First: Facebook Live Video
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Today’s Challenge is called The Snowball Effect (of your thinking)
I learned this from Richard Carlson PhD (‘”Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff”).
I don’t know about you, but I can work myself up into a frenzy with very little effort.
I start thinking about something I don’t like or agree with or something that I believe isn’t fair and in just a couple of minutes I will be banging about the house, just about ready to kick the cat!
What on earth happened?
How did I go from making a cup of tea to kicking the cat?
Our brains are hard-wired to serve us up whatever we ask for.
If I ask it “Why do I have to hurt so bad and suffer from my chronic pain?”
My brain will start fast firing all the reasons ‘I deserve to hurt and be suffering from the pain.”
Exactly like a snowball rolling down a hill.
Remember building snow men as a kid?
You start at the top of a hill with a teeny tiny snow ball and let it loose on the hill.
Before you know it, you have the bottom of a nice sized snowman at the bottom of the hill…
Funny thing is, they don’t even have to be rational or TRUE.
My brain will just start making stuff up and actually re-writing history to give me what I want.
Do you think it is important to know what you are thinking?
Especially when it come to pain signals from your brain…
Afterall, pain is thought signals from our brain to whatever part of our body is letting us know something is wrong!
Here is today’s challenge (exercise)
- Think about everything that hurts or is wrong with your body (you).
- List each thought that comes to mind.
- Notice how you feel (pay attention) as the thoughts start building as you add thoughts to your list.
- Write down your responses (feelings, body symptoms, pain) next to each thought.
Thought: Begin listing thoughts about every thing that hurts and is wrong with your body/you.
What Feelings come up as you think this thought?
What Body Symptoms do you notice when you think this thought?
Repeat this for each thought that comes up.
Try to go 7-10 thoughts deep.
When you are done…
Look through your notes…
Do you see any patterns?
Do you see any specific thoughts that TRIGGER an undesirable reaction in your feels or body?
Do you notice any thoughts or triggers that increase your level of pain?
Do you think your thoughts have any impact on the amount of pain you experience?
How might you be able to STOP or INTERRUPT the train of thoughts before it gets going down the track?
One strategy I use, when I catch my self on this slippery slope, is to just say CANCEL or STOP (out loud if I am not around a bunch of people).
This simple thing reminds me to interrupt my pattern of negative thinking. It is very powerful because I know that when I think a bunch of negative thoughts, the feelings those thoughts generate in me, increase the amount of pain I feel in my body.
I used the ‘rubber band” trick for years when my kids were young.
One of my son’s friends reminded me of it the other week when I had one of my cars in for servicing. He remembered me always snapping a rubber band on my wrist. Back then I think I used it to remind me not to swear around the kids.
(Boy has that ship sailed.)
Third: Power Thought Card
“I am free to think wonderful thoughts. I move beyond past limitations into freedom. I am now becoming all that I am created to be.”
I am full of possibility.
I am full of possibility right now.
Why is it so easy for me to be full of possibility now?
Fifth: If This Is Your Life, Here Are The Rules Card:
“Eagerly express and demonstrate your interest.”
Nature Of Infinite Love & Gratitude Card:
“When I stay in the moment and focus on what is at hand, I not only feel more fulfilled, but I also preserve and enhance the infinite potential of my body and life for healing and wholeness.”
What am I grateful for now?
Seventh: Today’s Share Challenge
On today’s Facebook Video Day 3, share in the comments…
one belief about chronic pain.
One belief you have about chronic pain (right now).
That’s it for today.
Chronic Pain may be a part of your life, but it does not have to be your life.
See You Tomorrow,
P.S. Don’t forget to share today!
There is so much we can learn from each other.