It is generally assumed that the mind and the body are two distinct entities. But in reality both co-exist with very strong inter connections. Researches and studies have confirmed the control of the mind over the human physiology. The positive or the adverse effects of the mind-body connection has been observed through several examples .
The positive impact of meditation on the human body has been widely accepted .It has been found to control physical processes like blood pressure and body temperature leaving many a medical practitioner confused. The experience of controlling normal physical faculties has been fascinating to the observer but is reported as routine occurrence by the practitioners of meditative practices.
Another occurrence that has fascinated many, especially medical practitioners has been the placebo effect. This leads one to believe that medicines may not only be working on its own merit but a part of the effect may also be due to the people’s belief that medicines actually work for them. This is also true because there are thousands who consume the same drug but the effects are varied due to varied levels of belief and faith in the treatment.
The effect of mind and the thought process on the physical faculties may be best explained by the couplet from ‘रामचरितमानस’ “जाकि रही भावना जैसी, प्रभु मूरत देखि तिन तैसी “.In conclusion there are many reasons to believe in the positive or negative effects of thoughts on the human body. The following quote can be remembered to understand the control of the mind over the body “Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions; watch your actions, they become habits; watch your habits, they become character; watch your character, for it becomes your destiny“.