I had a chronic pain condition for more than 30 years before it suddenly lifted. It was a harsh teacher, like a Zen master with a teaching stick. But some of us need that.
An emotion is a response in the body to a thought in the head. They cause a lot of mischief, thoughts do.
D-type males (men who are negative about pretty well everything) have more heart attacks than anyone else.
Memory is not primarily a mental function. The body is a flesh chronicle, a trove of old pain, of unresolved and still-percolating historical issues. Typically, difficult-to-diagnose illnesses take a long time to manifest.
We are not changed, healed or transformed by making an effort. Even as a concept, efforting-ing is exhausted. Change happens when we drop the conceit of doer-ship, expunge ambition and welcome what happens.
Michael Pollan’s little dictum has resonance: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”