I think it is important to look at intention setting with regards to thoughts, words and what naturally follows>>>actions that influence and support your health in a positive direction. We have had a plethora of research in the field of consciousness as well as mind body medicine and we (as individuals) are starting to realize that there is a lot we can do to influence our health in a positive way.
Mindfulness plays a great supporting role in the spectrum of health because when we bring our attention to our thoughts and words we can, in fact, see if we are thinking health promoting thoughts or health negating thoughts. How often do you think thoughts that ‘something is getting worse’ – like eyesight or for that matter anything with regards to your health? Thoughts are incredibly creative and words even more so bring some mindfulness to this process. It is easy to focus on what is not right with our health; when you ask someone how they are how often do you hear ‘I’m getting better every day.’ I would guess that you might here what is currently wrong or another stream of dialogue about something else that is equally bothersome. There is nothing wrong with this- we are all human. It is in our humanity that we actually connect with each other.
Mindfulness brings you more awareness about what thoughts and words you’re holding in your current reality so you can interrupt the stream if it not leading you down the path of health and well being. How does your internal dialogue feel to your mind, body, spirit? Intuitively, you know whether something feels better to your health or not. Thinking good thoughts about your mind, body and spirit are key. I know how incredibly important this process is to the health of your mind, body, spirit because I have seen my own stability grow in leaps and bounds by following this internal process.
Speak to your mind with loving kindness. If you are in a reactive mode, where you are having a human moment (perhaps angry thoughts or thoughts of self-judgement), forgive yourself and start sending love and compassion to yourself. Try to find a thought that feels better to feel (this too will pass is a favorite of mine). Bring your attention to the present moment. Most thoughts that feel stressful are either about the future or the past. Bringing your consciousness into the present moment will help you stay in current time.
If you are struggling to speak kind words to your body, remember that your cells hear everything you say to them. Try to find one thing that you can like about your body. If you are speaking, please refrain from sending any messages to your body that are not laced with love and acceptance. How do you want your body to be? Focus on that picture above anything else. Focus on all the great things that your body can do. Have gratitude for the path your body has traveled with you. Be conscious of the words that come out of your mouth about your health or your mind or your body and be sure you are holding yourself in the highest light that you can. Be sure to speak out loud what you are wanting to occur; focus on what you want; your highest potential-your most positive outcome- then leave the rest up to faith! That is all you can do.