I have a confession to make, I have a tendency to obsess over the outcome of things. For instance, when I post a new blog I will fret over how many views it receives. Also, each day when I open up wordpress, I fret over how many views I received from the day before. I know I have no control over how many people check out my blogs [other than how well I write them], but I fret anyway. I’m somewhat comforted by the fact that renowned spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra also obsesses over such seemingly trivial human matters, but I know that it’s not in my highest best interest to do so, at least not if I want to achieve optimum health. It is far better, and healthier, to live in gratitude; that is, to be genuinely thankful for everything I have in my life.
The truth is, we have very little control over what goes on in our lives. We really only have control over what we think, say and do. We have no control over the behavior of others, nor do we have any control over what they may think of us, and yet so often, we try to control these things.
I think this need to control stems mainly from fear [which has become the focus of my healing lately]. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of feeling powerless. Fear of being unlovable. Fears that were developed in childhood and never resolved.
One of the things I do have control over is my attitude, and there is nothing like an attitude of gratitude. Whereas fretting over things leaves me feeling stressed, I feel good when I feel grateful. When I express gratitude I can almost feel those feel-good endorphins being released in my brain.
The reason this issue is so important to me is because obsessing over outcomes and trying to control things I have no control over tends to cause stress which acidifies the body and creates inflammation, whereas living in gratitude creates happiness which helps alkaline the body. An alkaline body is critical for having a healthy gut, a healthy lymphatic system, a healthy immune system and a body free of inflammation, all of which are essential if I want to recover from Parkinson’s.
So it’s a no-brainer. Practice letting go of the need to control outcomes and make a habit of expressing gratitude. My health depends on it!
Have an awesomely grateful day!