Continual Daily Anxiety
‘Our cells are constantly eavesdropping on our thoughts and being changed by them’
Deepak Chopra states this in his book, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind.
‘A remembered stress, which is only a wisp of thought, releases the same flood of destructive hormones as the stress itself.’
‘Just as the salivary glands secret saliva, the mind secretes thoughts. The thoughts think themselves .. it’s simply what minds do,‘ says Jack Kornfield in ‘The Wise Heart’.
It’s not just the repetitive nature of our thoughts, but the fact that there’s a constant stream of NEGATIVE thoughts. They may be ridiculous, defensive, self-critical and limited.
And they’re all within the realms of our own small point of view. These cause our bodies to elicit the stress response. This is our own inbuilt defense against the onslaught of worry, fears and self-criticism.
So if our cells are constantly eavesdropping, we need to make sure our thoughts are not destructive.
We Have the Power
We have the power to observe this inner talk within us. This awareness, or mindfulness, gives us the opportunity to shift the language we use.
Positive affirmations and self-compassionate language are very healing. It means that if we make a mess of something, a mistake, feel fear – none of those experiences are permanent.
We’ve got the choice to turn it around with our inner talk, and the cells of our body respond positively too.
Notice how you feel when you’re relaxed – this is the natural state for your body to be in.
If our Cells are Constantly Eavesdropping we Must be Careful of our Thoughts!
Your mind may tell you to give up because you are not worth it. Or you believe you are ‘stupid’ or ‘ugly’ or a ‘failure’.
This is your inner-critic. We all have one!
Next time you notice negative thinking like this, turn these harsh thoughts around.
Don’t give space to your inner-critic. Shift from repeating negative thoughts to positives.
Affirm to Yourself:
- ‘I honour my uniqueness’
- ‘I value myself’
- ‘I appreciate …’
- ‘I love …’
- ‘I am so thankful for …’
You can begin to transform your brain’s connections from its habit of criticizing yourself or being judgmental, to the habit of supporting yourself with kindness.
Your cells are constantly eavesdropping so shift those thoughts to create a life that lets you positively buzz with love and kindnesss. Pay attention to those thoughts. They shape your world!
Yvette Jane – Mindfulness & Meditation Guide
Updated since first published in February 2014