A little over four years ago was the beginning of a transformational time in my life. And an important part of the story. Our stories are what shape us into who we are. How we decide to tell and share that story is the question.
I have shared a lot of about my journey with Lyme. Sharing my story has helped me heal on many levels and it is beautiful and rewarding feeling to know that it has helped others on their journeys as well.
My healing journey was a long one, and in many ways, I am still on it. As with any challenging experience in life, mine opened me up to massive growth, learning and healing.
My experience opened me up to exploring the mind-body connection. This was a fairly new concept to me. I soon realized this was going to play a big part in my healing.
In the beginning, my diagnosis was all consuming. It quickly led to me creating stories in my head about all the what if’s, what the future was going to hold, was my life going to change forever. All the unknowns were at times suffocating. They were some of the scariest and darkest moments of my life. These thoughts were quick to invade my mind and they would soon consume my whole thinking.
It became very clear to me after some time that plain and simple, worry, creates chaos. I did not know if these thoughts would actually come to be. What I can tell you is the more I allowed myself to entertain these thoughts, the more I lingered in this pool of worry, the more desperate and depressed I became. There came a time when I decided that I was not going to let this disease define me. I have written about this before. What I have not shared much about is the spiritual side of my journey.
I dove into teachings by Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Abraham Hicks, Gabrielle Bernstein, and others. A spiritual deep dive if you will. I didn’t share this with many people, as it was all new to me, a little weird at first and honestly, I didn’t know how they would respond, would they get it? It didn’t take long before I was hooked. This was what really opened me up to exploring the mind-body connection. Consuming this content, going inward, learning the ways that I could actively contribute to my healing, learning that I could become my own healer and more importantly, believing it.
I slowly started shifting my thinking, my thoughts. I started seeing myself well in my mind and my body. I saw myself thriving, even during the times, I felt my worst. I saw myself skiing down the mountain with my kids again. I saw myself on my yoga mat. I saw myself healing. I saw it and I believed it.
The more I saw it and felt it, the more my body would respond. The better my thoughts were, the constant worry started to disappear. The mind is a powerful thing. There is a lot to be said for the saying “the body achieves what the mind believes.”
This had such a profound impact on me and my healing that it is a big part of the work I do with my clients today.
It is important for you to know that this does not just apply to those living with a chronic condition. This can be used with any challenge you are faced with in your life.
For those in the face of a challenge or perhaps you are feeling stuck in your life, or in your in your health. Please remember this...
Always have hope. Always believe in yourself. Always believe there is an answer. Always know you aren’t in this alone.
I invite you to start exploring teachers, books, coaches that you are curious about and drawn to. Open your mind to what is possible for you. Tap into that beautiful mind of yours and let it help you. It is one of our most powerful assets.