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Staying in the present

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I am realizing more and more from my classes in the Mental Health counseling program how the mind is a very separate entity than the body; it can dwell well beyond the physical, in a world of its very own creation. But the body does tell us when this is happening we just have to be tuned into it.

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Unfortunately, this world of the mind is much too easy to generate when fear is involved. All it really takes is a little unsettled emotion mixed with the rumblings of upcoming change and suddenly you are thinking about threats of future hardship. This type of negative thinking causes anxiety and this feeds a natural chemical inflow from your physical fight or flight response that I’ve spoken of in my past articles. This imagined threat actually traumatizes the body, just by thinking about it, it causes a rush of adrenaline that prepares your body for the fight you will be encountering in the future. Unfortunately, when our body is in fight mode most of the time from undue worrying, ill health, such as digestive issues and migraines, will manifest. Are you suffering this pain?

Do you worry a lot? If so, while your body may be present in the here and now it is suffering your own self-imposed battlefield your mind created and this is sabotaging your health.

I was reminded of my need to practice living in the present moment as I stepped onto a Labyrinth circle this week. Hurting from a migraine I tried to step correctly onto the intended path. It actually made my head hurt more as I initially stressed wondering if the steps I had chose were off course or not. Once I decided to step one small brick at a time, being present with my footing instead of worrying about what’s to come, to my surprise, my migraine actually dissipated.

If you are like me, you must work hard to free yourself from these shackles of stress. Remember, as quickly as a thought comes in, you can erase it and push it back out. Just because you think something, doesn’t mean you have to empower it with feelings of belief, you can offset this negativity with affirmations of strength. Listen to what your body is telling you, if you are sick much of the time, you need to practice living in the present in the moment; this is a place without anxiety, it is the essence of you at peace.

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