The effects of positive thinking on mental health is a popular subject as presented in the film ”The Secret.” We have all become familiar with the idea that a positive internal state has a direct impact on how we view and respond to the world. Now we are learning more about how it affects our resulting neurophysiology. Researchers in physio-cognitive medicine report that when we think an emotional thought, a certain brain wave pattern sends information into the body in the form of nervous system reactions. This affects our hormone excretions and other chemical reactions in the body. If we had a negative experience in the past and we think about it again and again, this will affect the body and mind in the same way as if we were actually having the experience over and over again. Each time the thought occurs, it incites the same negative biochemical and hormonal cascade in the body. This rethinking about a negative event is like a negative meditation and the body establishes a pattern based on this – a negative physiological pattern that gives rise to physical illness and suffering.
Luckily, the same is true conversely for positive thinking techniques: If we evaluate our life experiences positively and remember happy occasions, then these pleasant images trigger the same neuro-physiological responses as if we were actually having the good experience in present time. Frankly, this gives me the impression that the body is quite indiscriminating. I have a good imagination but I feel there is a difference between my memory of chocolate cake and eating it NOW. Just as my opinion of ”God” has changed–if He does not understand that prayers of supplication—asking for what I DON’T HAVE, should not necessarily result in my now creating an energy of Lack that will now be imprinted further. But the upside of looking at the upside outweighs all down sides..! I invite your input on this subject!
I designed my Stress Relief CDs to emphasize how to do just that–get all the feel-good chemicals to flow. And they are available here on this blog site. For if the neuro science findings are true, then we can play with this new paradigm and see if it works–to relive the good times in our minds so that we can experience the positive effects of past joys on our bodies. And interpret present situations in the most “Glass half FULL” attitude possible so as to not set off a cascade of unhealthy chemicals in the body. Instead we want the endorphins and the dopamine to flow….!