Life is purposeless without growth As we get older we need to become wiser and stronger, or else we’re just slowly dying. Growth is especially difficult when everything around you is in decay. A bad environment and negative influences are hard to break away from. It can be done, though. There are always obstacles and inconveniences in our lives, but we don’t have to be defeated by them. Instead of giving up when things aren’t perfectly smooth, make your way up the stem until you reach something beautiful.
When everything around you is crumbling, your roots matter more than ever. If your roots need some work, however, there are measures you can take to deepen them. Start by recommitting yourself to your core values. Return to the resources, whatever they are, that gave you your power, so that they can empower you once again.
Be Mindful of the Mind
Your mental state and how it can affect your physical body is an important factor in your overall health. When you think about things whether those things are predominantly light, positive and upbeat or they’re heavy, negative and downbeat, the governing state will be reflected in your body’s physical state over time.
That’s not to say that a bout of dark moodiness will instantly make you sick or a prolonged sense of amusement will make you suddenly jump out of yoru sickbed if you are ill, but the effects are progressive. The longer you hold onto certain kinds of thoughts, the more influence they will have on your physical state.
With this knowledge, you can surely see where really quite dramatic benefits can be gleaned. Rather than allow yourself to be placed in a bad mood, feeling angry, frustrated, resentful or guilty about something that you effectively have little or no control over (such as watching a bad news story on the TV), you can turn your thoughts to happy and uplifting situations that make you feel good.
Positive Thoughts Brings Positive Actions
The beauty of this mode of thinking is that you can do it as much or as little as you want. Obviously, doing it all the time will bring the most dramatic positive results. Of course, it may not be possible to always monitor your thoughts and keep such momentum going especially when others around you will interrupt your flow with their own demands, but the more you do it, the better you will be.
So how does this work? Well, to understand the process, it helps to be aware that there are two major aspects of your mind.
- Your conscious mind deals with everyday situations and interacts with the material world, enabling you to rationalize, make decisions and calculations as you require them
- Your subconscious mind controls what your body is doing, although it has no capacity to choose or make decisions but it is influenced by your predominant thoughts
When you realize that the subconscious part of the mind is responsible for everything that your body does from keeping your heart beating and your lungs breathing to regulating blood flow and pressure, digestion, immune system, cell creation and everything else besides, then it is clear that when that part of the mind is influenced by certain emotions it will run the body accordingly. That means if you are consciously feeding it thoughts that cause the emotions of resentment and hatred to dominate, then it will carry out the equivalent processes in the body.
Researchers have discovered by testing the perspiration on test subjects’ skin that prolonged feelings of resentment and anger actually raise the body’s acidity levels, while simultaneously suppressing the immune and digestive systems, retarding cell growth and development.
Yet conversely, when a person experiences prolonged positive emotions such as happiness, joy, excitement, love, contentment etc, the body’s acidity levels are lowered, its immune and metabolic processes are enhanced, cell repair and growth increases and the overall physical state is greatly improved. It doesn’t take a lot of working out to realize that being in a positive mental state is far better for you than being in a negative one!
Topics such as this and other physical vs. mental aspects as discussed and expanded upon in articles published on this website. So take a look around and see if there’s something that interests you!
Resources and References:
- nih.gov: The National Institutes of Health site
- cdc.gov: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site