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How are our feelings and our bodies intimately connected?

Arianna Huffington
Health Education

We are not merely soul, or merely body, or merely mind. We are not one-dimensional, but neither are soul, body and mind disconnected. When our feelings change, our bodies change. Anger produces strong breathing, fear creates shallow breathing, and sorrow expresses itself with broken breathing: sobs. We have known for years that psychological stress can cause severe and even fatal physical illness. Experiments rigorous enough to convince the most adamant rationalist have shown that 30 percent of patients experiencing severe pain receive exactly as much relief from a placebo as from a prescription painkiller. In other experiments with placebos, gastric secretions in ulcer patients have stopped, blood pressure has been lowered, and tumors have shrunk. The boundaries between our bodies, our minds and our feelings are extremely permeable.

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