The Wonders of the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection

Like many people, I’ve witnessed some amazing events or been given incredible anecdotes suggesting a mind-body-spirit connection. What exactly is going on here?

I have seen somebody carry a 250-pound man on his back while he walked bare foot over a pathway laden with shards of broken glass. His feet were totally unscathed after the event.

When I was at university, my tutor studied psychosomatic affects on asthmatics. One day, one of his subjects was told of her father’s unexpected sudden death. Five minutes after hearing the bad news, she died of a massive asthma attack.

Some of the most extraordinary phenomenon I’ve ever come across was that from studies conducted on multiple personality disorder (MPD) patients. These are individuals who had gone through traumatic and painful experiences (usually from child abuse). They had considered the experiences to be too painful to bear. So in order to cope with the situations, they somehow chose to switch off from being their normal selves and take on a different personality to deal with things: What makes this unique is that one personality may have no memory of the existence of the other personality.

As life goes by for an MPD, an increasing number of these amnesically compartmentalized personalities can develop. Each personality with its unique trait develops usually to deal with the different traumatic and painful situations.

-Some of the things that have happened with these individuals are extraordinary. It could be said that their minds can affect their behaviour to such an extent that it defies the very nature of reality.

For examples, from studies, one MPD patient has been known to produce all the symptoms of type-2 diabetes. Then, when switching to another personality, become normal in blood glucose regulation.

Another MPD was known to have one personality that was belligerent in character, always making trouble and alcoholically intoxicated. However, he could quickly switch to a mild-mannered personality and become totally sober, completely unaffected by the drink.

Some MPD patients have been known to change eye colour during their different personalities…

It could be said that the mind-body-spirit connection has been shown from studies using the placebo effect: One group of subjects, not knowing that there was no medicine involved, only a sugar pill they had each taken, were then told that they would be made well. The outcome produced a significant number of subjects who got well. This contrasted with the other group who were actually told that the pill was only a sugar tablet: This group did not produce any significant results.

Why did the first group produce a significant number of well individuals, when both groups with the same ailment took exactly the same thing, an ineffective sugar pill? The subjects that got well from the first group demonstrated the power of the faith they had in this situation Yet another example of the mind-body-spirit connection.

Indeed, the mind-body-spirit connection covers a wide range of subjects. Whether it’s related to the bio-psychological model which entails thoughts, emotions, behaviours and social factors that affect health, or the more far-reaching such as out-of-body or near-death experiences, it clearly shows that there is a whole lot more to the nature of reality than what we currently understand and we would do well to learn more from.

The Mind Body Spirit Connection – Raise Your Awareness and Find More Life Passion, Balance and Joy

The Buddha taught that awareness has universal effects. Be aware of the lifestyle you choose. What is good for you is also good for the animals and Earth itself. Be aware of yourself as both physical and spiritual beings. This relationship empowers you. Be aware of the Mind Body Spirit connection. It allows you to create a fuller and more meaningful life on Earth.

Reframe your inner talk and use your mind’s power for positive change.
Your every thought vibrates and attracts similar thoughts. You increase your stress with thoughts that make you feel bad. You weaken your body’s immune system. Instead choose good feeling thoughts or at least thoughts that make you feel better. Express your appreciation often. This simple act anchors you in the present and raises your energy level.

These mental practices assist you in letting go of concerns for past and future. They cultivate your inner strength. They increase your passion for life. They support your body’s capacity to heal. Your mind is a powerful ally. With each good feeling thought you promote your general well-being and joyful living.

Stimulate the healing power of your body with regular exercise.
Neuroscience has convincingly shown the healing power of the human body. Your body is a complex, interconnected system. Each function affects the others. With its trillions of cells, your intelligent body seeks balance at all times. Make one change and you affect the whole. Simple lifestyle changes can have powerful effects.

Choosing one positive habit, such as regular exercise, helps mind and body. The heart pumps more blood and sends oxygen and nutrients to the brain and organs. You look, think and feel better. You strengthen your immune system and enjoy more vitality. With each conscious choice you tap into your body’s natural wisdom. You stimulate your body’s healing power.

Focus your attention within and nourish your inner Spirit.
You are constantly bombarded by external stimuli. You don’t have much time for stepping away from the outside world. And yet personal transformation happens from the inside out.

Quiet time alone restores life balance and raises self-awareness. You go within and connect with something larger than yourself. But how can you hear wisdom from within, if you are never still enough to listen? When possible, walk alone in natural surroundings and reconnect with Earth. You renew body, mind and spirit with time for yourself. Solitude is not a luxury.

Be gentle with yourself and easy about your life. Keep your goals simple, clear and consistent. Single out one area where you want to begin. Choose what feels good to you. Progress in one area almost always leads to progress in others. And commit to sharing your progress with someone else on a regular basis. This practice gives you the best chance for making a change.

You are an infinite choice maker. With each choice you are creating your future. Be aware of what matters the most to you and make conscious choices. With them you are promoting your general well-being. Seek the personal transformation that gives life more meaning. When you make a decision to honor the Mind Body Spirit connection, you grow and thrive. You find more life passion, balance and joy.