“Humans experience an array of emotions, anything from happiness, to sadness to extreme joy and depression. Each one of these emotions creates a different feeling within the body. After all, our body releases different chemicals when we experience various things that make us happy. Each chemical works to create a different environment within the body. For example, if your brain releases serotonin, dopamine or oxytocin, you will feel good and happy. In contrast, if your body releases cortisol while you are stressed, you will have an entirely different feeling associated more with your body kicking you into a survival mode.
What about when we are thinking negative thoughts all the time? What happens when we are usually thinking positive thoughts? Maybe sometimes we are not emotionally charged to either a positive nor negative thought. Let’s explore how these different emotions affect our body and life.
Is there duality in our world? Sure, you could say there is to a degree, but mostly we spend a lot of time defining and judging what we consider as positive and what we consider as negative. The brain is a very powerful tool. As we define what something is or should be, we begin to have that result play out in our world. Have you ever noticed, for example, that someone driving can get cut off and lose their temper, get angry and suddenly they are feeling negative, down and in a bad mood? Whereas someone else can get cut off while driving and simply apply the breaks slightly and move on with their day as if nothing happened. The same experience… yet one person sees it as negative while the other doesn’t. So are things innately positive and negative? Or do we define things as positive and negative?
After thinking about it for a moment you might realize that there are, in fact, no positive or negative experiences other than what we define as such. Perhaps our very perception of an experience or a situation has the ultimate power to determine how we will feel when it’s happening and how our bodies will be affected. Maybe we should work toward moving beyond our definitions of each experience. We could, instead, move into a state of mind or awareness or consciousness where we simply accept each experience for what it is and use it as a learning ground for us. But since we may not be there yet, it’s important to understand how certain emotions can affect our health.
“If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.” ~ Hippocrates
The connection between your mind and body is very powerful and although it cannot be visually seen, the effects that your mind can have on your physical body are profound. We can have an overall positive mental attitude and deal directly with our internal challenges to create a healthy lifestyle. Or we can have negative, self destructive thoughts and not deal with our internal health issues. It is possible to even cloak our health issues with affirmations and positivity without finding the source of our health problems. Doing this can create an unhealthy lifestyle, as well. Why is this?
Our emotions and experiences are essentially energy that can be stored in the cellular memory of our bodies. Have you ever experienced something in your life that left an emotional mark or pain in a certain area of your body? It’s almost as if you can still feel something that may have happened to you? It is likely that in that area of your body you may still hold energy released from that experience. Below is an interesting chart that suggests some possible body areas where various emotions might affect you.
When you have a pain, tightness or injuries in certain areas, it’s often related to something emotionally that you are feeling within yourself. At first glance, it may not seem this way because we are usually very out of touch with ourselves and our emotions in this fast paced world. However, when I’ve had chronic pains in my back, knees, neck or shoulders, nothing in a physical sense ever healed the pain. It was when I dealt with the emotions behind the pain that I found real improvement. I know this because I spent time and money going to health clinics seeking help. Even though I wanted and believed I would get better, something wasn’t being addressed still. The more I noticed my thought patterns and emotions throughout my body, the more I felt those health issues loosen up and the pain go away.
When we get sick or we are feeling a lot of tightness and pain, often times our body is asking us to observe ourselves to find peace once again within us and our environment. It’s all a learning and growing process that we don’t have to judge or fear.
Davis Suzuki wrote in The Sacred Life, that ‘condensed molecules from breath exhaled from verbal expressions of anger, hatred, and jealousy, contain toxins. Accumulated over 1 hr, these toxins are enough to kill 80 guinea pigs!’ Can you now imagine the harm that you are doing to your body when you stay within negative emotions or allow unprocessed emotional experiences to stay throughout the body?
Remember, you have all the power in you to get through anything life throws at you. Instead of labeling with perception the concepts of negative and positive as it relates to each experience you have in your life, try to see things from a big picture standpoint. Ask yourself, how can this help me to see or learn something? Can I use this to shift my perception? Can I clear some emotion within myself?
Realize something and accept it’s affects on you emotionally, whatever it may be. Instead of simply reacting, slow things down and observe. You will find you have the tools to process emotions and illness quickly when you see them for what they are and explore why they came up. If you believe you will get sick all the time, and believe you have pain because it’s all out of your control, you will continue to have it. It’s time that you realize the power and control that you have over what you might attract within your body.”
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