Monday Morning Magic, March 21, 2022: Why do we feel the way we feel? How do our thoughts and emotions affect our health? Are our bodies and minds distinct from each other, or do they function together as parts of an interconnected system?
These are questions neuroscientist Candace Pert (1946-2013) answered in her groundbreaking book Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine. The story of Dr. Pert and her work grace the cover of BeInkandescent Health & Wellness magazine this month. Not only are we celebrating International Women’s Month, but we want to be sure you know about the groundbreaking work of this truly amazing woman. Known as the Goddess of Neuroscience, Dr. Pert discovered the opiate receptor — the brain’s cellular binding site for endorphins. Her pioneering research explained how the chemicals inside our bodies form a dynamic information network linking the mind and body. She taught us that hope, belief, experience, and expectation shape our perceived realities and our physical conditions. And, she encouraged us to act as full participants in our physical and psychological wellbeing.
Dr. Pert isn’t alone: In this issue, we introduce you to other health and wellness authors and experts who offer groundbreaking ways to connect your mind, body, spirit, soul, and heart.
- Welcome: Can You Retrain Your Brain in 7 Weeks? Cognitive-behavioral therapist Dr. Seth Gillihan thinks so. Click here to learn how.
- Mind: From Austria to Santa Fe Learn to master the Mind-Body Connection with massage therapist turned psychotherapist Silvia Stenitzer.
- Body: When was the last time you took a really deep breath? Click here to learn from journalist James Nestor about the new science of the lost art of breathing.
- Spirit: The Body Keeps the Score “Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going on inside ourselves,” explains Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. Check out our Q&A with the author.
- Soul: Discovering Your Wings Travel with Intuitive Psychotherapist Kara Kihm as she interviews mental health experts from around the world.
- Heart: To your good health Explore the gift of hydrotherapy with Santa Fe massage therapist Farice Rezabek.
We leave you with this parting thought from Dr. Candace Pert: “When emotions are expressed, all systems are united and made whole. When emotions are repressed, denied, not allowed to be whatever they may be, our network pathways get blocked, stopping the flow of the vital feel-good, unifying chemicals that run both our biology and our behavior.” Learn more at CandacePert.com.