The Danger of Toxic Thoughts
Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Chaplain and Outreach Chaplain for Renewal at Brookhaven Hospital
According to Dr. Carolyn Leaf, author of Switch on Your Brain 5- step Learning Process ” 75% to 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life.”
Dr Leaf further said, “Change in your thinking is essential to detox the brain.”
Dr Leaf gives examples by beginning to stop some of the things we say to oursevles on a daily basis like a broken record. Often these sayings contain the phrases “could have, would have, should have.”
Sometimes we even catch ourselves saying things that our parents have said to us growing up that were negative. Sometimes we even do things that our parents did that are harmful to us physically, such as, drugs or alcohol.
These negative patterns must transition to positive habits, so that our brain cells receive new messages enabling us to enjoy life to the fullest.
Another example Dr. Leaf gives us is the “if only” statements. Sometimes we don’t know it, but we tend to grieve about issues that are in the past tense. I remember my husband told me one day, “if only my dad had inspired us to be somebody.” An “if only” statement or thought indicates that we are ruminating on something that is in the past, and therefore cannot be changed. We can create change as we move forward in life by making the best of our situation. Seeing the positive can actually re-wire our brain over time.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 says “ Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do it [paraphrase].
For the next couple of weeks, we are going to look at our thought patterns and how they can cause toxicity in our lives. This toxicity can show up in physical illness, mental illness and negative family dynamics.
Brookhaven Hospital’s Renewal Christian Care program is here to serve you, and to help you recognize symptoms and behaviors that may be need to be addressed by professional counseling. Our next Pastoral Seminar will be on Thursday, October 8th, 2015. Please contact Lydia D’Ross at 918.438.4257 to register to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.