Just imagine, in your hands you hold the juiciest, biggest, yellowest lemon you’ve ever seen in your entire life. Really visualize it and see it in your hands…feel the texture and the weight of it…Now imagine yourself cutting that juicy lemon in half, and right now…lift one of the tart lemon halves up to your mouth, give it a gentle sniff…and take a lick!…
Is your mouth watering yet? Chances are, your saliva glands have started producing a lot more saliva than moments before reading that lemon experiment, even though there’s no actual lemon in your hands. Similar to our exercise, do you recall Pavlov’s law, and how he trained his dog to associate a ringing bell with food, and could then make the dog salivate with no more than the ringing of a bell.
So if your mind can control your bodily functions and cause a reaction to an event, without the actual event taking place in real life…can we use that to improve our health?
Allow me to reference another scientific experiment. Dr. Fabrizio Benedetti has done extensive research in the field of the “placebo effect”.
In a nut-shell, Dr. Benedetti’s experiments confirmed that your mind can be just as powerful towards dealing with ailments or sickness, than an actual chemically formulated antidote. He has also done studies into the inverse of the placebo effect and that is known as the “nocebo effect”. Basically it’s the same as the placebo effect except that its results are negative, meaning your mind can create a damaging environment inside your own body, simply through thought.
So how does this affect us?
Well, this principal works extremely well hand in hand with the law of attraction, which can lead to your benefit, or can wreak havoc. For example; If you tell yourself and your friends or your kids, “I’m getting old”, on a regular basis, then you activate your body’s ability to create the affect within your body, that you believe to be true. And if you continue telling yourself that you’re getting older, you will also attract more reasons to feel like you’re getting older! You’ll sustain “old age” injuries, you’ll get sick more often, you’ll become more immobile and more uncomfortable than ever, just because you tell yourself that…So why not try this instead…
…No matter what your age or what your health and fitness conditions are, always tell yourself (as an affirmation, or a mantra) that you’re safe, young, vibrant, healthy and strong. Tell yourself this when you feel good, also if you don’t feel 100%, and your body as well as the universe will work towards making what you say, true!
So next time you feel a sore throat coming on, or if you catch yourself saying, “I just can’t lose weight”, or if you see on TV or hear on the radio that everyone’s catching the new cold, remember! You have the power in your mind to affect your body’s function and well-being, right now! A positive healthy mind creates a positive healthy body!
Have you had any situations where you believe you’ve improved your physical state simply by changing your thoughts? Did you salivate when you read about the lemon? :)
I look forward to your feedback as always! Have an amazing week!