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Mind Over Matter 2 – “Visualize an army.”

This post is a continuation of a previous article called Mind Over Matter.  To fully understand this post, you should go read it first.

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It’s not just me.  Even UCLA researchers say that visualization actually works to improve health!

I was reading some more FIRST for women today, and found an article entitled “21 natural immunity boosters”.  Number 4 was called “Visualize an army.”  Interesting…

It says that the power of the mind is astounding, and UCLA researchers have stated that “the brain and immune system are so intricately connected” that taking some time to envision an army of immune cells marching through your body destroying viruses, bacteria and other nasty “invaders” will boost your immunity within 48 hours.

It’s best to try and do this if you’re stuck in a long line or in traffic.  I will probably do it while doing chores.

It reminded me of “The Bloodmobile” by They Might Be Giants. It’s this cute music video to teach kids about science.  You’ll see what I mean when you get to 1:00.

In other news, I finally made an appointment to see a doctor about my exhaustion and mood swings. Fingers crossed that we can figure this out and I can have a distinct answer and path to follow in order to feel and live better.

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Mind Over Matter

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I frequently suffer from acid reflux, but I can often stop it by drinking a ton of water and just trying to force a burp…excuse me…pardon me.

Sometimes, though, it’s too late and the discomfort and general illness overcomes me. I find myself lying down with my eyes closed, moaning and groaning, waiting for it to subside.

A few moments ago was one of those times. I downed some water to try and calm the reflux, which often works, but this time it wasn’t. The acid was in my throat, my ears, and it was driving me crazy. I had to lie down and close my eyes, but nothing changed. It didn’t get worse, but it didn’t get better either. How long was I going to suffer this time?

So, I took a deep breath, relaxed and imagined that I could force the acid back down to my stomach and calm it. I kept doing that, taking deep breaths, and before I knew it, I was actually feeling better. I was pleasantly surprised and began thinking about the placebo effect, and how people will sometimes believe they are getting better because of a medication they’ve been given, when they’ve been taking something as useless as a mere sugar pill. It’s mind over matter – the psychology of believing something will make you better, when your mind is what’s doing it.

I then started to think about the power of negative emotions on my well-being, as I have tremendous experience in this department. If anxiety can manifest things such as throat swelling, tongue swelling, dizzy spells, numbness of the face and extremities, and other unpleasant symptoms, couldn’t positive emotions have the opposite effect on the body?

It was then that I remembered EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique that I read about a few years back when my health was even worse than it is now. Perhaps this is what they were talking about.

Thoughts?

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