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The Mind-Body Connection in illness and Wellness | Swami Mukundananda MD Anderson Cancer Center Talk

December 30, 2019

let’s take a look at this mind-body
connection you all know of Pavlov’s experiments where he conditioned the dog
whereby the mere ringing of a bell caused the dog to salivate the ringing
of the Bell caused the mind to change its state in the dog and the change of
state caused the dog to salivate so right here you have the mind and the
body connection we also see that people’s appearances change based on
their state of mind and that is why you look at somebody and say why are you
looking so down today the person’s thought processes have impacted the
appearance are you saying oh you seem so jolly today so again the thought has a
connection with the mind if that is the case why should there not be a similar
strong and deep connection between the mind and the bodily organs doctors know
of the placebo effect there was a study conducted in 1950 by dr. Stuart wave he
used ipecac ipecac is a drug that causes vomiting he conducted this study on
ladies who were pregnant now naturally in the first few months of pregnancy
there is the tendency to vomit and to measure this tendency he made them
swallow little balloons so that the contraction which causes the vomiting
could be actually measured now when patients came to him complaining of
symptoms of vomiting dr. Stewart gave them a peacock and sure enough the
vomiting increased then he said now I have got a wonder
drug that has just come out it has just been tested it has a miraculous control
over Rama ting and I’m going to give this to you and when he will do it to
them their symptoms of vomiting would vanish for the night next morning again
they would reappear so when I read this since I am not trained in the medical
profession I said let me research this what causes vomiting and according to
the notes it is primarily caused by the brain the brain receives varieties of
signals but it is the vomit center in the brain that causes vomiting and hence
very naturally there is the strong connection between the state of the mind
and the tendency to vomit so the placebo effect the same ipecac when administered
with this message that it’s a Wong at controlling drug caused the symptoms to
vanish if any of you has studied management like I did you may have heard
of the Hawthorne effect do you know what is the Hawthorne effect you know in
production management about a century ago when they were endeavoring to
increase the production volume in factory lines so they would make an
adjustment supposing we do this for the workers what will happen and they found
when they mean to change the productivity increased when they made
the reverse change the productivity still increased and again they made a
third reverse change the productivity still increased then they wondered why
is this happening and they discovered what is happening is that the workers
are experiencing care somebody is thinking about them somebody is caring
for them it is that feeling that is making them produce more so similarly
what is God the placebo effect sometimes works as
remembered wellness placebo effect is sometimes demeaning if you say you know
you got cured by the placebo effect that person says you mean it was all in the
mind but this can be renamed as remembered wellness what is remembered
wellness we all remember the state of wellness and sometimes consciously or
subconsciously we replicate that state that is why some of you doctors may have
come across this phenomenon a patient is experiencing acute symptoms of viral
throat infection and then he or she goes to the doctor and the doctor says show
me and the symptoms have disappeared now the mere fact that the person is going
to meet the doctor tells the person subconscious that now I will be getting
all right and the remembered wellness takes place so this connection of the
state of mind with the body has a big consequence for the medical profession
how much do you reassure your patient I came across a study where before the
operation the anesthetist behaved badly with the patient saying I don’t know if
you’ll get all right or not and I’ll do my best but I don’t not so sure and none
of the other staff were aware that an experiment was being conducted
everything else was going on perfectly and the second group of patients the
anesthetist behaved very nicely and very reassuringly with that later on it was
discovered that with whom the anesthetist had behaved
well recovered in 2.7 days earlier than the first group so again it is
displaying the connection between the mind and the body
so there’s remembered wellness and the other side of it is remembered illness
you remember a sickly state and you can fall sick one study that was conducted
in 1981 in Kiribati which was previously called Gilbert Island here
the spinal tap was researched now spinal tap is you put an injection in the spine
and extract a bit of the spinal fluid so sometimes it leads to headaches now they
discovered that one out of eleven people experience headaches after the spinal
tap and this particular sample Griff it was ingrained in their look we are doing
this procedure on you and there’s a very high chance that you could get a
headache now they found that seven out of fifteen people got headaches so this
was the reverse of remembered wellness it is remembered illness a very common
phenomenon is the white collar hypertension the patient has perfect
blood pressure at home but when she visits the doctor she finds the blood
pressure has increased so again this is remembered illness mind making the body
sick an extreme example of this is given by dr. Herbert Benson who was one of the
pioneers in mind body research and his book the relaxation response so he talks
about Aboriginal tribes in Australia some of them have this custom of the
doctor of the dry morning people so the tribals believe that if the witch doctor
cans certain spells and burns me I have no hope there is no way I can live so he
says look what happens when the witch doctor gets annoyed and takes the bone
and starts waving it around at someone lifting the other hand skyward and
chanting something that person’s expression changes completely that
person thinks now I am done with there is absolutely no hope the expression
changes in a few minutes that person is suffocating holding the
neck and a few more minutes the person has fallen to the ground and has
unfortunate and grotesque as it may seem in a few hours the person has passed
away the intellect has decided and there is no hope you just cannot live that
this is the mind and the body connection


