The year 2022 is quickly winding down….and I wanted to end the year thinking positive, happy thoughts.  As we all are aware,  good  health includes the choices we make each day, including affirmations acknowledging what we are grateful for, and of course, developing healthy habits.  So often we get caught up with the business of the day, which includes, of course, all of the news we are surrounded with.  Unfortunately, most of that is not positive and for some of us, impacts negatively on those precious moments of our lives.

My post this week is to share with you some of the great books and articles I have read on this particular subject.

In the book, Healing And The Mind, the author, Bill Moyers, talks with physicians, scientists, therapists about  the connection we have with our thoughts and feelings and how these influence our health; he asks the question, how is healing related to the mind and how do our emotions translate into chemicals into our bodies.  His journey led them all to a central question:  What is health?  The book is organized around the questions and answers found during this journey, and helps us all learn more about this remarkable union of mind, body, and spirit that is the human being.   This book is actually a companion to Bill Moyer’s public television series, Healing and The Mind.   One of the conversations in the book included this:  “There is a way to demonstrate that changes in your thoughts and feelings directly affect your body. It’s called biofeedback. It’s a way of eavesdropping so to speak on our own mind-body conversations. This computer measures responses like heart rate, skin temperature and electrical changes on the surface of the skin. Galvanic skin resistance, or GSR, for short. With a little practice these simple physiological processes can be monitored and controlled by nearly anyone.”  I highly recommend this book to learn more about this fascinating subject.

Bruce H. Lipton, PhD., a renowned cell biologist, in his book, The Biology of Belief ~ Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles, reports on groundbreaking work (called Epigentics) showing that genes and DNA do not control our biology; but instead, DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts!  Joseph Mercola, founder of the world’s most visited natural health site, stated:  “Finally, a compelling and easy-to-understand explanation of how your emotions regulate your genetic expression.  You need to read this book to truly appreciate that you are not a victim of your genes but instead have unlimited capacity to live a life overflowing with peace, happiness, and love.”

Dr. Franklin Ebaugh of the University of Colorado Medical School states that resentment, hate, grudges, ill will, jealousy, vindictiveness, are all attitudes which produce ill-health.  Chemical reactions in the body are set up by emotional outbursts that result in feelings of ill-health.

He continues by suggesting that if you are not feeling so great, honestly ask yourself if you are harboring any ill will or resentment or grudges.  And if so, cast them out without delay.  Many people suffer poor health not because of what they eat but from what is eating them, siphoning off any happiness, as well as draining energy and leading to deterioration in one’s health.  Filling the mind with attitudes of goodwill, forgiveness, faith, love and gratefulness can produce feelings of well-being.

Norman Vincent Peale recommends that we saturate our thoughts with peaceful experiences, peaceful words and ideas, and ultimately we will have a storehouse of peace-producing experiences to which we can turn to for refreshment and renewal of our spirit ~ a vast source of power.

I will end this post with a quote from my favorite author, Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses ~ Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness…

The journey toward health

and sanity is nothing less than

an invitation to wake up

to the fullness of our lives as if  they

actually mattered.”

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