March 26, 2009 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment


There is an intimate relationship between the biological and the mental/emotional aspects of our being – referred to as “the mind-body connection”.

Your mind controls your body (not the other way around) and therefore your mind has a huge impact on the state of your health. Your mind can produce chemical changes in the body that were once believed possible only through the use of the most powerful drugs. The state of your mind can raise or lower your blood pressure, increase your heart rate, alter your brain chemistry, create hormonal imbalances and negatively affect both metabolic and immune function. Pretty powerful stuff, I think you’ll agree.

Mind-body medicine doesn’t just make you feel better, it alters your physiology, improves immune system functioning, lowers blood pressure, eliminates chronic pain, reduces reliance on medication, increases strength and mobility, heals inflammation, reduces recovery time, prolongs life, and ramps up the production of endorphins and other “feel good” chemicals in the brain.  It is instrumental in the treatment of heart disease, hypertension, respiratory disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, MS, autoimmune disorders, infertility, dysmenorrhea, obesity, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. For any illness or injury, it can make the difference between a full or partial recovery, joy or despair, even life or death. If you are ill you should know that only 40 per cent of your solution can come through conventional means like surgery and pharmaceuticals, and 60 per cent of your solution can come from your mind.

Your mind is powerful, and the most powerful part is the subconscious mind, which is always working either for you or against you. The thoughts you think and the way you program your mind on a conscious level affect the state of your subconscious mind. The cells in your body respond to every emotion you have, every thought and every word you speak. Negative emotions such as anger, resentment and bitterness will eventually manifest as disease in the body, even if you try to suppress these emotions. Forgiveness, acceptance, self love and connectedness are healing, health-giving states. How is your mind programmed? Simply look at the results you are currently receiving in your life and it will be evident.

Some strategies for making the mind-body connection work for you:

MEDITATION – you don’t have to be a meditation master, even just five minutes of quiet time with a focus on relaxed diaphragmatic breathing can make a huge difference in de-stressing you.

PICTURES – make up a “dream board” with pictures and words about your vision of the future.

EXERCISE – is a great stress buster, provided you do something you enjoy. It doesn’t take large amounts of time. Remember that short, high intensity exercise is more effective than long stints of cardio.

POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS – take like a prescription. You will need multiple doses daily to counteract that negative self talk. Either read them from a book of affirmations or listen to them on a CD or MP3 player. They can be posters, screen savers on your computer, book marks and cards in your wallet and pocket.

READ GREAT BOOKS – inspirational success stories and autobiographies that take you out of your narrow world and open your mind to new possibilities and other realities. Educate yourself and create a better life.

TIME – is the way you use your time moving you towards your goals or away from them? Notice how much time you spend watching TV, reading newspapers or magazines. This time can be used to educate yourself and plan your success. If you’re not putting good stuff into your mind, how are you going to get anything good out?

Strive to ensure that your MIND-BODY connection works for you, and not against you.

Here’s to your health and happiness.



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