“Every man and woman is the architect of their own body and their own healing.” - Buddha
Yesterday, I talked about the idea of feeling grateful for something you desire in life before you have it. Using the power of visualization to stimulate a cascade of positive emotions and adjust your internal chemistry to a state of happiness, joy, and excitement instead of a state of fear, frustration, and lack - one that our systems can get stuck in as a default setting. A setting that isn't serving us in the long run, but is comfortable and familiar to our minds and bodies, making it hard to shed.
Since it isn't going quietly, I'd like to offer another way of redesigning that template. One that occurred to me yesterday as I was sitting in a cafe doing some mobile design but, of course, letting my mind wander back towards the design of our minds and bodies.
Directly in front of me was a young couple. They looked like they'd just come fresh off a morning surf, both with tanned skin, dirty blonde waves, and a random collection of ink on their limbs. So, basically, they looked like everyone in LA. Kidding (kind of). But unlike everyone else in the cafe glaring into laptop screens and talking business deals, they were playfully showing affection. The kind of affection you see more readily in European cafes and park benches, and one we tend to shy away from here in the US.
The two girls next to me (again, very LA), were not having it. Lots of eye rolls and hushed comments. But I thought about what that's doing for their inner world, and it can't be positive.
On the other hand, if we feel happy for that couple, the woman who just walked in wearing a power suit, the guy who just pulled up in a Maserati - then we start to mirror their realities in our minds. Again, like the visualization technique but easier to draw up (and possibly believe) because it's already happening around you. You're just mirroring what you see internally, which means your body is doing the same, and you’re back to being the designer of your own architecture.
You’re back to being the artist, not the vandalist.
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.