Heal the mind, heal the body.

In her book, You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay asks her readers to imagine they’re in line at a cafeteria, or a buffet in a luxurious hotel, where instead of dishes of food, they are presented with dishes of thoughts. You get to choose any and all the thoughts you wish, and these thoughts will create your future experiences. “Now, if you choose thoughts that will create problems and pain, that’s rather foolish. It’s like choosing food that always makes you ill,” she writes. “We may do this once or twice, but as soon as we learn which foods upset our bodies, we stay away from them. It’s the same with thoughts.” Hay believes that we should clean up our mental thinking much like we’d set out to tidy and clean our house. “I go through my mental rooms and examine the thoughts and beliefs in them,” Hay writes. “Some I love, so I polish and shine them and make them even more useful. Some I notice need replacement or repair, and I get around to them as I can. Some are like yesterday’s newspapers or clothing that’s no longer suitable. These I either give away or toss into the trash, and I let them be gone forever.”

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