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There is an epidemic in our world today, suffering with these issues. Here are some quotes below related to this topic filled with hope and help. Reach out if you need some coaching or help.
Quotes related to the mind-body topic:
“To ignore, repress, or dismiss our feelings is to fail to listen to the stirrings of the Spirit within our emotional life. Jesus listened. In John's Gospel we are told that Jesus was moved with the deepest emotions (11:33)... The gospel portrait of the beloved Child of Abba is that of a man exquisitely attuned to His emotions and uninhibited in expressing them. The Son of Man did not scorn of reject feelings as fickle and unreliable. They were sensitive antennae to which He listened carefully and through which He perceived the will of His Father for congruent speech and action.”
― Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“When we deny our pain, losses, and feelings year after year, we become less and less human. We transform slowly into empty shells with smiley faces painted on them. Sad to say, that is the fruit of much of our discipleship in our churches. But when I began to allow myself to feel a wider range of emotions, including sadness, depression, fear, and anger, a revolution in my spirituality was unleashed. I soon realized that a failure to appreciate the biblical place of feelings within our larger Christian lives has done extensive damage, keeping free people in Christ in slavery.”
― Peter Scazzero, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash a Revolution in Your Life In Christ
Medical science is good. It has saved the lives and improved the quality of life for millions of people. However, paradoxically, it has created more epidemics by focusing on the body rather than on the real cause which is unfelt, unconscious emotions.
The aphorism states; “Treat the person, not the disease.” Medical practitioners have strayed from treating people and have turned toward treating only their symptoms. 400 years BC the Greek physician Hippocrates proclaimed “It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.” Indeed, this notion still holds true but got lost in science; within the hubris that bodies can always be engineered back into good health.
Your focus should be aimed at linking your emotions to your symptoms, and in trying to understand why you need your symptoms.
-Steve Ozanich, The Great Pain Deception
Dr. James Gordon, founder and director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, reminds that the mind and body are essentially inseparable as “the brain and peripheral nervous system, the endocrine and immune systems, and indeed, all the organs of our body and all the emotional responses we have, share a common chemical language and are constantly communicating with one another.”
"The Mind-Body Connection link has changed my life in so many ways. I now look at my personal history, emotional, spiritual and mental life, my personality traits, as well as external stressors and triggers, and understand how my health has been or can be adversely affected by them." - Cecilia
What is self-compassion? It is the practice of noticing and acknowledging our moments of suffering or self-criticism from a place of curiosity and non-judgment, coupled with providing ourselves with love and kindness.
“With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we’d give to a good friend.” – Dr. Kristin Neff
"Emotions like anger, fear, guilt, anxiety, sadness, resentment, jealousy, depression, and stress can manifest within the body and contribute to imbalance and disease. For example, you are likely already familiar with the way that fear can contribute to digestive upset or how tension can lead to headaches.
When you experience emotional states like sadness, joy, or anger, physiological sensations occur in different areas of your body.
Due to this mind-body connection, the way you think and feel and the deep-seated belief patterns you hold can all contribute to the development of disease. If you do not explore and deal with painful emotions, they can create an underlying sense of anxiety, depression, or anger that can physically disrupt the body’s natural ability to heal itself."
-Dr. Jennifer Weinberg, MD, MPH, MBE is a preventive and lifestyle medicine physician
"Stress on steroids. That’s how life feels for many Americans today. Consider senseless shootings, a nasty political climate, catastrophic weather, increasing suicide rates. Factor in close-to-home stressors such as caring for a loved one; parenting a learning-disabled, autistic, depressed, or anxious child; managing your own chronic condition or addiction; looking for a job. Now layer in everyday annoyances — traffic, train delays, a nasty coworker, a long supermarket line after an even longer day. No wonder we feel overloaded, overwhelmed, out of control, and unsafe.
Stress in the modern world is a constant. When stress doesn’t let up and is paired with the feeling that we have little to no control over the circumstances that are creating it, that’s called chronic stress. Over and over again, the research points to one key fact: Prolonged or unremitting stress exacts a stunningly toxic toll on the body, brain, mind, and soul. Its ongoing assault wears us down, measurably aging — or “weathering” — our insides, for some of us much more than others. Chronic stress zaps brainpower by damaging neural pathways and skewing judgment. It compromises the immune system. It taxes the heart, kidneys, liver, and brain.
But does living in the world today mean that no matter what we do, we’re doomed to swim in a sea of stress and its ill effects, including anxiety, meltdowns, and panic attacks? Or could it be that everything we thought we knew about stress and how to manage or alleviate it is outdated or outright wrong? Maybe it’s time for everyone to get on the same page when it comes to stress."
-Nan-Kirsten Forte, MS, Chief of The Well at Everyday Health
“First, a sad paradox. Medical research has become more laboratory oriented in the last fifty years. To be sure, this shift has produced some impressive results. But at the same time, human biology is not exclusively mechanical, and there are limits to what the laboratory can accurately study. The laboratory study of infectious diseases has been magnificent—it is very straightforward. But its very success has deflected attention from the influence of emotions. As a result, medical research has failed abysmally in many areas.”
― John E. Sarno, The Divided Mind
You were created with a sensitive spirit, an intricate mind and a complex body so that you can be in an intimate relationship with God, our Creator, and in loving relationships with others. This is His purpose for you and for each person in the world.
Research shows that our Creator’s intricate and complex design of all human beings reinforces numerous principles for health that are found in the Bible.
The purpose of this upcoming class is to help people like you experience improved whole person health by sharing these principles. It’s about equipping and encouraging you along a pathway to wholeness – in spirit, mind and body.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you,
whom you have received from God?
You are not your own; you were bought at a price.
Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Cor. 6:19-20