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The Common Thread that Binds the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Updated on October 15, 2013

People are so busy with their lives that they don't know when to stop. Oftentimes, people are under stress because of the toxicity of their work environment and the pressures that go with their line of work. Millions do not have time to sit back and relax. Because of these, human beings are getting sick. A wonderful topic was shared on the Dr. Oz show. They discussed how the mind, body, and spirit work. Dr. Oz mentioned that the mind, body, and spirit are connected through the brain. If we calm down the mind, we would have a healthy state of mind.

Three women viewers took part in an experiment that was done on the show. The three women sat in front of the computer for an hour and viewed two kinds of videos. The first was a chaotic video and the second one was a calming video. Their blood pressure was taken while watching the videos online. One of the women felt anxious and eager after watching the chaotic video. The video contained too much noise such as fire alarms, sirens, and a crying baby. When the three women watched the chaotic video, their heart rate surged and their blood pressure was all over the place. Whereas when they watched the calm video, their blood pressure dropped due to relaxation response. It was revealed that when a person watches a noisy video, the heart beats fast and pumps a huge amount of blood to the system. When a person watches a soothing video, the nerves calm down and it relaxes the body.

Minister Dr. Michael Beckwith was a guest on the show and shared insights on attaining a calmer mind, body, and spirit. According to Beckwith, you don't necessarily have to be a Catholic or a Buddhist to have a sound mind. We are spiritual beings that need to connect to a supreme being. Beckwith stressed that those who meditate and pray lead a calming lifestyle. We are spiritual beings with talents and gifts. If the body is healthy, there is greater opportunity to express what's inherent within us. If we are not taking care of our body temple, we are hypochondriac and we always get sick. Because of that, we could not be of service to the planet and have less time helping other people.

Neurologist Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary explained how pessimism can affect our health. People tend to whine when things go wrong. One way to counterfeit complaining is to have a sense of gratitude. When people complain too much, we suffer from Intention Deficit Disorder. To avoid this dreaded sickness, we should set an intention every day. Don't be negative by complaining. Establish your own intention and watch how that energy moves in that direction and you will notice how it changes your life.

Meditation has proven its effectiveness over the years. Twenty million Americans meditate and have seen positive results in their lives. They have lower blood pressure and are less prone to stress. Most people would often rant about not having enough time to meditate. Dr. Oz picked two people from the audience and asked them to write down the stereotypes that they have on meditation. They wrote down the words calm, hippie, crossed legs, and yoga. Doctor Oz showed two brain scanned figures. The first was a brain of a non-meditating individual and the second one was a brain of a meditating person. Colors represented how the brain should look like if a person meditates regularly. If the brain is mostly yellow, then that means there is more blood supply in the brain. If the brain was mostly green, then the brain doesn't have enough blood supply. When a person meditates frequently, the brain lights up because meditation pushes more blood to the brain. These parts of the brain are important in making a mind and body connection. The end result is having a calm mind and happiness.

Andy Puddicombe was a Buddhist monk who gave up college to travel to India to be with the monks and nuns. He said that it only takes 10 minutes a day to meditate. Here are the steps in performing a ten minute meditation.

1. Get a timer and set it for 10 minutes.

2. Find a place where you could not be disturbed.

3. Sit on a chair with your legs uncrossed.

4. Sit up straight and take a deep breath through the nose and exhale through the mouth.

5. As you exhale, gently close the eyes and feel the weight of your body.

6. From the top of your head, scan down through the body and notice how your body feels. Notice what feels comfortable and not comfortable in your relaxation.

7. Do it repetitively for better results.

It's vital to take care of our mind, body, and spirit. These parts of the body are interconnected for our system to function. We can meditate right in our homes by listening to calming music and engaging in deep breathing. At this time, we can't afford to be sick. The prices of medicines have skyrocketed. Getting sick is not an option. Living a healthy lifestyle can save us trips to the doctor and money.

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