Are you aware that there is a link between your emotional health and your physical health? Many times when you are physically sick, you may not attribute it to how you are doing emotionally. Many people are not truly in touch with their emotions. (Consequently, you may be unable to identify with if you are feeling depression, anxious, angry, afraid or resentful.) When you have a headache, you may take a pain reliever and go about your day, not acknowledging your emotions and what you are feeling. It has been found that certain emotions are associated with certain physical organs in the body. For example, anger is associated with the liver, resentment is associated with the gallbladder, grief is associated with the lungs, fear is associated with the kidneys. When a patient comes in with liver problems, they often have a pattern and history of anger in their lives. The anger has been suppressed and they are not yet consciously aware of it. A patient may come in with lower back pain, and we have commonly been aware of money problems or financial concerns. A patient with TMJ (temperomandibular joint) or with gallbladder problems will commonly have a desire for revenge. The associations between the physical body and emotions are endless.
Deeply rooted emotions that are not dealt with will eventually manifest into chronic problems affecting the associated organs. Generational or genetic weaknesses also contribute to illness, but the emotional issues that are layered on top of that is what usually causes the ''cup to overflow''. Many people are aware that it is not possible to separate the relationship between the body, mind, and spirit, as they are all interconnected. The traditional medical community is increasingly acknowledging this connection.
The body, mind and spirit are interconnected and influence each other, creating the need to address all three aspects in order to achieve wholeness. Health and wholeness can only be attained through balance. God made you with a body, mind and spirit because you are to use all three of them. If you do this in a balanced way, you will be operating at an optimum level with more effectiveness and efficiency. This may help you gain freedom from depression enabling you to accomplish what God has called you to do and to do it with excellence. Many individuals appear spiritually sound and yet are overweight and unhealthy (demonstrating imbalance). How long will they be able to continue to be effective without the health of their body? Obesity may not be a concern for some, but they may be so busy taking care of their health that they haven''t left time to meet their spiritual or emotional needs (imbalance). There is also the person who spends all their time and energy feeding their minds with information and they neglect their health and do not feed their spirit (imbalance). This lack of balance is not wholeness and is not efficient. You need to be operating at the level God designed you to. To be fulfilled, free of depression, content, and have peace, you must strive for wholeness, which means addressing your body, mind, and spirit.