Monday, April 29, 2013

The Body, The Temple

Dr. Candace B. Pert writes, "My research has shown me that when emotions are expressed--which is to say that the biochemicals that are the substrate of emotion are flowing freely--all systems are united and made whole. When emotions are repressed, denied, not allowed to be whatever they may be, our network pathways get blocked, stopping the flow of the vital feel-good, unifying chemicals that run both our biology and our behavior."

Not only is the Universe outside of us, but it is within us. Everything is connected. Our emotions, when linked to thoughts, produce biochemical reactions in our physical bodies. When we feel stress, cortisol and norepinephrine (the stress hormones) are released into our bloodstreams, causing discomfort in the form of stomach aches, headaches, muscle pains, and if we have a continual release of these hormones, it leads to dis-eases and terminal illnesses. The body breaks down under the weight of stress, falling into disrepair.

On the contrary, when we are doing or thinking about things that make us happy, seratonin and/or endorphins release themselves into our systems and decrease stress hormones. Seratonin acts as a neurotransmitter and regulates our nervous system, while endorphins allow the body to feel calm and relaxed. It's the body's natural drug that relieves tension and helps us to sleep better. Any type of physical movement releases endorphins. Certain foods like chocolate and most fruits (oranges in particular) boost seratonin levels. When we open ourselves up to activities and the kind of thinking that makes us feel good, the body begins to repair and heal itself. Of course, moderation and balance is key.

We live in an amazing, complex, divinely designed physical body. When we take care of it, it takes care of us. The body is the temple. It's where each of us lives with the Universe as our partner and co-creator. It's a relationship offered to us as a gift. Honor it. Love it. Respect it. Celebrate it.

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