There is an online article called “The Most Dangerous Word in the World.” It’s about the power that the word no can have over our minds. It’s written by a researcher, Andrew Newberg, who is a specialist in spirituality and neurology. This is part of what he and his coauthor write:
"If I were to put you into an MRI scanner…and flash the word ‘NO’ for less than one second, you’d see a sudden release of dozens of stress-producing hormones and neurotransmitters. These chemicals immediately interrupt the normal functioning of your brain, impairing logic, reason, language processing, and communication.
In fact, just seeing a list of negative words for a few seconds will make a highly anxious or depressed person feel worse, and the more you ruminate on them, the more you can actually damage key structures that regulate your memory, feelings, and emotions. You’ll disrupt your sleep, your appetite, and your ability to experience long-term happiness and satisfaction."*
All this from exposure to negativity and, in particular, the word no. Of course sometimes we have to say no to make space in our lives for more important things. However, we cannot live on a diet of no. It kills the spirit. We were made for yes.
Sunday we are going talk about what it means to say “yes” – to God and to the people around us.