We’ve emphasized through this entire series that we must treat our body and mind according to their designs, and we’ve discussed a very simplistic version of what that means. We’ve discussed how, like a car, our body must be given the right information and the right care to function well for us, and that if provided the right information, the body is well designed to thrive, and to feel good, and to experience health and longevity.
In order for your body to perform well for you, it needs the right information. You want to express the best and most comprehensive version of yourself. This is based on being able to genetically express the best version of you. In order to do this, you have to give your body the right information and minimize the wrong information.
Your mind is designed to take in all the information that your body is experiencing. This information comes in the form of the foods you eat, your environment, your social relationships, your movement patterns, your sleep, stress, emotional states, and many other influencers. All of this information is processed, and then your mind directs your responses to this. It does this by creating experiences that you feel, as well as sending signals to your body for how it should function.
If we find ourselves experiencing chronic diseases, or feeling bad all the time, there’s a good chance that our body is lacking the information it needs to function well—or it’s receiving the wrong information, which is directly causing harm. No one should believe that chronic diseases are just inevitable and that we are helpless victims of them. We have a say in how our bodies perform, but we must treat our bodies in accordance with this design.
I recently read a powerful book called The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force by Sharon Begley and Jeffrey M. Schwartz MD. In it, Begley and Dr. Schwartz describe a four step process that demonstrates how a person such as your or me can use mindfulness using mindfulness in concert with cognitive techniques to help overcome compulsive behaviors, otherwise known as habits.