You Are What You Think – The Power of the Mind
We have all heard the saying “you are what you eat”, meaning that our bodies are made up of the nutrients we receive from the food we eat. The amino acids in the proteins that we ingest become the building blocks of our cells, the vitamins and minerals we eat feed our enzymatic pathways and the carbohydrates and fats we intake will give us energy and wrap our neurons and cells in insulation. So yeah, we kind of are what we eat.
But what if the people we are today, our behaviours and our actions, are determined by what we think? What if the only thing that is keeping you from doing what you really love, or being who you really want to be, is you? This is both a scary and empowering thought.
The way we think about our world, ourselves and the people around us will determine our reality. Not only do our thoughts influence our relationships, but our relationships also influence and create our thoughts. Our current thoughts and behaviours have been created, in part, by our social interactions in the past. We observed our parents and our peers for social cues and we adapted to our environments by learning to be kind and sweet, loud and expressive, or quiet and subdued in order to “fix” uncomfortable situations.
These experiences have shaped the thoughts we have about ourselves. I hear the words “I can’t do that”, “I’m not good enough”, “I’m not ready” far too often in my practice. If you hold these beliefs about yourself and the world around you, they will hold you back from reaching your true potential.
The good news is that just as you have created these thoughts and beliefs about yourself, you can also change them and create new ones. This is the practice of mindfulness. When you hear those thoughts arise of “I can’t do that” or “I’m not good enough”, start to question them. Is that really true? Do you know with 100% certainty that you can’t do this or that or that you are not good enough? By questioning these thoughts, you will notice that they are not actually true. Once you have this realization, it is much easier to create new thoughts and beliefs. These can be “I can do this” or “I am good enough” and notice how this changes your confidence and your outlook on life.
Within my practice, I always assess any belief patterns that my patients may have about themselves that may be holding them back. This is an integral part to healing and to achieving the life you really want. If this is the kind of support you are looking for, I recommend booking an Initial Visit with me to begin your journey to health and vitality!
Yours in health,
Dr. Fiona Smulders is a Naturopathic Doctor and offers appointments at Local Health Integrative Clinic on Wednesdays, Thursday and Saturdays. Click here to book an appointment with Fiona.