A Healthy Mind is Crucial in Our Journey to “Total Wellness”


 “Total Wellness” – Part 1 – The Mind

By Mike Fenton 
Heart & Soul Health Coaching

     The brain is the control center of the body. Your hand does not move because it suddenly decided to move. It moves when it receives a signal from your brain. In fact, if your hand, foot or any other body part starts functioning independently of the brain, something is terribly wrong. What the brain is to the body, the mind is to the soul. It is the control center, so that is where the battle is being waged. If Satan wins your mind, he can control your actions. Perhaps this is why we see folks that appear to be in the best physical condition doing the most unimaginable things.The daily paper or the evening news gives us testament to that.

     Our mind also controls our diet: what we eat, when we eat and even, if we eat. If we do not support a healthy mind we may turn to food as a way to appease ourselves and remove us from a state we no longer want to be in. Or we may look in the mirror and in our mind feel uncomfortable with the way we look (most likely feeling overweight) and not eat at all.

     The mind also processes life’s events and ultimately how we respond to them. Our eyes see a car coming down the road, our mind processes that and tells us we need to get out of the way. On a deeper level the mind can determine how we respond emotionally. Did we:

  • Get stressed out?
  • Did we become depressed?
  • Did we become angry?
  • Did it make us happy?
  • Did we become sad?

​     The state  (health) of our mind plays a big part in which way we respond, perhaps with stress being the worst of the preceding 5 questions. That is because stress much of the time leads to depression, makes us angry and or sad. Stress is also said to:

  • Fuel cancer
  • Shrink the brain
  • Prematurely age kids
  • Can affect the genes of offspring’s
  • Spur depressive symptoms
  • Increase the risk of chronic disease
  • Raise the risk of stroke
  • Not good for our heart
  • Makes colds worse
  • Can affect cancer outcomes

Source – Huffington Post 2/4/13

     My good friend Ann Musico @3D_Vitality recently reported in one of her newsletters “It’s been well documented that as much as 95% of all disease and illness originates from stress”. See article at http://p0.vresp.com/hg7HJh  WOW! Houston we have a problem!
     I believe it is easy to see why we want a healthy mind and the importance it plays in our “Total Wellness”. Both physically and mentally.
     So what can we do about stress and how can we avoid it?

  • You can begin by asking yourself when you are starting to feel stressed, is this something that  I really need to get myself “worked-up” over?
  • Live life with the attitude that what has happened in the past is in the past, what can I do to prevent this from happening to me again in the future? Once you have decided how to prevent this from happening to you again in the future give kudos to yourself for preventing this from happening again.
  • Exercise is a really good way to “work-off” stress, even going for a short walk can be very therapeutic.
  • Meditation, practicing meditation can be a great way to just take time out.
  • Take a vacation! The late Stephen Covey wrote in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People that a sharp saw cuts wood much quicker and more efficiently when it is sharp and that we must take time to keep the saw sharp. What he was saying is that sometimes we just need to take a break, decompress and re-sharpen ourselves. Once done we are not ready to take on the biggest of forests.
  • Prayer, you will find much relief through spending time with God. Take a time in the day when you can talk with  Him about your problems and pray that He will provide you with the wisdom, guidance and clarity of thought to help get you through. 

​Next Month –  “Total Wellness” – Part 2 – The Body




In Ecclesiates 7:8 (NLT) we read “Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride”. How many times do we start a project yet do not see it come through to completion? Why? Is it because we do not have the patience to see it through or is it that we have so many things happening in our lives at one time we don’t find or have the time to complete it? Maybe it’s because we don’t know what our next step is or have fallen into a stalemate and being prideful we refuse to ask anyone for assistance?

We are reminded in Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) to “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans”. During the times in our lives when we don’t know what the next step is, take a moment and pray for clarity of thought and understanding. It says in Proverbs 3:6 (NIV) “In all ways submit to Him, he will make your paths straight”. He will lead us to the fruit bearing tree.

Don’t expect a “how to” book to fall suddenly from the heavens or an extra 2 hours to appear in your day. Instead by committing to the Lord you will find patience and a sense of calmness. When we are patient and calm, ideas and resources can suddenly appear before us, things that we never even imagined.

How many times have you completed something and while explaining the process used for completion to someone else they said: would it not have been easier if you would have done it this way or that way? At that point the light bulb goes on and we have the “aha” moment, thinking to ourselves, I never thought of it that way.

Reflection: Life can be much less frustrating if you “Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in your ways” Proverbs 4:26 (NIV). Remember being steadfast was what won the race for the tortoise.