Everyone knows the importance of taking care of our physical bodies. We know that we should eat real, whole food instead of processed foods. We know that we’re supposed to eliminate waste from our body several times a day. We are learning that a strong immune system—one that helps us to ward off bad little heebie-jeebies—starts with our gut. We are even beginning to understand that having too much medication can ruin the body because it is a foreign intruder and complicates other things.

But our mental and spiritual health have just as much of an impact on our physical bodies as what we put in and on them. Our bodies are made of a bunch of tiny little elements that vibrate together, and our whole body vibrates according to what we’re thinking and how we’re feeling.

When we feel bad, if we’re depressed, if we’re not doing what we should be, if we’re doing anything that keeps us out of alignment with moral values, it sets up negative vibrations and unharmonious frequencies within us. That’s when physical disease enters the picture. On the other hand, our body vibrates at a higher level that keeps us healthier when we think thoughts like: Yes, I got the project done! I did well on my test! I was kind to Suzie! That’s why we must take the time to focus on our mental and spiritual health: complete health is only possible when they are both working optimally, through the highest vibration of happiness.

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Shift Your Mental Process to Stay Positive

We are seeing more and more poor mental health in our society—people are drowning in it. They live in their negative state thinking, Look what has happened to me. Oh, this is awful. I’ll never get out of this. When someone has poor mental wellness, they blame other people for their negativity and failures. They tend to get down or depressed more frequently, and are pessimistic about most things; they really bring others down.

If we want good mental wellness, we have to start thinking optimistically. Positive, happy people say, “Okay, this bad thing happened. What can I learn from it and how can I use this experience? How can I grow from it?” Someone with good mental health doesn’t blame others for their choices or experiences. They give service to other people, and are tolerant and accepting because they feel complete, aligned, and secure in themselves.

The moment we start to feel negative emotions, rather than holding onto them and letting them fester, we need to try to let them go. Process them, express them, then release them. We must retrain our minds to consider the positive side to our situations or problems. Understand that the outcome isn’t a bad thing, but rather an opportunity for something better. Also, we must be mindful of our words and use the positive of what we want to say. For example, rather than saying “I can’t do that,” we should say, “I’m going to learn how to do that.” This shift in our mental process will improve our happiness and, as a result, our physical health.

Nurture Your Spirituality

Our spiritual health is another part of our whole being that needs to be cared for in order to be completely healthy. When we have good spiritual health, we have a connection to something greater than ourselves. Some people call it the Universe while others call it Mother Earth. It may be Buddha for some people or Jesus Christ for others. No matter what you call it, there has to be some germ of feeling connectedness to this entity to be spiritually healthy.

When we are lacking spirituality, we feel alone. We feel like we have to do everything ourselves. We watch and wonder at happy, positive people, without realizing that the reason we aren’t spiritually happy is because we have a God-void. We feel like we don’t have good answers to life and find ourselves talking in circles, despite knowing in our soul that there is an answer, a connection we’re missing in our life.

The truth is, we all need to nurture our spirituality. It is an integral part of us whether we believe it or not. God is that being that completes us, that reminds us that we can do anything. When we feel that relationship and that groundedness, we are able to move away from negativity, to embrace happiness. We can choose to change! We can improve our spiritual health by praying humbly and specifically, for a specific person or for a specific need, or reading scriptures or books on spirituality. We should also practice listening to that good part of ourselves, our conscience, that says out of the clear blue sky, “Hey, send a text to your mom and tell her how you appreciate her.” “Call up your cousin just say hi.” Or “Send a letter to your old neighbor.”

Pay attention to those very little inclinations. There’s somebody that orchestrates things if we just listen, and we should never stop a kind act—it feeds not only our spirit but others’ spirits.

Don’t Ignore the Pain

When I feel betrayed, or feel grief, or when something has hurt me, I feel it where my heart is. If I concentrate on that negativity, it stays there, getting more painful, emotionally and physically. It becomes something disharmonious, something misaligned, and my body starts to make physical adjustments elsewhere because the body is designed to protect itself, to fix itself. But our physical body can’t fix what is happening mentally or spiritually.

So when we feel something, we’ve got to recognize it, not just gloss over it. If we keep allowing ourselves to be pulled into that negativity, our body is going to hold it there and exacerbate it. Instead, as soon as we feel it, recognize that we have a problem.

Then do what we need to feel happy. Choose to change! Think kind thoughts about the person that hurt us—remember they’re doing the best that they can; forgive and let go. Realize that we are doing the best we can and that we are only a failure if we stop trying; then keep going.

Our Mind, Body, and Spirit Are Connected

Understanding that the physical reactions are a manifestation of what we’re thinking and feeling is the first step to achieving complete health. The physical body isn’t separate from our mental and spiritual well-being. There’s a connectedness, a completeness that the mind and spirit are part of the body. Our mind and spirit tell the body what to do, and the body follows.

They have the amazing power to affect pain, tension, and illness in our bodies, all because of negative thoughts and undealt with emotions. It is a whole-body experience.

We must not allow our dis-ease to become a disease.

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