When we think of health our mind automatically goes to the body, or our physical health. When in reality there are many facets one must consider when seeking profound and complete healing; the mind (mental aspect), body (physical aspect), and spirit (emotional aspect). If we recognize how all three of these aspects work together in harmony, then it can be possible to achieve optimal health results when we address all levels of the human experience.
The Emotional, or Unconscious Aspect
What is the Emotional Body?
Your physical body has its own conscious energy system which is always working for your greatest and highest good. It will convey to you if something is going wrong, and its messages take the form of symptoms, illness or dis-ease. So when you have a headache, catch a cold or flu, or have a toothache it is trying to tell you something. If we pay attention to our body’s cry for help, and resolve the issue quickly, we can prevent major suffering.
Is physical pain is rooted in thoughts and emotions?
Do you, or someone you know see a wellness practitioner on a regular basis for a recurring ailment? We can receive physical relief from massage, acupuncture, or our primary care physician, but for many this relief is temporary. These forms of treatment have great benefits, but if the underlying cause isn’t addressed the symptoms can continue to plague us. Our bodies have an energetic map and every aspect is associated with a specific emotion. For example, the neck & throat are where thoughts and emotions come together, and stiffness can occur due to withheld statements. If you're having neck pain, ask yourself, "Am I having communication issues? Have I swallowed my anger and hurt? Am I vocalizing my feelings?"
The Mental, or Conscious Aspect
What we think is what we are.
We’ve all heard the saying “mind over matter.” But what does that mean for your health? Why is it that two people can be diagnosed with the same disease; one recovers and the other succumbs to it? There could be many factors at play, including how the patient thinks about their diagnosis. If the patient views the prognosis as a death sentence, they are much more likely to allow fear to creep in and consume their thoughts.
Negative thought patterns and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness can create chronic stress, which upsets the body's hormone balance, depletes the brain chemicals required for happiness, and damages the immune system. Science has now identified that stress shortens our telomeres, the “end caps” of our DNA strands, which causes us to age more quickly.
Resiliency, on the other hand allows people to experience tough emotions like pain, sorrow, frustration, and grief without falling apart. Resilient people do not deny the pain or suffering they are experiencing; rather, they retain a sense of positivity that helps them overcome the negative effects of their situation. In fact, some people are able to look at challenging times with optimism and hope, knowing that their hardships will lead to personal growth and an expanded outlook on life.
The Physical Aspect
The Mind/Body Connection.
Your body responds to the way you think, feel, and act. When you are stressed, anxious, or upset, your body reacts in a way that might tell you that something isn’t right. For example, you might develop an ulcer when your child moves away to college or high blood pressure when your job becomes too stressful.
Self Awareness is Key
The most vital thing we can do for ourselves is to listen to our body, and go inside to uncover the root of what is causing the symptoms of what we’re experiencing. Even the smallest ping shouldn’t be ignored. Our body will give subtle hints, and if we learn to catch on to what it’s saying we can begin to recognize our own patterns of illness.
People who have good emotional and mental health are aware of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They have learned healthy ways to cope with the stress and problems that are a normal part of life. They feel good about themselves and have healthy relationships. Learning to recognize your emotions and understand why you are having them will help you sort out the causes of sadness, stress, and anxiety in your life can help you manage not only your emotional health, but also your physical health.