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Are Your Thoughts Making You Sick?

What we think and believe about ourselves, the world around us and our place in it can not only be a key factor in our health and healing outcomes but may also be an underlying factor in the cause of illness and injury.

With the connection between our minds and our bodies increasingly supported by medical and scientific research, the establishment is at last catching up with what 'positive thinking' gurus like Louise Hay have been saying for years. What we think and believe about ourselves, the world around us and our place in it can not only be a key factor in our health and healing outcomes but may also be an underlying factor in the cause of illness and injury.

A completely new medical field known as "Mind-body medicine" has emerged on the back of mind body research. Focusing on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behaviour, and the ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioural factors can directly affect health.

An interesting feature of illnesses or disease with a metaphysical basis is that specific emotional issues can often determine the location of disease or illness within the body. Experienced therapists who work in this field have reported that once they become aware of certain emotional or spiritual issues, they began to anticipate the possibility of an associated disease.

Even the very word dis-ease reveals an underlying truth that dis-ease in the mind can lead to disease in the body.

However, do not expect your doctor to now become all "touchy feely" or to be very much more interested in your mental and spiritual health anytime soon. Pills and procedures are far more easily assessed, quantified, measured and a lot cheaper than actually spending real time with a patient.

As a result, Western medicine generally ends up treating the symptoms of disease and illness rather than the underlying problem, which often means that the problem will either re-occur or simply manifest in some other form.

For those living in western societies at least, it remains up to each of us to become more aware not only of our bodies requirements; but also of our own emotional and mental health needs. By being more alert for potential emotional and spiritual issues, we can deal with them or seek appropriate help before they turn into something more serious or life threatening.

A great way of starting to raise your self-awareness and start getting back in touch with yourself is to set aside a small amount of time each week. You will only need about 30 minutes but it is important that you will not be disturbed or distracted. Just sit quietly and just STOP, allow your mind to wander. Gently examine your innermost feelings, emotions, fears and events over the past week.

What you discover may be a revelation to you; and that new understanding could make a huge difference to your health and emotional well-being.

Author: G. Symond
Published: November 27th 2006