  • Reply lisa mousum December 22, 2018 at 4:24 am

    A proper intellect can be built only by the knowledge given to us by Saints and scriptures

  • Reply rohankarande December 22, 2018 at 4:27 am

    Fascinating how the Mind impacts our body and overall heath, to the extent it can cure disease or can lead to illness.
    Mind is the Key to a health life & it's only apt we give enough time to first keep our Mind Healthy!

  • Reply Meenu Kapoor/Kripaludassi December 22, 2018 at 4:27 am

    Mind has a huge impact on our health. Thanks Swami Ji for explaining us mind body connection.

  • Reply Preeti Malhotra December 22, 2018 at 5:30 am

    Excellent lecture on the mind-body connection! A must watch for everyone. Thanks for sharing this valuable knowledge!

  • Reply Karuna Sharma December 22, 2018 at 5:34 am

    Excellent explanation how mind has great affects on the body!!

  • Reply Karuna Sharma December 22, 2018 at 5:35 am

    It never came to me how even facial expressions changes with our state of mind!!

  • Reply Karuna Sharma December 22, 2018 at 5:37 am

    The concept How body changes our mind is supported by great example !!

  • Reply Kirit Shah December 22, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Radhey Radhey

  • Reply Priyanka Pradhan December 22, 2018 at 6:35 am

    Very true swamiji
    Thanks for the Bful lecture
    Radhey Radhey ?

  • Reply Amogh December 22, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Proper conditioning of the mind is of paramount importance in order to lead a healthy, fruitful and auspicious life. Psychosomatic science has only recently managed to establish the link between the mind and the body, something which the Vedas have stressed since time immemorial. God is all pure and bliss personified, and if the mind is sufficiently attached in Him, after a point we not just avoid diseases, but relish great Bliss, which finally culminates in eternal beatitude !
    Thank you Swamiji, for this beautiful message. All glories to Swamiji!

  • Reply Raj Singh December 22, 2018 at 7:04 am

    There is a co-relation between body and the state of mind. The positive vibrations will touch your heart with effulgence and negative vibrations will gloom you to the earth. It is all energy of thoughts which decides how you feel. Thanks Swamiji for the knowledge!

  • Reply Tanmay Kumar Padhi December 22, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Thought and mind has a direct impact on body and so it is very important to have a elevated mind and that comes through regular spiritual practice. Great video. Thank you.

  • Reply vishalkapoor82 December 22, 2018 at 7:27 am


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  • Reply Kiran Intwala December 22, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Radhey Radhey

  • Reply Kiran Intwala December 22, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Radhey Govinda swamiji excellent explanation . purnima day koti koti pranam swamiji .

  • Reply Kiran Intwala December 22, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Radhey Krishna

  • Reply Gobindo Das December 22, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Radhey radhey

  • Reply Binapani Panda December 22, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Radhey Radhey Swamiji Explained very easily about Mind – Body Connection ,He says there is a strong and deep connection between the mind and bodily organs. He explained about the vomiting in Pregnant time in first three months . It is the primarily caused by the brain . Thank you Swamiji for sharing this valuable knowledge. Radhey Radhey !!!

  • Reply Chandra Harnam Pokan December 22, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Great explanation, Radhey Radhey. ??

