What are you thankful for? Do you remember to praise God for those things?
Make a list of 10 things you are thankful for.
Place that list in a location you will see every day.
This will encourage you to shift your focus to the positive.
I know, discipline doesn't sound like an element of healing, but it is. Healing takes intentional thoughts and actions. Healing typically means needing to change the way you were previously doing things, because they ultimately led you to place opposite of health.
The definition of discipline:
1- the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior
2- a branch of knowledge, typically one studied in higher education
Self-discipline is a big deal for EVERYONE, not just those working on healing. This is not something that we are born with. We must train ourselves over and over again, through each season of life. This is a marathon-type issue. When you have conquered one area of life you undoubtedly need to conquer another one. Don't be discouraged. If you are able to shift your perspective to one of learning and growing in wisdom the challenges you face will be less about surviving and more about thriving.
Life is going to throw some crazy S- - - your way. How you handle it is key.
Muscle atrophy from an injury? Will you whine, sit back and let your body waste away or will you suit up for the battle to regain your body's strength and muscle mass?
Depression due to... whatever? Will you allow the darkness to consume you or will you suit up for the battle to win back your mind? You must not look to synthetics as the only support (although they can be extremely helpful in the short term). Chemical imbalances within the body have root causes - mineral and nutritional deficiencies, excess stress, stress on your genes, etc.
Personal story: I dealt with depression surrounding my first pregnancy. My hormones were out of balance and I didn't know it. It began to alter my personality post delivery. I was prescribed a low dose of Zoloft. It helped. But that would only mask the symptoms of my seratonin imbalance. It wasn't until I cleaned up my eating, began consming foundational nutrients (22 amino acids, grain oils, omega 3s, micro/macro mineral/ vitamins, etc). Once those missing elements were in my diet my body began to heal itself and I ditched the Zoloft (slowly and completely).
When depression struck again, after my youngest son's cancer diagnosis, I knew I could use Zoloft - afterall, I had before - BUT I had learned a lot since my first go-round. This time I was equipped with knowledge and experience! So, I added some things to my daily diet and rearranged some other things. This time the depression was stress related, not hormonal. No Zoloft for me anymore. Instead, I lean into holistic modalities to support my body the right way... the way it recognizes.
5 Benefits of Self-discipline
There are vastly more than 5 benefits of self-discipline. Scripture should be one thing we all put into our daily routine. Despite this list stemming from a secular location, Scripture speaks to each of these.
Acceptance doesn't mean tolerance. Acceptance is giving consent to receive someting whereas tolerance is the capacity to endure continued subjugation. These are obviously NOT equal.
Why is acceptance part of healing? Well, you always have two choices - to accept your reality or deny it. Denying it will never allow you the opportunity to heal because you are constantly saying "there is nothing wrong". When you accept that something is wrong you can then begin to seek out solutions and create and action plan.
Example: I had severe knee pain. I had two choices - to accept that something was wrong or deny that something was wrong. Denying there was a problem left me in pain and without a solution. Accepting there was a problem allowed me the freedom to go search out a solution. In this case the solution was major - reconstructive surgery due to a severed ligament.
Imagine if I had continued to deny there was a problem! What more could have been damaged? I would still be suffering with chronic pain! But accepting my condition brought about a change, freedom, and healing.
The same goes for accepting people. Once you choose to accept a person for who they are you can then take the next step and decide if who they are fits within the healthy boundaries you have set for yourself and the presence of others in your life.
Example: you have a toxic friend (you pick your toxin). You have two choices - accept that something is wrong or deny that something is wrong. If you accept there is something wrong, you can then choose whether or not you will continue to allow their brand of toxin in your life. If you deny there is something wrong you have no option but to continue allowing their toxicity to exist in your world.
A clue: you cannot heal properly if there is perpetural toxicity in your life.
Acceptance is the only way to have the freedom to find a solution.
One last thought - acceptance and love are not interchangeable. Many proclaim the phrase "You have to accept me as I am" with the notion being that you must not only accept them as they are but you must also continue to allow them in your life. This is not true. You can accept someone is the way they are and then decide that they are not a good fit for your healthy life. You can love them from afar and be entirely genuine in that love. Remember, you have two choices. Just because someone doesn't like your choice doesn't make that choice invalid.
It is important to remember who our source is. A branch off a vine is not the same as the vine itself. The vine provides nourishment to/ for the branches. The branches then go on to produce fruit. If a branch is cut off from the vine, it will not produce fruit. Not only will it not produce fruit, it will wither and die - being of no use.
If you want your life to be fruitful, make sure you are connected to the Vine.
