It’s not the environment or the economy – it’s about your brain! Your brain is the global command and communication center for everything that happens in you – from physical, to emotional, to automatic functions. All these functions and processes communicate with each other constantly without your conscious awareness. Each function and process affects the other. Your brain’s sole mission is to maintain homeostasis – a state of balance. So when there’s a problem in one area, it sends signals to the brain, which then counteracts with hormones, neurochemicals, and/or electrical impulses (just to name a few).
Putting this in concrete terms, if you cut yourself, the hurt area sends an immediate alarm to the brain. The brain responds with a shockwave – called pain – through your body and starts dumping stress hormones and electrical impulses, which makes you react suddenly by holding the area. Your heart races, your breathing rate increases, and all energy is sent to your limbs, heart and lungs. Energy is diverted away from your digestive organs. Then the brain starts sending commands to initiate the healing process by surrounding the area with fluid called edema, to immobilize the area. It sends a message to the area to produce extra collagen, clot the blood to stop the bleeding. For days and even weeks, your brain’s attention is given to that area, monitoring the process of healing, forming scar tissue to repair the damaged fibers. As the wound heals, the edema is cleared and you return to normal use of the area. Your brain then switches to “auto-pilot” of that area because it is no longer a threat.
This all sounds one-sided, addressing the physical nature of the trauma. But let’s consider what affect it has on unsuspecting areas. Your brain also registers the shock of the trauma – it assigns an importance value, then files this incident in your permanent memory. It records your emotions, the activity, the surrounding situation, sometimes date and time of the event, and it even tries to match this situation with others like it in your memory. When you come into a similar situation, your brain will direct you away from that activity because you got hurt the last time. So you flinch, or your body compensates in an unnatural movement pattern, or you totally avoid the activity.
When it comes to your health and wellness, ALL the functions and processes must be considered. If you are dealing with chronic pain, it is vital to your healing to consider any emotional issues you have, even if you are unaware of any link between the two. Louise Hay’s book, “You can Heal your Life” details patterns of emotions with pain in certain areas. Additionally, everything we put INTO our bodies such as food and drink, every medication, vitamin, everything you see, hear, feel and even think; everything we put ON our bodies such as lotions, shampoos, deodorant, makeup, tattoos and piercings affects some other part of us. These effects are cumulative, but not reversible.
Health and Wellness can only be achieved through intentional decision making once you understand that you have your own global environment to manage!
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