We are at last beginning to show that there is an intimate and dynamic relationship between what is going on with our feelings and thoughts and what happens in the body. A Time magazine special showed that happiness, hopefulness, optimism and contentment, "Appear to reduce the risk or limit the severity of cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes, hypertension, colds and upper-respiratory infections; while depression--the extreme opposite of happiness--can worsen heart disease, diabetes and a host of other illnesses."
The role of the mind and emotions in our state of health appears to be a vital one and by understanding this relationship we can claim a greater role in our own well being. It is only a part of the overall picture, but it is the part that is invariably overlooked.
"A basic emotion such as fear can be described as an abstract feeling or as a tangible molecule of the hormone adrenaline," writes Deepak Chopra in Ageless Body, Timeless Mind. "Without the feeling there is no hormone; without the hormone there is no feeling ... The revolution we call mind-body medicine was based on this simple discovery: wherever thought goes, a chemical goes with it."
Discover how your mind and emotions affect your body:
- What happens when you get irritated or frustrated?
- How does worry affect you?
- How do you react when someone is angry with you?
- How do memories affect you?
- Ask Yourself About illnesses and injuries. Think back to past illnesses or times when you were hurt. Note the parts of your body that were involved. Have you always held your stomach muscles in tight, have you always had recurring headaches, have you always hurt the same side of your body?
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Affecting insomnia using meditation
What if there's a simple, cost-free activity you can do at home that might reduce insomnia, fatigue and depression? That's what Harvard Medical School is saying. They call the practice "mindfulness meditation" and describe it as "a mind-calming practice that focuses on breathing and awareness of the present moment."
In a study of 49 middle-age and older adults with trouble sleeping, those who completed a mindfulness awareness program experienced less insomnia, fatigue and depression than those who completed a sleep education class. The study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Both groups of participants met for the same duration of time and with the same frequency over a six-week period. But the former group was taught practices such as meditation to help them focus on "moment-by-moment experiences, thoughts, and emotions," while the latter group was taught ways to improve their sleep habits.
One thing that separates the two teachings is that mindfulness meditation triggers what Herbert Benson, M.D., director emeritus of the Harvard-affiliated Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, calls "the relaxation response." This deep physiological shift in the body is the opposite of the stress response and can help ease stress-related ailments such as depression, pain and high blood pressure.
Here's how Harvard describes a simple method for eliciting the relaxation response:
- "Step 1: Choose a calming focus. Good examples are your breath, a sound (‘Om'), a short prayer, a positive word (such as 'relax' or 'peace') or a phrase ('breathing in calm, breathing out tension'; 'I am relaxed'). If you choose a sound, repeat it aloud or silently as you inhale or exhale.
- "Step 2: Let go and relax. Don't worry about how you're doing. When you notice your mind has wandered, simply take a deep breath or say to yourself ‘thinking, thinking' and gently return your attention to your chosen focus."
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Dowsing's link to new mind-body connections
"Dowsing dates back to the earliest times. The Tassili Caves in the Atlas Mountains have an 8,000-year-old wall mural of a dowser with a forked stick," says Brian Crissy, Appalachian Chapter vice president. "The Pharoahs 4,000 years ago and Chinese emperors 2,500 years ago used dowsing."
The rods that many associate with dowsing are often used, but not always, says Crissy--the "subtle energy flows" demonstrated via such rods, pendula and bobbers can also be detected solely through inner feelings and visualization. "There is a high-vibrational energy everywhere that dowsing can detect and affect," he continues. "It is probably what Werner Heisenberg encountered when he concluded in 1927 that human awareness affects reality. Conventional science has oddly chosen not to study it, but this subtle energy is very real and important and affects us in many ways," he explains.
This esoteric technology can be used for many purposes: from locating water, divination, enhancing one’s natural abilities and more. The underlying principle is that from intention and imagination, physicial reality manifests. "Carl Sagan once said, 'Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic'," says Crissy.
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