Reprogram Your Mind and Your Words for Healing
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There's a scripture in the Bible Proverbs 4:23: "Guard your heart above all else for everything you do flows from it." Another version says: "Above all be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life."
I love this scripture because it tells us how powerful our thoughts and words are in our lives. How many of us find ourselves thinking something or saying something over and over and then it happens?! Our words and thoughts determine our reality because our mind is processing those things in our subconscious.
I bring up this scripture and this thought, because one step towards healing is the words you speak to yourself and the things you think about yourself.
One thing that helped me when I was going through depression was not taking ownership of it. I learned this from my pastor. He said, "Don't take ownership of that depression!"God, did not give you depression. It is not yours and it is not yours to keep!" His words definitely empowered me and I use this mindset to this day to help me with other things.
I encourage you today to stop taking ownership of what you struggle with. This isn't saying don't acknowledge it, but don't call it yours (don't claim it). Don't say "my depression", "my anxiety", "my ptsd" etc. Change your words to "the depression" or "this depression". This won't come easy, because for so long your subconscious has processed "my depression" etc. so you will have to regularly correct yourself every time you slip.
Here's some examples of how you can change your thought process:
You can say to yourself "Yes, I feel anxious now, but I know this is temporary" or make it simpler by saying "I am overcoming anxiety" or "I am healed from anxiety". Even if you don't feel these things initially, still tell yourself this so your mind can process that this is temporary for you and that you are healing.
I hope this article has encouraged you, inspired you, and that you give this a try.
I'm rooting for you,