I know sometimes I didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t want to hear that my thinking could influence my Endometriosis pain or its existence in the first place. I wanted to blame the toxins, the food, the lack of nutrition, the hormone imbalances, the genes from my parents… anything but the very essence of my thinking because ultimately it meant, I would actually have to look at myself and take responsibility for my own way of thinking.
I’ll be honest with you… it wasn’t good. I would think things about my body, my health and myself that would disgust others, if they could hear it. When I did a practice of writing them down one day, I was truly horrified by what I was telling my body every single day. The words were so cruel and mean!
“Your body is broken. You are not worth it. You don’t value yourself enough. You have a weak body. You can’t achieve anything because you are sick. You are selfish and inconsiderate. You don’t deserve to be happy.” Do you talk to yourself this way too?
I know we can feel anger with Endometriosis. I know that it is a huge shock to be told you have an incurable condition. I know that we want it to go away and change. I get all of that and I also know that for many of us, that anger directs itself towards our own bodies. We see our friends or family who seem to be able to do whatever they want within their diet and lifestyle and yet somehow, they don’t get sick or experience pain. It makes us resent everything we can, including our very own bodies. I get it, because I did this too.
The question though is, does all of this thinking influence our Endometriosis? Does it make it worse? Could it be contributing to it spreading?
Having studied the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system last year, I can understand how this stress response would be responsible for a breakdown within our bodies. When the sympathetic nervous system is triggered, it causes our bodies to become very focused on what it deems “important elements to function”. This means breathing, heart-rate and the ability to run at a moment’s notice. This is just how we were programmed.
In the process, it stops all “unnecessary functions”, such as digestion and repair work. It is like the cells are on high alert for an emergency. The same way we wouldn’t worry about how we looked if we were in a ship that was about to go down! We would focus on just staying alive! The body feels this response in the same way when we have stressful or fearful thoughts.
What’s interesting is that all thought causes reactions within the body. Think of how when you watch a scary movie, your heart races, your palms get all sweaty. There is no real danger but your body perceives it as danger, and triggers the same reactions as if it were really happening to you.
How does our mind and our thinking really influence our health?
I love listening to Dr.Bruce Lipton. He completely stomps on any of the belief systems we have been exposed to within our lives.
I have personally played with these concepts and my thinking over the last few months. When I stopped “attacking my body” and criticizing it and asking it to be better all the time, that reality shifted. I stopped focusing on what it wasn’t doing and sending that same “message” to my cells, and I believe they too shifted their response. It is like they were simply responding to a different message and giving me a different response.
At the end of the day, the whole body works on messengers. Messengers in the form of hormones, cells, receptors. The messages travel all around our bodies. When we send negative messages to our bodies, through our thinking, I believe they simply respond to this and give us what we asked for.
How hard is it to shift our thinking to be one of nurture, love and care, rather than hate, wish and curse?
Try doing the shift for yourself. Try it right now. Tell your body it is beautiful, healed and perfect. Feel the difference?