Harshith Yarlagadda

student in Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Patna

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To what extent can we direct our mind with the help of our body/actions?

The above two TED talks show,how trying to control either of body or mind can draw change in the other.It's really fascinating to know this kind of response.I wanted to know how far and how effectively can we use this mind-body co-ordination.

  • Oct 13 2013: I believe we can to a big extent, or at least bigger than the one we think.
    take this simple example and even try it: monitor yourself when you are feeling unhappy, sad or depressed. you will find that your body assumes a certain position, your hands or legs may be moving, etc, you may be picking at your nails, playing with your hair, etc. we tent to do the same things every time we are feeling sad, depressed, etc (it s physical defense mechanism to mental pain.). Once you have a list of such mannerisms, try the following:
    Try assuming that position, body movement, facial expression, etc when you are not sad or depressed. Keep at it and pretty soon you will feel yourself slipping into a sad state.
    Your mind has a memory of your sad state and will revert to it when your body acts sad.
    MS (psychologist MSc)
  • Oct 12 2013: There is constant feedback
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    Oct 31 2013: Hello Harshith,
    To what extent can we direct our mind with the help of our body/actions?

    Probably to whatever extent we decide to go with the concept! I believe the best results are achieved when all systems of the body/mind are working together.

    My experience with this idea was intensified after a near fatal head/brain injury years ago. My family was told that I probably would not live, and when the body started stabilizing, with the help of life support systems, the family was told that if I lived, I would not ever function "normally" again. That is what I learned when I regained consciousness.

    Somewhere, in the back of my mind (such as it was), I remembered that I had learned to walk, talk and function before, and I believed I could learn how to do it again....maybe not to the same level as before, but I was going to try my best.

    There were times when I was trying to walk again, when the body systems took the lead and convinced the mind that walking was possible, and there were times when I really had to concentrate with the brain/mind to ask the feet and legs to cooperate. It was the combined effort of all the systems, along with curiosity and determination, that allowed me to function at a high level again.

    It is as you say...a "mind-body co-ordination" that creates the best results. You are a mechanical engineer, and to me, the body/mind systems are very intricate mechanisms. You know that if one interconnected part of the mechanism is not working well, the other parts do not function well either......correct? Our body/mind systems are similar...in my humble perception and experience:>)
  • Oct 14 2013: Pain works pretty good but so do all the other senses.
  • Oct 12 2013: I think theres a huge variation between individuals with regards to how much thier body affects their minds, thats why some are more susceptable to hypnosis than others. Similarly, different discomfort tolerence can for example, determine who takes a day off sick and who doesnt when faced with the same illness.
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    Oct 12 2013: where can we put the emotion in the equation of sprit,body?
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    Oct 11 2013: If you read Paramahansa Yogananda's "Autobiography of a Yogi" you will find many examples to answer your question.
    The answer, in short, is "a long way"; but remembering that mind is at a higher level than body, and spirit a higher level than mind. Experiencing the way in which all 3 aspects relate to each other is an interesting way to live one's life.