What is the Mind and Body Connection?

When humans take birth, they are as undeveloped as the offspring of any other species. But as we grow up, our mind develops at such an astonishing rate, that it becomes the core of our existence. Though mind and body are equally significant, there is an overwhelming evidence that the mind, is in fact, the driving force of the human existence. Since ages, scientists, psychologists, and philosophers have greatly accentuated the impact that the mind has on the body. The fact, that mental stress is the starting point of psychosomatic illnesses and high blood pressure, is proof enough that the mind exercises control over the functioning of the human body. In this article, we discuss the obscure scientific relationship between the duo of mind and body and also put forward a fairly unknown intellectual view of the mind and body connection.

How complicated is the human body?

The human body is the entire structure of a human being. It is a combination of every detectable part that directly or indirectly supplements and sustains life in a human being. From the 78 main organs like the heart, lungs, kidney, liver, eyes, and nose, to the trillions of cells, everything constitutes the human body. On a more elementary level, a major portion of the human body is made up of the elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorous.

The organs in a human body do not function in isolation but require some very complicated systems like the immune system, digestive system, circulatory system and nervous system.

  • The immune system is a combination of cells, tissues, and organs, which protects the human body from external agents like bacteria and viruses.
  • The digestive system is a combination of organs, which converts food into energy and nutrients to support the entire body.
  • The circulatory system allows the blood to transport nutrients, oxygen, carbon dioxide and blood cells to various parts of the body.
  • The nervous system is a combination of nerve cells and fibers, which regulates the five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. It connects the brain with the other organs through the spinal cord.

Is brain the most complicated organ?

The brain is perhaps the least understood organ in the human body. Despite the recent advances in neurosciences, most things about the human brain, remain a mystery. The human brain is the principal organ of the human nervous system. It is made up of billions of nerves that send countless signals every moment. The human brain is divided into several key sections like the cerebrum, the cerebellum, the diencephalon and the brainstem.

  • The cerebrum is the largest part of the brain, located in the front area of the skull and is made up of two hemispheres, left and right. The primary functions of the cerebrum include motor functions, sensory processing, memory, and speech.
  • The cerebellum is located at the back of the skull and plays an important role in motor control and cognitive functions such as attention and language.
  • The diencephalon is the posterior part of the forebrain. It includes the thalamus, the hypothalamus, the epithalamus and the subthalamus. It is mainly responsible for the visceral activities. It works alongside the automatic nervous system responsible for the unconscious activities like heart rate, digestion, respiration and pupillary response. This portion of the brain is where the pituitary gland and the pineal gland reside.
  • The brainstem is located in the midbrain region and forms the connection between the brain and the spinal cord. All information that goes to and from cerebrum and cerebellum, must pass through the brainstem. Its primary functions include cardiovascular system control, respiratory control, alertness and consciousness.

 

The real science of Mind

Quite often, the human mind is equated with the human brain. However, the brain is part of the physical human body but the mind is an invisible entity which can only be qualified but cannot be quantified. Science describes human mind as the ability of the human brain to perceive, judge, think and memorize. It is also said that the human mind is a collective representation of the primitive functions of the brain like love, joy, fear, hate. However, a better representation of human mind is in terms of consciousness. In this representation, the mind is said to exist at 3 different levels namely, the conscious mind, the subconscious mind, and the unconscious mind.

  • The conscious mind is your state of awareness. The conscious mind uses your senses, sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch to communicate with the outside world. Your first perception when you come in contact with an external object is created by virtue of conscious mind.
  • The subconscious mind sits on a layer beneath the conscious mind. The subconscious mind is the place where your recent memories reside. Because subconscious mind also sits on top of conscious mind, it is capable of pulling older memories from your unconscious mind. This makes the subconscious mind all the way more powerful and capable of converting your subtle thoughts into action.
  • The unconscious mind is the final storeroom for all your memories. Be it your childhood memories or memories from your distant past, all of them stay safe in your unconscious mind. Many religious figures and philosophers believe that unconscious mind stores the memories from all your previous lives.

 

The two views of mind and body connection

 

  • Scientific Line – The mind and body connection is indisputable. Any change in the mind affects the body and any change in the body equally affects the mind. When you are extremely happy, your entire body becomes energetic. During such times, even the stiffest of individuals start limbering up in excitement. On the contrary, a negative state of mind can make your actions clumsy and make you look stiff and cloddish. On a more elemental level, when you are stressed out, your blood pressure becomes high. Prolonged high blood pressure can cause Coronary artery disease and can also result in heart failure. High blood pressure can result in Dementia and brain stroke, and can also affect your kidneys. Similarly, when your body is weak, your brain finds it hard to function properly. Physical illnesses can spread up to the brain and result in all kinds of mental problems.

 

  • Intellectual View – Beyond the scientific line, lies a more intellectual view of mind and body connection; the one that takes consciousness into consideration. Did you know that the subconscious mind is subjective and the conscious mind is objective? The conscious mind is in the habit of giving orders and the subconscious mind likes to take the orders. Your conscious mind sows the seed of thoughts in your subconscious mind and your subconscious mind manifests your imagination. Which essentially means that, for your body to perform great things for you, your mind must be fed with the right kind of thoughts. If you want to see your dreams fructifying, you must feed your subconscious mind with creative and positive ideas relating to your dreams. The more you nurture your imagination and relate your dreams to your reality, the closer your dreams get to reality. A great painter paints his masterpiece in his mind first. The best musicians imagine their music before actually composing it. Every great work gets done in mind first and then on the outside. So, every great thing you want to achieve needs to be sown and nurtured in your subconscious mind first, and only then will it take a form and become a reality. This basic law is the essence of mind and body connection. It has the power to strengthen your mission and make your visions come true.