Your body and mind are one!
First, an explanation:
When you have a worrying, anxious mind, your body is anxious too. Your mind and body affect each other, even moment by moment. Your body experiences your emotions, and it contributes to them too.
This understanding is important in modern psychology. Psychologists now recognize that being aware of your body can help rebalance your emotions -- and science shows that your mind can help your body to heal and stay healthy. That's why the following posts emphasize this relationship between mind and body.
Your Mind & Body are Not Separate!
We usually think of the mind and the body as separate, don’t we? That just seems to make sense.
For example, right now my mind is busy thinking about this email, but my body is busy with something else — digesting breakfast!
Soon my body will interrupt me, insisting that I get a cushion or visit the washroom. My body has its own plans, and in the end, it usually wins.
That’s especially true if my body gets sick. When that happens, I experience my body as a problem — it's a project that my mind has to figure out, to fix or change. After all, even if my mind wants health, my body can refuse!
So, that’s just how it is. In life, there seems to be a big gap between the mind and the body.
And that’s what our culture has long believed: the idea that mind and body are somehow separate. In fact, that’s been an important question in western philosophy — the “mind-body problem”. All the way back to Plato, philosophers have wondered: how do the mind and body relate to each other?
But now, science is dismantling this question. We have evidence now that mind and body only seem to be separate. Mysteriously, there is a level where they meet in unity. Mind and body are one.
Your mind is influenced by body-states, and your body is influenced by mind-states. In fact, a mind-state is a body-state. At least that’s what recent science is showing.
In these blog posts, we’ll look at how your body is affected by your common mind-states — especially your habits of attitude. Surprisingly, the way you usually look at things could be affecting your physical health!
So, let’s see what science has to show us…