The Immune System--Toward Better Health
We all know the immune system (composed of cells, glands, lymph nodes and veins) helps keep us free of disease. But did you know how you can assist in this important job?
Of course, vitamin C, garlic, and other specific nutrition give the immune system a boost. But there is another very important realization for you.
Whenever body and mind are united, it’s like money in the bank for future stress times. Let me explain. Right now, are you aware of your toes, elbows, breath, temperature, etc? If you can include this background awareness as you read these words, you are present in your body. That is, your mental awareness includes the physical body, as well as your surroundings. You are conscious. You are awake to every emotion, sensation, and are thus present with whatever is present with you. You are free of stress.
What Are We Missing?
If I held up a white piece of paper with a large black dot in the center and asked you, “What is this?” Chances are you’d say, “A black dot.” You’d be right, but only half right. The other half, going unnoticed of course, is the white paper. This is just a simple example of how our culture focuses on form, images, material objects, things that are manifest; but ignores the unmanifest. In this way, we miss fifty percent of life.
Without space there would be no form. The nothingness between objects is delineated because space is there. Every object or person has come from space, or nothing. It is surrounded by nothing and within it is nothing. There is a lot of space within us and between stars, or atoms themselves.
Space is a doorway to enter the present moment. Think about it. What happens when you withdraw your attention away from things, objects, or events and place it on space, or emptiness, or nothing? Becoming aware of the space surrounding and infusing all things brings us to Presence.
It’s easy to be present with yourself, a flower, someone else. Not so easy to stay present. But here’s the good news. The longer you are aware, as a “watcher” of what you are saying and feeling, you not only are in the present moment, but your immune system is strengthened. You are also protected from the separation thoughts, the pro and con opinions of others’ force fields.
What a boon! As far as I know, there is no scientific proof of this. As always, you will need to prove it for yourself, by remembering, frequently, that you are a silent Presence in a breathing body. Then notice the decrease in illnesses. That’s all the proof you need!
In this present moment, our awareness is filled with Presence, or the energy field of Love. Whenever we are fully present, our immune system functions perfectly, toward better health.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rev. Eleanor Richard is a minister of Religious Science & the Present Moment. She is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, a Lomi Bodywork practitioner.