Last year I wrote an article called The Biggest Obstacle to Perfect Health is Your Mind. The more I work with people, and the more I observe my own experience, the more convinced I am that this is true.
Most of you who read this blog and listen to my radio show know exactly what you should be doing to promote optimal health and achieve your goals. But knowing what to do and actually doing it – day in and day out – are two entirely different things. Even the best of intentions can easily be sabotaged by toxic patterns of thought and behavior.
What’s more, as I explained last year, almost all of us have significant blind spots or areas of our life where we lack awareness and insight. I call these “weak links in the chain”:
Most of us invest the majority of our time and energy strengthening the parts of our chain that are already strong. These stronger links are where we feel comfortable and confident, where we can operate safely within the bounds of who we think we are.
And this is where the problem lies. No matter how much we strengthen the links in our chain that are already strong, if there’s still a weak link the chain as a whole isn’t stronger. It can break just as easily.
Unfortunately, as you well know, working with these blind spots and “weak links” is not as simple as just wishing them away.
Why? Because it usually requires us to step out of our concept of self and challenge our very identity. It asks us to grow and evolve and shine the light of awareness into the dark corners of our psyche. This isn’t easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s not as simple as popping a pill or eliminating nightshades from our diet.
Fortunately, there are tools and approaches that can help set us free from these destructive thoughts and ways of being.
The Health Switch is one of those tools. It was created by Dr. Dan Lippmann, a clinical psychologist who specializes in helping people achieve their health-related goals. After years of working with clients and suffering from chronic pain associated with a joint disorder himself, Dan had two critical realizations:
- Our lives and health depend on taking control of our thoughts and moods.
- We can change how we feel by transforming the negative moods and beliefs that hold us back.
Most of us have a nearly continuous stream of self-talk going in our heads. These thoughts are so familiar to us that we rarely stop to examine them. If we did, we’d be shocked and even outraged. In fact, if a friend, lover or family member talked to us the way we talk to ourselves, we would have gotten rid of that person a long time ago!
The Health Switch is a powerful method for helping us to become aware of these destructive thought patterns, which Dan calls “thought traps”, and learning to see them for what they are: simply stories we tell about ourselves or the world around us. When we give these stories power and believe they are real, we suffer. But when we see that they are simply thoughts, we become free to respond and behave differently.
If you’re feeling stuck, having trouble reaching your health goals, or you’re plagued by depression, anxiety or dark moods, I highly recommend checking out The Health Switch.
There’s a saying in Zen practice: “train as if your hair is on fire.” There are many ways to interpret this (as is often the case with Zen sayings), but my take on it is this: life is too short to remain stuck in suffering. It’s never to late to break free of old patterns that are holding you back, but no one is coming to save you. You’ve got to do the work yourself.
Head over to The Health Switch website to get started.