Thoughts affect health

This post is mainly quoting someone else. The intellectual credit goes to Dr. Caroline Leaf. I recommend reading her book, Who Switched Off My Brain.

Dr. Caroline Leaf in her book Who Switched Off My Brain addresses how thoughts affect our health. She defines toxic thoughts as, “thoughts that trigger negative and anxious emotions, which produce biochemicals that cause the body stress” (WSOMB p.19).

She also says, “As you think, your thoughts are activated, which in turn activates your attitude, because your attitude is all of your thoughts put together and reflects your state of mind” (WSOMB p.20).

“Thoughts are not only scientifically measurable, but we can verify how they affect our bodies. We can actually feel our thoughts through our emotions. Emotions are involved in every thought we build, ever have built and ever will build” (WSOMB p.21)

“These emotions are very real and link your thoughts to the reaction in your body and mind. This is called the psychosomatic network. They can surface even years after an event has occurred, when the memory of that event is recalled.

“To demonstrate how this works, take a minute to focus on an upsetting recent event in your life…A cascade of chemicals is being activated by rethinking and imaging the event. The more you ponder, the stronger and more vivid the cascade becomes.

“You may even start to become angry, frustrated or upset. You will start reacting to the thought mentally and physically as though it were happening all over again. What you think about expands and grows, taking on a life of its own. The direction this life takes could be positive or negative; you get to choose (Isaiah 7:15). What you choose to think about can foster joy, peace and happiness or the complete opposite.

“In face, your thoughts create changes right down to genetic levels, restructuring the cell’s makeup. Scientists have shown this restructuring is how disease are able to take hold in the body. On the flip side, when we choose non-toxic thinking, we step into a whole new realm of brain and body function. ‘Feel good’ chemicals are released that make us feel peaceful and also promote healing, memory formation and deep thinking, which increase intelligence when combined together.

“Healthy, non-toxic thoughts help nurture and create a positive foundation in the neural networks of the mind” (WSOMB p.22).

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It’s been a while

Today I read a great article and I thought to myself, ‘I need a way to save these articles in a categorical way so that I can refer back to them.’ Then I realized I had a way to do that through my blog and at the same time share them with others. The article I came across today was written by Jarlo Ilano (GMB Content Manager – GMB resident Physical Therapist, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and martial arts instructor. He writes articles and manuals and keeps them clear of any BS.).

I have been following GMB for a few months now and have started to get more involved in what they are doing for a couple reasons. The first reason is because they teach about fitness and that is one of my most favorite subjects, not to mention a large portion of my job. The other reason I wanted to be more involved with is because of the way they do things. They not only focus on quality fitness but they also focus on a quality way of presenting the information. They have developed programs to help people get from poor fitness to a high level of strength and flexibility. They also connect with people in simple ways and make it very personal.

The article that inspired me to get back on my blog talks about how our family/social connection effect our lifestyles. It is right here:

I’m glad to be back on the blog and look forward to more good things to come.

“I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health” 3 John 2

Grace and peace to you,

Jason Steeves

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Don’t be fooled

“The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.” (Prov. 29:25 ESV)

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9 ESV)

“If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:19 ESV)

And what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” (2 Cor. 11:12-14 ESV)

Don’t be fooled. A strong mind and success does not mean you are in right relationship with God. It just means you have more obstacles keeping you from understanding your need for him and that he is the giver of every good thing.

“You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11 ESV)

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17 ESV)

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let us think

When was the last time you really thought for yourself?

Think about it for a second. When was the last time you were alone with nothing or no one but yourself? No phone, no internet, no tv, no car, no people, nothing to put information into you but creation around you. It has been a while for me. I mean I really can’t remember the last time I did that but I want to do it. I want to do it on a regular basis and find out what happens. I mean what would it be like if there was no internet, no cell phones and the like. All of these apparatus that allow for instant gratification of desires for occupation or business. Anyone can be “busy” these days. I would like to talk with someone who is actually honest about their life and they say something like, “If I didn’t have a cell phone and the internet I wouldn’t have a life really.”

What would it be like if everyone turned off their cell phones for a month? I bet life would go on and I have a feeling that it might go on with a little more quality and satisfaction.

