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"To increase health it is important to reduce stress"                                                           Sandy Newbigging, Creator of the Mind Detox Method

The Mind Body connection

 

The body responds physically to every thought we have, whether it is linked to a real event, or an imagined one. Each thought produces a series of biochemical reactions, which are transmitted throughout the body as messengers. These messengers tell the body how to behave as well as causing us to have certain feelings or emotions. In the majority of instances all this takes place in the unconscious mind. The unconscious mind behaves like a giant super-computer, responding to stimulus based on data stored within in it. This data is really memories, laid down in our early years, where we formulate our views on the world based on the knowledge we had at the time and our experiences.

 

Our unconscious mind uses memories as a filter, filtering how we perceive our present reality. Positive experiences and memories are likely to support us to create a positive filters or beliefs, whereas a difficult or traumatic experience, or a series of repeat events, can cause us to form negative (i.e. untrue) beliefs. Examples of these beliefs are "I am not loveable", "Everyone I love leaves me", "I am not safe", or "Life is hard". If resisted, as in judged to be a bad or negative experience, each of these will have a different emotional charge, such as fear, guilt, sadness or anger. It is through our beliefs that we filter our current experiences, so we come to see more and more evidence over time to support them. 

 

Scientific evidence

Examples of how emotions such as anger, hurt, guilt, sadness and fear have an impact on the body is getting increasing scientific attention. Research seems to confirm that certain emotions produce certain biochemical reactions in order to deal with different types of stress. This comes from a basic need to survive, each emotion having a specific task such as providing extra energy for confrontation (anger) or encouraging a person to be more quiet to allow healing to take place (fear). 

 

Studies conducted from the Life Science Department of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) look at behaviour, genetics and the impact early childhood experiences have on our perception of our environment. Their research shows those that have experienced early life stress produce abnormal biochemistry versus those that haven't. One such study demonstrated a positive correlation between anger and cortisol levels and fear and blood cytokine levels. Research at UCLA has also looked at what influences some people to be more susceptible to psychological stress and ill-health than others, along with what positive attributes such as values, self-esteem and the ability to seek positive social relationships can do to mitigate stress responses.

 

Why we stay stuck

The issue comes when at the time we are under stress we find we have no coping mechanism or way to return to our normal state, causing it remain as an unfinished business. The mind then plays the experience over and over again in an attempt to find a solution and prevent future harm. As our mind cannot differentiate between a real event and an imagined one, our body will continue to respond by producing the same biochemistry over and over again. The impact of this is chronically elevated levels of cortisol which have been linked to high blood pressure, suppressed thyroid function and poor cognitive ability. Increased levels of cytokines have been linked to arthritis, severe depression and even cancer.

 

Conversely, research at the University of Pavia in Italy showed that if you're in love you increase the levels of nerve growth factor. This enhanced nerve growth helps restore the nervous system and is linked to improved memory.

 

So imagine this, you have a negative and inaccurate belief in your unconscious mind - the part of your mind you are not aware of, and you are repeating it as a thought thousands of times a day - each time producing a biochemical reaction that creates an emotion and tells you or the body how to behave. Think how influential this is! Perhaps it explains sometimes why your body is the way it is, or why you behave the way you do?

 

Your body isn't against you

Most people consider illness or a troubled life as a problem, however in truth these things are really just feedback. Symptoms such as poor breathing, skin conditions, high blood pressure or low energy are a result of your body directly following orders from your mind or adapting to survive in its current or perceived environment. This is something to pay attention to, as you would a warning light in your car.

 

A good first step when it comes to the mind-body connection is to be aware of just how the thoughts and emotions impacting your own life. Meditation is a great opportunity to slow down, de-stress and check in with what is really happening for you. You may be surprised what you learn! Once you appreciate for yourself your own mind-body connection, it is not hard to realise that thoughts and emotions generated in the unconscious level could be having such an strong impact in your life without you necessarily being aware of it.

 

For times when the cause of a problem isn't apparent, a Mind Detox consultation is a great way to find the root-cause of a problem in your life quickly and easily so your body can heal and return to normal. Sometimes it is much easier when there is a second person to help you see your blind spot and support you. Click here to find out more about the process or read some of the success stories to know it is possible and be inspired!

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