Are you a worrier?
Did you know that worry can cause great sickness and disease? Worry can affect the mind, body and spirit in ways that might surprise you and cause you great anxiety and stress and even panic during the waking hours. I know that when a worry while I am sleeping, I start to become jumpy and restless. My body immediately goes into overdrive. For me, the only way to counteract this is to quiet my mind and continually do a mantra bring in inner peace and calmness. We all need to continually empower ourselves to be the best we can be and that includes during our sleeping hours. It is impossible to reach your highest potential or even achieve a wonderful sense of inner peace without some effort on your part.
When you refuse to worry and consciously choose to keep stress out, you are proving to yourself and others that you are placing your trust in your Creator. That is called self-empowerment! You cannot reach your highest potential if you are continually feeling negative and depressing thoughts. You will weaken your power and cause more stress within your body, your organs and your nervous system. Stress, worry, anxiety releases a hormone called cortisol that cause irritability, muscle aches, fatigue, upset stomach and a host of many other symptoms which in turn adds a lot of stress to the immune system and negatively affects your overall health.
If you are like me, I would rather live my life feeling more whole and complete and free from worry, doubt and fear. I prefer to have a healthy lifestyle free from medication and drugs. Having said that means that I need to empower myself as I work towards preventing those negative traits to manifest in my life. One very valuable and yet simple antidote that will greatly serve you is to seek to express gratitude even if you have not yet experienced the outcome. When I can make a difference in a measurable way to improve my mind, body and spirit, I am all for it. When I go to bed at night, I say a prayer of thanksgiving and gratitude for all that I have and for being kept safe that day. When I rise in the morning, I am grateful for the opportunity of start a new day and creating the pathway for me to reach my highest potential.
Gratitude releases us from toxic emotions. According to the Harvard Medical School, the definition of gratitude is: “a thankful appreciation for what an individual received, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives—As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals whether it be to other people, to nature or to a higher power.”
With gratitude in your heart, you are gaining in strength, courage and the wisdom that shows the world and your Creator that you are surrendering all your troubles to Him. With gratitude in your heart, you are feeling a greater sense of inner peace and happiness. Gratitude opens the door to better and more relationships, it improves your physical and psychological health and allows you to sleep more relaxed and peacefully. A poor attitude will kill your sense of worth and gratitude. I encourage you to empower yourself so you can and will experience all that you desire. That is the only way to reach your highest potential for your life!
I would like to inspire you to practice the act of gratitude daily; it is the perfect antidote to fear and anger. Try it and see for yourself. When we are upset, anxious or angry, our facial expressions become tense and stern, however, when we think about something that we are grateful for in our lives, our body language and we become automatically more relaxed, a smile comes over your face and your physiology changes. When you focus on what you already have and voice your gratitude for it even within the depths of your heart, your heart opens wider and your healing begins. You are fueling your mind and body to maintain a higher vibration as you continue to remain excited about your life. You can't feed into anger or fear while you are expressing gratitude. Gratitude changes everything!
Live your life in gratitude. When you are thankful for all that you presently have, you are setting the stage to bring more of that into your life. That is how you empower yourself. Remember you will never reach your highest potential with a negative mindset! Happiness and inner peace grows where gratitude flows.
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