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The Body At War

The Body At War

It was discovered in the trenches of World War I that combat fatigue isnít a test of character. Every soldier, if exposed long enough to artillery fire and deprived of rest, will become shell-shocked.

But in WWI there was always a home front where the shooting stopped. We arenít so fortunate today. Every news story about terrorism reminds us that all three factors exist at home: the threat is inescapable, attacks can come at random, and no individual has control over the outcome.

A kind of civilian battle fatigue has set in, and people who once felt aroused by threat are beginning to find the constancy of threat exhausting. We go through the motions of being on alert while the underlying reality is that alertness is hard to maintain even at minimal levels.

As unwelcome as it would be for the authorities to hear, the body at peace is stronger than the body at war. When you can free yourself of the random, uncontrollable stress that is always present, your body will start to be at peace.

Modern medicine has already discovered that love increases the human immune response. Love has the power to change our bodies as much as violence, but in a positive direction. People who feel loved live longer, have fewer colds, lower blood pressure, and lower cancer rates; and have fewer heart attacks.

Widowers who lose a spouse and begin to feel unloved and lonely suffer higher rates of all these afflictions, as well as a shorter life span. You cannot use stress, in the form of constant reminders about terror, to create peace in the body. The mechanisms simply arenít there.

Adapted from Peace Is the Way, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2005).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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9:55AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Thank you very much for this interesting article. Much more people should read it.

2:09AM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

Thanks for the article.

8:17PM PDT on May 12, 2011

To Mike...so only your stress can be validated...lucky you!

9:40AM PDT on Apr 11, 2011

When a coiuntry is at constant war it' peace will not have any peace... plus our society is at constant war to repress our bodies and attempts win our hearts and minds to help them do it.

11:47PM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

When it comes to war, I often doubt whether we have evolved at all as a species.....

9:19PM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

For now I live in Afghanistan and it is so hard to deal with terrorism, you never know when something is going to happen. Usually by the end of the day I feel really exhausted, so I try to do yoga every day, and it really helps me a lot. Sometimes I wish this situation was easier

5:20PM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

Why would anyone sign up to fight a war in Afghan or Iraq; countries that did not attack the USA. Critical thinking is sorely needed in this country.

2:03PM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

Thanks. Great article.

2:00PM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

Interesting!

Beverly, (that's my sister's name) take one day at a time...Life is truly worth living! Love, hugs and many, many blessings.

12:48PM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

Mike S. I dont know what you have had to endure, sounds like you have been stuck in a war zone. It is best not to let bitterness consume you and cause you anger, Remember, some people are too old or sick to travel or may not have the money to help but I am sure that their hearts are in the right place.

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