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Mind Body Connection

By: Pradeep Aggarwal

Over the last century, as modern medicine has advanced, so has our understanding of the role that the mind plays in making us sick or making us well. The mind body connection. Also known, as ‘cyberphysilogy' is the final frontier in our understanding of the human anatomy. The amazing powers of your mind can help you stay healthy, ease pain, heighten energy and restore wellness.

A renowned psychologist once pointed out “We don't have a mind. We are a mind”. This statement has had a tremendous impact on developments in medical science. All our present experiences, including the condition of our physical health, are determined by what goes on in the mind. Positive, optimistic thoughts strengthen and heal us, while negative thoughts can wear down us and make us ill.

Gradually, physicians are beginning to appreciate the role played by the mind in causing and curing illness. Our mental health is directly linked to our physical health. The way we think, the kind of moral, spiritual and religious factors that exist in our lives, play a major role in our health.

The best way to ensure good health, or to ensure satisfying recovery from an illness is to maintain a positive outlook, something that can be accomplished through self-hypnosis. This simply does not mean that you just give up medical therapy prescribed by a physician. It is just that medical therapy and hypnotherapy often work excellently well in conjunction with one another.

Test Your Positive Thinking:

To find out how positive you are, answer the following questions as honestly as you can using this scoring system:

Answers Points

- Always or almost always 5

- Usually 4

- Sometimes 3

- Rarely 2

- Never 1

Put your score in the block on the right:

When something unexpected forces you to change your plans, and you are quick to spot a hidden advantage in this new situation? [ ]

Do you like most of the people you meet? [ ]

When you think about next year, do you tend to think that you will be better off than you are now? [ ]

Do you often stop to admire the things of beauty? [ ]

When someone finds fault with you or with something you have done, can you tell the difference between useful criticism and ‘sour grapes', which is better ignored? [ ]

Do you praise your spouse / best friend / lover more often than you criticize him or her? [ ]

Do you believe that the human race will survive well into the twenty first century [ ]

Are you surprised when a friend lets you down? [ ]

Do you think you are happy? [ ]

Do you feel comfortable making yourself the target of your own jokes? [ ]

Do you believe that, overall, your state of mind has had a positive effect on your physical health? [ ]

If you made a list of your 10 favorite people, would name be there on it too? [ ]

When you think back over the past few months, do you tend to remember your success before your setbacks and failures? [ ]

Total Points [ ]

Scoring:

If the sum of all the scores is:

Above 55: Consider yourself a superstar – someone whose optimism is a powerful

healing force.

50 – 55: Excellent. You are a genuine positive thinker

45 – 50: Good. You are a positive thinker, sometimes

40 – 45: Fair. Your positive side and your negative side are about evenly matched

Below 40: You tend to be pessimistic. Think of ways to improve your pessimistic

Approach to life