There’s some parts that take longer, but about every seven years or so you’ll have grown an entirely new body. All of your cells would have split and died and there would be a whole new you that emerged cell by cell throughout that time. Take a moment to really think about that. Literally a new you every decade.
On each of those cells are receptors for the neurological-chemicals that are produced on instructions from your thinking. Think a scary thought, your hypothalamus produces the chemistry for fear, and your body reacts by changing your expression, your posture, and your awareness etc. in a variety of fearful ways.
If you continually bombard yourself with a particular chemistry—your body is smart, it will make your body good at absorbing that chemistry. So in essence, as cells split, the new daughter cell will be better at what you’ve taught the parent cell you want to do. So if you’re in the gym and you’re working on your biceps, then that cell will be really good at gathering all of the necessarily chemical elements to facilitate the growth and strengthening of your muscles. Likewise if you constantly feel victimized, or afraid, or angry, your cells will split being good at that. So you can literally build a body that’s good at being angry. Fortunately, you can also build one that’s good at being happy.
This week’s blog links to an article that was featured in UofC Berkeley‘s on line publication, The Greater Good. It talks about how our body naturally adapts to our requests, which in turn points to the importance of us maintaining awareness of our thinking. By making our thoughts more intentional, we can assume a much higher degree of control over whether or not we create and enjoy a full and rewarding life.
Following a serious childhood brain injury Scott McPherson unwittingly spent his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and the self. This made him as strange to others as they were to him. Seeing the self-harm people created with their own overthinking, Scott dedicated part of his life to helping others live with greater awareness. He is currently a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB, where he finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.