“The body is the battlefield of the war-games of the mind”
Brian Luke Seaward
Wow! What an amazing quote. I wish I could take ownership of having written that but I did not. For as long as I have been in practice, I have always been intrigued with the direct relationship between our minds and our bodies. Having read hundreds of abstracts, books and research articles, it is a fact that the mind and body are intimately connected and will forever stay this way.
The intention of writing this article is to support my patients, friends and avid readers of my blog posts to better understand the mind-body interaction.
Who do you know who lives with anger, hostility, greed, scorn and belittlement? With these as your default emotion, one can anticipate a body filled with inflammation, and altered physiology. The human body desires peace, serenity, non-inflammation and a calm mind.
The buzzword of our society today is “stress”. When we take a closer look at stress, what is it really but a reaction to a set of circumstances? The event is always neutral. It is the thoughts, the words and our physiology that describes the event and places a positive or negative twist to whatever has taken place. Let me explain this further. Every event in our life is but an event. IT JUST IS It could be the loss of a job, a divorce, a health challenge, the passing of a loved one etc. If we really examine these events, it is evident that each of these “is what it is” the interpretation we place on these events will give rise to the “stress” that then plays havoc with our physiology. Our hearts will race, our intestines will empty, and our breathing will accelerate. All of these are automatic reactions to our thought process. None of these events triggered these biologic manifestations. Please stay with me on this!
The absolute, very best way to reduce stress in your life is to offer no resistance to life. This may sound impossible or just ridiculous to some people. However if you spend repeated hours clearly contemplating what it means to offer no resistance, to just accept what is, allows each of us to CO-FLOW with what is happening instead of trying to make things different than they are in this very moment.
We may not be happy with the events and circumstances that are transpiring at any given point in our life but, if we can embrace that our happiness need not be derived from people, things or conditions, then you can be free to enjoy and appreciate just BEING. This concept of just being is very difficult. How can you just be? Don't you have any emotions? Any feelings?
My answer is yes. I have emotions and I have feelings however