Are you a “what if…” kind of person? Do you ever think “man, I should have…” or “if only I would have…” at any time throughout your day? Do you mentally beat yourself up about decisions you’ve made in your past? Or even wonder ever so slightly, with a bitter taste in your mouth, how things would have turned out differently if the choice you made was the opposite one?
If so… You’re normal!
BUT -you’re releasing toxins into your body.
BUT-great news!- God can HEAL your memories and replace each negative thought with TRUTH.
Wait, did she just say “TOXINS?”
Yes, I did. Toxins. Things that create cancer, asthma, skin diseases, allergies, and a ton of other bad stuff. That’s right, what you THINK directly affects not only your mind, but your BODY too. Actually, most of the illnesses affecting us today are brought about by our thoughts. What you are thinking about right now has so much power over your entire life, both physically and emotionally.
Take a moment and try to recall the last few thoughts you had about yourself. Were they positive? Negative? Did you glance in a mirror and realize your hair was messed up all day? Did you forget your wallet at home leading you to think aloud “dang it- i am so stupid!” Did someone compliment you on your outfit leading you to feel good about yourself? Or do you not know how to receive a compliment, leading you to feel self-conscience?
So wait… What are “toxic thoughts,” and how are they different from healthy thoughts?
Toxic thoughts are thoughts that trigger negative and anxious emotions, which produce biochemically that cause the body stress. They are stored in your mind, as well as in the cells in your body.
Every thought is impacting you whether you realize it or not. Even though you know that you aren’t in fact, stupid…when you say those words over yourself you start to believe them, and they begin to have a very negative affect on your body, mind, and soul. When you believe you look ugly, you destroy not only the way you look at yourself outwardly but you destroy the inside too. When you pass judgment upon yourself, you subconsciously believe that others are judging you as well.
You are directly impacted by every thought that pops into your head.
You’ve heard the phrase “you are what you eat”. What are you feeding your mind? Your heart? We ARE what we THINK.
A thought may seem harmless, but if it becomes toxic, it can become physically, emotionally, or spiritually dangerous. Every time you have a thought, it is actively changing your brain and your body – for better or for worse.
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” Deuteronomy 30:19
The result of toxic thinking translates into stress in your body, and this type of stress is far more than just a fleeting emotion. Stress is the extreme strain in your body’s systems as a result of toxic thinking. It harms the body and the mind in a multitude of ways from patchy memory to severe mental health, immune system problems, heart problems, and digestive problems. No system of the body is spared when stress is running rampant. Remember: up to 80% of physical, emotional, and mental health issues today are a direct result of our thought lives.
Not only do present thoughts affect you, past ones can be just as encouraging or destructive. For every memory you make, you have a corresponding emotion attached to it, which is stored in your brain, and as a photocopy in your body’s cells. Just as you can recall a bad memory and feel those emotions once again, your body is also reacting to these thoughts. A cascade of chemicals is activated when you rethink and imagine a particular event. This is why we must focus on healing our memories. I feel like I say this a lot, but don’t let it become old to you. We are making memories each and every moment- when something toxic comes into our mind, it doesn’t leave unless we release it. We must begin to take EVERY thought CAPTIVE and then RELEASE the toxic ones. It’s the only way to live freely.
When we choose non-toxic thinking, we step into a whole new realm of brain and body function. Healing, memory formation, and the ability to think deeply are all released.
The BIG thing is: We always have a choice. We can let our thoughts become toxic and poisonous, or we can detox our negative thoughts, which will improve our emotional wholeness and even recover our physical health.
So how do we detox?
“We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion into the structure of life shaped by Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
There are very practical and easy patterns that we can follow to detox our thoughts. We were designed to think good thoughts about ourselves- not bad ones. But with free-will we get to constantly make the decision about what we will allow to become part of our spirit- healthy thoughts, or toxic thoughts.
Of course there’s more, there’s always more:
There is going to be a “part 2” to this blog with more detailed information about DETOXING our thoughts. Also, I’d love to include YOUR questions, comments, rambling …etc. It’s important to me what YOU think about this… Because it may be really strange and unfamiliar to you and you may be thinking I’m crazy. HEY, i don’t receive that. 😉 And oh yeah, it’s important to YOU what YOU think about this- because it’s affecting your mind, body, and soul. 🙂 but really… It is.
As stated earlier: This is an open conversation!!
Feel free to use the comment section to post ideas or ask questions about this. I am continuing to research the science of Toxic Thinking even more as I read books that my new friend: Dr. Caroline Leaf has written as well as do my own digging. I certainly don’t have all the answers but if you want to know more about a particular thing mentioned here- or something I didn’t mention here- I’d love to hook you up with more information! Also, if the comment section still doesn’t work for you (grrrr WordPress) feel free to email me or something.
Looking forward to conversing with you!
*Please note that this is definitely not all from MY brain. There are many people with doctorates who have begun to study this idea long before me!! One of these amazing people is Dr. Caroline Leaf. Lots of the research and ideas here are hers. Thank you so much, Dr. Leaf, for your passion and work. Be sure and check her out!
So… Thoughts: Part 2 will come at a later date. Until then, think good thoughts.
And now, dear bothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8