Your mind is an amazingly powerful thing. Thoughts can impact your health, your environment and even your path in life. There have been studies done on the impact of thoughts and words, positive and negative, on cells and molecules. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese scientist, looked at crystalized water molecules from pure streams and from polluted sources. He studies the impact of sound, positive and negative (music, words etc.), on the symmetry and formation of the molecules. His work found that soothing, classical or spiritual music as well as positive words helped turn polluted molecules into healthy, symetrical molecules . He found heavy metal music and negative words created asymmetry and turned healthy molecules into seemingly polluted molecules. His work is found in the book, “The Hidden Messages in Water”. Bruce Lipton, Wayne Dyer and Caroline Myss talk about the power of positive thoughts and the destructive nature of negative thoughts and words. These words and feelings brought on by thoughts/words become part of your biology and cellular memory which can create disease, or Dis ease. Another great source for more on this concept is Mona Lisa Schultz, MD. She has a book called “All is Well”, that discuses some scientifically backed information regarding illness and the effect of thoughts on our body. She believes, along with many others, that negative thoughts and feelings get stored in our body systems, or chakras, and can create ailments and disease. She speaks of affirmations, or positive mantras, as being change agents for bringing about healing. I will talk about that more in an upcoming blog. It is truly transforming and powerful stuff!
So, what can we do to be more positive and less negative? The first step is awareness. So many people I work with or talk with are unaware of how negatively they speak to themselves first, and others secondary. I am amazed at how many parents speak to their children, on the sidelines, at home, with criticism, negative words and frustration… it baffles me. We all need to recognize how truly impact full these words are to our physical and emotional well being. I read somewhere that it takes 10 positive thoughts to counteract the effect of one negative thought. Wow! A way I like to bring awareness to thoughts is through jars on the kitchen counter. I started a jar for one of my sons who can be very negative in his thoughts about himself and then others. It says on it “Words Have a Price” and it is a jar that he needs to put change in every time he speaks negatively about self or others. It brought awareness to his thoughts and then we worked on changing the thoughts to more positive ones. For adults/families, I recommend having two jars/ vases, whatever works, on a visible shelf or table. One jar is for rocks, and they represent negative thoughts as they weigh you down like rocks. Another jar is for feathers, which represent positive thoughts, or shifted thoughts from negative to positive. Positive thoughts are like feathers, light and uplifting and the jar full of feathers is much easier to lift than a jar full rocks… like our spirits. This exercise brings awareness to our thoughts and helps us shift into more positive, uplifting thoughts. Another idea is to put up signs with positive messages around your house, car, in lunch boxes. It can be a post it note or a decorative sign you may find or create- whatever works. I have post it notes all over my house! One over my kitchen clock stating -“Jen, it is time for a hot cup of tea”. This is my reminder to slow down and take a moment for myself vs- “Jen, you are too busy and stressed out.”. One is gentle, one is harsh. Start with yourself, then you will find your thoughts and words towards others will shift. Change will come, one word, one thought at a time. Be well.