There is a connection between your mind and your body. I have learned through some very intense physical training that where the mind goes, the body will follow. The thing to remember is that a healthy mind makes a healthy body.
Here in the West, we usually think of the mind and the body as separate. In the East, that is not the case and their wellness practices show this. Western science is now starting to show that there is definitely a link between your mind and your body and our perspective is shifting. Our thoughts and emotions affect us physically.
It’s obvious from our facial expressions and our body posture how we’re feeling. Even if we’re trying to hide our emotions, there are almost always at least subtle cues. However, these shifts are just external. Our thoughts and emotions also affect us internally!
Your Thoughts And Illness
How do your thoughts and emotions relate to physical illness? Generally, we think of illnesses being caused by germs. However, there are illnesses that don’t fit this model like cancer and autoimmune diseases. In a similar, but less major way, I get “sick” a few times a year.
I’m not a generally an emotive person. I tend to internalize stress. The problem is, if I don’t deal with it, it just builds up. Eventually it has to come out somewhere and what happens is I end up with a sinus infection. I feel pretty miserable for a couple weeks and then I’m fine. Because I don’t deal with the mental crude, my body gives me a physical reaction to deal with.
No one around me catches it and no one around me was ill before I got sick. It was my body trying to purge all the mental crap and get back into balance. In fact, usually once I get over the sinus crap, I feel better than I have in a long time.
Stress is one of the leading contributors to major health problems and deaths in the developed world. There’s a lot more to illness beside germs. The word disease actually is dis-ease. It means that you’re uncomfortable and out of balance.