Humans experience an array of emotions, anything from happiness, to sadness to extreme joy and depression. Each one of these emotions creates a different feeling within the body. After all, our body releases different chemicals when we experience various things that make us happy and each chemical works to create a different environment within the body. For example if your brain releases serotonin, dopamine or oxytocin, you will feel good and happy. Conversely, if your body releases cortisol while you are stressed, you will have an entirely different feeling associated more with the body kicking into survival mode.
What about when we are thinking negative thoughts all the time? Or how about when we are thinking positive thoughts? What about when we are not emotionally charged to neither positive nor negative? Let’s explore how these affect our body and life.
Positive vs. Negative
Is there duality in our world? Sure, you could say there is to a degree, but mostly we spend a lot of time defining and judging what is to be considered as positive and what we consider to be as negative. The brain is a very powerful tool and as we define what something is or should be, we begin to have that result play out in our world. Have you ever noticed, for example that someone driving can get cut off and lose their lid, get angry and suddenly they are feeling negative, down and in bad mood? Whereas someone else can get cut off while driving and simply apply the brake slightly and move on with their day as if nothing happened. In this case, the same experience yet one sees it as negative while the other doesn’t. So are things innately positive and negative? Or do we define things as positive and negative?
Cut The Perceptions As Much As Possible
It turns out that there aren’t positive or negative experiences and it is all about our perception and the way we define them. So, our perception has the power over the situation and the way that particular situation affects our body. Even though we can work to overcome the definitions of each experience and move on, sometimes we simply don’t have the time. Therefore, understanding how certain emotions affect our health is of utmost importance.
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.” ~ Hippocrates
Mind Body Connection
There is a strong link between the mind and the body, even though we are not able to visually see this connection. We can either have positive mental attitude and thus create healthy lifestyle or have negative thoughts and creating an unhealthy lifestyle by failing to deal with the internal issues.
When you feel pain in certain areas, it is often linked to some emotional issue. Even though it seems strange at first glance, this is true in most cases. For instance, if you are feeling pain in the back, knees, neck or shoulders, it is very likely that dealing with your emotions will help you get a relief, contrary to the popular belief that exercise or physio will work it out.
The bottom line is that you need to learn to process emotions and illness quickly by determining the reason why they appeared in the first place. For instance, if you believe that you will get sick, the chances are that you will continue having it until you understand that you have the control over it and that everything depends on your perception.