In the winter of 2021, Cai Emmons completed a new novel within days of receiving a diagnosis of an untreatable terminal illness (ALS). The new novel is impossible to categorize, and she was sure it was unpublishable. The novel can only be read as a metaphorical chronicle of her developing illness.
The link between the mind and the body
- We know the mind can exert influence over the body. Research shows that athletes can improve performance by visualizing what they will do in advance.
- The mind’s power over the body also aids healing.
- We are unable to think clearly if we’re under-rested, famished, or in pain.
- Cai’s work was affected by her physical aches and pains.
- The function of mind and body are integral to one another and thus cannot be separated.
- The human gut biome has been found to impact our overall health and well-being and as such it has been dubbed “the second brain.”
- The gut has an enteric nervous system and the largest supply of serotonin in the entire body. 90% of the transmissions travel from gut to brain; only 10% travel from the brain to gut.
- Most fiction writers don’t go seeking ideas actively; ideas seem to descend on them, challenging them to bring them to light. The sense of an idea originates beyond cerebral control, not external but deeply internal in our gut.