Whether you're overweight, have high blood pressure or are just plain out of shape, you can
start making progress to better health by changing your attitude and letting go of the past, Bob says. He talks with Dr. Joan Borysenko, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind
, about how you can use meditation, forgiveness and other mind/body healing techniques to achieve health and peacefulness.
Since the early '80s, Dr. Borysenko has been working with leaders in integrative medicine to help people achieve a mind/body balance. She shares advice to help you achieve your health and wellness goals:
- Meditate daily. When you meditate, both your mind and body relax, Dr. Borysenko says. "Your whole body shifts into the kind of feeling you have when you are peaceful, at ease, your mind is alert and sharp and you feel great," she says. "That, in turn, really helps your immune system."
- Transcend constant mind chatter. "You've got thoughts, but none of us are our thoughts,” Dr. Borysenko says. Through meditation practice, you can better control your thoughts and make your mind an ally instead of an enemy, Dr. Borysenko says.
- Allow yourself to forgive. "Unforgivingness shows up as stress, it shows up as high blood pressure, it shows up as cardiovascular disease, body aches, lowered immunity," Dr. Borysenko says. "Just about any kind of physical symptom that may be bothering you is going to be made worse if you are holding a grudge."
- Rewrite your grievance story. You will be better able to forgive and move on with your life if you focus on the things you've learned from those who've hurt you instead of on the pain they caused you, Dr. Borysenko says. "Maybe it is that this person just taught me about being resilient," she says. "You have to turn that grievance story around into a benefit."