Have you ever really sat back and analyzed how you felt after being out in nature? Do you feel renewed? Do you feel your heart rate slow? Your breathing become easier? Happiness return?
John 15:5 tells us, "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."
It is no wonder, then, that we feel more at peace when we are in nature. From the dust we were formed and to the dust we will return. A wonderful symbol of just how connected to nature we truly are.
Grounding is a holistic practice that is super easy to do. Ready? Go outside barefoot, find some grass, stand on it. That's it. Allowing the energy of the ground to work with the energy of your body brings a "grounding" experience. It's calming. It's renewing.
If you can manage to find a tall tree while doing this you can up the ante. Stand about 10 feet from the tree (on soil), start your gaze at the trunk and SLOWLY work your gaze upward to the tippity top of the tree. Remember to breathe deeply the whole time. Then begin to draw your gaze back down, SLOWLY. You will feel calmer when you are finished.
What elements are nature bring you the most peace?
For me, it's fresh water - lakes and rivers. I prefer them to be surrounded by trees but I will take rolling hills and even desert. There is just something about the fresh water that stills my soul.
For my husband, it's pretty much anything. He loves Joshua Tree and Yosemite in CA. He loves Mt. Rainier in WA. He enjoys walking or biking on the Greenbelt along the Boise River here in town.
For Dempsey, our cancer kid, it's watching the big cats of the grasslands on documentaries. On a more realistic note, he loves the ocean beach because it's calm.
For our oldest, Sawyer, it's water - seeing or learning about underwater creatures. On the daily he would choose hiking in a forested area or biking along the Greenbelt near the river with his dad.
I have friends who find joy and renewal in their garden or out on a sailboat in the ocean.
I believe the Lord delights in his children enjoying and reveling in his creation. As a parent, I know I enjoy watching my kids explore and discover the natural world.
It is no secret that we live in a toxic world.
According to BiologyDictionary.net there are 3 types of physical toxins.
There are also a myriad of other toxins in our world as well.
So, when we talk about detoxification, we are not talking solely about the physical body with it's toxic load. We are talking about taking a holistic look at the toxins in your life and then making a plan to detoxify them. Like anything worthwhile, this process will take some time. Be patient with yourself, giving enough grace for each step of this journey. You are worth it.
Facebook has some good elements to it. I know, that's a shocking reality. Over on the Good News Feed page they shared this quote from Get Through the Week. Scripture is CLEAR about "the thief" coming steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10a). Yet, the rest of that verse explains that Christ came so that we "may have life and have it abundantly" (John 10:10b).
Rejoice in the truth that life with Christ will always be full of hope despite trials and joy despite sorrow.
Did you know sunshine has healing power for your body? Truth. It can:
Did you have any idea the sun could help you in so many ways? Granted, the help stops when you get too much sunshine. So, remember to cover up (NOT lather on sunscreen!) and limit your direct-sun exposure to 15 minutes a day. If you want to increase the protection of your body, eat lots and lots of dark veggies during the sunny seasons and increased times of exposure. The phyto nutrients, called carotenoids, will help protect your skin, just like they protect the leaves of plants from the suns rays.
If you can manage to go outside barefoot and stand on the grass (also called grounding) you will do an ever greater service to your body.
God set the Sun in the perfect place in our solar system. He placed our planet in the perfect place related to the Sun to support life. He tilted our planet to the perfect degree so that we would not burn or freeze. He placed enough energy within the Sun to sustain our need of it.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
Ever had someone you respect encourage you with words? The kind of words that cause you to see the world in Technicolor again... make you feel like you can achieve anything you put your mind to... make you feel seen, heard, understood.
Remember that encounter. Hold it tightly in the forefront of your mind. Let the feelings those words stirred rise up again and start to bubble out of you.
As you Reimagine Healing, find people who speak those kinds of words to you and keep them close.
If you have ANYONE in your life that is the opposite of what I have described, I encourage you to 1) pray for them to be released from the strongholds of negativity and 2) limit your exposure to them or 3) remove them from your life altogether. You cannot heal with thorns still sticking in you.
Ever heard the sentiment "like attracts like"? It means, if you are nice, nice people will be attracted to your presence. If you are kind, kind people will be attracted to your presence as well.
It's why society gets broken down into groups - likeness. Those who share similar experiences, cultures, etc will naturally group together.
So, if you want kind, loving, generous, faith-filled people in your community, be a person who embodies those characteristics. When you have good people around you your life will be better (not perfect or without pain). Having a positive community is a key element of healing.
A child of God, a wife, a mom, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, a cancer mom of a THRIVOR, a Momma Mentor with MaxLove Project, and a human who wants to educate, encourage, and empower you to take your healing seriously.