"The thoughts I choose to think and believe right now are creating my future. These thoughts form my experiences tomorrow, next week and next year."
- Louise Hay
I don't really know why.
Well...that is a lie. I actually know that it is because I finished that last book I was reading and I looked at my book shelf and grabbed her book "You Can Heal Your Life" quickly as I was running out the door wanting to have something in my bag to read in case the spirit moved me.
In this book, Louise breaks down the term "disease" into two parts - "dis-ease".
It makes sense, since when we are inflicted with any sort of disease...be it cancer, depression, addiction or a anything else that falls into this vast category, we all feel a great deal of dis-ease.
This means, of course, that we are not at ease with our situation.
We are fearful. We worry. We feel lost.
We are un-well.
And all of these feeling of dis-ease certainly don't help us on our journeys to getting well.
Having negative emotions and feelings because we are not well only add to our disease and our dis-ease. Negativity feeds disease and our dis-ease increases.
It becomes a vicious cycle and can lead to the famous "self-fulfilling prophecy" of keeping whatever ails you...well...ailing.
Now don't get me wrong. There are some who truly believe that if you change your thought patterns, you can heal anything...even cancer. Louise is one of those people. She even has the personal experience to back it up.
But I am not quite there yet. But she was on to something.
Like the Bible, you can't always take a person's or a book's teachings word-for-word or completely literally to garner something useful from them.
For example, I have a good friend Liz who has been battling breast cancer. She has gone through chemo and radiation treatments like the warrior that she is. I actually dedicated a post to her entitled Live, Laugh, Love...Liz.
The thing is, Liz chose medical intervention - as most people with cancer do - to fight her disease.
But the amazing thing is...she also chose to be positive throughout this process. Not an easy undertaking when you are fighting the battle of your life.
And the key word in that sentence is "CHOSE".
Liz had...and everybody has...a choice.
She could have chosen to play the victim...to constantly spout the "poor me/why me" thoughts that I am certain pooped into her head countless times. I mean, how could they not? She is a beautiful, vibrant, wife and mother of three and an amazing woman in her own right.
But she was and is intelligent enough to realize that feeding her dis-ease with positivity and vibrancy could only help her. And I believe these things HAVE helped her.
And not only that...but her amazing attitude spread.
She has...through sharing her journey and showing her positivity and vibrancy through this very difficult time...helped with my dis-ease.
Now I am not saying I have cancer. But we ALL have issues and problems that we are dealing with. And Liz has been a constant reminder to me that staying positive promotes wellness.
So, we may not be able to choose when an illness stops us in our tracks.
But we can CHOOSE to feed the illness with negative thoughts or with positive ones.
And positivity...is always the way to help the dis-ease of disease.