Mind, Emotions & Body Shape

For a long time the mind-emotions-body connection has sparkled my interest. It makes sense, therefore, that Singing and Fitness are the disciplines that define me the most. It’s always a good sign when mainstream science doesn’t recognize something, it usually means it contradicts their statements to date, so they discard it by saying it’s impossible or that it doesn’t exist. Bloody ignorance. What we know as science is a lie, because it only recognizes what can be perceived by the 5 senses at a given point/period in time/space, which is only a fraction of everything that exists. We basically live in a system based on history/science/education that exclusively serve the ones who rule. Perhaps time to see things for what they are and stop sucking your thumb. Anyway. What I want to say today is:

When we change our thoughts, behaviours and trigger responses, we change our body shape.

I know because I have experienced it myself. I am only 43 but the way I look now has nothing to do with the way I looked at 19, or even 32. I look bloody better! It has taken a few deep realisations and changes of my way of life (and by this I mean food, activity, jobs, relationships, patterns, habits, home, country… everything!), which I could compare to a periodic shedding of skin. Not only my body, but my face has changed. The places where I used to deposit more water/fat, are no longer such. It is this ‘movement’ in all senses that I’ve been talking about that is key for health. Also, my experience agrees with everything that I’ve been reading for years.

There you go.

The devil lies in the emotional responses (feelings) we attach to a thought. Just think for a second about a traumatic event (what is traumatic for you might not be for me), such as witnessing a murder. The sight of it, to me, is associated to a ‘knowing’ that something is not right in what we are seeing, which automatically translates to the thought of it being ‘wrong’, ‘dangerous’, ‘bad’, etc. This creates an anxious emotion of fear, panic, horror, anger, etc. and the chemical pattern is stored in the cells, at a nuclear level. Although this is an extreme example, this kind of thing happens all the time, daily, in smaller events, such as feeling bad for spilling coffee on the carpet. What if we changed our perception of events, and the feelings associated with them? It will surely change the chemistry in our body, right? and, therefore, its metabolism and shape.

An emotional pattern like the ones above is a survival response based on fear. Our ego wants to protect us from harm, and it absorbs all the experiences of our life storing them in our cells through the nervous/hormonal/immune systems (emotions). These responses are all based on past experiences, parental, social and cultural conditioning, etc, so future responses will always be the same unless the program is changed. This also gets passed through our DNA, as everything is information/frequency/energy. Unless WE change the program. We are, after all, very sophisticated biological computers. And that is why genetics is not absolutely determinant, we can (and we should) change for the better. A trauma (it is our perception that makes it so traumatic), typically sets up the initial pattern and similar situations continue to trigger them. As we become aware of those things and start to see them ‘from the outside’, we have an opportunity to either perpetuate them or heal them. It all starts in the thoughts and the feelings associated to them.

So, although it is paramount to have the adequate diet and exercise, that alone does not make your optimal body. Your thoughts and emotions do. Stress and lack of rest are disruptive patterns, of the same likes of inflammation, eating junk or constantly putting yourself under the knife, literally. They are all forms of dis-harmony, chaos or disruption to a system that does not flow. Some of those forms of disruption are more material than others, but it doesn’t matter, they cause dis-ease. Call it running away from facing consequences, or call it sitting on a chair for hours in the same position. They are both disruptive to your natural state. These ‘things’ that we do repeatedly, almost unnoticeable, become patterns ingrained in our cells, and they hold tremendous power over how we approach life. They dictate our fears and desires, and even how we gain or lose weight.

So let’s get physical. Two of the approaches that I really relate to are the ones by Dr. Henry G. Bieler and Dr. Abravanel. It turns to be that we all have a dominant gland, organ or system. It is that dominant one of them that determines our physical characteristics, weight gain patterns, foods that best support us, how we think, what motivates us, our core character traits and means by which we relate to the world and to others. According to this, and to Dr. Carolyn Mein, there are 25 body types. So, by the shape of the face, eyes, bum, boobs, or where you store more fat (which comes determined by your hormonal/nervous/lymphatic systems, hence emotions), one can become aware of where to start and what to correct/improve in order to change. I recommend reading the following book:

According to this very thoroughly-researched classification, I am of the Lung type. But then there are the Adrenal, Balanced, Blood, Brain, Eye, Gallbladder, Gonadal, Heart, Hypothalamus, Intestinal, Kidney, Liver, Skin, Spleen, Stomach, Thalamus, Thymus, Thyroid, Lymph, Medulla, Nervous System, Pancreas, Pineal and Pituitary types. Dr. Carolyn also suggests the right diet depending on each one of these types. Something that also relates to the traditional personality classification according to the elements (bodily humours). And this is why broccoli, as healthy as it is, may not be a queen food for everybody 🙂 well yes, but no (do you hear me, peanut butter/chicken/broccoli fitness enthusiasts?). And this is also why, despite sticking to your macros, you still feel bloated, or you don’t lose fat.

If you want to go deeper and look into the connection between body shapes/fat storage and personalities/unhealed patterns, look into my articles here and here, and the work of Barbara Brennan.

Links of interest:

Understanding Body Composition

Childhood stress and body composition (study)

Effects of Tai Chi / QiGong in Body Composition (study)


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