I wanted to take a moment to share a new study with you examining the connection between physical pain, your mind, and sleeping.
Do you find your pain to be debilitating to your quality of life? Is it difficult to rest, find peace, or relax?
Doctors from Johns Hopkins, Walter Reed, University of Maryland & Harvard teamed up for this mind/body/sleep study which discovered that:
People who ruminate about their pain and have more negative thoughts about their pain don't sleep as well, and the result is they feel more pain.
According to Dr. Luis Buenaver (Johns Hopkins).
This study brings light to what we often discuss at Turning Inward: How you think affects your physical and emotional state. Your beliefs and perceptions can have a large impact on how you manage your symptoms and pain.
Dr. Buenaver also added:
If cognitive behavioral therapy can help people who suffer from chronic pain to change how they think about it, they could end a vicious cycle, allowing people to feel and sleep better sans medication.
Today, take a moment to stop, breathe, and be aware of your thoughts. Ask yourself: is your tendency toward positive thoughts or negative thoughts? Is your thinking limiting your experience? Consider your perceptions about your pain & stress.
To read the original article on this study click here.
Are you conscious of your mental attitude? Have you noticed any physical or emotional change as you become more aware of where your thoughts take you?
Please feel free to share your experience or thoughts with us in the comment section.
Everyone wishes they had the secret to happiness, you do: you already possess it.
Happiness doesn't come from money, or possessions, or other worldly things. It is within your power to create joy in your life.
Take a moment to be with your breath and ask yourself, "What is my vision of happiness?" Imagine yourself happy. What is your experience of that vision within you? What do you see? How does it feel?
Consider this article that suggests 10 ways you can increase joy in your life. Find the part of you that won't let stress and pain determine your entire human experience. Find your ability to develop more happiness in your life.
I recommend that you read the full article on how to apply these ten keys to your life. It's definitely worth the read. Make certain that you realize there are many ways to live happier... as you consider giving and relating to others, give and relate to yourself too! And in regards to emotions, not only, "take a positive approach," take a compassionate and kind approach.
And the secret's out, the ten keys to happiness are:
1. Giving: Doing good things for others
2. Relating: Connecting with people
3. Exercising: Taking care of your body
4. Appreciating: Noticing the world around you
5. Trying Out: Learning new things
6. Direction: Building goals to look forward to
7. Resilience: Finding ways to bounce back
8. Emotion: Taking a positive approach
9. Acceptance: Being comfortable with who you are
10. Meaning: Being part of something bigger
Within, everything is connected. This is because an action in one part produces a similar reaction elsewhere and thus a response. ~ Svami Prajnanpad
Connection is why we are here, it gives purpose and meaning to our lives.
Today I want to share a brilliant video with you from Brene Brown speaking about emotional health. Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, and gave a TED talk which I found particularly inspiring. I love this woman's honesty, humor & hope for healing; what she shared really struck a chord with me and I would love to hear your thoughts on her speech.
The crux of Brown's discussion focuses on the struggle to accept the necessity of vulnerability in our lives in order to love ourselves, love others & connect with people.
She touches on shame, a feeling many people struggle with, as the fear of disconnection; the thought that "If other people see this or know this about me, I won't be worthy of connection," (haven't we all felt that way?) but then leads into a powerful awakening of the role that courage plays in junction with vulnerability. I found the original definition of courage very compelling:
Courage: to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.
Wow, how many of you have thought of courage in this way? To be wholehearted then means to have the courage to be imperfect, to fully embrace vulnerability.
Take a moment to watch Brown's speech on the video below, and please comment, what does vulnerability mean to you? Do you struggle with shame? What in your life do you strive to be courageous about?
When in a time of emotional or physical struggle, it's important to remember you only get one body in this lifetime, one physical being in which to live your fullest life. I believe that to promote your own healing from within, you have to stop comparing yourself to other people, or how you used to be. You each have your own DNA, and your own journey in life. You also can't measure yourself against what you used to be. Turn inward to consider what you can become now!
Comparing is the root cause of suffering. Every time you say "I used to..." as in "I used to be thinner, younger, fitter..." you are comparing.I came across a great article that started off with this thought, and as I read, the article branched off into other amazing ways to stop limiting yourself and start enhancing your life. Some of my favorite excerpts are:
Plan a "daily uplift." Do one small thing that inspires you or touches your spirit.
How often are you disappointed? Are you too attached to life unfolding in a particular way? Try saying this: "I want such and such... or something better." This way, you are manifesting what you do want...
Try this mini relaxation exercise: breathe in and say "I am," breathe out and say "At Peace."
To read the entirety of the article, 10 Ideas to Enhace Your Life, Click Here
What do you think? Have you tried any of these techniques? What do you do to enhance your life?