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How Might Our Emotions Affect Our Health?

How Might Our Emotions Affect our Health?

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For many years I truly believed that if you just ate a clean diet, exercised regularly and got enough rest you should find and maintain optimal health.   If that was true then why was I seeing such mixed results with my clients who made those changes?  Many did see the results they’d hoped for whether it was pain reduction, weight loss or stronger digestion.  Yet there were others, despite making similar changes, weren’t seeing the same results.  I wanted to learn more.

When I took time to think about each of these people I realized that I was missing so many aspects of who they are by just offering advice on diet and movement.  We are complex beings with many layers to who we are.

My own back pain many years ago helped me to realize just how powerful our emotions really are and how they effect our health.  Yes – yoga postures helped for sure.  It lead me on a path to making changes in both my diet and my exercise routine but it only got me so far.  Without looking into the emotions behind what might be contributing to this pain I could never really be free from how much the pain was limiting me in my life.

One day I had someone introduce to me Louis Hay’s book “Heal Your Body”.  The emotions behind low back pain is the ability to financially support ones self…..hmmm.  That made me realize just how true that was for me at the time.  My fears were deep with this as I was transitioning in my life and trying to figure out how would financially support myself after being an at home mom for so many years.  Through the greater teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda I found the confidence and belief in myself to know that I would be ok and the pain diminished significantly.  Does that mean it is completely gone – no – but it no longer rules my life like it used to!

It’s important for us to recognize and identify our thoughts and emotions, and to be aware of the impact they have—not only on each other, but also on our physical bodies.  When we become aware of this, then we can begin to make some changes.  Now, before I continue, I want to make sure that I’m not inferring that we are “at fault” for our illnesses.  If we don’t realize that certain emotions are affecting us how can we blame ourselves.  But I will share that one of the traits of successful clients are ones that are most willing and open to dialog on all aspects of their lives.

Here are a few examples of what studies have shown in regards to the correlation of certain diseases and emotions:
Upper back – lack of emotional support, feeling unloved
Neck – represents flexibility, the ability to see what’s back there
Knees – represents pride and ego, inability to bend
Colds – confusion
Flu – mass negativity and beliefs, fears
Migraines – resisting the flow of life, dislike of being driven
Colon Cancer – along with liver cancer it represents anger and resentment, it may also reflect  a discomfort with letting go of what is old or in the past.
Breast Cancer – in 99% of the cases there has been observed a pattern of lack of nurturing towards self or from       others
Prostrate Cancer – similar to breast cancer, there has been a huge correlation to a lifelong pattern of lack of nurturing.  The result is reflected in the mans incapacity to experience emotional intimacy (both giving and receiving)

These are just a few examples of what studies all over the world are beginning to show and the importance of also helping others with their thoughts and emotions towards their physical health and well-being.

If you would like to learn more I have a few books that I would strongly recommend reading listed below.

Health, Joy and Peace,
Sara

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