Body-mind con­nec­tion a real fact

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CLASSIFIEDS - GwenRan­dall-Young

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.

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