There are many sides to a human personality but let us focus on two key ones which matter to most of us, “Our Body” and “Our Mind.”
Our Body is the aspect of our personality that is visible, physical, and what keeps us literally going. The other, Our Mind, is invisible, ethereal and manages the entire processing system of the body.
When both these aspects are in sync, we function successfully, but we’re in trouble when the body and mind go off sync. And, if this is not healed, the desynchronization begins affecting our system – our health.
The Mind-Body Relationship
We can understand the mind-body alchemy through the experiments of Japanese researcher Masaru Emoto. And while you may not recognize his name, chances are that you may have seen or heard about his work which states, ‘Water can understand and retain the energy of human intention’.
In the 1990s, the Japanese researcher took samples from the Fujiigawa Dam in Japan and performed a series of experiments. In the first bit of experiment, he took pictures of the molecular structure of water, which when viewed were disturbing and chaotic.
Emoto took the same water sample to a Zen Buddhist monk and got it blessed. He came back to his lab, froze the water, and studied the molecular structure again.
You may see the difference for yourself in the pictures. At left, is the ‘unblessed’ sample, and on the right is the frozen and blessed water molecule.
Emoto continued with his experiment by placing the samples before the expression of various emotions. For instance, he placed in front of people expressing positive emotions like “Thank you,” “I love you,” and when somebody said something negative like “I hate you,” “I want to kill you,” etc.
The researcher’s findings were astounding. The frozen water molecules naturally formed discernible crystals. But what was startling Was that the frozen water crystals that belonged to positive bottles were even and geometric in shape, whereas the crystals formed with negative messages were de-formed and chaotic in shape.
Emoto named his findings ‘Hado’, which means “life force energy” and through his experiment postulated that water could understand and retain energy. Through these experiments he also raised an important question:
“Given the high-water composition of the human brain and body, if water is in fact conscious and receptive to energy frequencies, how can these positive or negative messages affect our bodies on a molecular level?”
Think about it, if you are asked to survive without food and water, how many days could you go without?
Research says around 8 to 21 days. But, if you are asked to survive without oxygen, how many minutes can you go?
We all know the chemical composition of water (two atoms hydrogen (H2) linked to one atom oxygen (O)). We also know that our body is made up of 70% water that has oxygen, and that we breathe in oxygen.
So, what we need to analyze are positive and negative messages, and how we can convert negative messages to positive, to ensure the energy frequency in our body stays stable and even.
The simplest way is through our habits; What we eat and drink, how we talk, whose words influence us the most, in short, the way we live our life. All of the messages conceived by our minds, and to which the body responds are communicated through our habits.
A study done by the University of Washington found that the leading causes of death are consequences of bad habits such as poor diet, smoking, and a lack of exercise. Outside the U.S., the individual risk factor for death was high blood pressure, which is another lifestyle and habit -related disorder.
While the common adages will concern diet, tips on how to quit smoking or advocate exercise and Yoga, I suggest a different approach.
You need to make up your mind and make a choice; whether it is to change your diet, quit smoking, or taking up exercise.
Instead of working on what to do, you should start working on ‘HOW’ to create good habits. Here are a few tried and tested methods:
- Work on your Thoughts
‘What you think becomes your reality.’
The first step towards cultivating good habits would be to work on your thoughts. Raise your level of awareness towards untrue feelings and thoughts, and consciously let go of them.
It takes practice. For instance, your food habits depend a lot on your thoughts. You must have noticed how you crave certain foods, cannot stop yourself from savoring it, even when your stomach is screaming at you: “that’s it; can’t take anymore.”
Because it is your mind encouraging you to have more.
What happens when you become aware of this tendency, is that you can start listening to your body instead. For that you need to train your mind.
- Train Your Mind
The best way to train the mind is through ‘Ethical Intelligence.’ It is not about knowing right from wrong. Rather it is about making the right choices, in every moment and every day.
The simplest example would be ‘early to bed and early to rise’. You’re browsing or doom-scrolling on social media, but you feel your eyes growing heavy with sleep. Give in, put that phone away, and close your eyes.
That is how you train your mind. Focus on beginning small and working yourself up to the bigger targets.
- Start Revamping Small Habits
I am a Heartfulness Meditation Trainer, and I always suggest that everyone programs the mind through small habits. Never give yourself a big target like following a yearlong exercise regime, etc.
Rather, start with something small, like not snoozing your alarm every time it goes off. I have seen people setting a target weight to reach in a year, but the major issue is getting up early.
Give yourself a target period, and for the next 40 days try to get up at a certain set time.
You will see how eventually it becomes a habit to get up at the set time, and once that is sorted, I am sure you will get into a habit of exercising daily too.
So, next time you’re concerned over whether to focus on the mind or working on getting a healthy body, think of thoughts and habits instead, the rest will fall in place.
Or if I may say get ‘in sync.’