Heal Yourself: Physically, Mentally, and Spiritually
When you forgive yourself you become a positive example to others.
Cindy Novelo wants students in recovery to understand two things about themselves: They must keep the faith, and they are worth it. “You deserve everything good, and it is out there waiting for you right now.”
She encourages those in recovery to move away from shaming themselves about their addictions and start embracing the benefits spiritual healing can provide. Release and surrender the ideas that no longer serve you.
Novelo is an award-winning singer/songwriter, speaker, and educator based in Lawrence, Kansas. She is a dedicated student of yoga. She is also a cancer survivor. Often, when people receive a cancer diagnosis, they approach healing from the standpoint of “battling” the cancer. “The last thing I wanted to do was fight a battle,” Novelo says. “It was my body, and I didn’t want to be at war with myself. Your body wants to be healthy, happy, and whole.”
She provides an example of someone with a painful wrist injury, which is getting in the way of the person’s exercise routine. Instead of viewing the situation as ‘my wrist is ruining my life,’ she suggests considering the opposite: ‘My life is ruining my wrist.’
“Your wrist wants to be functioning and happy.” She says. “It is much more rewarding to operate from a place of appreciation than a place of complaint. Just consider all the amazing things a hand and wrist allow you to do!”
In a similar vein, give thought to reframing how you think about your addiction. Positive reframing allows you to live the life you were meant to live because letting go of negative thinking returns you to a natural state where you can see things more clearly.
Another way to reframe is to surround yourself with people who are also trying to live healthy lifestyles. They will reflect positive, uplifting things back to you, without the shame. Find people who will support the positive changes you want to make in your life.
Sound inviting? Of course. Who doesn’t want to achieve his or her highest potential? But taking the steps and doing the work to arrive at a more centered place is scary. Familiar patterns can feel safer, even if they are unhealthy.
How can you truly let go and arrive at a more centered place, leaving what you believe to be a safe place in order to embrace a new outlook, when embarking on an unknown journey seems so frightening?
“Once we can identify what is not helpful to us, we can begin to think of releasing it,” Novelo continues. “You can’t release something if you are bound up with it. Soften. Accept yourself. Things will start to release. When we soften, we return to a more natural, gentle state; then we can see what we need to do.”
Novelo says when you remove the veils that cloud your thinking, whether it is fear, resentment or anger, only then can you see clearly.