How powerfully do our thoughts influence our health and wellbeing?
The intricate connections between mind and body are only beginning to be scientifically understood. What we do know at this time is:
- Our emotions affect our physiology
- The brain is an amazingly adaptable and powerful organ
- Regular exercise can improve memory and cognitive functioning
Studies continue to illuminate the interrelationships between the mind and body, and suggest that we only understand a small fraction of what we’re capable of (see what Drs. Deepak Chopra, Dan Siegel and others say on Discovery). What has become clear is that what we think, feel and believe plays a role in how our DNA expresses itself.
So what can we do with what we do know? We can be self-empowered in our own healing process. We can think loving thoughts, be compassionate in our relationships with others, exercise and eat healthfully. We can recapitulate, meditate and form health partnerships with caring and knowledgeable health-care providers.
The relationship between psychology and the immune system, between mind and body, is at the core of my medical practice, and helps inform my Energy Life Sciences classes.