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The inability to relax is at the root of most psychosomatic illnesses


 Doctor Norman Vincent Peale said “there does not seem to be very many people  who understand the absolute necessity of relaxing or who would know how to practice it if they tried.”

    Dr. Flanders Dunbar, an authority on psychosomatic medicine, wrote in her book Mind and Body, “the inability to relax is one of the most widely spread diseases of our time and one of the most infrequently recognized.”

    Having had rota-tor cuff surgery on August 28, 2018 I continue to ponder the connection of the mind and body.

    Over thirty years ago I watched a PBS series hosted by Bill Moyers because I’ve   had a gut level feeling  that most of our illnesses originate in the mind — when we twist and turn — unable to find solutions to overwhelming problems until our bodies finally rebel by making us sick enough to go to bed.

      In 2016 I was caught in the middle of a personal problem. I was so overwhelmed that I quit eating or drinking until I found myself dehydrated. I had emergency surgery on July 21st  at Willis Knighton Hospital, due to a blocked, twisted colon.

    Though not a doctor I will always believe that was a psychosomatic illnesses that ended up in a physical solution — surgery.

     I would  go so far as to say that even my back problems, which led to a fall causing my shoulder injury  may also be linked to a psychosomatic illness — which isn’t to say that the pain hasn’t been real.

        The Bible says  that “as a man thinks in his  heart so he is” and I believe this applies to all areas of our lives, both physically and emotionally.

    Since that time I  continue to think most of my illnesses have been psychosomatic because I don’t know how to truly relax and let go and let God take over.

    Life isn’t easy.

    It’s like the renowned artist Jerry Wray often said “we all have something” which could mean many things.

    Still I ponder how our mind and our bodies our connected.

    I believe if we could ever gain control of and become master of our thoughts most of our illnesses would be eliminated.

    Since my colon surgery  I’ve  talked to two friends who experienced the same surgery after one too many traumatic blows to their emotional well being.  They each had either a death or a loss of an emotional support system that they thought they had to have to keep on going thus their gut kicked in, came to their rescue, and they each had surgeries identical to mine, including the doctor who performed each of our  surgeries.

    How or why we have this strong mind body connection I do not understand but I sense it is true. I also believe that if we understood and follow God’s plan for our lives everything would fall into place but I know that most likely that will never happen because we are flawed and  too stubborn to give into divine guidance for our lives.

    The Bible also says “it is not in man to direct his own steps.”

    How true — how very true!

    The Bible also says “the fool hath said in his heart there is no God.”

    Maybe I am just a simple minded person but when I observe the universe and my own body I know there is just too much evidence going on here to not believe in a a higher power and I know that we are often too weak willed to turn our lives over to Him completely because we want to hold the reins of our lives, not submitting to His will — yet I know that He doesn’t want a puppet but children who want to listen — to obey but we most likely are a far cry from getting there but this body is physical and one day we will shed that which causes us much unnecessary pain because of who we are.

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