Friday, March 4, 2011

How Zen Wisdom can Boost Your Health

"...For there is nothing that is good or bad.  Thinking makes it so."
- Shakespeare

Every thought that you have produces a hormonal response in your body.  To put it simply, happy thoughts produce a happy physiology with high levels of immunity while stressful thoughts produce a stressed physiology vulnerable to disease conditions.  Candace Pert has written an excellent book on the subject- 

In every circumstance, we can choose to see its positive aspect or its negative aspect... and both aspects- the dark and the light- are always in everything.  Zen wisdom says that it is not what happens to us that causes stress.  It is our interpretation of events.... it is as a result of our thoughts about it.  In fact, it is also our interpretation that leads to either soul growth or stagnation.

For example; 
You've just lost a job that you hated doing but you made a substantial income from.  At that moment, you could be celebrating your freedom and seeing it as an opportunity to embrace your new purpose.  You could be lost in mourning the job's and worrying about the future.  Or, you could be doing a little bit of both.  And depending on which you chose, your physiology would respond in different ways.  But if you remember that it is "your thinking that makes it so..." you can redirect your thoughts toward the positive aspects or opportunities in the situation, which will better supports your mental and physical health.

For more information, check out this interview with Andreas Moritz, author of an eye-opening book on this subject called Lifting the Veil of Duality:
Lifting the Veil of Duality with Andreas Moritz
December 6, 2010
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  1. so true! I work in mental health & this "positive perspective" approach to life is something I often coach my students/clients.

    My current graduate school education to become a therapist is tailored to this mind, body, spirit connection as well. It is all intertwined... Thanks Bridget for highlighting this valuable outlook!

  2. It's nice to know how Zen Wisdom can actually boost your health. Thanks a lot for sharing that information.

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