Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The body at peace is stronger than the body
at war. When you can free yourself of the random,
uncontrollable stress that is always present,
your body will start to be at peace.

Modern medicine has already discovered that
love increases the human immune response.
An experimenter who showed random subjects
a movie of Mother Teresa found that their immune
systems responded immediately. The rise of an
immunoglobulin called IGA proved that exposure to
love actually increased the body’s defenses.
This happened regardless of whether the subjects
approved of Mother Teresa or not.

 People who feel loved live longer; have fewer colds, 

lower blood pressure, and lower cancer rates; 
and have fewer heart attacks. Widowers who lose a spouse 
and begin to feel unloved and lonely suffer higher rates 
of all these afflictions, as well as a shorter life span.
You cannot use stress, in the form of constant reminders
about terror, to create peace in the body. The mechanisms
simply aren’t there.

Don’t dwell on stressful events.
Avoid becoming addicted to bad news.
Put fear in perspective.
Realize that positive outcomes are possible.
Discuss how you feel with others; work together to
change the stress.
Be in control where you can. Don’t let chaos dominate.
Stay centered, and whenever you are thrown off center,
take time to return there. Find an outlet for your anger
and anxiety.

+ Adapted from Peace Is the Way,
+ By Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2005).

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