Can our mind heal our body?
Recent research has verified that mental and emotional conditions can affect the state of the physical body, and that the body mind connection, is very much true. Every emotion we feel can cause psychological and physical changes in the body which can keep us sick & stuck. Most times we just don’t know how to let go. Emotions have been shown to be linked to obesity and cancer, which begs the question: Who’s in charge of your mind?
“There is an ever growing body of evidence pointing to the role of the mind and its healing power in the treatment of stress, pain, mental, emotional and physical illness. (1) Mind/body approaches, such as guided imagery and mindfulness meditation are becoming more widespread as the scientific studies mount, indicating that mind-body techniques, may not only improve the quality of life for those facing a health concern or serious illness, but can actually promote physical healing and whole person wellness of body, mind, heart and spirit. Keeping a healthy spirit and mind will aid in maintaining a healthy body and vice versa. A healthy, grounded spirit and soul also helps to improve our confidence levels and helps to boost self esteem and positive thoughts.”
Just like exercise builds muscle, becoming conscience builds mind muscle. Remember what happens to the body also happens to the mind and even to the spirit and vice versa. If you are eating for health but harbor on unhealthy thoughts, you are not healthy.
What can you do? Implement changes until the mind/body are on the same page-do it until it becomes a lifestyle. When you change how you look at things the things you look at change.
When you change how you be with things the things you be with change.
A number of studies at UCLA and at Harvard, (2) show that there are structural changes in the very parts of the brain, for people who do practice mindfulness meditation. There are structural changes in the same mind / body circuit, that we need to implement, in order to support our empathic communication with other people. That's probably why there are so many studies that show that empathy is significantly increased in those who practice mindfulness.
Which part of our mind runs our life? “Most people hardly use the conscious mind. They run their day-to-day existence from programs stored in their subconscious mind.” (3) “What programs will that subconscious mind run? The answer is the exact programs that were downloaded into the subconscious mind.” These subconscious programs are at the core of our perception of the world around us. They anchor our belief systems, our perception of right and wrong, our spirit and our soul. These deeply stored programs, are what guide us and play out our journey, throughout out entire life, unless we go into the subconscious mind and rewrite the program. Yes, we can rewrite the program!
“By making a conscious decision, our conscious mind can rewrite any of our subconscious programs.” We can even go back and change our genetic activity. “The conscious mind is unique because it can change an entire history of perceptions in order to engage in different behaviors and life styles. The new sciences of epi-genetics and quantum mechanics recognize the important role of the invisible fields in controlling life, which includes the thoughts and energies that contribute to our reality. “This new awareness gives each of us the ability, and the power, to change our old worldview.
We now know that we can actually control our genes, and as a result, we control our lives. Our thoughts are real and tangible. They influence our physiology. If we choose to be around sickness or depression we will become what is our environment.
Change our environment and belief system, and we can change our life. Beliefs can change our thoughts and change our DNA. This is extremely powerful, and isn’t it fascinating that our mind has the ability to look at itself, from the outside in?
How is energy impaired when the mind is broken?
1-The mind is an energetic field.
The mind influences the immune system, digestive and endocrine system. When we have an abundance of stress in our lives we also have a diminished functioning immune system.
An abundance of stress reduces blood flow to the gut leaving it unable to repair itself. As a result, our metabolism is impaired. This leads to a lack of energy in our cells. With less energy, we stop exercising. That in turn stresses the lymphatic system leaving it congested and lethargic. Stress can make our mind & body sick.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. One of the most efficient ways to defuse stress while it's happening, is to use positive emotion. A thought is a physical energy. Sending information to the body saying “I am better” is sending information to the body to correct itself.
“We need to take action to eliminate toxins through understanding the underlying causes of cellular breakdown in the brain. Free radicals from toxins, lead to oxidative stress. With cell death we see more people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Mitochondria are extremely sensitive to the insults of inflammation and toxic damage.”(4)
Alzheimer’s is all about toxins and loss of energy. In fact it may soon be called Diabetes Type 3. Pesticides, alcohol, gluten and sugar are toxins we ingest from foods along with mercury from fish, dental fillings and contact lens solution. Yes, that stuff people use to clean their lenses and more get in the way of our brain and gut function. Added to that mix, we work in a toxic environment and are consuming inflammatory foods, causing thyroid and hormonal imbalances. In their book, Dangerous Grains, (5) James Braly, MD, and Ron Hoggan, MA point out that undiagnosed sensitivity to gluten in wheat, and other proteins in grains:
“Is the root cause of many cancers, autoimmune diseases, neurological diseases, osteoporosis, attention deficit disorders, learning disorders psychiatric and other brain disorders.”
I’ve seen first hand elderly people with gallons of ice cream, rBGH milk, bread and soda in their refrigerator, with no visible signs of fruits, vegetables and other whole foods. Today 50% of 85 year olds have Alzheimer’s, resulting in a 60 billion a year business! However Alzheimer’s doesn’t begin at age 85, it can go undetected for more than 50 years.
Solution: Most brain inflammation can be prevented. It’s easy in this fast paced world, to be toxic, stressed and depressed. Life is not what happens to us, but rather how we handle what is happening. Become mindful, as stress, toxins and a poor diet, are counter productive to brain, gut, and our overall wellness.
Can fast food logos affect our mind?
It turns out that just looking at fast-food-company logos may be enough to affect our attitude and judgment.
A recent study reported in the March 2010 issue of Psychological Science (6) found that, compared with a control group that spent time viewing unrelated shapes of similar size and the logos of inexpensive chain restaurants, people who spent time examining fast-food logos were more likely to exhibit impatience and haste in executing subsequent tasks, and less likely to defer gratification.
The results suggest that our exposure to, and associations with, fast food may carry over into other areas of our lives and consumer behaviors in surprising, unconscious ways.
In a study of 57 people, University of Toronto researchers (7) found that the fast-food participants were, in later exercises, significantly more likely to prefer items characterized as timesaving. They were also more apt to race through reading assignments, even when presented with no time limit, and to accept smaller sums of money right away rather than wait and receive larger sums of money later. This can affect our judgement in all business decisions.
Take a look at your life today. How do you feed your mind & body? Do you have Negative Nellie self talk or listen to negative news before bed? Do you live on alcohol, caffeine, sugar, trans fats, flour products and gluten? Do you have emotional wellness or do you suffer from anxiety, lack of intimacy, stress, Gerd, inflammation and brain fog? All these are a lack of mind/ body health.
If you intend to be mindful, eat healthy, improve digestion and hormonal imbalances and feel fantastic, I am here. Our conscious mind is capable of making the decision to stop old habits, and focus on creating new positive habits. With time, these new habits become new established programs in our subconscious. We are capable of changing our path, our results and reinventing our very being.
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1-Dr. Paul Epstein- http://www.drpaulepstein.com
2-studies http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1361002/ see also http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3004979/
3- Bruce Lipton book-The wisdom of your cells
4- Mark Hyman book -The Ultra Mind Solution
5- James Braly, MD, and Ron Hoggan book-“Dangerous Grains”
6- fast food on the brain- http://www2.rotman.utoronto.ca/facbios/file/Zhong%20and%20DeVoe,%202010.pdf see also http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2010/03/19/0956797610366090.full
7- higher later dollar amounts- http://www.pendletonpsych.com/whats-new/fast-food