Another Harvard doctor, cardiologist Herbert Benson, witnessed remarkable feats of the mind-body connection while studying the religious rituals and ceremonies of Tibetan monks.
Intrigued by accounts of monks who could wrap their bodies in sheets that were dipped into freezing water and within an hour dry them in frigid weather by using a special “psychic heat” that they were able to generate within their own bodies.
He traveled to Tibet with the Dalai Lama’s blessing and was able to study the monks.
He determined that the monks were capable of raising their skin temperature as much as 17 degrees.
If a normal person were exposed to these near freezing temperatures, the blood would typically be routed away from the skin towards the person’s core to keep warm.
He was also able to witness their metabolism drop by as much as 64 percent.
To put that decrease in perspective, metabolism, or oxygen consumption, drops only 10-15 percent in sleep and about 17 percent during simple meditation.
Dr. Benson says
“More than 60% of visits to physicians in the United States are due to stress related problems, most of which are poorly treated by drugs, surgery, or other medical procedures. My hope is that self-care will stand equal with medical drugs, surgery, and other therapies that are now used to alleviate mental and physical suffering. Along with nutrition and exercise, mind/body approaches can be part of self-care practices that could save millions of dollars annually in medical costs.”
These examples are only a small sample of what we are capable of, and it is my hope that it will at the very least give you pause to examine what you believe you’re capable of accomplishing and ultimately what we could all achieve.
Imagine for a moment how, if studied further, and put into practice, what could be accomplished.
What the implications might be for cancer treatment, obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure among countless other ailments.
I will leave you with this quote from the Buddha that I feel is fitting.
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make our world.”
About the author:
Edward Lamaide is the founder of Hypnosis Connections LLC.
A certified consulting hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists.
A Certified Reiki master practitioner and teacher.
As well as an instructor of meditation in several disciplines.
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