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Grateful for the “Negative”.

Infertility. Cancer. Fibromyalgia. Autism. Chronic Pain. Most people, upon hearing these words, will not say they are grateful for those “negative” life experiences.  In fact, most people will have a negative reaction. When I share my personal testimony of healing (from Thyroid Cancer), people often respond, “I could never do what you did.”  For the most part, this is due to their perception that symptoms and diseases are bad.  However, I have learned there is a benefit in the “bad,” and it is important to have gratitude for the “negative” in our lives.

One of my mentors, Dr. Alok Trivedi, with the Aligned Performance Institute, helps his clients see both sides of every life experience.  He says, “We will often perceive something as being good or bad, but symptoms, like cancer, are simply a feedback mechanism of the body giving you awareness of how to heal.  When we only look at symptoms as negative, we limit ourselves and our understanding of the power of the human body and healing.”  

As someone who has faced a cancer diagnosis, I can also honestly say, if given the opportunity to go back in time, I would still go through it. I now look at that “negative” part of my life, see the benefits, and am truly grateful.

Being grateful for your own wake up call.

At Thrive Chiropractic, we find that individuals will often initially seek chiropractic care because they want to get rid of a symptom–ranging from pain to anxiety and even infertility.  They are usually NOT Grateful for the symptom! Getting rid of symptoms is not our ultimate goal, because we want to find the cause of the symptoms (nerve dysfunction). Since the symptom is the signal from the body that wakes us up to the lack of true health, we teach our patients that gratitude for the symptom is an important aspect of the process of healing.  What do you have to be grateful for today?

**If you are interested in learning more about the work I have done with Dr. Trivedi, you can watch a free webinar here.  The webinar is geared toward breaking barriers in business, however, I will add that in working with Dr. Trivedi, my life has been transformed (not just my business!)

**If you missed Part 1 and Part 2 in this gratitude series, check them out!