“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
– Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu (604 BC – 531 BC) author of the Tao Te Ching (Book of The Way)
At first glance, our manifesto for healing may seem overwhelming, especially if you assume you have to do it all at once. Don’t worry! This is not an all-or-nothing situation. You didn’t get sick overnight, and healing will take time. Autoimmune conditions result from poor lifestyle habits over time — sometimes a lifetime.
There is no quick fix, pill or injection that is going to address all the reasons you got sick. But, you can reverse your autoimmune conditions. Many people have done it – including me – and you can too.
The first step is to know that you can, and the next step is to decide that you will. We’ll help you with the “how-to”.
Healing is a mind-body-spirit adventure, and it starts with one step. While your healing may not require a “1000-mile journey,” it does require you to take that first step…and then the next. Let us help you ease into healing one step at a time.
When our beliefs are hopeful and optimistic, the mind releases chemicals that put the body in a state of physiological rest, and in this state of rest, the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms are free to get to work fixing what’s broken in the body.
– Lissa Rankin, MD & author of Mind over Medicine
Mind: First Build A Solid Foundation
A foundation is the base on which everything else stands. It’s the ground level support to which you can add other layers. Your foundation will include your reasons for living – or better yet, thriving, your personal commitment to yourself, and strong connections.
1. Know Your Why
When it comes to beating the odds of a chronic disease like cancer, researcher and author Kelly Turner, Ph.D., found that one common trait of survivors and thrivers was having strong reasons for living. Your reasons for living inspire and keep you motivated, even when you are feeling low. If you can’t identify your “Why”, ask a close friend or therapist to help.
2. Accept Responsibility
“Do not outsource your health.” — Walter Bortz, II, MD
The only thing that ever has healed or cured anyone is their own immune system. No one else can cure or heal you. Your top job is to enable your immune system to do its job optimally.
3. Cultivate Connection on Every Level
Research shows that strong social connections are more beneficial to longevity and healing than diet, exercise, stopping drinking alcohol & smoking.1 Friends and family might be the best insurance policy around!
Mind Over Matter: Action Summary
- Know your “North Star” – your primary motivation for healing.
- Empower yourself, educate yourself, and enlist the support of a holistic doctor.
- Cultivate your connections – with yourself, your loved ones, and your higher power.
So now that you have a map; it’s time to take a step. What will your first step be? Let us know how these ideas work for you. Leave a comment here and share your experience for the benefit of others. And when you’re ready, go to the next step: Reverse Autoimmune With Baby Steps — Step 2 – Body: Out with the Bad.
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