The effects of negative emotions on our health

Humans experience an array of emotions, anything from happiness, to sadness to extreme joy and depression and these emotions create a different feeling within the body.

It is well known that our body releases different chemicals when we experience various emotions and each chemical works to create a different environment within the body. For example if your brain releases serotonin, dopamine or oxytocin, you will feel good and happy. If your body releases cortisol while you are stressed you will kick into survival mode.

Cut The Perceptions As Much As Possible

After thinking about it for a moment you might realise that there are in fact no positive or negative experiences other than what we define as such. Therefore our very perception of an experience or situation has the ultimate power as to how we will feel when it’s happening and how our bodies will be affected.

We need to learn to simply accept each experience for what it is as it is important to understand how certain emotions can affect our health.

If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him. ~Hippocrates

Mind Body Connection

The connection between your mind and body is very powerful and although it cannot be visually seen, the effects your mind can have on your physical body are profound.

We can have an overall positive mental attitude and deal directly with our internal challenges and in turn create a healthy lifestyle or we can be in negative, have self destructive thoughts and not deal with our internal issues.

Our emotions and experiences are essentially energy and they can be stored in the cellular memory of our bodies. When you have a pain, tightness or injuries in certain areas, it’s often related to something emotionally you are feeling within yourself.

At first glance it may not seem this way because we are usually very out of touch with ourselves and our emotions.

When you get sick or are feeling a lot of tightness and pain, oftentimes our body is asking us to find peace within yourself and your environment.

You Have The Power

Davis Suzuki wrote in ‘The Sacred Life’: “condensed molecules from breath exhaled from verbal expressions of anger, hatred, and jealousy, contain toxins. Accumulated over an hour, these toxins are enough to kill 80 guinea pigs!”

Can you now imagine the harm you are doing to your body when you stay within negative emotions or unprocessed emotional experience throughout the body?

Remember, you have all the power in you to get through anything life throws at you.

Instead of labelling each experience you have in your life as negative and positive, try to see things from a big picture standpoint.

Ask yourself:
• How can this help me to see or learn something?
• Can I use this to shift my perception?
• Do I need to clear some emotion within myself?
• Do I need to realise something and accept it?

Whatever it may be, instead of simply reacting, slow things down and observe. You will find you have the tools to process emotions and illness quickly when you see them for what they are and explore why they came up.

Source: Joe Martino on Collective Evolution