  • Reply kunal sharma December 22, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Radhey Radhey…

  • Reply anu patalapu December 22, 2018 at 1:23 pm


  • Reply Utsav Raj December 22, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Amazing… Thank you Swami ji.Radhe Radhe

  • Reply sunil sinha December 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Swamiji has given real life examples of body and mind connections. Our thoughts transferred to body conditions. Why not then, become healthy, happy and blissful. Radhey Radhey

  • Reply damodar rao vaka December 22, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Tqqq swamiji it's very good Motivation Today for Me

  • Reply Devi K December 22, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Radhey Radhey

  • Reply Sandhya Das December 22, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Wonderful lecture on the mind and body connection.Stress is associated with most of our illness. So to keep our body healthy we have to keep our mind healthy .

  • Reply Smita Mehta December 22, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Swamiji beautifully distinguishes between the brain (hardware) and the mind (software). The mind-body connection can be controlled by one’s own thoughts; negative thoughts disrupt the mind which in turn disrupts the body, resulting in disease. However, positive and noble thoughts elevate our thinking and behavior. Wow, thank you, Swamiji!

  • Reply Yogini Tripathi December 22, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Very nice explanation!!

  • Reply Chandni Jena December 22, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Such an awesome explanation of the connection between mind and body,Radhe Radhe Swami Ji

  • Reply Grace Smith December 22, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Remembered wellness and illness are the key takeaways from this video. Thanks for sharing this

  • Reply San Sou December 23, 2018 at 4:05 am

    A simple explanation for complex problems…. Thank you so much Swami ji……. Radhe Radhe

  • Reply Kiran Intwala December 23, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Radhey Radhey

  • Reply Sushila Birla December 24, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Radhey Radhey

  • Reply Dale Rafferty December 24, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Radhey Radhey

  • Reply Hari Swapna December 24, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Wonderful explanation!

  • Reply Hariprakash Venkatachalam December 24, 2018 at 4:14 am

    Great one

  • Reply Swapna Punyakoteeswaran December 24, 2018 at 4:19 am

    One of the best explanation on mind body connection! Must watch!

  • Reply Rohini Ramakrishnan December 24, 2018 at 5:01 am

    Fascinating information on mind- body connection!

  • Reply Sneha Rajendran December 24, 2018 at 5:27 am

    All of us have gone through experiences where we have felt the impact our moods, feelings and thoughts have on our body. It is vital that we realize this connection between mind and body and nourish inspiring thoughts for a healthy living.

  • Reply Gopika gd December 24, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Excellent explanation on Mind and body connections.

  • Reply Deepa C December 24, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Wonderful Lecture on body mind connection

  • Reply Ultimate Biraj December 24, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    So, how to keep mind healthy ?

  • Reply Gayatri Ch December 24, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Awesome explanation, Swamiji! Thank you !!

  • Reply Krishna Priya December 25, 2018 at 2:13 am

    Radhe Radhe

  • Reply Sarah Green December 25, 2018 at 5:30 am

    We are learning too much of the external world, instead need to spend lot more time on mastering our thoughts and emotions.

  • Reply shruti maggo December 25, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Mind plays a vital role on human behavior. Swamiji’s explaination on mind and body connection is another powerful speech..

    Swamiji’s motivational speech always leave positive impact on me ..Thank you Swamiji

  • Reply Gopal Trivedi December 25, 2018 at 9:05 am

    The mind body connection is wonderfully explained. Thank you Swamiji.

  • Reply Parag Birla December 25, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Wonderful explanation by Swamiji

  • Reply Koustubh Warty December 25, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Thank You Swamiji – this is as good as it gets. It’s all in the mind – I would recommend everyone to read Swamiji book on ‘The Art of Kind Management’ where he covers all these topics in greater details!!

    Radhey Radhey!!

  • Reply Renjini Jyothishmathy December 26, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Thank you so much, Swamiji for helping us with this wonderful tool of knowledge. The examples are so interesting.

  • Reply chaya lonakadi December 26, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Swamiji beautifully explains how our mind and thinking can impact the health and body. Positive and uplifting thoughts will aid in the wellness of the body. Negative thinking will make even a healthy person sick.

