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Ranier Maria Rilke
"I hate myself."
"I'm so stupid."
"I can't do anything right."
When life doesn't go quite right, do you ever find yourself spewing these types of negative thoughts out loud or even as a kind of mantra you repeat in your mind? Have you ever stopped to think what kind of affect your negative self talk could have on every single cell of your body? But wait, it's not just the negative things you say to yourself, your body will respond with a weakened immune system to any negative energies around us...if we let it. This is the negative side of the Mind-Body Connection.
The term Mind-Body Connection is not just a phrase used to sell books. There's solid science behind the words.
One of the leading scientists on the Mind-Body Connection is neurobiologist David Felten. Dr. Felten tells us, "Our grandmothers knew all along that our minds and our bodies were connected, even if the scientific community didn't. We've simply provided irrefutable data showing that it's true."
To Felten's own surprise, at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1981, he and his team of researchers discovered a hard-wire connection between the body's immune system and the central nervous system under control of the brain. Using special fluorescent stains, Felton's team traced nerves to different locations in the body; including bone marrow, lymph nodes, and the spleen.
Incredibly, Felten discovered a network of nerves leading to blood vessels as well as cells of the immune system! The researchers also found nerves in the thymus and spleen which ended near clusters of lymphocytes, macrophages, and mast cells, all of which help control immune function.
So there it was, the Mind-Body Connection. Felten's team had produced clear evidence that the brain has the ability to send signals to immune system cells.
This discovery gives you one very big reason to be careful about what you say to yourself, the types of people you choose to associate with and what types of things you do to bring joy into your life. Please be sure to give your Mind-Body connection the attention it deserves. You must give birth to the healthy, productive life you want through the images you create in your mind. Your mind's eye is indeed a part of creating the future you desire.
Plus, it's just another reason to listen to Grandma!