Mind over Matter by Zoey Lapinsky

'The cells in your body react to everything your mind says. Negativity brings down your immune system.' Dr Bruce Lipton

DID YOU KNOW? A person's health isn't generally a reflection of genes, but of how their environment is influencing them. Genes are the direct cause of less than 1 percent of diseases: 99 percent is how we respond to the world. Dr Bruce Lipton. 

In the past, not many people spoke about the mind-body-health connection. When we were sick we went to the doctor and took medication. Today we have a more holistic approach. We aim at boosting wellness as a focus rather than treating illness. 

Information Highway:

The body is a huge information network that's run, in part, by the nervous system. In short, this is our fight-flight or rest-relaxation response. Whichever state our mind is in, our brain sends chemicals to the rest of the body to tell it to amp everything up or let it chill down. We forget that our bodies are intelligent and they're trying to communicate with us. 

It's about balance:

When the body is in survival mode, geared for the fight-flight response, it blocks communication and information because it's in survival mode, nothing goes in, nothing goes out. When it's in a rest-relaxation response it's so laid back it hardly has any boundaries and gets bombarded with too much information, some of which may be irrelevant or erroneous. Here, too much goes in and out. Our ultimate state of health is when we are geared to let the right information in and discard any wrong or superfluous information allowing time for ourselves to protect, grow and repair. 

Dis-ease: Dis-ease falls into two categories, under or over production. And this is largely decided by which part of the nervous system is in control. 

The myth of genetics 

Many people have heard that if a dis-ease runs in the family, we'll inherit it too. This is only partly true. What we inherit is a predisposition for a dis-ease. Genetic predispositions are now understood to rely more on external factors, called epigenetic factors, rather than what we've inherited from our families. Just like some bugs prefer winter to summer, when we change our inner perceptions it's like we've literally changed our internal landscape from winter to summer. So those predispositions stay just that, instead of inheriting the illness, we stay in wellness.

Redefining Dis-ease: Dis-ease is the genius of the body letting us know there's something in our lives we're ungrateful for. If it's ourselves, we tend towards dis-eases that have to do with a dominance of our rest-relaxation nervous system response. If we'd like to change those around us, then we tend towards dis-eases that have to do with fight-flight nervous system dominance. 

Our bodies are continually trying to communicate with us. Every symptom, every ache and pain is our body's way of letting us know there's something in our lives we have a skewed perception of. Either we're trying to change ourselves to be more like others, or others to be more like ourselves. Illness is feedback from the body to bring our minds back to a state of wellness.

The truthful track

Dis-ease is here to keep us truthful to our authentic selves. To keep us alert to anything we're ungrateful for in our lives. It's our tap on the shoulder to keep us balanced. 

Where to from here:

Next time you have a sign or symptom of illness ask yourself, 'what's going on in my life?' What am I not appreciating, or what am I seeing in my way? See how it serves you until you can see it as being on the way rather than in the way. Find the hidden lesson and blessing and learn from that. Create a body that thrives not just survives. 

As actor Michael J Fox says, "Parkinson's has made me a 'better person. A better husband, father and overall human being. Life delivered me a catastrophe, but I found a richness of soul. I owe it to Parkinson's, no doubt about that. ...I have no choice about whether or not I have Parkinson's. I have nothing but choices about how I react to it. In those choices, there's freedom to do a lot of things in areas I wouldn't have otherwise found myself in.'

Disease has been called the great equalizer. It gives many people great perspective. Dr Bruce Lipton says, 'The moment you change your perception, is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body.' 

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