Personally, I had an experience of healing myself through changing my thoughts. Five years ago, I was depressed after a relationship break up. The depression lasted for almost two years as I had a hard time letting go. The break up had such a strong impact for me, because I lacked experience. It taught me tremendous lessons about letting go and how to use positive thinking to change my life.
During that period of depression, I realized those negative emotions affected the function of my heart and lung. I was getting weak physically. At one point, I started having a difficult breathing and got tired very easily. As a dancer, I lost focus and stamina. I had trouble memorizing the choreography.
I knew I cannot let my despair continue. I determined to get better and live my life again. During the process of healing, I read lots of spiritual books, did meditation and journaling. It took me a while to see hope and happiness again. Since then, I made a promise to myself: I HAVE TO BE HAPPY and I LOVE MYSELF. And yet, I know nothing can hurt me, except ME. I refused to be a victim of life. Instead, I realized, recognized and took the responsibility I owe to my life and my happiness: to be the winner, to keep loving, to laugh regardless of what life brings to me. I found that when I am able to love and appreciate myself in any situation, I can always bring myself back to the life that I want. Also, the more I send love and appreciation to people around me, the more I receive them back. My life started to change and attract more lovable, supportive and inspiring friends. When my mind feels good, my body feels good. I am just happy, healthy and free right here, right now.