Body-mind connection a real fact
We are hearing more and more, recently, about the body/mind connection. This includes everything from the way in which stress affects our bodies, to ways in which we can use our minds to strengthen our immune systems, or using visualization to heal specific parts of our bodies.
For years many scientifically minded individuals scoffed at such ideas, but there is increasing support building across disciplines for the powers of the mind to influence the body. Authors such as Louise Hay, Bernle Siegel, and Deepak Chopra make strong cases for giving serious consideration to the notion that the human body is a self-correcting system, and that illness represents an imbalance.
If we can correct the parts of our lives that are out of balance, our bodies just may move back into health. It is perhaps not just coincidence that our language is filled with metaphors such as “pain in the neck,” “splitting headache,” “I can’t stomach him/her/it,” “get off my back,” “thorn in my side,” “he/she/it makes me sick.”
On one level we can really feel the impact of difficult situations or people on our bodies: it may be tension in the head, neck, chest or stomach. It stands to reason that over time a physical manifestation of this tension could occur.
Most of us would not knowingly expose our bodies to toxic substances, but we may unknowingly continue to expose our bodies to emotionally toxic situations. We may be living or working in an emotionally polluted environment, full of anger, tension and unhappiness, and put up with it because we think there is nothing we can do, or we simply get used to it. The problem is, that by the time we have that ulcer, irritable bowel, or heart problem, our stamina, confidence and energy may be seriously depleted, and it is more difficult to rally the system to heal itself.
So it is important that we each develop our own personal ecology, and try to clean up toxic situations. This may mean putting forth a very strong and sincere effort to peacefully resolve differences, and getting help if necessary.
It might mean changing the way you are reacting, so that you accept what is, and no longer allow it to get to you. In severe cases, it may require removing yourself from the situation be it a job, relationship or neighborhood, or asking someone else to leave, be it a spouse or abusive adolescent.
It has taken us centuries to learn that what happens in one part of the Earth’s environment affects the whole. We are now learning that the same principle applies to our lives. Our bodies are not separate from our mind or emotions. So the next time something ails you, try to figure out just what it is that your body is trying to tell you.