Your Emotions Affect Your Body
There isn’t a single emotion that doesn’t affect the body in some way. Every emotion that comes from thoughts we have or subconscious material that plays in the background of our minds sets off an electrical impulse from the brain that races through the body. This electrical impulse travels along the neural pathways in the body triggering the release of chemical proteins called neuro-peptides (NPs).
Examples of these include adrenalin, hormones and endorphins. The chemical proteins carry messages that create a specific physiological response in the body.
Each emotion has a different electrical frequency and, therefore, a different physiological response. For example, anger vibrates at a low electrical, or energetic, frequency as does the color red, which we often associate with anger. By contrast, unconditional love resonates at a much higher frequency similar to the color violet, which, in our chakra system is the highest color frequency in the human body. The electrical frequency impulses (neuro-peptides) create biological responses so specific that physical symptoms can actually pinpoint the thoughts triggering the emotions that are coming from the conscious and unconscious parts of our mind.
Take a look at the chart below that lists three of the top preventable illnesses in the United States today and the corresponding emotion:
Coronary Heart Disease
Anger, anxiety, depression
Anger, resentment, hostility, sadness, deep unresolved hurt
Guilt, fear, anxiety, denial
From this you can see an obvious mind-body connection. There are many more connections like these that have been made through scientific study and through the study of metaphysics. There are some great books on the subject, as well. Many of us have heard of the book written by Louise Hay called You Can Heal Your Life. Louise does a wonderful job directly connected emotions and preventable illness. Another author, Deb Shapiro, provides an in-depth analysis of the body-mind connection in the UK best seller, Your Body Speaks Your Mind. Both are excellent resources if you wish to learn more on this subject.
The connection between the mind and the body is clear, but so is the fact that preventable illnesses are often a result of negative emotions. The question is: If negative emotions make us sick, can positive emotions make us well?
The Concept of Positive and Negative
In general, we have categorized our thoughts and resulting emotions into positive or negative, but it may be helpful to think in terms of those thoughts and emotions that work against us (negative) and those that work in our favor (positive). With that in mind, you can ask yourself what thoughts and resulting emotions are you experiencing the majority of your day?
In this world of dualism, where there seem to be opposites to just about everything, we spend an inordinate amount of time on the category of thoughts and emotions that work against us, that tell stories about our lives and the lives of others that are wrought with doom and gloom. But, there is another way. The other side of the coin, or the opposite of negative, is positive.
This option always exists whether we see it or not. And focusing on the positive, or at the very least, not focusing on the negative, provides us with an opening for more opportunity, more options in life and improved health. But, how can we determine if we are being run by the negative emotions? Compromised, poor health is a big red flag, but we can also begin watching our emotions more closely to see where our thoughts are leading us.
Keep track of high emotional states that occur .¨ happy or sad, frustrated or calm, angry or accepting. Note what thoughts created the emotions. What stories were being told or what situation were you in at the time? You might be surprised at the number of negative emotions that you are generating each day. The key is to notice them, to become aware. With awareness, healing can begin.
If we look at the training we received as we grew up and even the messages we hear today, the majority of it is negative, full or fear, anger and judgment. In fact, on average, a full two-thirds of all messages in our lifetime are negative in nature. It’s no wonder we spend so much time generating negativity. But, do the negative thoughts really adversely impact our health? Yes! Can we change this? Definitely!
The Effects of Emotions
Studies have shown that negative emotions actually weaken the human body, while positive emotions strengthen it.
In a world where we are taught that we are not good enough, where we are bombarded with negative scenarios, daily news drama and reality TV that is argumentative, conniving and stressful, it is hard to be happy and positive. We carry the burdens of stressful living on our backs, in our hearts and in the pit of our stomach. These ultimately create or add to our slew of sore back issues, heart disease and digestive issues that are rampant among Americans today.
All of these preventable illnesses are red flags that point to an emotional state that is in need of repair. For example, adrenalin is released when you feel fear, anxiety or stress. This causes a host of physiological body reactions to occur including dilating blood vessels, rapid, shallow breathing and muscle tightening, to name a few. The purpose of adrenalin is to place your body in a high-alert rapid-response flight-or-flight state.
In emergencies, this is beneficial, but, over a long period, adrenalin can be damaging to the body.
Adrenalin suppresses your immune system, impairs digestion, uses up vital vitamins and minerals and causes pain and stiffness. So, negative emotions really do cause dis-ease and illness and, by the way, also contribute directly to pre-mature aging.
Isn’t it time to heal the fear, anxiety and stress in your life?
On the flip side, happiness, joy and laughter cause the release of endorphins.
Endorphins are powerful natural opiates that make you feel good.
They boost your immune system, relax muscles, elevate your mood, and dampen pain. All of these are healing to the body and assist it in maintaining homeostasis or equilibrium. But, how can we use this information to heal our bodies? By releasing the negative emotions and allowing the positive ones to take their place. The good news is, there are many approaches available to help us make this shift.
Safely Releasing Negative Emotions
For many of us, when we live with low energy long enough, it begins to feel normal and we lose the memory of how it feels to be vibrant, full of love, happiness, peace and good health. But, this is what we all deserve. So how do we get that instead of what we have? With awareness, letting go and practice.
When we are faced with a negative emotion that we become aware of, we have a choice in that moment to determine if we are going to act on it or sit with it and let it pass. If we act on the negative emotion, we will end up generating more negativity, more low energy, more damage to our bodies. If, however, we choose to hear the negative thought or feel the low energy running through our body, but do nothing, we can avert a pileup and start a transformation that will allow us to live more peacefully and more healthfully. That is just the beginning though.
There are so many natural healing modalities available to us that are often overlooked or not taken seriously. All it takes is finding what matches each of us and assists us the most in this endeavor. Below is a list of some of the assistance available to help us safely release negative emotions and be free to get healthy and happy once and for all.
1. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
2. Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears. Reflexologists believe that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the organs and person’s general health.
3. Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself.
4. Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It’s based on the theory that energy, called chi (say “chee”), flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians. Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances your chi. Acupuncture is a way to unblock or influence chi and help it flow back into balance.
5. Hypnosis isan artificially induced state of relaxation and concentration in which deeper parts of the mind become more accessible. Hypnosis is used to reduce reaction to pain, to encourage free association and more.
6. Physical Exercise can help protect you from heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, noninsulin-dependent diabetes, obesity, back pain, osteoporosis, and can improve your mood and help you to better manage stress. Regular exercise for 30 minutes 3 or more times a week is often recommended for good mental and physical health.
7. Smiling isone of the easiest ways to boost your health, your mood, your longevity, and even your success. Best of all, it’s free!
There are many more natural healing modalities to assist with releasing the old patterns that create emotions that work against you.
A few more that come to mind are 8 hours of sleep, more laughter, a restful vacation, yoga, sex, relaxing saunas and even reading. All of these can help you reconnect with your happy, peaceful and healthy side of life.
It is possible to heal the body by releasing our negative emotions and by allowing the positive ones to take their place. It may not be easy all the time, but the techniques are generally simple. Find one or more natural healing modality that resonates with you, the ones you feel energetically attracted to the most, and then practice each day. Believe me, nothing is more worthy of your time and effort than your ultimate happiness and health. You deserve that!