Today I was asked: “is bitterness bad for our health?”. So here are a few quick thoughts about it…
Our brains work as a filter which shuts out most of the ‘information’ and just hones in on ‘similar’ information to that which we spend the most time consciously focussing on, so bitterness infects our mind and programs it to look for more bitterness!
That’s a pretty unhappy cycle of experience to be perpetuating! Personally I’d want to take a baseball bat to that bitterness and say “adios!”.
The more we focus on negativity of any form, the more we will see in our own life and the lives of those around us.
There’s a constant spectrum of “good” and “bad” and everything inbetween happening around us, but our brains can only process a little at a time (comparitively), so it’s up to us to direct our focus and improve our “experience” of life.
It’s not only our mental/emotional health that is affected…
Our physical health is inextricably linked to our mental/emotional state, so when we’re not at ease (or in a negative mental/emotional state), we’re creating some form of dis-ease … disease. Basically we’re lowering our immune system’s capability to fight illness. Also, part of the problem is that we tend to form poor nutritional habits (eating or drinking substances that feed a temporary chemical “high”) when we’re feeling bitter. And this further harms our future mental, emotional and physical health.
So chin up! Time to forget about the past and start to look on the bright side of life!