Sunday, March 14, 2010
Signs of Spring + Some Thoughts on Healing
New Jersey's weather climbed up to a balmy 55 degrees this past Wednesday, so Pat and I took the baby to the park. One of the many first signs of spring are parents arriving at their local parks in flocks to have their children run off some of the cabin fever a long, snowy winter provided.
Here we are on the swings:
Exploring (and my new Blackberry background):
Stomping on some snow with daddy:
Another good sign spring is on its way:
During the past five+ years, I have learned so much about my core self, others, and a greater power, but one of the most interesting realizations I have had has been about responsibility. A large proportion of illnesses, especially chronic conditions, are created by our thoughts and actions. Now, there is no place for blame in healing, but I want you to think about this concept for a moment. If we contributed to our illnesses, than we can contribute to our healing.
Lack of self-love and love for others, anger, resentment, guilt, poor diet, and a disconnect from something greater have been large contributers to the onset of many, if not all, chronic illnesses (this has come to be my belief). Knowing that my thoughts, beliefs, and actions at 19 years old created my illness is a bit unsettling, but I, just as we all, did the best we could with the knowledge we had at the time. Now that we are enlightened, let's move forward to heal past traumas, emotional disturbances, and a lack of connectedness so we may start on the road to healing. It isn't enough to learn how to think positively. You must go back and heal old traumas, whether through mental health therapy and/or spiritual counseling, so you can replace them with a new, positive belief system and way of living. Without going back and challenging the way your past has structured your belief system today, you will be constantly going around in circles, never truly healing.
Can you go back and pin point unhealthy thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that may have contributed to the onset of your chronic illness?