Emotional Health Part 1: Love
To feel loved is at the core of our needs as human beings, it is the foundation upon which everything else is built. Without it, we can never truly thrive or live out the life we were created for.
When I was praying and asking God what to write a blog post about, I was thinking of all sorts of health topics, like nutrition, prenatal exercise, whole food supplements, chiropractic care, etc. and my mind was spinning in a million different directions, but when I calmed down and just listened, in my heart was a very peaceful and calming response…. Love.
My initial thought was, oh that’s nice, but what does that have to do with our health?
Then, when I thought about it a little more, I realized it has everything to do with our health!
Emotional health is something I see affects peoples’ health every day. I recommend four core natural products to help people calm their minds down all the time because their emotional health is affecting their physical health and causing physical pain.
Yes, it’s a real thing and I could go on and on about how stress affects our health, but that is not what I want to address here.
And yes, if you were wondering, the patient can take the supplement and it works to calm their mind down and relieves the pain.
But my question is, why are they on the supplement in the first place? How did they get to the point of pain? Was there something deeper going on? Is this just a band-aid fix? Band-aids are great, if the reason for needing it in the first place has been removed.
Sometimes its just a stressful season of life you’re in, like a new job, loss of a job, studying for exams, death of a loved one, etc. In that case, these supplements are great and can really help you manage your mental health while going through the crazy.
But there’s the other person, that needs to stay on these supplements long-term or the pain comes back. My questions are: What is going on in your mind all day? What do you think about? What keeps you awake at night? Is there something underlying that needs to be addressed?
In order to determine what that is, we have to start at ground zero and make sure that is addressed first.
The place to start is at our foundation, love.
My question to you is, do you feel loved? Do you view yourself as worthy to even be loved? 1 John 4:8 says,
“Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
If God himself is defined as love, it must be pretty important. This is how the bible defines love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
Is this how you view yourself? Is this how you view God? Not exactly? Well, then lets do something about it right now.
1. Go back and read that verse again and in the places where you see the word “love (or it)” replace it with “God”.
I wasn’t kidding, do it, the rest can wait….
2. Now, go back again and read the verse a third time, but this time replace the word “love (or it)” and replace it with the word “I” or your name.
3. Start identifying yourself as someone who is lovable and loving. As proverbs 23:7a says, ‘For as he thinks in his heart, so is he”. I would recommend writing this verse down with both “God” and “your name” written in place of love. Start to change the way you think about yourself.
In Romans 12:2 it says we can “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”
Lets start there friends, and focus on love today.
You will be better emotionally, physically, and spiritually.