Now all of these thoughts mean nothing without an eternal purpose. I mean what motivation is there to put away the very things that mean so much to our lives if it wasn’t for something greater. But the thing that is greater cannot be seen and that is the big problem for most. Why does anyone want to live for someone who is unseen? Our society is all about showing up and doing things and whoever shows up and is the most active is the one who eventually makes it to the top. The people who are admired in our little societies are the ones who are always busy and who are a part of leading different groups.

What if the people who were admired in our societies where the people that cleaned the toilets? What if the jobs that were honored and sought after most were manual labor, farming and cleaning jobs? I have to be honest, at this point I don’t have the imagination to think of what that would be like.

I have asked a lot of questions in this entry and am not sure if I have answered any of them but let’s try something different. Let’s not try to answer the questions directly but to find what the real problem is, what is the underlying issue that is causing the questions to arise?

There is a simple answer and an eternal explanation of that. What I mean is that every problem that arises has a simple answer that can be given but also has an explanation as to why that is the answer. Kind of like what you had to go through in math class. I was always good at math; that is I could see the problem and know the answer to the problem quickly and easily. But part of learning math was the need to show your work in how you came to find the answer. I really didn’t like that part. But I can see now how that part of the education in school was so needed. To learn go through the process of understanding steps to a solution and being able to explain them.

So the simple answer to the questions of what would life be like without different things we don’t really need (such as electronics and the like) would be that life would likely be more satisfying; more free; more alive. For the complex explanation I will direct you to the wonderful and pure Word of God for God’s Holy Spirit can most powerfully move in an individual’s heart who is opening their hearts exclusively to God’s revealed Word.

To the praise and glory of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Jesus is God and Creator of all.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58 ESV)

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A tragedy

The tragedy of our day, we are more concerned with happiness than holiness. – Leonard Ravenhill

If you want to see God seek holiness. If you want a reward now seek happiness but don’t expect to see God.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matt 5:8 ESV)

Seek to be pure, perfect and holy before God. Anything else is pathetic, powerless, man made religion. Read and study Gods commands and do them with all your might. Pray, pray and keep praying. Good theology is worthless without the Holy Spirit of God changing a life. If you assume you are going to sin and don’t seek to escape from it, to be free of sin, what are you doing thinking you are following Christ? Did Jesus tell the adulterous woman who he did not condemn to go and sin less? No! He told her to go and sin no more. Either that is true or it isn’t. Either Jesus wants us to obey perfectly or he doesn’t. There is no room for luke-warm followers, Jesus doesn’t put up with it. He spews them out of his mouth. Either we pursue complete devotion to God and freedom from sin or we pursue what we can conjure up in our minds based on scripture to excuse our fleshly desires and sin. The devil told Jesus (God in flesh and he knew it) with scripture that it is not so bad to sin, you will still be God. He is the author of lies. He is telling people, it is not so bad to sin, everyone does it, you will still be christian. Dirty, filthy lies spew out of his mouth always.
Behold the power of God, he can’t deliver his people from sin. I don’t know about you but I believe he has all authority, especially over sin. He can take it all away in an instant.
Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who have died to sin still live in it?
What is true?

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A familiar monster

Sin is a monster of such awful mien,
That to be hated needs but to be seen,
But seen too oft, familiar with face,
We first endure,
Then pity,
Then embrace.
Poem adapted from An Essay On Man by Alexander Pope

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal. 5:1 KJV)

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My dreams or Jesus

We may have an opportunity to pursue our “dreams” but are those dreams about Jesus? What good will it do in eternity if we have all satisfaction in this life but don’t really desire Jesus? Are our “dreams” are compelling us to do things that are against Jesus’ character and commands? It is highly likely they are distracting from God’s call on our life no matter how “good” we may look to others, no matter how well we can “do” church. His call is unto his presence. Have we forgotten that it is in his presence that we have fullness of joy? Or have we just heard it so much that we don’t believe it any more?  We don’t experience the fullness of God’s love, joy and peace in life because we don’t want God and the sad part about it is that we don’t realize it. We can spend all day and night searching our heart trying to find out why we don’t want to follow God’s commands but the only way we will change is by the power of the presence of God’s Holy Spirit within us. Ask God to search your heart and show you the wicked ways in you that you are not aware of, he knows exactly what you need. When he reveals them to you, confess them to him (agree with him) and ask him to forgive you, cleanse you and fill you with His Spirit so that you can be free. Trust your creator, he is merciful to you enough that you may be alive this day.

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