Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Few Thoughts on a Thought

A Few Thoughts on a Thought

Neuroscience continues to report research findings underscoring the importance of our mental activity and its impact on our health and wellbeing.  For years we have debated the mind-body interface and while that fascination continues today, I have little doubt that we are narrowing in on a rather foundational idea: Our ability to heal and to alter our physiology might lie in the neurochemical and electrical impulses originating from a thought.

I have spoken and written about our Reward System, the highly intricate and older structures deep in the brain that not only provide us with pleasure and joy, but also when stimulated apparently enhances our immunes system. If true, we have discovered one pathway for the internal healing power I (and others) have promoted for years.

Interestingly, spiritual and religious behaviors continue to be forwarded as a powerful stimulator of the Reward System. We have the power to choose our thoughts and to experience the consequences of such thoughts and thinking. Some research even suggests the brain is guided by our thoughts and perceptions and that this is paramount our body’s defense mechanisms in fighting disease.

In short, I want to emphasize the continued import of a single thought, of a thematic pattern of thoughts and how such thinking on your part has a direct and significant impact on your overall health and wellbeing.

Here is to happy and positive thoughts.

Dr. Nussbaum

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