Most people guard against exposing themselves to toxins in their air, water and food if they can. Yet they daily immerse their bodies with neurochemicals produced by anger, hate, fear, stress, worry, anxiety, depression and violence. These are just as damaging to the body and mind. Yes, the pressures of life are inevitable for us all but you can exercise control over how you interpret the sense data your mind receives and whether you live in the past or the present.
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Mark Anthony said, “Holding on to anger, resentment and hatred is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Many people use defense mechanisms such as denial, repression, inhibitions, victimization, control or domination to protect the wall they have built around their heart. The body pays a price for this. Deepak Chopra said, “We don’t just have experiences; we metabolize them.”
If this shoe fits, you have work to do to bring your mind, body and soul into balance. Like peeling an onion, it takes time and there are tears. Begin by listening to your body and mind; they don’t suffer in silence. When in meditation ask your heart what it wants to say. Listen to God speak to you in the peace, stillness and silence of meditation. As the past comes up feel the feelings, own them, retain the lessons learned and release the emotional energy by sharing it with God or someone you trust. Ask God for the strength to see this process through to its completion and the power to take appropriate actions to secure your well being in your living environment, work place and relationships. Take small steps in the beginning if you must but grow in courage to honor your body, mind and soul.
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