Bad Thought: My body is deteriorating.

I'm lying awake at 5:30 am because my bad shoulder is throbbing and aching. The ibuprofen I took 20 minutes ago hasn't kicked in, and I don't think it will because it's been relatively ineffective since the pain began 2 days ago.

I hate this shoulder. It’s caused by a mild case of scoliosis, not to mention a family tendency to slump. It’s caused me countless sleepless nights. It causes me concern about the weight of my purse. I’m reminded of it each time I sit at the computer for more than half an hour. I wonder if it will continue to worsen over time. I imagine myself becoming a misshapen creature.

What is it about our minds that they send us into such melodramatic and overdetermined contemplations?

I search my brain for a different file . . . I haven't had a flare-up in many months! Doesn't that mean there's actually been improvement? I’ve had the flare-ups more frequently in the past. I’m reminded of Eckhart Tolle, who cautions us not to allow obsessive thought to turn our temporary physical imbalances into permanent conditions. Isn't telling myself I'm stuck with this issue part of the problem? Dr. Oz recently did a segment on the power of the subconscious mind to heal the body.

Could telling myself that improvement is possible be enough to bring about this result?

No doctors needed for that one.

I notice that the shoulder discomfort has lessened. Is it the ibuprofen or the mind medicine?

I think, after a few hours of sleep, I'll begin work on a hypnosis script about the mind as perhaps a body problem’s most powerful antidote.

You're reading the Bad Thoughts Blog, which maintains that feeling good is as simple as thinking a better thought. I'm Debbie Covino, hypnotherapist, coach, and creator of the Master Your Own Mind self-hypnosis program, available at

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