Did you know that our emotions are linked to the vitality of our health? Different emotions represent different parts of our body.
Based on the interviews that I’ve conducted so far for my book, I’ve learnt that all physical illnesses manifest internally in our body from the emotional, mental and spiritual level. In order to heal ourselves, we need to let go of the negative emotions that we hold onto our body internally, as different parts of our organs represent different emotions.
For example, did you know that grief weakens your lungs? Grief includes the whole range of feelings which we describe variously as sadness, misery, melancholia, depression and even just feeling blue. You may wonder how that is possible as we have been taught by society that smoking gives you lung cancer. Well, it’s due to the fact that the person suffering from grief tends not to breathe properly. The breathing is usually shallow and superficial, starving the lungs of oxygen and leaving pockets of stale air down in the deepest parts of the lungs which then become prone to infection. The body does make attempts to rectify this- this is why sad people sigh a lot. It is the body’s way of trying to get the much-needed air which is not being obtained through normal breathing.
Someone who is habitually sad is likely to develop a range of symptoms- coughing, asthma, excess sweating, pains in the chest, numbness of the extremities, fatigue and a pale face. Because breathing pattern of a depressed person deprives the body of oxygen, it can be said that sadness eventually pervades the whole body.
Now don’t get me wrong, as I’m not saying grieving is bad for you as that is normal part of life! However, holding onto grief long term such as a decade when the event has passed is not good for our emotion as we are storing that in our body and letting that destroy us slowly which eventually may to lung cancer.
Anger is one of the most damaging emotions to our body. It attacks the liver, which is the organ most susceptible to emotional disturbance- apart from the heart. This can soon become a malignant cycle- anger giving rise to liver damage which in itself creates new anger. There is also a clear link between emotional frustration and the liver, which increases the anger that people feel when they consider themselves to be trapped in a situation.
To give outward expression to the anger in an extreme way hits the liver hard, which is why the body can feel physical effects from anger long after the outburst has taken place. Research demonstrates that people who habitually confronted others in an angry way felt more and more angry and created responding anger around them.
People who feel anger suffer liver diseases and disturbances, pains in the ribs, muscular cramps, red eyes, abnormal menstruation, pains in the testes and hypertension.
Cancer of the liver is associated with suppressed anger. The kind of person who wages secret battles with other people but does not speak them out, the person who is often angry but conceals it, sometimes even from himself. If there is no sign of alcohol, hepatitis or food as a major cause, then the hidden anger will congest the liver and block its energy until it become completely inward and bring destruction to the healthy cells.
Anxiety injures the spleen and the stomach and can produce disruptions in the eating pattern. Therefore the over-anxious person could have an extremely poor appetite or might over-eat. This emerges in anorexics and binge eaters, both over-anxious types. It can also result in irregular bowel movements, fatigue, dizziness, palpitations, a poor memory and distension of the abdomen.
Stomach cancer is also the product of worry and anxiety, an aspect of character in the person who yearns and longs for things he cannot have. This swallowed discontent becomes symbolised in cancer, something which the person cannot stomach any longer.
Fear attacks the kidneys, which is why sudden terror induces an urgent desire to urinate. People who constantly suffer from fear is likely to develop some of the following symptoms- palpitations, ringing in the ears, poor hearing, aches and pains in the joints, muscular tension, lower-back pain, impotence and a variety of mental disorders.