Uncover the Psycho-emotional Roots of Disease to Tap into the Power of the Mind-Body Connection #meditation #mindfulness #yoga #stress

Uncover the Psycho-emotional Roots of Disease to Tap into the Power of the Mind-Body Connection {Mind-Body Medicine}

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Uncover the psycho-emotional roots of disease to tap into the power of the Mind-Body Connection!

Science has long recognized the power of the mind-body connection. It is understood that most diseases arise due to the interaction of genetics and environment. Some of the often overlooked but highly influential environmental factors which contribute to imbalances within the body are emotions and thought patterns.

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The beliefs you hold about yourself and the world, emotions, memories and habits all influence mental and physical health. These connections between what is going on in your mind and heart and what is happening in your body form the psycho-emotional roots of disease.

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Vibration is Energy

The mind-body connection happens on both a physical and emotional level. Neurological pathways connect parts of the brain that process emotions with the spinal cord, muscles, cardiovascular system and digestive tract. The circulatory system carries neurotransmitters like norepinephrine throughout the body, triggering the acute stress response. The lymphatic system is also important for transporting hormones and immune cells which carry signals and feedback all over the body.

These intersecting systems help to establish the mind-body connection which influences the maintenance of health or the development of disease. For example, emotions can trigger increased stress hormones which may suppress the immune system and set the stage for the development of infections or cancer.

Thoughts and emotions also carry vibrations which impact your biochemical, cellular and overall physiological state. Positive, kind and inspiring thoughts and emotions vibrate in harmony with your cells and help them function optimally. In fact, science has shown that your DNA can actually be reprogrammed by words and intentions.

This may explain why techniques like affirmations and hypnotherapy can have such strong effects on the human body. Often, your thoughts are also expressed as words, which are then put into action as repeated habits and behaviors.

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The Body Feels Emotion

Emotions like anger, fear, guilt, anxiety, sadness, resentment, jealousy, depression and stress can manifest within the body and contribute to imbalance and disease. For example, you are likely already familiar with the way that fear can contribute to digestive upset or how tension can lead to headaches.

When you experience emotional states like sadness, joy or anger, physiological sensations occur in different areas of your body. Scientists have created maps of emotions, showing areas of the body that are activated when you experience different emotions.

This connection is multidirectional. Emotional experiences coordinate behavioral reactions and physiological states while your perception of these emotion-triggered bodily changes also influences your consciously felt emotions.

Stuck or repressed emotions appear to be especially harmful to physical health. Studies show that people who repress their emotions are more likely to have disruptions in the normal balance of the stress hormone cortisol compared to people who freely express emotion.

Over time, this can affect metabolism, impact gene expression, suppress the immune system and contribute to the development of cancer and cardiovascular disease. For example, studies show that unbalanced stress hormones may predict early death in women with metastatic breast cancer.

What You Believe You Can Suffer

Similarly, the way you think and feel about yourself and the deep-seated belief patterns you hold all seem to be just as relevant to the development of disease as factors like diet and exercise. If painful emotions are left unresolved they can create an underlying sense of anxiety, depression or anger that can physically disrupt the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

One common way you may experience this interaction of belief and physical sensations is when dealing with chronic pain. In essence, pain is often a combination of the physical sensations you experience, the emotions you feel, and the meaning the pain has for you.

Emotional suffering, physical pain and other sensations share similarities in their neural pathways. For example, feelings of anger or insecurity can disrupt the regular beating of the heart and the calm flow of the breath. This further activates the sympathetic nervous system in the same way that occurs when you are facing a threat, creating an even greater sense of unease and pain.

We see this type of physiology playing out in people with a lack of social support who are more likely to have cardiovascular and other health problems than those with stable, secure relationships.

Another example of the powerful link between mind and body is that depression worsens survival from many diseases, including cancer. It is clear that emotional and social support improve stress management and have a positive impact on the physiological stress-response systems that impact wellbeing and survival.

Healing Mind, Body and Spirit

Healing and preventing future disease requires a combination of physical, spiritual and emotional approaches. There are a variety of mind-body approaches that can help you process your emotions and develop inner peace and physical wellness like the ones I teach in The Whole Cure and accompanying Lifestyle Transformation Stress Management Program.  

To avoid the buildup of toxic emotions, you need to remain present and aware. Paying attention allows you to identify emotions as they arise, process them, and choose how you react. One way to effectively express, feel, and get your feelings out is to talk about them. This can be done out loud by speaking with a trusted friend, coach or therapist—or on paper through a journaling practice.

Meditation is another valuable mind-body practice for becoming more present and centering the mind. A regular meditation practice is a particularly effective way to help the body modulate emotional responses and the accompanying neurochemical patterns that can otherwise flood the body with harmful stress hormones.

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Other techniques that focus on the interaction between the body, mind, and behavior include:

These can all be valuable tools for increasing awareness of the body’s biological processes, such as heart rate and breathing patterns, in order to help you become empowered to manage emotions and mitigate their neurophysiological impacts.

Using these mind-body approaches can help you regain control of your psycho-emotional health and create an environment within your body that supports health rather than disease.

What mind-body practices do you use to balance your health?

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A version of this article first appeared on The Chopra Center blog!

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