Closing the Gap

What if you knew that your physical health was linked to your emotions? Would you pay attention, do anything different, would you even care?

Research has proven there is a definite link between our physical health and our emotional state. Studies continue to show us just how closely related the two are. Epigenetics is the study of chemical reactions and factors influencing them as it relates to our genes. (More on epigenetics in future blogs)

Chronic painful emotions create psychological wounds that if ignored will distort our perception and thinking. Negative emotions like loneliness, failure or the fear of, rejection, low self esteem create stress and are known to cause high blood pressure, increase cholesterol levels, suppress our immune system and more. In short, unprocessed negative emotions increase our chance of illness and premature death. How well do you pay attention to your emotions?

Once we become convinced of something it is very difficult to change our mind. Replaying in our mind all the negative thoughts and beliefs becomes a habit that will eventually destroy our health. Our mind plays tricks on us, wanting us to believe it is the best friend who only wants the best for us while at times acts like our worst enemy. When something is going well it tells us how brilliant we are and just as easily when something goes wrong it will tell us how absolutely stupid we are. It makes us feel afraid and insignificant just as easily as it plumps us up with false bravado. As a result most of us function below our actual potential which affects both our health and quality of life.

What can we do? We have to fight feelings of helplessness, anger and sadness, break the negative cycle by gaining control of our mind. By taking action through changing our responses to the world we will become less like a victim and feel better. Just like negative emotions can make us sick positive emotions like joy, peace and happiness can heal us. They empower us by lifting our emotions which in turn reduce stress levels and restore our body to equilibrium and well being.

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Actions and Words

I notice when your actions don’t match your words.

I feel when you are not being totally honest with me.

I remember the promises that you make and don’t keep.

I see how you dismiss my thoughts and feelings as though they didn’t matter.

I know when you are lying to yourself and living in denial.

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The Pain Journey

By GiGi

Thru pain, I realize my weaknesses. Thru pain, I acknowledge my actions. Thru pain, I must face my loneliness. Thru pain, I search for answers. Thru pain, I ask for meaning. Thru pain, I look to God. Thru pain, I question my motives. Thru pain, I seek the Light. Thru pain, I learn to forgive. Thru pain, I let go of obstacles. Thru pain, my friends will gather. Thru pain, my prayers have meaning. Thru pain, the dark is frightening. Thru pain, my heart is broken. Thru pain, my spirit is aching. Thru pain, my burden feels heavier. Thru pain, my tears seem endless. Thru pain, my world seems hollow. Thru pain, I reach into my abyss. Thru pain, I learn to love. Thru pain, I must forever believe. Thru pain, I await the new day. Thru pain, I discover my strength. Thru pain, I let go of control. Thru pain, I become child-like. Thru pain, I must be by myself. Thru pain, the flicker of hope remains. Thru pain, I must accept defeat. Thru pain, is the joy of surrender. Thru pain, self-love is the journey. Thru pain, my mind becomes calm. Thru pain, my vulnerability is apparent. Thru pain, I can offer compassion. Thru pain, I can receive love. Thru pain, I transcend materialism. Thru pain, I chip away at my rigid thinking. Thru pain, I discover my calling. Thru pain, the rain is sweet. Thru pain, the wind is an embrace. Thru pain, the earth sustains. Thru pain, time stands still. Thru pain, my senses are heightened. Thru pain, my logic is dulled. Thru pain, my love can be genuine. Thru pain, my heart awaits. Thru pain, feelings are confronted. Thru pain, I learn to accept. Thru pain, God will carry me. Thru pain, I become one with my sister, my brother. Thru pain, I know myself.

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Feast on Your Life

Love After Love

The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the others welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you all your life, whom you ignored for another, who knows you by heart. Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.

By Derek Walcott

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