From pure delight to extreme misery, humans experience a huge array of emotions that create a completely different feeling within. This is because the brain releases different chemicals in response to the things we experience. For example, when you are feeling stressed, your body releases cortisol. Cortisol kicks your body into “fight or flight” mode. However, when you are incredibly happy, your brain releases dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin.
Of course, there are also times when you have negative thoughts. How does your body react? What about the times you are having positive thoughts? Then, there are the times that you aren’t necessarily charged either negatively or positively. How does this affect your body and life?
Positive vs. Negative:
While duality is present in the world to some extent, we primarily define and judge things as either positive or negative. As define how we thing something is or should be, our brain will begin to display our emotions to the world. For example, imagine you are driving down the interstate and someone cuts you off. One day you may get fiercely angry and without even realizing it, you are in a bad mood and feel negatively about everything. The next day the same scenario can take place, yet you simply apply your brakes and move on with your day without skipping a beat. This leads to the question: are things innately negative and positive or do we define things as negative and positive?
Cut the Perceptions:
After considering this question for a minute you may realize that there are really no negative or positive experiences other than what we define as such. As a result, it is our perception of a situation or experience that has the supreme power as to how we feel during the event and how our bodies are impacted by it. While it is possible to move past our definitions of each experience and use it as a learning experience, we may not be at this point. As a result, it is crucial that we appreciate how our emotions can impact our health.
Hippocrates said, “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.”
The Connection Between Mind and Body:
Although it cannot be visualized, the connection between your body and mind is powerful. This can have a serious impact on your physical health. We can confront our internal challenges and have an overall positive mental attitude to create a healthy lifestyle or we can ignore our internal issues and have self destructive thoughts to create a negative lifestyle. Why is this?
Essentially, our experiences and emotions are energy that can be stored in our body’s cellular memory. Have you ever gone through something that left an emotion mark on in a specific area of your body? Do you occasionally feel like you can still feel the event? This is likely because this area of your body has retained energy that was released from that experience. The following chart looks at possible areas of your body that may be affected by different emotions.
When you feel pain or tightness in a specific area, it is frequently linked to something emotionally you are feeling within. While it may not seem this way at first glance because we are typically out of touch with our emotions, this is often the truth.
When you are feeling pain or tightness or even get sick, this is often your body’s way of asking us to observe ourselves and find peace again within your environment and yourself. It’s simply a growing and learning express that we should neither fear nor judge.
You Have the Power:
In “The Sacred Balance”, David Suzuki wrote, “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!” Now, consider the harm you are doing to your body when you retain unprocessed emotional experiences or negative emotions within your body.
It’s important to remember that you have the power to get through anything life may throw at you. Instead of labeling the concepts of positive and negative with your perceptions as it relates to experiences you have in your life, opt to see things from a different viewpoint. Then, ask youself, “How can this help me learn something? Could I use this to alter my perception?” Instead of quickly reacting, stop and observe. You will realize that you have the tools to process illness and emotions quickly when you actually see them for what they are and explore why they came up. If you think that you will always be sick or be in pain because everything is out of control, you will continue to have it all in an uncontrollable manner until you finally understand that you have control over most of what is attracted within the body.
By: Abra Gordon