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Topic: How Your Mind Can Impact Your Health

What effect can our mind have upon our body and our response to adversity? When you face adversity of any kind you must do everything possible to tune in your mind to what is going on within your emotions and your thoughts. Know what you are doing with your fear, your anger, and your pain. Remove yourself from the merry-go-round of self-destruction so often found in adversity. Remove yourself by stepping back from where you are and viewing what you are doing, how you are doing it, and why you are doing it. When you are in adversity, do away with your negative mind and negative emotions. The more negative mental and emotional energy you produce, the greater the negative impact the adversity will have on your physical body. Psychosomatic illness is a result of the mind and spirit causing illness. If the mind creates health problems, the mind and spirit can also create health solutions. The word "psychosomatic" is derived from the Greek words "Psyche" and "Soma" which mean mind (or soul) and body. The word refers to both the positive and negative aspects of the connection between our mind and our body. If you imagine you have an illness, or you believe you have an illness, your imagination and belief can produce the symptoms of the illness. If there is such a thing as psychosomatic illness, there can also be psychosomatic wellness.

Your mind can make you well or make you sick. Your mind can also control your physical pain by concentrating your mental images upon other sensations other than pain.

Your mind can help you live longer. For example, the survival rate among breast cancer patients who were members of a support group was twice that of non-participants.

The more you resist and doubt in your mind, the greater the pain and destruction when adversity falls upon you.

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