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I have noticed… time and again…. how we human beings have a tendency to identify in our ailments; those things that are “wrong” with us or that we would like to change. How many times have I heard someone say… "I am hypoglycemic"…. "I am gluten intolerant "…… even… "I am stubborn"! When one's self identity of "I am" is connected to something that they would like to change, I think it puts our psyches in a quandary. We can become so identified with what we would like to change that it makes change very threatening to our identity of self. So who will I be if I am not hypoglycemic, am not gluten intolerant??? Better to stick with something safe and known than to risk a change of that magnitude.
I thing deep and lasting change must begin with looking at how our imbalances have become interwoven with our self concept, realizing that they are things that challenge us, but do not own us. Separating our health challenges from who we are is a major step toward healing them. Some we have to learn how to live with, yes… very true… but they can become something that we cope with, not something that we are.
So I challenge you to look at your health challenges in a new way… and begin to separate them from the fabric of your self concept. Moving from “I am hypoglycemic” to “hypoglycemia is one of my current health challenges” may seem just like semantics to you. But it begins to create a distance, an objective viewpoint, from which to begin the true work of healing, of regaining balance, and not just alleviating symptoms.
The words we use to speak about ourselves are very powerful…. in both positive and negative ways. Which way will you choose?
The choice really is yours…..
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