You Create Either a Depressed or Happy Body Based on Your Thoughts.
Your cell’s receptors reproduce according to the mood you felt at that moment.
A key aspect of our body’s astonishing communication system involves our cell receptors. Every cell in your body can have millions of receptors on its face, and each cell has perhaps seventy different types of receptors.
In the early 1970s, Candace Pert, Ph.D., was the first scientist to prove the existence of these receptors with her discovery of the opiate receptor.
Receptor molecules float on the cell’s oily outer membrane and have roots that reach deep into the cell. In The Molecules of Emotion, Dr. Pert says that “the life of a cell, what it is up to at any moment, is determined by which receptors are on its surface, and whether those receptors are occupied by ligands or not.”
A ligand is a small molecule that binds itself to a cellular receptor.
There are three chemical types of ligands: neurotransmitters, steroids, and the ones we’re most interested in, the peptides.
According to Dr. Pert, as many as 95 percent of all ligands may be peptides. The receptors and their ligands, Dr. Pert says, “have come to be seen as information molecules- the basic units of a language used by cells throughout the organism to communicate across systems such as the endocrine, neurological, gastrointestinal, and even the immune system.”
We now know that peptides are produced in the hypothalamus, the gland in the center of the brain. And, that the type of peptide produced is primarily determined by what we think and feel. The hypothalamus produces peptides that duplicate whatever the emotions you experience. From anger, hate, sadness, frustration, and depression, to joy, enthusiasm, excitement, and happiness.
The peptides are then channeled to the pituitary gland and then into the bloodstream where they visit all twenty to thirty trillion cells in your body.
The peptides then dock onto the cells and create minute physiological phenomena that can translate to “large changes in behavior, physical activity, even mood,” explains Dr. Pert. The peptides, she says, “play a wide role in regulating practically all life processes.”
When the peptides dock onto the receptors, they take control of all the cell’s activities, including, among other things, commanding whether or not it will divide and the composition of new cells. It’s like the coach stepping onto the field and calling out directives to his or her team.
And, here is the important part, when a new cell is produced, it isn’t always a clone of the old cell, but a cell that contains more receptors for whatever peptide it received that caused it to split.
Meaning, if the cell received peptides produced by emotions of depression, the new cell will have more receptors for depression.
However, if the cell received peptides by emotions of joy, the new cell will have more receptors for joy.
We rely on cell division for reproduction, growth, repair, and replacement of damaged, worn out, or dead cells.
An estimated 300 million cell divisions occur every minute to replace cells that die. Each day, two percent of your blood cells die and are replaced. Every two months, you have an entirely new supply of blood.
And, from what we’ve learned above, we now understand that new cells are created according to what you think and feel.
If you feel depressed for an hour, you’ve produced approximately eighteen billion new cells that have more receptors then calling out for more depressed-type peptides and fewer calling out for feel-good peptides. It’s as if trillions of receptors are all holding up microphones and shouting, “send us more depression!”
In short, thinking gloomy thoughts creates a body that is more able to feel gloominess than joyfulness. It also creates the need for more gloomy thoughts, and you then become addicted to gloominess.
You essentially create either a depressed, angry, or joyous and happy body.
This occurs based on the emotions you frequently choose to feel, feed into, and engage in. And yes, that is a choice. Feel sad? This is normal, healthy, and ok. Though we also decide whether or not to ruminate on and remain sad for hours, days, or months on end, or, whether we shift our way of thinking about the situation.
The highest nobility lies in taming your own mind- Atisha.
The idea that you create yourself by what you think and feel is great news. It means that you can use your emotions and thoughts to create a body that is more receptive to feel-good states. The way to do this? By choosing to find the good in life, and feeling good as a result.
(Source and reference for this article: Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss).