The Most Important Pillar of Longevity

Your MINDSET is the only weight-bearing pillar of longevity.

Mindset is a mental attitude determining how you interpret and respond to situations.  Mindset is a weight-bearing pillar – the most vital factor driving health.  A positive mindset can help heal the body, while a negative mindset can trigger chronic illness or disease and is an integral part of the healing process.  Mindset is interlocked with emotions.

Emotions are conscious mental reactions communicated as strong feelings, usually toward a specific object or situation.  Life is fluid, and there will always be ups and downs, happy times, sad times, and challenging times. It is perfectly natural and essential to express emotions.  Burying your emotions is detrimental to emotional well-being and physical health. They will surface again sometime in the future tenfold.  The question is, what are you going to do with those conscious mental reactions – especially if they consume you?

Here is a quick (unscientific) group of questions to see how well you manage your mindset. You are the judge!

  • Do you believe finding a golden nugget in bad situations is impossible?
  • Do you rehash a bad experience over and over again?
  • Do challenging experiences paralyze you for long periods?
  • Are you forever hard on yourself for not making the best decisions?
  • Do you learn from your decisions and move on?
  • Do you make decisions that didn’t turn out how you expected and then get depressed?
  • Do small mistakes bother you the same as big mistakes?
  • Do you always expect the worst never to be disappointed?
  • Do you compare yourself to others?


Changing a mindset sounds easy, but in many cases, it isn’t.  It takes practice and trust in yourself.  It takes acknowledging that you control yourself, not the external force.  

Constant resistance to a situation that causes anxiety, stress, or fear is like trying to force something as strong as an elephant along a different path. 


Change what you can – most of the time, that will be your mindset.

Here are some examples:

If you are diagnosed with cancer, express your emotions and accept the diagnosis.  Spend energy on your plan to heal and achieve remission.  Resistance toward the diagnosis only hurts you; it does not change the diagnosis.

If you have a supervisor who likes to make everyone miserable, express your emotions in a safe place and accept it.  Go to work thinking about how you will make your day more positive.  Don’t give your supervisor the power to change you and take away your health.  Resistance toward something you cannot change only hurts you.

If you decide to enroll in a program that ends up being a bit harder or taking up more time, express your emotions and accept it.  Instead of being depressed, think about the outcome and how important that is to you.  Each day is one day toward your goal.

Acceptance is the key to changing your mindset and eliminating a constant state of resistance.  Acceptance is not for external input such as disease, a bad mood boss, or a program that doesn’t unfold the way you expected.  Acceptance is for you, understanding that you can’t change that external input but can change how you respond to it.  Acceptance, a healthy mindset, and the elimination of resistance will calm your nervous system, reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and help the absorption of nutrients into your body.  It will allow you not to be negatively absorbed by something out of your control.

Changing your mindset is the most critical pillar of longevity in life.

To your health,

Dr. Gerda
Doctor of Natural Medicine and Holistic Cancer Consultant

Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended for educational purposes only.   As a Board-Certified Doctor of Natural Medicine, I do not diagnose or treat disease, an area well attended by licensed physicians.  Instead, I identify healing opportunities within the body, such as the immune system, digestion, detoxification, energy, cellular, and nervous systems.  Once identified, function and health may be restored by correcting the underlying causes and conditions of health challenges.  Rebalancing the body’s systems can be a proven stabilizer adjunctive to medical protocols.  Not all recommendations may be appropriate for everyone.   Due diligence and a consultation with your physician before engaging in alternative concepts or protocols are recommended. 

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