How to Focus During a Health Challenge

One of our most valuable gifts is our focus. I define focus as how we direct our awareness; what we give our attention to, is what we become conscious of. Even though our visual focus may seem little more than a glance, our awareness has the ability to transport our consciousness. Unfortunately, most of our glances are superficial and do not connect to any thought in our mind. When you deal with a health challenge, you have to be even more aware of how you are conscious.

Now, imagine if our consciousness was as precious as gold. Our glances would become something of value. When that happens, the little glance to our symptoms is much more valuable. When we understand the power of awareness, we can easily become more conscious of our symptoms.   A conscious glance can play a significant role in the correction process. The more conscious you are, the more you notice what is wrong. Norman Cousins would say “awareness is curative.” When you notice something wrong and in your mind you know what is right, your awareness becomes curative.

Now think about that last sentence. Your awareness notices something wrong, but in your mind and heart you know what is right. It is only your ego that resists the correction process.  If you were able to let go and listen to your inner being; you would be on an evolutionary journey. Our minds have the curative power to complete unfinished business. That is the function of our dreams. For instance, as a person with MS, I have had to teach myself to walk three times. My awareness did not heal me, but it improved both my walk and the quality of my life.

As I walked a dysfunctional walk, I would take specific notice of how my foot set down, my speed and my posture.  In my mind, I would imagine a conscious, healthy walk. Every night before sleeping, I would imagine that healthy walk and, in my mind, it became a habit. This lead to a natural correction process; awareness of my dysfunctional walk connected to the habit of my healthy walk and my body naturally corrected itself. I had to practice this over and over again and gradually my walk became healthier. When I noticed this correction process happening, I had more confidence in it. Later, I naturally trusted it. Not only did I feel confident, the quality of my life was improved.

Any patient can use this strategy. You need to notice what is happening with your symptom, then program in your mind the way you want it to be. This programming happens best if you image it before you go to sleep and when you wake up. This way, it will create a strong habit without the interference of your ego. When awareness of what is happening connects to a conscious walk it creates a correction process.

As my MS progressed, I eventually needed to use a wheelchair. However, I had been able to enjoy many more years of walking than the doctors predicted. This means that this heightened awareness is especially important while you are in a health challenge. Your awareness is an incredible tool that should be consciously used. Just think, if a conscious glance had the power to activate healing and not fear and doubt, that would become an essential ingredient to ‘a healthy way to be sick.’

In my book “A Healthy Way to Be Sick,” there are several techniques that are helpful, but too often they are over looked, distracted by everyday concerns. When you become conscious of them, they become valued tools. With a conscious perspective, like with the Positive Self, these tools become obvious and useful keys to healing. Learn how to connect to your Positive Self with a book of that name. These books are available in Amazon/Kindle store.

© 2015 Marc Lerner


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