Mind Body Connection: Think Your Way To Great Health
I am inspired by the writings of James Allen in his book As A Man Thinketh and what he wrote about the effects of our thoughts on our health and the body. He suggests that our mind and mental states can have a profound effect on our physical body.
In fact King David seemed to echo the same sentiments when he said, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Prov. 17:22. Our mental, emotional and physical states are so inextricably interconnected that it is impossible for us to be wholistically healthy if any one part of our being suffers any form of lack or imbalance.
Mind Body Connection: Let Go Of Emotional Baggages
A story was told of a teacher who instructed her students to bring a sack of potatoes to school. They were then asked to bring to mind every painful event they had gone through, and for every person they could not forgive, they were to choose a potato and inscribe the name of the incident on it.
For the whole month, the student were required to carry their sack of personalized potatoes wherever they go. They were to bring it to bed with them at night, hold on to it while they travel on the bus or hang out with their friends. Soon, the profound clarity and absurdity of carrying the emotional weight around dawned on the students. The people who were linked to all those painful memories were not in the least affected by the heavy load that they lugged around each day.
Holding onto people, situations and emotions that were of no positive value in their lives seemed a rather high price to pay. The students began to see forgiveness and letting go as a gift to themselves, rather than a gift to others.
We all carry some kind of emotional baggage around, painful childhood experience, trauma of physical abuse or sexual violation, the loss of a loved one or the heart break over a relationship that didn’t work out. Feelings of rejection, fear, failure, humiliation, guilt, shame and loss of self esteem are all common to men.
Negative thoughts and emotions bring about the production of tiny chemical proteins that can undermine your health over time. For instance, the body releases adrenalin when you feel fear, anxiety or stress. The purpose of adrenalin is to place your body in a high-alert rapid-response flight-or-flight state. In emergencies, this is beneficial, but, over a long period, adrenalin can be very damaging to your body. It suppresses your immune system, impairs digestion, uses up vital vitamins and minerals, causes pain and stiffness, makes your body acidic resulting in inflammation, and drains vitality.
Mind Body Connection: 3 Step Method that will help you deal with ANYTHING
The thing that hurts us most is not pain itself, but our resistance to it. We fight it, ignore it, bury it or run away from it. How then can we be whole? Confront the pain, feel the intensity of it and let it go.
Recently, I came across Bob Proctor’s 3 step method of dealing with anything that can happen to us, and it helps me immensely:
When anything happens…
It is what it is. Accept it. You cannot change it. It will either control you or, you will control it.
Harvest the Good. The more you look for it, the more you’ll find.
Forgive all of the rest. Forgive means to let go of completely, abandon.
Health and happiness comes from the choices we made everyday. Choose your thoughts as you would the food that nourishes your body.