“If you want to know what your thoughts were like in the past, look at your body today. If you want to know what your body will look like in the future, look at your thoughts today.” – Deepak Chopra
In regards to healing, I believe that the connection between body and mind is paramount to persistent success. All of our tissues are made from the same substances, brain included. Thus, improving overall health improves thought processes & the resulting clarity of thought begets better health care decisions. An attitude of wellness creates a spiraling continuum of advancement, with each successive loop bringing greater awareness & subsequent healing.
Thoughts direct Qi (energy). For example, if you close your eyes & bring to mind a lemon: it’s scent, the way it mists when sliced into, and the sweet/sour taste it leaves in your mouth…you can cause yourself to salivate. Another example of this phenomenon occurs when a nursing mother begins to lactate when she thinks about her baby or when she hears a baby crying.
In a motivational sense, thoughts direct actions, which are another aspect of Qi. Your actions can be a direct result of your internal dialogue, or the conversation you are engaged in with yourself at any given moment. Listen deeply: what are you and yourself talking about today? Perhaps you consider health and fitness to be priorities, but you can’t find the time or money or energy to devote to wellness. Or perhaps you simply believe that you will never be well. Like me, you may benefit from taking a few moments to listen to your internal dialogue. This process is called ‘metacognition’, in other words, ‘thinking about your own thinking’. I believe that developing metacognition is an essential step that must be taken when traveling a path towards physical wellbeing.
For me, what is so lovely about the mind-body connection is that we have control over it. We can influence our bodies in order to influence our minds, and vice versa. Are you beginning to grasp the possibilities? By changing the way we think, we can change the quality of our lives. We are truly the only thing that limits our own blessed existence.
Think well & Be well!