Inflamed thinking is no better than total inflammation throughout your body! I know because I learned this weekend what it feels like to be cool and light in my thinking with the greatest inflamers of my past. I say “of my past” because they have been with me most of my life, and they learned how to inflame thinking from the day they were brought into my home and into my life. They are my two younger sisters who, quite honestly, learned their skill at the knee of our narcissistic mother, the Super Inflamer. Ginny is her name! She made her transition in 2005, but her soul remains in the siblings, Joyce Mary and Margaret Mary. They remain who they are, it is me who has changed after decades of trying everything negative and positive.
I know and practice an anti-inflammation diet, and it works. If I go off of it for a while, my body reacts. Case in point: iced coffee! My body was never subjected to coffee as I did not like the taste, and I am a hot beverage drinker. Ice, lots and lots of ice, thank you! Several summers ago I learned how to drink and then how to make cold-brewed coffee! It is not exactly art, but it may as well be. I love doing it, I love making it, and I love drinking it. It was ok if I had it only a few cups at a time during a week. And then, this Summer, the Universe brought me a present: I won the coffee gift basket at the Oberlin Library this summer with its special filters and special brewing decanter. OMG, I was in heaven! That was in June. Now in November, I have become addicted to iced coffee to the tune of 3-4 glasses before 3 pm every day. Ok, it was not affecting my sleep. Go figure! But 24 hours ago, I began to get heart palpitations! First thought, since it was occurring in my right breast, I figured “breast cancer”. And then my logical research took me to the major change: coffee, lots and lots of coffee! Oh yes, that could be the reason, and I have gone back to my one glass of unsweetened organic green tea at breakfast. As the hours go on, the palpitations are ceasing. Maybe the coffee, maybe the brain sending out warnings. My brain will do that, it is now well-trained after a decade of holistic practices! (I can see Dr. Keith Jordan grinning ear to ear that I have become such a good student of his!0
So, the brain? The brain can become inflamed, not quite like a tumor but more like an emotional inflammation. Joyce and Margaret are quite good at inflaming my emotions; or they had been until I learned how to become cool and light in my thinking, and it worked. The annual Thanksgiving question arose with Joyce being the spokesperson for Margaret, the usual Thanksgiving trumpeter. Joyce on Saturday morning approached, for the first time ever with me, with a text ( She learned that from Margaret–who appears to have a total allergy towards live communication on the phone!) that was soft and simple. I am always waiting for the “other text” to fall. I asked simple questions which she promised to get back to me on, like “the restaurant”, “the time”. Kind of crucial in decision making. I totally will not eat at their annual restaurant, tried it once for Thanksgiving and will simply not eat their food at their Thanksgiving cattle call buffet. The time was an important factor because “the little people” celebrate with their mother’s family miles away from the inflamers’ location, and I am now included with my daughter-in-law’s family for their traditional, at-home family Thanksgiving for which I am responsible to bring the sweet potato casserole!
Joyce disappeared, and even accepted the idea that she would try on clothes I offered to her that no longer fit because of my healthy anti-inflammation lifestyle. That was a surprise! But good progress, cool and light. No further explanation needed when something is working! On Sunday, I receive “the text” from Margaret: potluck at her home on Thanksgiving because of everyone’s schedules and 2:30 with dinner at 3:00. Cool and light, I respond I will be miles away by 4 for the family dinner, and I will be unable to attend. Thank you. Cool and light…no room for their drama when I am cool and light. The brain smiled for the rest of the day.
Believe me when I say that this occasion of cool and light took a lifetime of trying, but this is my first year of cool and light! And, yes, the brain can become inflamed through anger, envy, negativity, stress, lack of sleep, hatred, resentment, and more. It is a type of inflammation that the body suffers with physical stress and illness and diet. All of this can inflame the brain as well. BUT, emotional inflammation can become chronic, too. It could be happening since you were born or at a time when you were affected by any of the negative emotions throughout your life.
I have finally learned how to be cool and light…still caring, still loving, but learning how to care and love me first, evaluating others’ effects on me, my body and my brain…and it worked. Be cool and light, taking small steps in parts of your life where you are not totally content, including money. But I will say that, since I have become cool and light, I have begun to worry, just a little, money does not bother me any more. Money in my life has also become cool and light!
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