No one ever asks for a cancer diagnosis, but plenty receive it –even for those who least expect it. A common story I hear is that “I eat well, exercise, don’t drink or smoke, and I still got cancer.” While diet and exercise can play a large role in preventing or “healing” cancer, it is only one of the many factors that can lead to illness. In fact, Revive Primary Care highlights the top four underlying causes of any disease or illness, as voted popular by many health care practitioners: stress, immunity, diet, and toxins. In my experience personally and as a health coach, I tend to agree. There’s also one other very important piece that I strongly believe can help or hinder your wellness journey: the ability to love yourself from the inside out.
We are vibrational beings; everything in life resonates at a particular frequency (this is hard science people!), and that includes the cells of your body. Our thoughts and emotions can and do influence the frequency at which our cells vibrate. And believe me, when you believe you aren’t good enough, when you believe your too this or too that, said enough times to yourself, your body believes it. And instead of filling and surrounding your cells with healthy and healing energy of love, you have chosen to feed them with lower vibrational thoughts that can result in sickness, especially when combined with subpar factors of diet, immunity, stress, and toxins.
I want to emphasize here that it is important not to beat yourself up over what you are or are not doing for yourself. You are where you are, and I’m pretty certain that there is beauty in that place of being! This is part of self-love too.
So love yourself. I know this is easier said than done. With practice it gets easier. Instead of bad mouthing what you don’t like about yourself, tell yourself that condition is improving every day. Appreciate and focus on what you DO like about yourself; what we give our attention to grows. And graciously receive compliments from others, and generously give them out to both yourself and others.
This self-love practice is more than affirmations (although that can help); it’s about reaching down into the core of yourself and cleaning up your belief systems — the foundation of who you are. And every class we offer here at Wellness Within, from the art and meditation to nutrition and Nature Walks, is designed to help you get in touch with that part of you.
Love yourself healthy and well. This is my wish for you.