The Hidden Power of the Psychological Immune System

Day in and day out our body’s immune system is protecting us from harmful agents looking to wage war on our systems. This process happens mostly out of our awareness, except for those times when we can feel that our body is “fighting something off.” But each and every day we come into contact with thousands upon thousands of microbes, many of which don’t have our best interests at heart and some of which are life-threatening. It is almost miraculous that our systems are seamlessly working to keep us in good health without our having to think it into being or do anything to make it happen.

Surprisingly our minds have a similar way of operating. I say “surprisingly” because there have been many myths perpetuated about the mind and its capacity to heal. Recent discoveries about neuroplasticity have debunked past theories that claimed that once the brain has formed by early adulthood, it is mostly unchangeable. Now we know that the brain can rewire itself. And recent studies about the effects of meditation on the brain show that these changes can happen quite rapidly.

What is even more surprising is that the mind tends to heal itself faster the less we try to “fix” it. That is to say that if we leave our unhelpful or painful thoughts alone, rather than dwell on them or try to change them, the mind has a self-correcting system that will essentially let go of what is not helpful or no longer needed. Sound too good to be true? It really does work that way, and it is so much easier than we have been led to believe.

Think about it this way. If you cut your finger, you don’t have to say affirmations to it to get it to heal. You don’t have to think about it in order for the healing process to work. That would all be rather silly, yes? When you realize that the mind works in a similar way, then life suddenly gets a whole lot easier. There is so much less you have to think or do at any given moment. Blocks get unblocked, life starts to flow so much more effortlessly, and even relationships begin to improve. Everyone is born with innate health; it’s just that many people don’t realize it and are looking in the wrong direction.

What if you could stop working so hard to fix your life and instead you could just live and enjoy it. What a gift that would be.

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