We often think of “nourishment” as the drinks and food we ingest. Yet nourishment is much more than that. Our thoughts have a tremendous influence on our health and our perspective on life.
What we think becomes part of our “daily intake.” “For every state of consciousness, there is a corresponding state of physiology,” says Deepak Chopra in Creating Health. Science tells us that what we think becomes a wire, part of a circuit in our brain, and the chemical chain washes through our central nervous system. Over time, our thoughts can manifest physically – the fields of psychophysiology and neuro science converge.
If you choose a stress- or hostile-response constantly, your thoughts will be reflected in your mood, facial expressions, behaviors and how you feel physically This can create too much acid in your stomach, an adrenaline flood in your blood, and can put you on the path of peptic ulcers and hypertension. Stress is the number one killer in America.
If you choose a non-stress response to daily challenges, you can cascade endorphins and other nourishing chemicals through your central nervous system, giving you an overall sense of well being, allowing your body to remain in the healthy range – to maintain homeostasis in all its systems – enhancing your resilience and ability to bounce back during stress.
The more you use a particular wire and circuit, the stronger it becomes in your brain: negative thoughts create strong neural pathways that are more likely to lock you into your rut. However, if you choose a non-stress response, you can strengthen that wire instead.
Practice turning negative thoughts into neutral or positive ones. When you notice a strong negative emotional response, take a moment: notice, take a deep breath, choose another thought in its place, and breath again. Live consciously. It is your choice.
Sheila Armitage helps individuals and organizations adopt everyday resilience practices that boost work, home, and health.