“There is something else besides our mind that sits silently.
It is the supreme mystery that goes beyond our thoughts.
Let the mind rest in silence and nowhere else ”.
Anything that happens in the mind can become reality. This premise is very beneficial when used correctly; in fact, it also refers to negative thoughts. They can have effects on our lives, to the point of causing illnesses to develop in people who constantly mull over them.
We are not just talking about hypochondriacs, that is, those people who believe they are constantly sick. Have you ever heard of the term “psychosomatic”? It means reporting certain symptoms after thinking about them; for example, you are reading an article about migraines and the suggestion causes you to start feeling a severe headache.
However, getting sick from over-thinking can be much more than that : Psychologists indicate that there are several reasons why we get sick from our negative thoughts. These include cognitive distortion, which can generate many emotional disturbances, such as “self-induced illness”.
The experiences and stimuli we receive throughout life are stored in the mind and re-emerge when deemed necessary. We are the ones who open those doors to extract certain memories, information or emotions; by doing so, we can rejoice, get depressed, get sick, etc.
However, Epictetus argued that ” it is not the events that have occurred that upset people, but the interpretation that they give to the situations experienced “. This means that excessive internal dialogue, which revolves around bad news and negative opinions, can lead us to a real state of illness. The situation is different from that of hypochondriacs, who invent or self-convince themselves that they are sick: in this case, the mind really has the ability to make a person sick. The good news is that it also has the ability to heal it.
In this article, we could also have told you about the placebo effect, but we have chosen to talk about it at another time.
The worst thing you can do for your health is to think negatively. If all you do is repeat “I’m sick”, “I’m going to get sick”, “I want to collapse on the bed”, “I can’t take it anymore”, “if I go out now, I’ll get pneumonia”, it is very likely that all of this will happen seriously.
Not only is the mind able to heal us and make us sick: cells and organs can listen to us and act accordingly. Remember that, in general, your body works with the function of satisfying your desires; you are the king and he is your subject, who will recite you “at your orders, His Majesty”. Pay close attention to your thoughts, because they can become reality, both for good and for bad.
If your reflections lead you to continually experience fear, insecurity, anguish or depression, this is perceived by your immune system which, to satisfy your desires, will let its guard down and allow any type of virus or bacterium to enter.
Have you ever wondered when in your life you get sick the most? That’s right when you are sad. You can’t just blame the winter or the cold, your thoughts are responsible too.
For example, if you take the subway and, next to you, a cold passenger sneezes, your first reaction will be “I’m sure I’ll have a cold.” This message is perceived by your body and, in that same instant, the whole organism begins to work to satisfy your request. Therefore, the next day, you will remain prisoners of the bed, suffering from fever, sore throat and cough. Perhaps this story may seem exaggerated, in reality it is.
It is therefore good that you stop thinking about diseases if you do not want to get really sick. If you are experiencing a moment of convalescence, imagine how you will feel once cured, do not trap your thoughts in pain and in the symptoms of diseases. Think positive, reflect on the fact that you are healthy and strong and you will see that big changes will take place in your body!