Positive Thinking and the Environment Surrounding You: How it Affects Your Body
Can our thoughts actually affect how we feel physically? It sounds like it should make sense but is it for real? I've been digging for answers.
There is research to suggest that our thoughts and emotions control how healthy we feel. I watched a movie years ago called "What the Bleep Do We Know?" and since then I've often thought (usually when I'm extremely anxious or upset) if I am harming myself in some way when I think negatively. Well it turns out that I actually could be and not only that, but I could be hurting those around me. There is a new kind of therapy called EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique that involves some interesting research that is worth a look into. What this involves is controlled positive thinking. They claim that this can actually help you to feel better, and even healthier. I had to look further into this research into EFT before I could believe what I was reading. So I found myself looking at some pictures of slides of live blood from a woman that was trying to prove this theory. She was directed to feel certain emotions and then have her blood examined using darkfield microscopy.
The results were quite amazing!
- It showed that the emotion sadness made her blood cells move very rapidly and there were a lot of white blood cells that were more predominant, and the red blood cells even took on the appearance of a teardrop.
- She was then to invite the emotion of love into her blood. The cells were moving all placidly and beautifully. The shape of the cells was normal but you could notice there is a bit of some sparkly substance in the fluid of the blood. Interestingly they noticed that the blood that they took when she was manifesting sadness also began to change.
- Next was the emotion of fear. The cells were moving much faster even more than the sadness sample. There were also a whole lot more of the white blood cells showing than in any of he other samples. Interesting indeed.
- The emotion of welcoming a Divine energy was next. The sample was different than the others. The fluid part of the blood was very clear, and the movement of the cells was placid, the cells were just gliding along in peace. There was a great deal of white, yet beyond white, a sparkly substance interspersed with the cells. The white blood cells that showed each had a white, glowing center and a pulsation in the center almost like a little heartbeat.
If this is true then each and every one of us can use our emotions to help ourselves. It's showing that we have more control over ourselves than what we actually think. Another article that caught my eye was from a Swiss-German Dr. Hans-Peter Zimmerman. In one of his chapters entitled "Three Experiments on Thought Energy" there was an interesting story of an experiment he'd tried. He took 50 neutral people in a room. He asked 2 of those people to step out of the room and designated one of them the "test person" and the other "the assistant". Once bother were out of earshot, he asked the remaining people to think something negative about the test person. He then asked the 2 people to come back into the room and proceeded to test the muscle tone of the "test person"(kinesiological muscle testing) such as having "the assistant" press down on the outstretched arms of the "test person". This was easily accomplished wehn everyone is thinking something bad about the "test person". Then in the next experiment , everyone was asked to think something positive about the same "test person". Lo and behold the test person can now be able to display greater muscle resistance than before.
This example raises many questions for me and also makes me want to rethink how I am thinking about myself and others. Does this mean that someone socially excepted will do better than someone shy or awkward? Does this also mean that someone pleasant to look at will do better in life than someone not so easy on the eyes? Can the person that is not as nice to look at change their own outcome and will this make them better to look at then before?
A Personal Note
What about our thoughts at the moment of conception? Are we affecting the growth and development of our unborn?
I have a personal story to share about this thought. Years ago when I was 18 I became pregnant. Even though it was unexpected, I was excited, and looking forward to having my very own little prodigy. Well I went on to have that healthy 9lb 2oz.baby girl. She was one of these babies that looked around and smiled and when she cried it was a soft, sweet sound, not loud at all. I nursed her and used no type of contraception as I thought that I wouldn't be able to get pregnant if I hadn't had a period yet. I was wrong. And when my baby girl was 3 and a half months old I was pregnant again. I was so upset. I cried and cried. I felt tired and depressed all of the time and had no idea how I was going to possibly love another child. I did not want to have this baby, but I would never have an abortion, as that wasn't part of my belief system. So after 9 months of feeling so tired and sick and depressed I had a 6lb 14 oz baby girl. She looked like a string bean, she was 22 inches long! It took me a while to finally except her, but I nursed her and that helped me to create a loving bond. She was a temperamental baby and child and has since been diagnosed with ADHD and a learning disability. Was this my fault somehow? The older daughter is as smart as a whip and gets A's in school. How can 2 sisters that have the same father be so different? I have really become aware of my thoughts towards myself, my children and my husband!
Surrounding yourself with things that are "positive" has become very popular. An example of this would be feng shui. Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It claims to show you how to balance the energies of any given space to ensure the health and good fortune to all that inhabit it. Feng means wind and shui means water. Again though, it puts the power to be happy and positive into our own hands. I also ran across this article called "How the City Hurts Your Brain and What You Can Do About it". Here is a bit of it that I found interesting.
"Now scientists have begun to examine how the city affects the brain, and the results are chastening. Just being in an urban environment, they have found, impairs our basic mental processes. After spending a few minutes on a crowded city street, the brain is less able to hold things in memory, and suffers from reduced self-control. While it's long been recognized that city life is exhausting -- that's why Picasso left Paris -- this new research suggests that cities actually dull our thinking, sometimes dramatically so.
"The mind is a limited machine,"says Marc Berman, a psychologist at the University of Michigan and lead author of a new study that measured the cognitive deficits caused by a short urban walk. "And we're beginning to understand the different ways that a city can exceed those limitations."
One of the main forces at work is a stark lack of nature, which is surprisingly beneficial for the brain. Studies have demonstrated, for instance, that hospital patients recover more quickly when they can see trees from their windows, and that women living in public housing are better able to focus when their apartment overlooks a grassy courtyard. Even these fleeting glimpses of nature improve brain performance, it seems, because they provide a mental break from the urban roil."
Does this mean that if you live in the country that you are a calmer or even a smarter person? Well possibly, and least of all it does make you want to have a haven in your home surrounding you and your family with plants and pictures of nature. The sounds and overwhelming clutter, thinking of where you have to go next in the city can be harder for our brain to process. Do these things actually affect our health? We know that pollution does. How about walking past others that you don't know and avoiding them in any way possible? Isn't that a form of negative thinking towards another person? And in turn it affects how we view ourselves also. No wonder we need to turn to feng shui and color therapy in our homes.
Ways to Bring the Positive into Your Thoughts
Meditation is a wonderful way to reduce stress, clear your mind and bring life into perspective. Practice a daily ritual of meditation and notice the improvement of how you feel. There are lots of guided meditations if you are new to meditating. It is really easy to meditate, the key to meditation is taking the time to do it and as you keep at it you will get better at clearing your mind of the clutter.
Affirmations are statements that you tell yourself when you want to change the way that you think or feel. Some examples of some positive affirmations would be:
I am smart, you are smart.
Love fills my life, love fills your life.
My family loves me, your family loves you...etc, etc, etc.
There are lots of places to find positive affirmations that you can repeat to yourself on a daily basis to change your negative pattern of thinking towards yourself and towards others.
Remember that the mind has control over the body
Your mind and thoughts are not you. What you tell yourself may be distorted by years of negative experiences and thinking. So its important to remember that what you tell yourself may not be true. We tend to believe what people have told us we are throughout all of our years of growing up. So keep that in mind when you are thinking or judging. You have control over your thoughts and over how you feel because of those thoughts.
In my opinion we need to stop for just a minute and decide where it is we are going in such a hurry and is it making you happy? Positive thinking towards not only yourself but towards your fellow man will improve how you feel. Do something nice for someone, hold a door open for an elderly person, smile at someone and say hello, give someone a compliment. Plant a garden or small flowerbed. All of these things will help. We are all in this together.
"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself"-Matthew19:19
More Golden Rule Statements from differing religions found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Golden_Rule
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