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Believing in the Impossible: What Do You Believe About Your Health?

The universe is limitless, and so it can be with our minds.

One can’t believe impossible things,” Alice said. “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~ Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

I believe in the power of belief. I believe that thoughts are influential. However, sometimes my belief is rather small and limited. For instance, it is easy for me to believe that through the use of my will, I can see the bright side of a rainy day; I can focus on something good that might come out of something painful. If I am feeling ill, I can direct my thoughts on health and usually end up feeling just fine.

When I was young I focused on the negative, and the fact that now focus on the positive , speaks volumes about the power of belief.  However, I am not naive about the power of wishful thinking. I am a nurse who relies on science. I am a “show me the evidence” sort of person.

Over the years, I have found that science and belief can live compatibly, especially when it comes to health. I believe in miracles but take the necessary steps to foster them. As Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors the prepared mind.” Belief and positive thinking are ways I prepare my mind. Rigorous study is another method I employ.

I am aging, and I could limit my dreams a bit. However, I think this is precisely the time for bigger dreams. Leonardo da Vinci believed in flight. He designed a flightless machine in the 15th century, long before airplanes and space shuttles. Why can’t I? Why can’t you?

So, if I am going to believe, then I am going to believe big. Not only do I want to dream the impossible, I am purging the word impossible from my vocabulary. This is not to say that I will treat my medical conditions with thoughts rather than medication. It merely means that when I have limitless possibilities, wisdom has more room to land, and wisdom with a broad landing space has more room to take off.  It is time to let my dreams take flight.

What do you believe about your health?

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