Humans have lots of different types of emotions. Actually, we experience an array of emotions, from happiness to sadness, from extreme joy to depression.
Our body holds our emotions
Each of these emotions creates a different vibration in the body. After all, our body releases different chemicals when we experience various things that make us happy and each chemical works to create a certain environment in the body. For example, if your brain releases serotonin, dopamine or oxytocin, you will feel good and happy.
Conversely, if your body releases cortisol while you are stressed, you will have an entirely different feeling, more associated with the body kicking into survival mode.
What about when we are thinking negatively all the time? Or when our train of thought is positive? What about when we are not emotionally charged? Let’s explore how these states affect our body.
Positive V.S. Negative
Is there duality in our world? The answer is YES: we spend a lot of time defining and judging what is considered as positive and what is considered as negative. The brain is a very powerful tool and as we define what something is or should be, we begin to have that result playing out in our world!
Have you ever noticed, for example, that someone driving can lose their lid, get angry, and suddenly they are feeling negative, down and in bad mood? Whereas someone else can get cut off while driving and simply apply the brake slightly and move on with their day as if nothing happened. In this case, the same experience one sees it as negative while the other one does not.
So, things are not innately positive or negative! It is only us who define things as being positive or negative for that matter!
Cut the perceptions as much as possible
After thinking about it for a moment you might realize that there are in fact no positive or negative experiences other than what we define as such. Therefore, our very perception of an experience or situation has the ultimate power as to how we will feel when it is happening and how the body will react to it!
“If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.” ~ Hippocrates
The connection between mind and body is very powerful and although it cannot be visually seen, the effects your mind can have on your physical body are profound.
Our emotions and experiences are essentially energy, and, as such, they can be stored in the cellular memory of our bodies. Have you ever experienced something in your life that left an emotional mark or pain in a certain area of your body? Almost as if you can still feel something that has happened to you? It is likely because in that particular area of your body you still hold energy released from that experience or situation.
I came across an interesting chart that explores some possible areas in the body that various emotions might affect. Here it is:
When I have had chronic pains in my back, knees, neck or shoulders, it was not exercise, physio or anything else in a physical sense that healed it. Rather, they went away only after I have dealt with the emotions behind them.
I know this because I spent the time and money going to physio and even though I wanted and believed I would get better, there was still something unhealed that could not be addressed. And then, the more I addressed the unconscious thought pattern and emotions throughout my body, the more things loosened up and pain went away!
You have the power
Davis Suzuki wrote in his The Sacred Balance: ‘Condensed molecules from breath exhaled from verbal expressions of anger, hatred and jealousy contain toxins. Accumulated over an hour, these toxins are enough to kill 80 guinea pigs!’ Can you now imagine the harm you are doing to your body when you stay within negative emotions or unprocessed emotional experience throughout the body?
Remember, you have all the power in you to get through anything life throws you at. Always ask yourselves: How can this help me to learn a lesson? Whatever it may be, instead of simply reacting, slow down and observe. You will realize that you have the “tools” to process emotions and illnesses quickly when you see them for what they are and explore why and how they came up.
If you believe you will get sick all the time, and believe you have pain because it is all out of your control, you will continue to have it!
So, the good news is that by attending to your emotions — you cut down on your physical illnesses!