Lifestyle, Weight Management

Mind Over Body


It amazes me every time I consult with a man or woman who is plump and far from toned or slim , but their blood sugar levels and lipid profiles are perfect as compared to so many who are fit and toned but have their blood readings,health parameters and hormones all over the place . The difference I believe is in the mind. People in the former group are just so happy, playful , fun loving and carefree with no fears and care for what people think of them while the latter group is usually is just the opposite . Fearful of every bite , negative self talk , chasing their goals and jealousy . Such is the power of human mind and thoughts on our body .

It is proven beyond doubt that there is a constant communication between the mind and body .Every thought that passes our mind or every word that we utter , it signals the body accordingly and the body responds by manifesting those thoughts .  This is exactly why positive affirmations /mantras work like magic . By constantly focusing on the positive aspects of life or expressing gratitude towards little things , we automatically train our brain to think positive .  When it start to think positive, we turn little into enough and this brings a sense of contentment .

Even when it comes to health , one cannot take the ” mind ” out of the equation of prevention and healing. Most diseases these days including the struggle and inability to lose weight may be connected to a malfunction in the body’s spirit and mind . Its all ‘psychosomatic’, meaning , it first starts from the mind , and then by constantly thinking about it , we create a perfect environment for the disease to actually breed .So if you picture disease for yourself – you are likely to invite it. Instead, picture yourself as a healthy and happy person and you are likely to be so. It is that simple yet so very profound .

Hence its of utmost important to not only exercise our body, but also exercise and detoxify our mind. Practices like meditation , pranayama , deep breathing , positive affirmations , maintaining a gratitude journal are so so powerful because it helps us find inner balance and peace and helps handle the stressors of everyday in a more positive and less damaging way . It promotes mind – body healing and that is the foundation of holistic health.

Still not convinced about the power of mind and its connection with body ?  Try this little exercise. Just before bed time, close your eyes , take a few deep breaths , slow inhales and even slower exhales , sit with your back erect and after a few breaths , start telling your mind or your subconscious mind, the time you want to wake up next morning . For eg : Whisper in your mind ‘I will wake up by 6 am tomorrow’. Do it a couple of times to firmly affirm to your mind and notice how it serves you next morning .


Luke Coutinho

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