What has been long suspected has become irrefutable: there is a connection between the mind and body.

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The mind body connection

Meditation helps strengthen the mind body connection

The mind body connection is the basis behind the placebo effect.

The healing that takes place when you take a tablet that does not contain an active drug, a placebo, is caused by your mind.

It is also why so many personal development books emphasise having a positive posture.

Amy Cuddy captures this beautifully in her TED Talk, titled Your body language may shape who you are

Cuddy shows how you can use what she calls “power poses” to get you in a powerful, positive frame of mind.

Biofeedback

I had an opportunity to test the impact of mind over body using what’s called biofeedback when I went to the Accident and Emergency Department at my local hospital.

The nurse attached a heart rate monitor to my thumb to measure my pulse, which meant that I had the opportunity for biofeedback.

I thought that I would test if I could use biofeedback to reduce my pulse, while waiting for a doctor to come and see me.

When I arrived, my heart was beating so fast that I could feel my pulse racing.

It was approaching 90 bpm.

This was not a surprise because I felt worried about my diagnosis.

As I calmed down and became less anxious in the sparse waiting room, I found that it reduced to my resting rate of around 60 bpm.

I thought to myself: what if I could reduce it further using only my thoughts to test my mind-body connection.

I concentrated on lowering my pulse by breathing deeper and slower, and imagining my heart rate reducing, and found that I reduced it by a further 10% over the next hour.

This had an interesting though not surprising side effect: as my pulse lowered, so my body relaxed.

And as my body relaxed, so my mind became calmer, creating a virtuous circle.

The mind-body connection had given me the most relaxing emergency appointment I had ever had!

What about you? Have you had a similar experience? Let me know using the button below.

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3 thoughts on “The Mind Body Connection

  1. Howdy! This post couldn’t be written any better! Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept preaching about this. I will send this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a great read. Thanks for sharing!

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