Noone really knows the role our emotions play in disease. But we can see how important they are in healing as well as the possible root cause when we realize what kind of chemical reactions our emotions can cause within our bodies.
Often times when people experience insomnia, they assume that it is because of their mind and all the thoughts that are going through it. But actually, our heart’s electro-frequency is about 60 times greater than our brain. It could be that it’s our heart in turmoil, or overloaded with so much emotion. In this way, our feelings can actually prevent us from sleeping, I am sure everyone is aware of the importance of a good night’s sleep for the proper functioning of the human body and has heard or experienced some of the symptoms that a lack of sleep can cause.
When we experience stress, or other tension related circumstances, our bodies release a hormone called ‘cortisol’. This is not good. Cortisol can be responsible for many of our common medical conditions found today. ‘Cortisol runs unnaturally high as a result of our stress-filled lives, and that causes all kinds of symptoms and long-term health problems down the road. High cortisol … Sustained high cortisol levels have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, insulin resistance, obesity and type 2 diabetes’ according to Women’s Health Network~https://www.womenshealthnetwork.com/adrenal-fatigue-and-stress/negative-effects-of-high-cortisol.aspx
If we are stressed out all the time or engaging in situations that we know will become confrontational or involving ourselves in relationships with people that give us a pit in our stomach just thinking about the person, whether we believe it or not, this can actually cause symptoms, illness and eventually disease.
When we find ourselves in these situations, it is hard to focus, because we are preoccupied with thoughts of future or past confrontations, what we will say next time, what we should have said last time. The tension builds, our attention is distracted from here and now, where it should be, enjoying the moments we have, with the people around us, feeling gratitude for the things we’ve been given…they stray to the person of conflict and searching for solutions, whether it’s a boss, coworker, relative, spouse, friend, lover, parent, sibling, etc. so we are prepared for the next confrontation.
There is new research involving something called ACES~Adverse Childhood Experiences:
These can be anything from divorce to death of a family member, mental, physical emotional abuse, etc. there are 10 that they have listed.
Anyone experiencing 6 or more ACES~has an increased risk of reduction in their lifespan by 20 years!
4 or more ACES~over 400% increase risk for Alzheimer’s, depression, mental illness.
2 or more ACES increases risk of Autoimmune disease by 100%
Over 8 ACES~3x risk of Lung Cancer and Heart Disease
Forgiveness is the only way to move on, doesn’t mean you like the person or person’s who are the source of your pain,, it just means that you are letting go. That you will not let them be the source of your pain, anymore, or the source of your possible future illness if you keep dwelling on it.
There is an old Buddhist story that tells of two monks traveling together. As they walked, they approached a river with a strong current, there was a young, beautiful woman standing there who asked for assistance in crossing. The Master, picked her up on his back and carried her across. And they went on their way. Monks are not permitted to touch women. They walked for awhile and neither said anything. After a long time, the younger monk asked how the Master could do that when he is not permitted to touch women? “What”, asked the Master. ‘I left that woman behind back at the bank, you have been carrying her with you all this way…’
Leaving the past behind and knowing that it is just that, the past, that it cannot affect us anymore…It doesn’t have a hold on us anymore, and knowing that we can choose to focus our thoughts on happier memories in our life not dwell on the painful ones. Sure, we cannot help where our thoughts drift off to, but we can certainly direct them in the direction that will benefit us the most rather than rehashing bad memories that aren’t gonna change.
Every experience we have had has made us who we are today, so we cannot regret any of them, because whether we learned how not to be or how to be, what to do or what not to do, what to say or what’s better left unsaid, there is no going back and we can’t change it. Hopefully, we learned from it, and if not, we will probably have to repeat the same mistakes until we do. But we must love ourselves and give ourselves the time to heal from past wounds, the time to learn the proper way to respond when offended or humiliated or when someone is trying to take advantage of us as well as how to accept love from others and how to open up to the love and support that is being offered when it’s being offered and to embrace it. To accept that we all have vulnerabilities and things that make us human and that is just life. We don’t need to live in regret, or anger or hatred. Leave those people behind. If when you think of them, they give you a pit in your stomach, don’t think of them. Think of things that make you feel happy. You can control where your thoughts linger, even if not where they stray.
It’s a New Year, with a new outlook and a new beginning. A beginning filled with only the best for you. Think of what you want, not what you don’t. Attract that which is good for you, not what you fear.
“Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh