The Body Mind Connection

He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.

Edgar A. Guest (Poet)

Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.
Spanish Proverb

One of the principles that underpin NLP is that the mind and body form part of the same system. Changes in one can lead to changes in the other.

This makes intuitive sense:

•    Our body language of differs according to the emotional state we are in (happy or sad)
•    Changing our physiology can change our mood, for example, working out in the gym after a tiring day
•    We intuitively read a great deal about a person’s emotional state, their thinking etc. from shifts in their body language
•    When engaged in an exciting activity we notice pain less (“it’s only a scratch!”)
•    Simply imagining eating something pleasant or unpleasant can cause individuals to salivate or gag!
•    People who believe they will get better actually do heal faster than those who don’t believe (even if the condition is similar)
•    Mental activities such as meditation can affect heart rate, blood flow etc.
•    Athletes who work on their “mental game” tend to perform better than those who don’t (e.g. the phenomenon of ‘choking’)

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