows and movies, and negative song lyrics generate low vibrations that may contribute to experiencing overwhelm, anxiety, sadness, clutter, addictions, control, anger, etc.
Make time to read a positive book or article each day. Even if is only for twenty minutes.
Dedicate an hour a day to do an activity that brings you joy. It could be painting, writing, playing music, dancing, etc.
True happiness and inner peace are not automatic. Authentic lasting happiness and inner peace come from making a conscious choice to be happy on a consistent basis, regardless of the circumstances that surround us. Therefore, by performing one or two intentional activities daily, such as the ones mentioned above you can make improvements in your enduring levels of happiness and overcome hedonic adaptation.
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.