Systems of the body can be activated not only by events happening in the tissues but by the brain’s interpretation of events as well.
Think of the repercussions of this powerful fact and relate them to any sort of stressor impacted upon the human body. Let’s use the hypothetical case of Leroy, who has been told the forbidding news that he has recently developed pancreatic cancer. If Leroy’s doctor tells him there is absolutely nothing that can be done, he has three weeks to live, and that he should get his affairs in order, then Leroy will reasonably feel defeated and his life will most likely culminate in accordance with the doctor’s three week prognosis. Ok, now that I’m depressed I’d like to write a letter to lovely ol’ Leroy offering an alternative perspective to this ostensible news.
A sunset is not beautiful because a sunset is beautiful, but rather because the brain perceives it as beautiful. In other words, what the world is to us is what we see it as in our magnificent minds. Someone could look at a horse and see a boring brown animal, and another person could look at that same horse and see a beautiful creature, with a flowing black mane and tremendous muscles that could take them on a ride to see wondrous sites of the world.
Perception is paramount to our quality of life because it is what defines our reality. Leroy, if I were your doctor I would present you with the objective diagnoses of pancreatic cancer and leave everything else to open discussion, steering clear of timelines and negativity. Leroy, we’ve talked before and I know that you are not yet ready to pass. Know that you contain the ability to sub-consciously change your bodies biochemical responses, and quite possibly the reality of your outcome. Cancer fighters are notorious for putting up a valiant battle, and fighting for as long as they can. It is when they surrender that the cancer finally takes them. I’ve seen strong people far exceed the timelines they were given because they fight the cancer with their hearts. In some cases there are peculiar conclusions to battles with infirmity that the medical world has ignorantly coined, “spontaneous remission”. I do believe in miracles but these people are not magically healed. I’d like to see the number of cancer victims who never had hope and timidly gave themselves to the grim reaper who were products of spontaneous remission. Probably not very many. It is the desire to live, the dreams that have not yet been fulfilled, and the good deeds that still need to be done that ultimately result with the ramifications of a free and healthy life. As was presented earlier, systems of the body can be activated not only by events happening within the body, but also by the brain’s interpretation of those events.
Health brings with it a freedom that few realize until they no longer have it. Here are some basic tips to maintain a healthy relationship with your sacred body.
- Be in control of your life and your treatment options
- Educate yourself – Just because your doctor tells you that you need surgery or need to take a specific medication doesn’t mean that it is your only option
- Have family and friends to support you
- Have strong beliefs
- Have a sense of humor – Laugh often
- Exercise and practice good nutrition
- Live for something greater than yourself
- And my favorite – Love wastefully