We can focus on wellness productively when we are well. This enables us to build a strong framework of understanding of what part we play in our wellness and recovery program. Wellness is an on-going pursuit that requires personal and professional care that is combined.
The Principles of PNI outlined above form a framework for further understanding of the need for combined mind and body care. This care is a professional considertaion as well as a personal one.
Being PNI Aware forms the understanding of the combined nature of the mind and body and chemical activation of the Bodymind, and the need for Direct Associated Care DAC.
PNI Practitioners will have a willingness to support themselves and others in utilising their internal and external resources in a unified way. We have the option to combine our personal and professional care, with focus on self-generating wellness. Thoughts, feelings and emotions benefit from being reverently taken into consideration when reviewing physical health and vice-versa.
Stress and anxiety accumulate but so do positive calming thoughts. Our thoughts can generate the appropriate chemical response within ourselves to help us to heal, to be well and stay well.
When we do not acknowledge our negative thinking, our thoughts accumulate and form the substance of who we are. This is the construct of psychoneuroimmunology; thoughts, feelings, conscious or otherwise shape the content of how we relate to our sense of self. We chemically generate our living system through our perception, projection, and our principles of living.
We cannot simply override out thoughts, but we can take the time required to calm our system down; this enables us to think more clearly, and keep a level of control on our cognition. This is what we lose when we are emotionally consumed ‘cognition.’ It is known as being ‘emotionally hijacked’ or ‘triggered.’
Please take the time to consider the concepts outlined below, regarding calming our internal system in terms of meditation, mindfulness, and our ability to visualise.
Meditation and Mindfulness do not just happen
Meditation - calming our system down, and letting thoughts pass without judgement.
Mindfulness - calming our system down, and letting thoughts pass, with an understanding that anything disturbing can be discussed with a professional later.
If we focus on a negative and then positive outcome feelings of confusion will be generated. we can note the negative, and get support with what we find disturbing. This is a form of self-care; awareness of repressed emotions when they surface. Not everything that passes through our minds can be ignored.
Not everyone feels they can meditate
Positive thinking is not wishing for change it is a way to generate change proactively, but it is not as easy as it sounds.
Meditation is a skill
Yes, we do have a natural propensity towards meditation, especially when we are calm and relaxed, feeling hopeful or spiritually connected, but we can lose this form of self-connection through the strain and stress of daily life.
When we are agitated it is hard to govern the self to sit in silence, or listen to soothing music. It is important to know that many good meditation coaches understand this, and will lead you in a safe way to calmness. If you feel separated from such modes of activity, do a meditation session with someone else before you try it for yourself.
Guiding the mind enables us to connect with ourselves more clearly, this why meditation is so popular together with mindfulness.
We can move through a negative projection of self to a positive life-enhancing one.
This can be achieved by a range of mind interventions that respect the need for interlinking the body with emotional wellness. If we view this from self-care perspective, we can aim to self-generate wellness by choosing to find ways to work through our emotions in a way that calms the body.
If we always think of mind as body and as the body as mind, we are starting from a good place; a solid foundation of understanding the unity of our human selves.
Fear generates fear, love generates love and so on.
When we are fearful we become anxious and we move towards what we are thinking about, so consequently anxiety accumulates and fear is reinforced. The point is this can happen in the mind. We can self-generate the fear response by our thinking the 'what if' and 'why.' Being aware of our need to manage the chemical response within, places in a better space to meditate, and we gain a pro-active mindset conducive to mindfulness.
We would not sit down to meditate in anger, and Mindfulness leads to mind-less-ness if we are unwilling to accept that life is challenging, and the pursuit of happiness is not a goal, or an point. Finding calmness and happiness in life, can be found in the smaller moments of life, between the pain and strain of modern day emotional living. We can aim to be calm when life is alarming.
Build a vision of success and visualise it often
Even if we don't believe an outcome is possible, we can set our imagination free by changing our belief, and building our self-efficacy.
To the mind our imagination is real!
We can use our imagination to be less fragmented
We can choose a different path even when we can't see the end point
We can visualise the best outcomes for ourselves and others
We can own our truth, by telling the truth to ourselves, and making the changes we desire
Our imagination helps us to see the way forward
Our imagination forms new ideas, images, and concepts, and the mind does not differentiate between what is true or what is fiction in terms of inner thinking.
Over thinking can be a form of escapism
We do-not need to view escapism as a bad thing. Our imagination can form a distraction from unpleasant realities, in a similar way that watching TV. does, or having our favourite meal, or chatting to friend. Our imagination will help us form solutions.
We can use our imagination in a pro-active way by asking ourselves questions and waiting the answers to form from within us.
The aim is to not let our imagination run wild in terms of negative thinking
Acceptance that life is challenging, or that life will form differing challenging situations can form the ground-work to build a vision of reality from. We can use our imagination to calm and care, and commune.
We can our imaginations to find sunshine in the storms of life
I understand the above words will sound flimsy if you are in crisis mode. Please believe you are stronger and smarter, and more resilient then you ever dreamed possible. Ask yourself what life-enhancing step forward you can take in this moment. Let your imagnaion work with you. Just because I'm not with you, doesn't mean I can't send you a hug, if you need a hug take it now.
Self-Generating Wellness starts in the Imagination
Self-connection limits rejection of self
The imagination is the re-generation centre of loving, living, life, inside and outside of the chaos
To us our imagination is often expressed as 'larger than life' but we cannot strive without it. Use it your advantage, and do-not let 'your imagination run away with you.' Our imagination is not a separate self, it is the brilliance of our thinking when we do-not let fear blind it.