How many of you are familiar with the concept of the mind-body connection when it comes to health? Most of you probably will agree that positive thinking works, and affects our daily life, but what about health?
First of all, we have to understand that our thoughts are influenced by our belief systems. These belief systems, in turn, affect our attitudes, our emotions, behaviors and habits such as hurry and worry, which connect us all through mental energy and our own individual frequency.
Additionally, because we are all individuals and unique, our thought convictions and beliefs are reflected onto our bodies. The connection to having a healthy body starts with understanding and managing our thoughts first. It is like doing a mental housecleaning, then going on a mental diet, and retraining ourselves with new thought habits – all at once. It all starts in the mental, not the physical.
I will give some examples about the obvious ones such as being angry. Being angry always affects the stomach. If it’s an occasional outburst of anger it might just be some stomach acids, maybe an uptight feeling in that area or a loss of appetite. But if you are habitually angry, hot tempered, or easily irked, your stomach problems will show habitual illnesses such as irregular bowl movements, ulcers or even stomach cancer.
Think about the number #1 disease in the USA today: Stress. Again the symptoms start slowly with headaches, nervousness, anxiety and then later migraines or a nervous breakdown, leading into more and more severe illnesses when not addressed. Now you can swallow every pill there is and it might temporarily relieve the pain, but what happens later down the line? You have to go to the root of the problem. You have to address the real issue.
In the mid-eighties, working for a large corporation, I had what you could call a ‘mean’ boss. This woman was demeaning and demanding and I felt she really didn’t know what she was talking about. That was my judgment call and my first mistake. I was upset every day and started to dread going to work, even though I loved my job. After a few weeks I developed a rash in my face. Right up front there for everyone to see. It was severe and wouldn’t yield to any medications. So the doctor put me on stress leave for 3 weeks. Even though the rash subsided somewhat it didn’t go away. I knew I had to go back to the same situation and I wasn’t looking forward to it. But then a miracle happened. The woman was let go and I was healed within a couple of days. How's that for immediate resolve to my issue? Can you imagine?
Another example of the mind-body connection was reflected in my intense desire to get a promotion. I had worked for this same company for over 15 years and was overlooked several times when it came to more money or a better title. My male counterparts would always win out. I started to stress and get resentful. I felt I deserved the advancement.
The migraines I developed weren’t a pretty picture and I suffered immensely. For three years I continued to feel this way and no pill would solve the issue.
However, the day I finally was put in charge of my area and I received what I thought I deserved, my migraines subsided. In a short period of time they totally disappeared. Needless to say, with my newly gained understanding of the workings of the mind, I never experienced a migraine or a headache again. This was nearly twenty years ago and I am so grateful that I can see the benefits of right thinking.
We are so wrapped up in our daily lives that we don’t realize how much mental clutter we accumulate and how many wrong and painful thoughts we think every day. So lift the negative expectations and look for the good only. Remember always: You deserve a life worth living!