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OUR THOUGHTS AFFECT OUR HEALTH

I thought it would be a good time to elaborate a bit on the mind.

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The mind is a little more difficult to define than the body…..


The mind is most certainly not the brain. The brain is an organ, It’s part of the body. Our minds exist apart from our brains.

Our minds contain several crucial aspects of our being :

  • Our Consciousness
  • Our Volition or Will
  • Our Emotions
  • Our Memory
  • Our Thoughts

Mind vs Soul

For our purposes, the mind is synonymous with the soul. Whenever I say mind, I could easily replace it with soul and we would have the same meaning.

Sentient Beings

The fact that we have minds is proof that we are more than just a collection of atoms and molecules. God breathes life into these bodies of ours, and we have our consciousness awakened, and we are now free-will beings. (Genesis 2:7)

This means that we are not simply victims of our thoughts. We are in control of them. The mind directs the brain, and the brain then directs the body. Most of the time, we’re not consciously aware of the fact that our minds are are in control of our brains. We must cultivate this awareness because it has huge implications for our health.

[callout]This means that we are not simply victims of our thoughts. We are in control of them.[/callout]

Why The Distinction?

You may be saying “Yeah but, how do our thoughts affect our health?” Well, the bible says “So as he thinks within himself, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7)

In the published scientific literature, there is a well documented, mind/body connection. When we experience stressful, or fearful thoughts our fight or flight reflex kicks in sending stress hormones throughout our bodies. This is a very good thing if your car is on top of the railroad tracks and the engine stalls out with a freight train coming at us. When the danger is over, our hormone levels should return to normal.

Our bodies are designed to cycle in and out of stressful events. The problem is, most, of us are experiencing stressful, fearful thoughts on a regular basis. We are not designed to live with chronically high levels of stress hormones running around. This will bring on all sorts of undesirable physical symptoms.

Placebo Effect 

Let me make one final distinction as to why our minds and thoughts affect our health. It’s our belief systems. Every clinical trial has to account for the placebo effect. About 1/3 of the people involved in any clinical trial will experience healing and resolution of their symptoms when they only received a sugar pill or sham surgery. The participants simply believe they’re going to get well and they do.

Researchers would love it if the placebo effect would go away, but it won’t. It’s very consistent across all disciplines whether mental/emotional or physical. Rather than ignore it, or write it off as “all in the head” I believe we should press into this process  and learn more about how the mind affects the body.

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Question: Can you think of a time when your thoughts caused physical symptoms in your body? You can leave your answer in the comments section below.

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