Habitual Negative Thinking: A Cause of Sickness
Commonly used thinking, known as habitual thinking, might cause an imbalance in an organism, if this habitual thinking is pessimistic or fearful. As a result, your body will produce more “bad hormones”, which will drive the organism out of balance, to the state of imbalance, or simply – disease. This is the simplest way to explain the correlation between thinking and health.
Thoughts that run through your mind will create chemical reactions in the body, and you will literally feel your thoughts. The process of human thinking is not just an intellectual process — it is a chemical process, as well. By thinking, you create a body environment full of different chemicals, and your self-regulating system needs to take care of all these changes, just to keep your whole body in balance. This is not an easy job!
By thinking, you create your brain’s environment, and this environment will change brain activity. The brain is influenced by each of your thoughts. If you have the same thoughts for prolonged periods of time, you can change how your brain works, not just for a day or month, but possibly for the rest of your life. You have a choice to create your body’s environment according to your habitual thinking.
Whenever you think about very strong emotions, e.g. disturbing memories from your past, you are actually bringing these memories to life as though it is the same moment when you first started thinking about them. It does not matter if your strong memories are within you for a day or years, the physiological reaction will be the same. Your attention will bring the emotions back to life and seemingly current reality. You will be in the same emotional state right now, as many years ago.
Do you know why? Because the subconscious mind experiences it in the present, you will react as though you are in the midst of the situation. In terms of emotions, the human brain cannot tell the difference between reality and visualisation or imagination!
Neuroscience explains that you form neurological structures by giving constant awareness to a particular way of thinking. Every word, thought, feeling or emotion will make new synapse — the junction between brain cells in the brain — and you are changed forever. You have changed your neurological environment by making more and more synapses. Brain cells are restructured by your life experience on an everyday basis.
The brain is changing, making you an unique individual. You are that kind of person because of the brain’s neurological settings. Never forget: you are YOU not just because of your parent’s genes, but also because of your peers, friends, family and your culture, that “contributed” to who you really are today. They shaped your brain’s neurological map, over the many years of your life, especially the first six years of your childhood.
Pay attention to your habitual thinking; it will shape your destiny. Choose your whole environment carefully, as much as you can. It will determine many things in your life.
Learn to think positively about yourself. The most important opinion about yourself comes from you because you shape your brain by thinking.