Human beings are emotional, no doubt about it, but there comes a point when emotions can get out of hand.
Many people pay attention to their outward appearance, which is important, but paying attention to one’s mind is fundamental.
It’s fine to feel delighted, just as it’s fine to feel cross. Humans come equipped with the whole kit and caboodle of joy, happiness, anger, sorrow, fear, and so on. What’s important is being centered, i.e. not going to extremes.
Emotions affect your health, per modern medicine
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, negative personality traits are linked to adverse physical health outcomes. These include anger, and neuroticism, which can be broken down into jealousy, loneliness, depression, guilt, fear, and anxiety.
Got a short temper? Do you get hung up over little things? If so, it may be time to quieten down and look within, for not only others’ sake, but for your own mental and physical wellbeing.
Evidence for emotional impact on health is strongest for optimism and anger, with the former linked to longevity, the latter to headaches, even cardiovascular disease, and a shorter lifespan.
There are plenty of examples.
Your mental state has more of an impact on your physical body than you may have ever imagined!
Traditional Chinese medicine says so as well
Dr. Hu Naiwen, who began his career in modern western medicine, later became a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and has operated his own TCM clinic for nearly four decades. He explains the relationship between emotions and ailments from the TCM perspective.
Firstly, all illnesses have root causes, and the causes are categorized as either internal or external, with internal largely related to one’s emotions, desires, and mental state, and external relating to anything outside of one’s body.
Dr. Hu adds that worry, anxiety, and depression, in addition to lack of sleep, normally accompany what’s known as the “three highs,”—high blood pressure, high blood lipids, which includes high cholesterol, and high triglycerides. There are no doubt other factors involved, but emotions are considered to play a significant role in health.
Another example is kidney damage resulting from excessive sexual activity, which traces back to lust.
Traditional Chinese thought considers excessive emotion of any sort to be detrimental to the “qi,” which can harm one’s internal organs.
The Daoist sage Lao Zi said, “Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.”
Experiments with water crystals
Dr. Masaru Emoto proved that human mind intent can manipulate matter.
He exposed water particles to both positive and negative human mind intent, by way of thoughts and words.
Positive mind intent results in pretty, orderly, intricate patterns, and negative mind intent produces disorderly, messy manifestations.
Interestingly, the human body is largely composed of water, so in light of Dr. Emoto’s experiments, consider the impact of thoughts on your body.
Here’s a magnified image of a frozen water crystal that was exposed to the words “love and gratitude”
Here’s an image of a water crystal after a heavy metal song
Water exposed to Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky transformed into this pretty pattern
The words “you disgust me” turned out like this
Water collected from Fujiwara dam before being exposed to a prayer
The same water from the same dam—after a prayer—manifested this kind of pattern
Physicist Dr. Li Chunbing told PureInsight: “If we always keep kind thoughts, we will purify our own body, and thus become beautiful and healthy. If we always keep kind thoughts, we will also purify the environment and people around us.
“It is mind-blowing to see this philosophy clearly in the water crystal experiments [of Dr. Emoto]. The most direct way to purify the world is to keep kind thoughts. It would have a tremendous impact on the world if the public could see that point.”
From the perspective of ancient cultures
There is a recurring theme of emancipating oneself from the bondage of emotions, as told in the East and West. By no means does it mean people should become like stones, but rather, one should treat emotions and desires more lightly.
Epictetus, an ancient Greek stoic, once said, “Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.”
Two thousand five hundred years ago in ancient India, Shakyamuni, known as the historical Buddha, once said: “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
What causes the kinds of thoughts you have? Think about it carefully.
What you can do to calm your emotions
That’s all very well, but if one leads a busy lifestyle in today’s day and age where work is hectic, there are bills to pay, a mortgage is weighing down on you, and there’s a family to feed … how can one possibly calm one’s emotions?
The good news is there’s a highly recommended free-to-download book available, Zhuan Falun, which is suited to modern people’s lifestyles.
Those who’ve read Zhuan Falun have experienced all manner of improvements to their state of mind, and their health, including quitting smoking, and other unhealthy habits.
David Bowie’s drummer, Sterling Campbell, read Zhuan Falun, and the benefits have been profound. “I found that I no longer wanted to smoke, drink, or take drugs,” he said. Since following the guidance in the book, his health and overall wellbeing have improved dramatically.
Nguyen Van Thong, a pharmacist in Vietnam, can’t recommend the book enough: “Zhuan Falun opened a whole new horizon for me, completely changing my worldview. It answered many questions that I previously had about life, the universe, and a myriad of topics including science and health.”
May you too benefit from the priceless guidance therein, and be a healthier person both mentally and physically. Mind and body are indeed one!