When I say that I work with Mindset Medicine I am completely aware that many people who have suffered from chronic illness or any one of a number of ‘syndromes’ are forever being told that it is “all in their mind”. This is frustrating and completely untrue. However, that does not mean that our minds cannot be brought on board as an ally within our healthcare journey.
Mindset Medicine is just that – making compassionate attempts to understand our experience and frame our perception of reality to empower our healing journey rather than detract from or derail it. It is not about saying that Mindset is a cure – it is about recognising that without the right Mindset, our cure is almost impossible to find.
The power of thought and our frames of reality are important in healthcare because illness is hard, sometimes confusing and often dis-empowering. It transforms our lives and turns things upside down so it becomes remarkably easy to feel a victim of illness and angry at life. This is a perfectly understandable response and we easily fall into negative thought-loops regarding our body, our life and our health.
This negativity and despair may be natural (and is a necessary part of the process) but can prove unhelpful longterm because it robs us of the energy to transform our situation.
My work with Mindset Medicine encourages experiencing every emotion and thought that comes up within the frustration and fear of illness – but then we reframe the understanding and interpretation of symptoms. I work with my clients to alter the way they view and think about their body and their illness. I teach my clients how to catch and transform thought patterns to alter the way they think about themselves and their body. Without blame or recrimination, my techniques encourage mindful awareness of our mental realm, which has profound biochemical and physical effects.
When I work with my clients on Mindset we are shifting beliefs to transform experience. Healing requires all of our ‘self’ to be on board with that journey. By working with Mindset we build perspectives and frameworks around life that enhances (rather than disempowers) our healing process.