I think there are two very important things that need to be considered. The first one is stress. Stress is when your brain and body are knocked out of homeostasis–it’s when we are out of balance. No organism in nature can sustain living in survival for extended periods of time.
We will tap the body’s resources to heal by using all of its energy for the imminent threat or danger (real or imagined), and as a consequence, there literally is no energy for growth and repair. We’ve seen dramatic improvements in people’s health when they overcome those emotional states.
Since emotions are a record of the past, when someone overcomes a certain emotional state that they live by every day (which is the result of some past event or trauma), the body believes it’s no longer living in the same environment. Since epigenetics states that the environment signals the gene, overcoming an emotion can change gene expression. I believe that when the memory of the past no longer has the emotional charge, it becomes wisdom. I think that’s the name of the game.
The second thing is that by the time we’re in our mid-thirties, we are hardwired with a set of neurological programs that are the result of thinking the same thoughts, making the same choices, doing the same things, creating the same experiences and embracing the same emotions every day. Over time, we go on habitual autopilot and our body is dragging us into the same predictable future based on what we have always done in the past. In a sense, we lose our freewill to a set of automatic programs.
In order to change, we have to execute a will that is greater than those subconscious automatic programs. When we can sit in meditation and become conscious of our unconscious thoughts, become aware of how we act or speak and notice our feelings, it’s very possible that we won’t fall back into the habit of being ourselves in our waking day. Now the programmed mind is no longer running the show, you are.