Saturday, January 29, 2011

Heart Pain on Valentine's Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches do you find it difficult seeing all the blinding pink and red colors, cupids, and hearts with wings that you see around every corner? For some the constant reminder of love can be very painful? What about the people who have a broken, shattered or fragmented heart for one reason or another?
Heart pain is not just for those who have had heart attacks; heart pain goes deep to the core of our emotions as well. When someone we love has hurt us or we have lost someone we love, our bodies store that hurt. Did you know that “researchers have shown that hurt feelings from words affect the same area in the brain as a broken bone or physical injury?” (Leaf, C. The Gift In You, p. 191) When we continue to re-live negative experiences or stew on past pains, hurts or trouble in our lives, we are creating hormone and neurological pathways for the brain and body to continue living in this way.
The Bible says in I John 4:18, “No fear exists where His love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in fear doesn't have perfect love.” “Science is showing us that there is a massive unlearning of negative toxic thoughts when we operate in love. The brain releases a chemical called oxytocin, which literally melts away negative toxic thought clusters so that you can re-wire circuits with positive emotions and behaviors. When we trust and bond and reach out to other people, it produces this chemical that replaces negative with positive. Perfect love casts out all fear on all levels of the body” (Leaf, C. The Gift In You, p. 196).
Often times we need help healing a broken heart by eliminating: toxic thought patterns, obsessive thoughts and behaviors, and trapped emotion.  This can be difficult because they are so deeply intertwined in the brain and body but not impossible.  Mathew 19:26 says that with man things can seem impossible but with God all things are possible.  If you are struggling with a heart problem this Valentine’s Day, make an appointment today.  We can help!
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