Friday, February 01, 2008

Heal Thyself

Dean Ornish, MD

The mind is a mighty force. When you close your eyes and imagine some thing stressful, research shows your body reacts: arteries constrict, blood pressure goes up, muscles tense, breathing rate increases. But if you think of something healing, healing tends to happen - physiologically. This may explain why compassion and forgiveness are so powerful not only for the recipient but also for the giver.

Our emotions resonate with one another, for better and for worse. My anger may raise my wife's blood pressure as well as mine. On the other hand, my loving feelings may lower it in both of us. Acting in ways that are loving, forgiving, compassionate, altruistic and nurturing can help free us from disease and premature death.

In short, we are hardwired to help each other. When we forget this fact we often suffer needlessly.
Reader's Digest

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