The reverse is also true when negative emotions occur – the body expresses these negative emotions as unhealthy symptoms. In an article in AOL Healthy Living written by Deb and Ed Shapiro, Ed remembers having an upset stomach when he was a child and his grandmother asking him if he was having a problem at school. What she knew instinctively, we are at last beginning to prove scientifically: that there is an intimate and dynamic relationship between what is going on with our feelings and thoughts, and what happens in the body.
The dynamic relationship between a person’s emotions and what is felt on the body has been explored for more than 100 years. In reviewing some research and experiments conducted in the 19th century, Mary Baker Eddy (founder of the Christian Science Church) wrote in Science and Health, “A change in human belief changes all the physical symptoms, and determines a case for better or for worse. When one's false belief is corrected, Truth sends a report of health over the body.”
At any age negative or scary thoughts are part of life. How much they are a part of life is something that can be controlled by providing a positive reinforcing environment that limits those negative conditions and strengthens health.
And a positive environment can be cultivated by turning to prayer, which is what I helped Asher remember on the night he was upset.
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