When it comes to positive versus negative thoughts, the big question is whether or not experiences and events that happen in life are intrinsically negative or positive.
For example, a person is waiting patiently in line to get coffee, but someone suddenly cuts in front of them and orders first. The person who was waiting instantly gets upset and starts down a negative path of thinking that goes on to influence their entire day. They're in a bad mood all day because they cannot escape their negative thoughts.
But what if that person chose to accept that another person cut them in line and simply went on with their day, negativity free? They don't succumb to negative thoughts and, therefore, negativity does not dominate their day.
So, was the person cutting in line an intrinsically negative experience? Or do we define whether or not experiences are inherently negative or positive?
- Neck: Refusing to see other sides of the question; stubbornness, inflexibility
- Shoulders: Represent our ability to carry our experiences in our life joyously; make life a burden by our attitude
- Spine: Represents the support of life
- Upper: Lack of emotional support; feeling unloved; holding back love
- Middle: Guilt; stuck in the past; get off my back
- Lower: Fear of money; lack of financial support
- Elbows: Represents changing directions and accepting new experiences
- Wrists: Represent movement and ease
- Hips: Fear of going forward in major decisions; nothing to move forward to
- Knees: Stubborn pride and ego; inability to bend; fear; inflexibility; won't give in
- Ankles: Inflexibility and guilt; the ability to receive pleasure
- Bunions: Lack of joy in meeting experiences in life
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While the direct influence that the mind has on the body is not always readily apparent, the link between these two vessels is sacred. When we have an overwhelmingly positive mindset, attitude, and outlook on life, we're better able to resolve internal problems, which in turn helps us create a happy, healthy life.
The same goes for negativity. If we're constantly having self-destructive thoughts or choose to dwell in negativity, we avoid resolving internal issues and subsequently end up in an unhealthy lifestyle. Every emotion and experience we have gets stored in the cell memory of our bodies.
This is why any unresolved traumas or wounds will continue popping up in different areas of your life until you've fully healed them. (You can see which areas of the body are affected by which emotions and types of pain in the chart above.)
If you've been experiencing a lot of tightness or pain throughout your body, and it's not due to physical activity, listen to what your body is trying to tell you. These could be signs that your body wants you to find inner peace and resolve any painful issues that you've avoided in the past.
The best thing you can do to stay aligned with your higher being, as well as prevent the onset of rumination, is to be aware of how you perceive the experiences of your life. Instead of impulsively jumping from one emotion to the next, take a step back and see if there is any possible way you can learn from the experience.
Train yourself to observe, rather than to react. You are in complete control, even when you don't think you are.