Every month in our blogs, we try to share timely and, we hope, helpful information to improve the quality of your life.
Because we are healthcare professionals, our primary focus has been on your physical health, especially the role good sleep plays in helping you live a longer and healthier life.
Much is now known about the connection between our minds and bodies. Psychologist Elissa Epel and her colleague, Nobel Prize-winning biologist Elizabeth Blackburn’s studies have concluded that our cells are actually “listening to our thoughts.”
With that awareness in mind, we decided to share some important thoughts on mental health with you.
In the Book of Joy, the Dalai Lama said, “Everyone knows that physical pain is bad and tries to avoid it. We do this not only by curing diseases, but also trying to prevent them and by trying to keep our physical immunity strong. Mental pain is equally bad, so we should try to alleviate it as well. The way to do this is to develop mental immunity.”
“Through self-inquiry and meditation, we can discover the nature of our mind and learn to soothe our emotional reactivity. This will leave us less vulnerable to the destructive emotions and thought patterns that cause us so much suffering. This is the process of developing mental immunity.”
If you’d like to read more, there are two books by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation In Everyday Life and Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body to Face Stress, Pain and Illness that are a great place to start. If you have not tried mindful meditation, Dr. Kabat-Zinn’s books provide a simple path to starting your practice. He also has Mindfulness Meditation Tapes.
Plus, you can check out Thrive Global’s recent article on 12 of the Most Effective Strategies for Protecting Your Mental Health.
Here’s to a happier and healthier mind and body!