I wanted to share a little mindset practice that’s helped me with my own health journey.
I can’t remember where I saw it but years ago I watched an interview with an elderly woman, let’s call her Marianne, who was over 100 years old. I was half listening at first because we all know how these stories go; so and so has lived to be 104 and their secret is a bag of M&M’s a day and a positive outlook on life. We’ve heard that story. It’s a valid one on the power of our attitude (and good genes) but it’s been done. Marianne on the other hand, was blind, near deaf, and dealing with a number of other health issues but seemed quite delighted with life. When they asked her if it was hard to continue living with all of these aliments - she smiled and replied, “Oh no, I just think about everything that’s going right in my body. I’m a very lucky woman.”
It made me think about my own relationship with my body. When I was really struggling with my health I had so many days where I’d wake up in the morning, feel the intense pain in my joints and muscles, the extreme fatigue, the mental fogginess - all of it - and I’d feel so frusterated and angry. So angry at myself, the world, whatever that I had to wake up another day feeling like shit. Unable to progress towards all of my goals in life. I’d curse my body for it.
After seeing Marianne I decided one morning to instead think about what was going right in my body. Because if my ass was waking up in the morning and getting out of bed a lot more was going right than wrong. I literally started to imagine all of the cells, all of the tiny chemical reactions happening, the blood flowing through my veins carrying oxygen and nutrients, my heart beating, my lungs filling with air - all of the stuff my body was doing well. And sure, maybe I still didn’t hop out of bed but after awhile I found a new appreciation for just how beautiful and fascinating our bodies our. We have to learn to love the body we’re in - unconditionally. It’s doing it’s best, and it’s doing a pretty damn good job. Marianne thinks so too.
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.