P s y c h o – n e u r o – i m m u n o l o g y

Welcome dear reader!
Today we will be given a tutorial, brief overview and introduction on how the mind and heart interplay, how our thoughts determine the state of our body and how our hearts in some way is connected to everything that is around us.

We will go straight at it with a snippet inside of Conscious Lifestyle Magazine which I want to share with you (as I can relate my own journey and findings to what we will read below).

Here we go:

1. Mind-directed, cell-enhancing chemicals communicate directly with the immune system.

2. Mental attitude and mood can alter the course of disease.

3. The mind can will changes in the body.

4. Stress-related hormones weaken the immune system.

5. Chemicals made by the immune system communicate with the brain.

6. The brain talks to the immune system, and the immune system talks to the brain.

Now Sara Shannon
(writer of the book “Good Health in a Toxic World“)
summarized the major findings of psychoneuroimmunology
in understanding the interplay between mind-body healing.

Sara says:

Chemicals (known as neurotransmitters) that are created by positive feelings toward life and its highs, lows and challenges strengthen your immune system, slow down the aging process, and protect you from cancer and a number of viruses.

While these different thoughts and emotions may have a temporary impact on health, chronic, repeated, and habitual thought and emotional patterns can have a far more profound, long-term impact on our well-being.

Feelings of fear, hopelessness, worry, and worthlessness all affect our body-mind system, however subtle these effects may be.

Critical attitudes, beliefs in negative outcomes, anger, resentment, and the belief (whether conscious or not) that “I have no control over my life” have been linked to a number of disease states, including cancer, ulcers, and heart disease.

(Conscious lifestyle magazine, issue 16 fall 2017, page 8-9, pdf)
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Candace B. Pert writes in Molecules of Emotion (download document-link, 4 pages): 

“I believe all emotions are healthy, because emotions are what unite the mind and the body. Anger, fear, and sadness, the so-called negative emotions, are as healthy as peace, courage and joy.

To repress these emotions and not let them flow freely is to set up dis-integrity in the system, causing it to act at cross-purposes rather than as a unified whole.

The stress this creates, which takes the form of blockages and insufficient flow of peptide signals to maintain function at a cellular level, is what sets up the weakened conditions that can lead to disease.

All honest emotions are positive emotions.

What I take away from what we just read is that we need to focus on booth the good and the bad, light and the dark. In our society there is some kind of taboo of feeling depressed or down or not-want-to-do-anything. We need to dropp the stereotypes and raise the value of everything that happens to us. Always ask the question: What can I learn from this and (from a wider perspective ask) why is this happening.

Now let Greg Braden take you deeper in this experience and explain the energy-field around the heart and how it affects us in every moment we are alive
The stage is yours Greg… take them away

 

Look at that… Sure is something to think about, both with the mind and the heart.

We’ll finish of with summarising the day.
We have talked about the mind and the heart – how they are connected. I think I’m not alone by saying that in our culture we focus more on the mind than the heart. Balance everyone… we need balance. And honestly, the stereotypes of love and kindness, especially among men and that it is lame. Drop it. Just drop it like it’s hot, because no one will benefit from that belief and it will create more harm than good as well as feed more egos that needs a dose of compassion and understanding and gratitude inside of them.
Love and Kindness does not need to be a sign of weakness. Acted out correctly with knowledge and the right intention is the greatest one can do, in my opinion.

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”. — Aristotle

For the one who want’s some homework on learning more about feeling with the heart until next time has a practice sheet below to try out. Thank you for today!

Practices: more info – practices are furthest down on the page
(origin: http://www.lonerwolf.com)

PRACTICE 1 — SPEND TIME IN SOLITUDE AND SILENCE

PRACTICE 2 —COMFORT YOURSELF

PRACTICE 3 — GIVE YOURSELF THE PERMISSION TO FEEL

PRACTICE 4 — CONNECT WITH YOUR INNER MOTHER OR FATHER

PRACTICE 5 — BREATHE INTO THE PAIN

PRACTICE 6 — USE THE POWER OF PRAYER

PRACTICE 7 — EMBRACE FEELING UNCOMFORTABLE

PRACTICE 8 — FIND THE BEAUTY IN EVERYTHING (personal favourite)

PRACTICE 9 — LEARN HOW TO CRY

PRACTICE 10 — ASK YOUR HEART WHAT IT NEEDS

PRACTICE 11 — LEARN HOW TO BE VULNERABLE

Extra reading for self-help against anxiety and stress – https://www.ramdass.org/meditation-for-anxiety-and-stress/

 

 

 

 

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