I have been reading two books:
“Peace, Love and Healing : Bodymind Communication & the Path to Self-Healing: An Exploration” by Bernie S. Siegel
“Getting Well Again : The Bestselling Classic About the Simontons’ Revolutionary Lifesaving Self-Awareness Techniques” by O. CARL MD SIMONTON, JAMES PHD CREIGHTON, STEPHANIE MATTHEWS SIMONTON, Stephanie Matthews, James L. Creighton
Both books have given me a lot of confidence that there is a strong connection between my mind, body and spirit. It should be obvious at this point that when fighting a major disease it is helpful and beneficial for the patient to stay positive and optimistic. There is more to the mindbody connection than just that. That is almost superficial.
There is some evidence that my life style in the last 12 to 18 months could be the cause to of my leukemia. That is not to say I consciously gave myself leukemia. Or that my mind gave me leukemia. BUT consider these facts: I rarely lived in the moment. I thought life would be better when…when I painted that painting, when I took that vacation, when I got that car, etc. I never really stopped to be with my daughter, with my wife, to smell the roses so to speak. I was always getting up, grinding through the day, fighting for a utopia that I could not even have defined for you! And do you know you how fought through those days? Usually with anger. I have learned that the kind of anger I had releases adrenaline, toxic, corrosive adrenaline. Now did anger and adrenaline give me my leukemia? Screw up my bone marrow?s cell growth? I don’t know. I will probably never know for sure. BUT I can tell you this, it is food for thought. My disease has told me a couple messages about life:
1. Live in the moment. It is really all any of us have. That is not to say I should not plan or have goals. It is to say I do not need to live there anymore (the future). Because no one else is out there yet. I do not even know if God is hanging out in the future. It sure did not feel like it.
2. Slow down! Stop and enjoy what is going on right now. Smell the dang roses!
The other part of this mindbody connection is healing. I am actively telling my body about the aforementioned changes I making in my life. I hope it reduces the stress on my body and helps it feel confident in producing good cells again. Not those dang leukemic ones. Yet another part is visualization therapy. Visualization of the medicine correcting my bone marrow and my blood cells. It can be a visual metaphor or a literal visualization of the cells at work. This is so my body can know what to do and how to react to the treatments.
I really think there is something to this mindbody connection. It feels good. I feel confident in communicating with my body this way.
If something is bothering you, even if it is minor, I highly recommend looking into these techniques. Even if you are skeptical, realize, it cannot hurt.