Can involuntary thoughts seriously affect my health?

Comment by Jose Pares Perez. Concepción, Chile

We tend to believe that paying attention to what we’re living from moment to moment is only an alternative to our normal lifestyle. But it’s not like that. Being present in our lives, paying attention to what we live from moment to moment is not only another options in how we live our lives. We cannot insist enough in saying that the way in which we live our present not only affects our state of mind, it’s been demonstrated that it affects the health of our minds, emotions and body.

In many of our human activities, we are rewarded with money for the time we spend thinking; a controlled, sharp, and focused to the future way of thinking. In those activities the past, present and future are studiously managed. This capability of our species is one of the numerous wonders with which we are gifted. However, this same capability—when not adequately controlled or lacking of a clearly chosen objective or destination—can be dangerously transformed. We are frequent victims of involuntary, rambling and compulsive thoughts, which let us travel, without control or limits, to all our ages, armed with our memories and our imagination.

The strength of our imagination is as high as the strength of our emotions. What we feel when we see, hear, taste, etc. generates the same effects in us as when we think emotions, feelings and even more thoughts. Still, even though we enjoy it when those things are agreeable to us, we also suffer when those things are disagreeable to us. I have spoken with people that are not with us any longer because they could not control those strong self-blaming thoughts.

It’s not about repressing anything in our memories or our dreams; it’s about living what we are in the present.