Archive for January 14th, 2009

I always find it interesting to hear that some people do not believe that there is a mind-body connection. To me, it is so obvious. Who suffers from heart attacks? Typically, it is the people with “Type A” personalities – those who are constantly on-the-go and rarely take time to stop and smell the roses. Who suffers from cancer? Typically, it is the “Type C” personalities – those who hold things in. I don’t think it is a coincidence that you can “type” diseases based upon similarities in mental states.

When I read the introduction to the book Safe Passage to Healing, I was shocked to see so many physical similarities between myself and the author. The panic attacks that the author described were eerily similar to my own, and I had never heard one described quite like mine before this.

I was also shocked by the author’s physical profile. She stayed healthy throughout her childhood, just as I did. However, as she moved toward being ready to face her past, she found herself constantly sick, just as I did. Every minor cold turned into bronchitis (or another type of “itis”) that took me weeks to recover from.

Now that I have done the hard work of healing from many of my issues, I have a strong immune system. I rarely get sick any longer, and when I do, I recover within days rather than weeks.

I do not believe that my body just happened to have a strong immune system, then a weak one, and then a strong one again. I believe it was all about the mind-body connection. My body manifested what I was feeling emotionally.

The mind-body connection is what makes yoga such a powerful healing tool. As you focus upon relaxing and calming your body, this calm can carry over to your emotional state as well. In fact, for thousands of years, people have used yoga as a way to calm the mind in preparation for meditation.

As we appreciate the power of the mind-body connection, we open ourselves up to many more healing tools, both physically and emotionally (and some would argue spiritually as well). Love and compassion that we show to one aspect of ourselves has the power to break through the walls in other areas of our lives. It is all interconnected.

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