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A Mind-Body Therapy

By Stephanie K. Smith

The mind and body are powerfully connected, as anyone who has practiced yoga or meditation can likely attest. Consider the simplest physical aspects; your brain sends signals to the muscles in your arm to contract so that you may lift your arm. Additionally, if you cut your arm, messages sent to your brain to register the pain of the damaged tissues, triggering cells to travel to the wound to begin the task of repairing the injury.

You do not have to consciously think any particular thought to start the healing process. Your body automatically knows what to do. The same goes for your beating heart. You aren't reading this while thinking about contracting your heart muscles to keep the blood pumping. Your autonomic nervous system takes over these tasks.

What about your thoughts? Where do they come from? Thoughts, too, have an impact on your physical body and your actions. In the 1903 book by James Allen, As a Man Thinketh, he states, "by working patiently and intelligently upon his thoughts, he may remake his life, and transform his circumstances."

The popular Law of Attraction also recognizes the power of your thoughts. We inherently recognize the detrimental nature of negative thoughts. Constantly thinking of ourselves as dumb, stupid, or ugly can become quite a self-fulfilling prophecy. But why is this so?

Just as brain waves in varying frequencies travel throughout our body to heal cuts, contract muscles, and move our limbs to walk, our thoughts have energetic frequencies too. Those thought frequencies inform our physical body and travel beyond our physical selves to interact with our environment and the people around us.

Have you ever noticed how you can almost feel the sadness coming from another person that you may be near? Or walk into a room and noticed that there are "vibes" of tension and anger? You are sensing the frequencies of the thoughts and emotions of the people around you. If you can so easily feel another's thought frequency or vibration, imagine how powerful your own thoughts are within your own body and set of circumstances. Very powerful, indeed!

This information is certainly not new. While some have categorized the power of thoughts as New Age or New Thought, there are actually references in the Bible referring to this. Proverbs 23:7 states, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he." (Yes, this was an influence for James Allen's book title.) So unless you consider something that has been around for 2,000 years, to be "new," working with the power of your mind and thoughts is actually quite an ancient concept.

Knowing something and acting on that knowledge can be two very different things. Most of us know that thinking positively makes us feel better and helps us achieve the goals that we are striving for. But how do you stay positive in the midst of so much negativity around you, at work possibly, in the media, and perhaps even in your own head? How do you guard your precious positive thoughts from the influences that take you to a dark and negative place?

Using mindfulness techniques that reinforce the connection between your mind and body is a good start. Taking time to meditate, practice yoga, have a massage, or go for a walk in nature all help to clear your mind and return...

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