According to information taken from Deadly Emotions by Dr. Don Colbert (Published by Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN, 2003 p. 9-10), here are three different studies on how emotions are linked to your body that prove how important it is to let God heal the hurtful emotions stored in our heart.
• In a ten-year study, individuals who could not manage their emotional stress had a 40% higher death rate than non-stressed individuals.
• A Harvard Medical School study of 1,623 heart-attack survivors concluded that anger brought on by emotional conflicts doubled the risk of subsequent heart attacks compared to those who remained calm.
• A heart disease study at Mayo clinic found that psychological stress was the strongest predictor of future cardiac events, including cardiac death, cardiac arrest, and heart attack.
God wasn’t kidding when He implored us to “guard our hearts with all diligence, for out of it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV)
A’nesis Retreats and Counseling Sabbaticals uses proven counseling protocols to help our clients understand how they have put up protection around their hearts to stay safe in relationships and in life. While some therapies want to concentrate solely on renewing the mind, it is important to also address any emotions linked to your body and stored in the heart and then release those emotions through prayer for permanent healing.