( Please forgive our mistake for posting accidentally a few weeks ago. I thought this was worthwhile to re post in full. SO if you did not have a chance to read it… perhaps today is a sign. 🙂 )
Are you sending your body the right message?
I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote lately. You have probably seen it before:
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” -Ghandi
I read another quote recently along the lines of: “Your body hears everything your mind is thinking.”
I truly believe that. Have you ever gotten really angry with a loved one and come down with a cold the next day? Or had your back go out when you were going through a difficult time? Or maybe experienced a bout of indigestion before a big test? It’s no mystery that stress causes disease…but where does stress come from? External circumstances? Partly. But in my experience it is how I react to those external circumstances that creates stress in my body, mind, and heart.
Perhaps we could expand that last quote to read: “Your body hears everything your mind is thinking and your heart is feeling.”
There have been hundreds of studies done on the body, mind, heart connection (and I will list some resources at the end of the post) but one of the most convincing studies I’ve ever come across is from Japanese researcher and author Dr. Masaru Emoto. His work was made famous from his book The Hidden Messages in Water.
The premise of Dr. Emoto’s work is that water—the source of all life—is not only deeply connected to the environment, but to human consciousness as well. Which makes sense since our bodies are over 70% water (and coincidentally so is the planet).
Dr. Emoto experimented with glass bottles filled with distilled water wrapped with both negative and positive words or phrases. The water was then frozen so that the ice crystals could be examined. The water wrapped in positive words or phrases always created beautiful, symmetrical crystals. The water wrapped in negative phrases created unpleasant, malformed, crystals. The results could be replicated in any language. Dr. Emoto found that sound, such as music, produced the same effect. Classical music, chanting, or prayer, produced beautiful crystals while heavy metal music (surprise!) produced malformed crystals. Wonder if he’s experimented with talk radio…
If we can begin to understand the impact of our thoughts and words, not only our own health, but the health of those around us, I truly believe this could change the world. One of my friends who was familiar with Dr. Emoto’s work, actually used a label maker to create positive phrases like “strong” “beautiful”, and “welcome”, and stuck them onto her shirts while she was pregnant last year. What a cool idea!
Many people would beg the obvious question, can we really control our thoughts? I believe we can, it just takes practice, persistence, and the right environment. A good place to start is by removing as much negativity from our worlds as possible. This may come in the form of toxic relationships (I could do an entire blog on this!), excessive exposure to media, and harboring unresolved anger or resentment.
I’m not suggesting we all move to a remote mountaintop and just “focus on the positive”—how can we possibly effect positive change if we are oblivious to the world around us? But it is how we react to negative events that makes the difference. Is it okay to feel sad or upset when we hear bad news? Of course! But do we choose dwell in that place or sorrow, becoming fearful and spreading that fear to others through gossip or ridicule? Or can we start to look for ways, however small or seemingly insignificant, in which we can bring light to the situation?
And I’m no therapist, but I think we can all agree that releasing old baggage and practicing forgiveness for both ourselves and others—either on our own or with professional help—is crucial to true happiness and inner harmony.
I also like to practice an-end-of-the-day emotional detox. This can be done in the form of meditation, journaling, prayer, exercise, painting, a conversation with a mentor or loved one. It helps declutter the mind and refresh the heart as you release the good, the bad, and the ugly of the day…and you’ll sleep better too.
I could write for HOURS on this topic, it’s something that is near and dear to my heart.
If Dr. Emoto’s work and the principle of thoughts effecting health resonates with you, then check out some more of my favorites:
What message are you sending your body? Do you have a story to share about the mind, body, heart connection? Have you had an experience with Dr. Emoto’s work or a favorite book to share on the topic? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Change your thoughts, change the world….
just for the health of it!