Michael Thomas, DC
How much does our attitude change our health? We have come to accept that we must drink enough water, eat various nutritious foods, get enough sleep, get off the couch a few times a week and move about if we want to be healthy. So how much does our attitude influence our level of health? My answer is that it is probably more important than anything else. Healing and staying healthy is an inside job. Pills don’t heal us. Even adjustments don’t heal us. What heals us after an adjustment is the release of interference in our nervous systems which frees our innate intelligence, the wisdom of our bodies, to unfold in the most optimal way. Adjustments remove the impediments to restoration of health. Health comes from within. We are made to be vibrant and resilient, happy and healthy. For some of us, traumatic injuries have limited our potential. For most of us though, we limit our potential by limiting our own sense of what is possible.
We all have ongoing personal stories that we tell ourselves to help us make sense of our lives. When we change the story we actually change the course of our lives. Life can be seen as the consecutive stitching together of these dreams, or stories. Victim mentality is a common response to the seemingly overwhelming complexities of living as shifting events change our strategies. But it is not the only available strategy.
It is complicated to live life in these modern times. We receive very strong inputs from many different directions that attempt to influence our decisions. We may call this ‘the news’, but it is also found in the 24 hour, seven day a week, advertising blitz that has become our social foundation. In these polarized times, the difference can be debatable. Audio and video input to our central nervous systems occurs in increasingly unique ways. Generally, sensory input (the information we gather from our senses) is associated with movement and context in the world around us and within us. We register most sensory input in a way that is linked to our body and behaviors and thoughts and smells and many other contexts within our environment. Television provides both stimulus and response as a single paired effect, as Joseph Chilton Pearce reminds us. He wrote:
“Television floods the brain with a counterfeit of the response the brain is supposed to learn to make to the stimuli of words or music. As a result, much structural coupling between mind and environment is eliminated; few metaphoric images develop; few higher cortical areas of the brain are called into play; few, if any, symbolic structures develop.” [p.166 Evolution’s End. Joseph Chilton Pearce. Harper San Francisco. 1992.]
Children who watch a lot of television have more difficulty with symbolic conceptual systems. It is difficult for them to see events from perspectives other than their own. They have more difficulty with interpersonal relationships. We now have generations of citizens who are tied to social media but have no real social circle or connection in the flesh and blood world. Will they develop this connection over time? We hope so. The passivity of watching television encourages a profound sense of powerlessness. We see it in people all around us. Apathy, loss of moral values, and a sense of scarcity, that there is not enough to go around, drives the decline we see all around us.
Focusing on loss and want (worrying!) keeps your mind exactly where you do not want it. This is the crossroads we all find ourselves at. Do we focus on our fears and our anxieties? Do we build our lives around what we perceive to be missing, yearning for what we don’t have? Are we simply the accumulation of our memories? Are we nothing more than our minds?
I would suggest that it possible we are more than our minds. That perhaps, we have minds but that these minds are actually supposed to be tools for us and not our masters. I would suggest, (as does every truly spiritual path in history) that we are the witness of our minds. That we have a choice whether to listen to that incessant voice within us that never stops making thoughts. There is a deeper place within us. We often refer to it as ‘heart’. This is the place of deeper knowing. This is where our wisdom resides. This deeper place recognizes our intimate connections to this manifest existence. This deeper perspective realizes that creativity and abundance exist as much (or more!) as fear and survival mentality. The difference between these perspectives exists on the inside not the outside. The direction of our lives is very much within us to chart.
Conventional wisdom has long come to accept that the head is more reliable than the heart. I would suggest that it is the opposite. However, shifting this perspective can be the work of a lifetime. So much about it feels counterintuitive because we have been listening to our minds for our whole lives. Something inside you may know these words have truth in them. Something inside you may feel a connection to everything around you. Perhaps not all the time, but each of us has moments when the mind gets quiet and we feel a deep sense of peace and comfort. These moments can surprise us, watching the sun set, or holding a baby, or just a moment when all your cares drop away and there is a feeling of lightness and peace within us. Our hearts connect us to the greater whole, to a grander perspective than our little minds with our very limited perceptions could ever conceive. When we loosen the hold that our minds have on us, we may find that our thoughts have been binding us to limitations that are not real. We are more powerful and possibilities are more abundant than we have been told by our minds. There is no need to lose the rational qualities of the mind that have been so helpful to us. Instead, of seeing what is missing, we can open to the greater wisdom within us in each moment that sees the glass as half full.