It Begins In The Mind – Wellness Wednesday

Our words and thoughts have power. Scripture says there is the power of life and death in the tongue.

The first thing I had to do was change my negative mindset and quit whining – yes. I threw a temper tantrum.

A looong one. And it lasted for days – okay – weeks!

I had known for years God was telling me to get off sugar but instead I wanted to try every other product out there to take the easy way out. I wanted to be able to eat my high sugar fatty foods and drink my cokes all while getting healthy. I didn’t want to plan ahead and I surely didn’t want to have to slave in the kitchen fixing fresh produce.

What I was doing (running from God) failed me time and time again.

I wanted to be healthy without the work.

The truth is there is no gimmick in getting healthy. There is only the desire to improve one’s life and once a person has that desire discipline finds it way. People have been shocked to find that I have made goodies and sweets that I can’t have and haven’t eaten any of what I’ve made. It really isn’t an option for me. Just like I knew God was making it clear I was to never drink alcohol or smoke again or I would die, He made it clear – if I want to live I have to turn away from refined sugars.

And I want to live and be used in the fullness of what God has created me for.

So before we go further, I will say this – I am not doing Keeto, Paleo, or any other diet out there. I have used recipes from those plans and have tweaked them to make them my own. I have also used vegan recipes and made them meaty! I do my best to not buy any boxed items – buying fresh or frozen only. At one time I wasn’t worried about the amount of fat I was eating because I was trying to not think about sugar, but just like we grow spiritually we also can grow nutritionally. Like in 2 Peter where we have the ladder of virtues that we should have if we are believers in Christ and maturing, I am growing and learning in my health standards – it’s a process. One I take one day at a time.

Sometimes one meal at a time.

Regardless – it is absolutely imperative we start by changing our mind set. Finding our worth in our Creator is key. You were made for a purpose – God has a plan for your life. I don’t care what your momma, daddy, uncle, cousins, boss, and uncle three times removed says about you – God says there is hope and grace available for all.

Know your worth and start changing your mindset.

I do that a few ways.

One is to take those negative thoughts captive. Some times I have to do it a hundred times a day where I am verbally countering to God what He says about me. If I am feeding myself truth then there’s no room for Satan’s lies. The other way I do it is with essential oils. The combination works good for me.

Affirmations are more than just self-help statements to make ourselves feel better. They are designed to positively alter our beliefs and can have a significant impact on our overall quality of life.

It may seem silly at first, but practicing words of affirmations regularly helps us become more in tune with our thoughts and the way we think about ourselves in general.

Smell is the only sense connected to the limbic lobe of the brain, which is the emotional control center that plays a role in mood and memory and is strongly linked to behavioral patterning. The aroma of essential oils can work synergistically with your daily affirmations.

Here are a few simple ways you can add essential oils to your affirmation routine to get the most out of it, along with a few of our favorite oils to pair together. Use it with Scripture that speaks of value and worth over you. One of my favorite Scriptures is Romans 9:25, “I will call the nobodies and make them somebodies; I will call the unloved and make them beloved.” God trumps what I feel, what others think about me, or what has been said to me – I’m a somebody to the God of the universe and so are you. It doesn’t matter what you look like – you can weigh 100 pounds soaking wet and have negative thoughts about yourself and be unhealthy.

1. Written affirmations: One of the secrets to an effective affirmation practice is to optimize your mind’s uptake of the idea through repetition. Some experts recommend spending five minutes at a time, three times a day repeating affirmations. One way to get your midday affirmations in (without hiding in a closet or disturbing those around you) is to write them down. Pick the affirmation you would like to focus on, diffuse your essential oil of choice, and while enjoying the aroma, write your affirmation as many times as you can in five minutes while saying it to yourself.

2. Morning affirmations: Saying affirmations aloud is a wonderful way to start your day. This is a great practice while brushing your teeth, styling your hair, or putting on your makeup, because it combines the added energetic power of speaking your affirmation to yourself in front of a mirror. Start by applying essential oils to your wrists for the topical and aromatic benefits. Combine this with making direct eye contact in the mirror as you state your affirmations with confidence and certainty.

3. Drive time: During a commute is another great time to practice affirmations aloud or in your mind. Use essential oils with a Car Vent, USB, or Orb diffuser, or if you don’t have an on-the-go diffuser, try applying a drop of oil behind each ear and on the back of your neck before your drive.

4. Affirmations can help you maintain your cool in tense situations; and just like with oils, there are very few wrong ways to use them. The next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, try giving yourself a positive pep talk while massaging the back of your neck and shoulders. Apply a few drops of oil to your palms first and breathe deeply. Even doing this for 30 seconds is long enough to effect positive change!

5. Having a hard time connecting to the truth of your affirmation emotionally? Pick a supportive oil and say your affirmation aloud. Pay attention to the place in your body that feels tense or unaccepting of your affirmation. Apply oil to that area (or inhale the oil while resting your hand on the area), visualize acceptance, and release the tension held in that area. State your affirmation again and repeat this process until you sense a greater acceptance of your affirmation.

I would like to hear from you some of the ways you are able to enhance your affirmations!

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