Where are your thoughts taking you?

| October 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Have you ever con­tem­plate what affect your thoughts are hav­ing on your well– being?

Con­sider Deepak Chopra MD’s remark, “The aver­age human thinks about 16,000 thoughts a day, but 90% of today’s thoughts are the same ones we had yes­ter­day.” We almost become ‘addicted’ to our thoughts. So what are you think­ing? Are those thoughts of suc­cess, enlight­en­ment and hap­pi­ness or are you more inclined to be pes­simistic, imag­ing fail­ure and allow­ing doubt to block your progress?

Every thought has a neu­ro­log­i­cal, neu­ro­chem­i­cal, bio­phys­i­cal and bio­chem­i­cal affect on our body. In other words each thought pro­motes an emo­tion and the hypo­thal­a­mus, the emo­tional cen­tre of the brain, trans­forms these emo­tions in phys­i­cal and chem­i­cal responses. Our ner­vous, endocrine and immune sys­tem work intrin­si­cally together, com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the brain through neu­ropep­tides with recep­tors in every cell of the body. Hence every thought has an affect not only on one par­tic­u­lar part of the body, like the heart or the lungs but on every sin­gle cell. It becomes evi­dent through epi­ge­n­e­sis that mem­o­ries are not solely stored in the brain but in every cell too.

A can­cer diag­no­sis can be extremely fright­en­ing, it is one of the great chal­lenges which we face as human beings, for the first time pos­si­bly we are faced with our own mor­tal­ity. The diag­no­sis itself can be stress­ful, even before surgery or treat­ment have even begun. Every body’s stress lev­els are dif­fer­ent. How one per­son may cope with a given sit­u­a­tion is com­pletely dif­fer­ent to another’s. Stress, caused by our own per­cep­tion of an event or cir­cum­stance, effects us all in dif­fer­ent ways  to greater or lesser degrees, based on our core beliefs or past experiences.

Stress or anx­i­ety can acti­vate a nat­ural “fight or flight” sur­vival response in our bod­ies. Hor­mones flood the blood­stream caus­ing our res­pi­ra­tory rate to increase. Blood is shunted away from our diges­tive sys­tem and into our mus­cles and limbs. Our pupils dilate. Our aware­ness inten­si­fies. Our sight sharp­ens. Our impulses quicken. Our per­cep­tion of pain dimin­ishes. Our immune sys­tem mobilises. We become prepared—physically and psychologically—for fight or flight.

As human beings we require an opti­mal level of stress to per­form effec­tively and occa­sion­ally need­ing  fur­ther arousal to achieve even greater per­for­mances. How­ever being able to switch off this response and switch on the ‘relax­ation’ response is vital. Oth­er­wise  long term stress  can sup­press our immune sys­tem, diges­tion sys­tem, sleep and sex drive. Lead­ing to depres­sion, gen­er­alised anx­i­ety and even­tu­ally it may even lead to chronic ill­ness such as heart dis­ease and cancer.

diagram4 - stress

Becom­ing aware of what you are think­ing helps. How you approach sit­u­a­tions is very impor­tant. Each and every one of us holds the key to our own suc­cess. Our thoughts imme­di­ately form an image in our minds, that image or ‘visu­al­i­sa­tion’ can be of huge ben­e­fit to us, if we choose to think that way.

Visu­al­i­sa­tion in sport is no longer per­ceived as alter­na­tive, in fact the major­ity of top sports peo­ple have their own psy­chol­o­gists. They train their sub­con­scious minds, through repet­i­tive multi-sensory input,   imag­in­ing the ‘event’ in their minds to point that the body/mind can not dis­tin­guish whether the event is real or imagined.

In the 1990’s Denis Whait­ley took US Olympic ath­letes and con­nected them up to sophis­ti­cated bio-feedback tech­nol­ogy and had them run their races in their minds and on the track. Inter­est­ingly the same mus­cles  were fired, the same neuro path­ways lit and endor­phins released, in the same order of sequence, whether they were run­ning the races in their minds or on the track — visu­al­i­sa­tion is extremely pow­er­ful and we all do it whether we are aware of it or not.

Marcus Child making a positive difference

Mar­cus Child

If you click here, Mar­cus Child a renowned world speaker will explain to you just how we all visualise.

Hav­ing belief and hope in your jour­ney does make a dif­fer­ence, the thought process alone can “keep peo­ple going way beyond the nat­ural phys­i­ol­ogy of their body and tumour would nor­mally allow,” Prof A. Dal­gleish, Head of Clin­i­cal Research, St Georges, London.

Guided Imagery/Visualisation is a fan­tas­tic tool to help peo­ple cir­cum­vent trou­ble­some thoughts, relax­ing the mind/body to assist in its most nat­ural heal­ing abil­ity. With repet­i­tive use of the imagery/visualisation we can train the mind to improve suc­cess rates not only in a sport­ing arena but in all aspects of life. GV image

I have founded inmindinbody.com to give HOPE and BELIEF to peo­ple on their can­cer jour­ney. Our audio guided visu­al­i­sa­tions come in two stages. Stage One — a Can­cer Involve­ment Pro­gramme to help peo­ple from diag­no­sis, through to surgery, chemother­apy, radio­ther­apy, and onto wel­come well­ness. Stage Two — a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent phys­i­cal activ­i­ties to be imag­ined, whilst debil­i­tated and tired through treat­ment, all writ­ten with the inten­tion to boost the immune sys­tem, reduce anx­i­ety and stress and ulti­mately get peo­ple mov­ing, when their body’s allow.

In future blogs I will explain in more detail how this works. For now, I hope you are visu­al­is­ing  a bright future :)





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