As a therapist, I see miracles happen all the time. I believe each of us has the capacity to create
miracles through changing our self-concept and our outlook on life. This often requires a complete shift in perception. It is no easy task but we can construct the kind of world we would like to encounter for ourselves and others around us. The work starts with you!
When I was in the midst of my own personal miracle, I came across a quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer, a distinguished author and speaker. He said, “Your miracles are an inside job. Go there to create the magic you seek in your life.”
This is a quote I use in my practice to instill hope and empower individuals navigating a plethora of mental health issues. What I believe Dr. Dyer is saying here is miracles come from inside your mind and your thoughts. We can use the power of our minds to banish negative emotions such as fear and disappointment. We can regain control over that space that guides us through our day, our self-talk. I want each and every one of my clients to know their power. If you change your mind, you can change your life.
As a clinician who is well-versed in cognitive behavioral therapy, I know our emotions are determined by our thoughts. What we think becomes our personal reality.
Not only do our thoughts affect our emotions, but when you have a thought, there’s an actual affect on your physiology. Therefore, our thoughts affect our biology. Additionally, our perceptions directly influence our behaviors and actions. This makes changing your mindset essential. When you begin to heal your emotions, your body will respond.
This can be done by simply getting mindful. You can practice mindfulness in a number of ways such as using affirmations, meditating, practicing yoga, and visualizing the experiences you want. Any activity that facilitates getting present (and quiet) can correct the automatic cycles we get trapped in.
One common exercise I encourage is a gratitude journal. This prompts us to actively focus on things that we are thankful for or appreciative of, which allows us to enjoy the positive feelings that come with them. When journaling, hand written is preferred because it forces us to slow down, which our thoughts often need, and cultivates the mind body connection. For more tips on how to keep a gratitude journal, check out this article: https://www.mindful.org/a-simple-weekly-mindfulness-practice-keep-a-gratitude-journal/
It takes consistent practice and discipline to alter our beliefs. No matter how severe the affliction is, the possibility for healing, whether physically or emotionally, is always there. The key is to keep an open mind to totally new ways of thinking.
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About the Writing: Whitney Clarahan, LMHC, NCC, CADC
Whitney Clarahan enjoys assisting individuals with a variety of issues and is well-versed in clients’ common concerns of anxiety, depression, and stress management. In addition, Whitney has experience in areas of trauma and substance abuse. Her passion is to assist individuals in identifying and reaching their goals.