Dr. Bruce Lipton wrote "The Biology of Belief" over ten years ago. He explained how the DNA is not the ruler of the cell, or the guardian of life. DNA is simply a blueprint the cell uses as instructions to build proteins. These proteins are how the cell responds to its environment. If the cell encounters cold, heat, acid, salt, etc., it looks to the DNA to determine how to make the proteins necessary to survive this environment.
This means the cell membrane is the boss of the cell, not the DNA. Dr. Lipton even removed the nucleus of the cell (the place that houses DNA) and the cell lived for an extended period of time; until the cell encountered an environment that required it to make proteins needed for survival. In these cases, the cell died because it did not have the instructions to make the vital proteins.
Dr. Lipton postulated that our bodies react to our outside environment only as our minds interpret it. If our minds think the world is a pile of crap, that everything conspires against us, that we can do nothing right, that there is no love in the world; our bodies will respond accordingly. Our cells will live in an eternal state of "fight or flight" and our bodies will constantly produce the hormones and enzymes needed to fight for our survival.
If, however, we truly believe that life is an endless opportunity, that we can achieve anything, that there are no limits to what we can do, that gratitude begets more things for which to be grateful; then our bodies will produce hormones and enzymes that heal, relax, and provide great focus.
This is because our organs don't have eyes or ears and can't determine what is happening in our environment. We must rely on how the mind interprets its surroundings.
Our nervous system is divided into many parts. One section, the autonomic nervous system (ANS) is further divided into two sections. The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). The SNS is our fight or flight mechanism. When our minds perceive a threat or attack, our PNS turns off non-essential systems such as digestion, our immune system, and other systems. This is because if your body has a choice between running from the saber-toothed tiger and digesting blueberries or fighting a head cold; if you don't run from the tiger, those berries will no longer matter. The PNS is our "rest and digest" mode. It heals us, allows for growth, digests food, etc. It can only turn on when the SNS turns off.
So back to our original argument. Who do you think you are? Who you think you are and how you think the world works determines in large part how your body operates and what life brings to you.
What you think and how you feel is how your body functions. How your body functions and the energy you immerse your body in determines what you encounter in life.
Who do you think YOU are? Do you think life is crap, you are a failure, and the whole world is out to get you? That's what you will create.
Do you think life is abundant opportunity, there are endless chances to do good, everything works out for you in the best way possible, and that there is good in everyone? This is also what you bring to your life.
Tai Chi, in its practice of mindfulness, allows the mind to relax, to connect with the body, to focus on what is happening in the now, at this moment. It is impossible to think about all the things you should do tomorrow, all the ways you have failed today, all the wrong you did yesterday, if you are centered on THIS MOMENT. By focusing on this very moment you eliminate anxiety of tomorrow, regret of yesterday, and allow the nervous system to reset to the "rest and digest" mode.
If there is no anxiety or depression, all that is left is peace.
Once we train our minds to reach this state of peace and relaxation, we can focus on what we really want out of life, what is possible, what could be achieved, and what could come to us.
It is all possible.
Every Tai Chi class we start with a mindful meditation. We relax the mind and body, connect them, focus on what is happening at this very moment, and observe our thoughts.
And this is only the mental aspects of Tai Chi. Then we get to move our bodies in a way that strengthens them and teaches balance and coordination.
Come join us for a class. No experience is necessary.
This coming Wednesday, I have to cancel class due to a family function. I'm sorry for any inconvenience. Wednesday class will resume the following week.
Classes are as follows.
All classes are pay as you go. No contracts or commitments.
Dubois County Museum
Classes are $12.
Wednesday 6:30pm (THIS CLASS IS CANCELED THIS WEEK)
Tri State Holistic Wellness
500 Saint Phillips Rd 47712
Classes are $10 cash
Saturday 11:00 am
Unity of Evansville
4118 Pollack Ave 47714
Classes are $10 cash
I'm available by appointment throughout the week in Evansville for
Reiki / Acupressure
Herbalism / Nutrition
sessions. $60 cash
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In the Tao,