You are what you put your attention on

We can go back to so many sayings that reiterate this statement:

The Cherokee story of the Two Wolves (Feed the wolf you want to live)

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “You are what you think all day long.”

From Buddha — ‘What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.’

Lao Tzo said – “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”

Jumping forward a few thousand years, we have neuroscientists researching this phenomenon – making statements such as ‘How you think, how you act and how you feel creates your personality – Your personality creates your personal reality – To change then means to think greater than your environment (personal reality) and you do this by changing the way you think, act and feel (personality)’ Dr Jo Dispenza.

What does this mean exactly? The brain sees no difference between a thought and an action. If we think long enough and repeatedly on a topic (good or bad), we can attract that, or something vibrationally similar into our existence. We may begin to create neural pathways in the brain that will, over time, create a habit, skill, emotional response or physical manifestation according to the thought and vibration that thought is emitting.

For example, we can by thought alone, turn on or off the body’s stress response (Autonomic nervous system) – and if left on, like in people suffering long term stress, repetitive stressful thoughts or life situations, we deplete the body’s natural immunity and ability to heal (as all our energy is going into readying the body for fight or flight). Our thoughts create a chemical environment where, over time, disease can take root. If our thoughts can then make us sick, would it be fair to say then, that our thoughts can make us well? Can we down-regulate the stress response, create homeostasis and a healthy physical environment where we have excess energy to put towards healing? And can this too be done by thought alone? Yes it can.

Here we come into the “Just think positively” trap. It’s not just about thinking positively, we must also feel the emotion of whatever we are trying to cultivate (e.g. what it would feel like to be healthy) and behave as though this was real – see ourselves as…, feel as though we are…, act as if we… – This is the magic formula according to Dispenza’s research.

How does that apply to now? At the risk of sounding like a woo-woo hippy git…With what’s going on with the COVID-19 virus, many people are scared, worried and stressed which is 100% understandable and 100% setting their biology into the stress response. This means that many people are caught in a loop. One where the very thing they are trying to avoid, they are upping the probability of getting as the body spends all of it’s energy on managing the stress hormones running through the body.

This theory doesn’t ask you to bury your head in the sand, it asks you to do the opposite: Become very aware of how you are thinking, feeling and behaving and, knowing full well the circumstances, try to reach for good feeling thoughts as much as you can. Do whatever you can to see yourself as healthy, feel what it feels like to be healthy and act as though you are in 100% prime health. You can still do as you normally would; wash hands, self incubate, keep your hygiene up as normal, just take some time every day to set your intention on health and wellness. Talk about the issue if this is to encourage safety and wellness, just know when to stop. Especially if you feel yourself being pulled under into a stress response.

How do you do this? If you can, every morning before you check your Facebook, Instagram or emails, take 5 – 20 minutes to sit quietly. Use this time to take 10 – 20 good, long and full breaths and begin to think about what’s good in your life. Feel the good feelings this thought evokes. Stay with that good feeling for a minute or two and then set up your day for health and wellness by seeing yourself well, full of life, strong and healthy. Imagine what that looks like, feel like and how you would act if you were.

Then say a small thanks for the beautiful, whole and healthy being that you are. Do this every day and watch what happens.