  • Reply Krishna Dubey December 27, 2018 at 4:29 am

    Radhey Radhey Swamiji………
    It was really something new to learn. A mind and body connection.

  • Reply Kasturi Deshmukh December 27, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Wonderful detailed information to help us understand the mind body connection. Thank you Swamiji. Radhey Radhey.

  • Reply Rinku Vijaywargiya December 28, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Radhe Radhe

  • Reply Ekta Kalra December 28, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    How simply Swami ji you explain everything. You are amazing !!
    Radhey Radhey।।

  • Reply kaushikkumar Purohit December 28, 2018 at 9:27 pm


  • Reply shyama41 December 31, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Radhey Radhey

  • Reply shyama41 December 31, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Fascinating mind body connection.

  • Reply Chitra Thakur January 9, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Remember wellness of self and others will make greater healty impact on body.
    Thanks swamiji

  • Reply Dale Rafferty January 10, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Beautiful point in this discourse that there is “remembered wellness.” The mind has memory of the state of being healthy and well that can allow for healing when there is a health challenge.

  • Reply sandeep shejwal January 10, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    well explanation..

  • Reply BANDITA PRADHAN January 26, 2019 at 2:56 am

    Wonderful explain swamiji Radhey Radhey

  • Reply BANDITA PRADHAN January 26, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    There is a strong and deep connection between the mind and bodily organs
    The placibo effect shows clearly the impact of thoughts on body.

  • Reply Santosh Taneja January 28, 2019 at 5:03 am

    "Swamiji presents us with many facts from scientific studies to relate the connection between mental health
    and physical health." Must watch and enjoy healthy life.

  • Reply Sanjay Bhati January 28, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Placebo can be renamed by remembered wellness.

  • Reply SASMITA PRADHAN January 28, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Here Swamiji has explained in detail the mind-body connection behind illness and wellness.

  • Reply Kcool40 February 1, 2019 at 3:15 am

    The mind has a huge impact on our health

  • Reply shivam singhal February 3, 2019 at 6:05 pm


  • Reply Mrutyunjay Pratap February 5, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Our illness and wellness depends upon our mental state.
    Our positive thoughts lead to good health whereas the
    negative thoughts derive illness.

  • Reply veena rao February 5, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Mind body connection explained beautifully by Swamiji with some very rare example. Thank you Swamiji.

  • Reply liza panigrahy February 6, 2019 at 4:26 am

    "Sometimes when we approach a doctor on falling ill,it
    makes us believe that we will get better and it happens
    infact. So there is a deep connection between mind-body
    and our health."

  • Reply Sabita Satapathy February 7, 2019 at 4:22 am

    Very special learning message video
    Through this we learnt that how we control our mind setup.we need to find out the form of body and mind connection.The Brain receives varieties of signal.we need to fill our mind with positive thoughts by the help of a proper intellect for a state of wellness. Radhey Radhey Swamiji..????

  • Reply Smruti shree Panigrahy February 15, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Sometimes just by talking to a doctor makes us feel better,so there is a big connection between mind body and our health.

  • Reply Sushanta Kumar Mohanty February 18, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    here Swami ji has explained in detail about the mind-body connection in the background of illness and wellness.

  • Reply Hyma R February 19, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Wonderful explanation about mind body connection

  • Reply Grace Smith February 19, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Very interesting examples from the medical field to show the mind body connection. Thanks for uploading this video.

  • Reply Babita Ramkrishn February 19, 2019 at 4:26 am

    The connection between mind and body, really appreciate for real examples. Thank you Swamjij.

  • Reply Karuna Sharma February 19, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Mind blowing explanation by Swami Mukundananda how the body and minds are connected!!

  • Reply Karuna Sharma February 19, 2019 at 4:40 am

    Scientific examples made the concept very strongly proven that body and mind are connected and get effected by each other!!

  • Reply Karuna Sharma February 19, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Remembered wellness and remembered illness was a new concept to me !!

  • Reply swapna simhadri February 19, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Remembered wellness is a wonderful tool to keep our mind healthy….

    Radhey Radhey

  • Reply Bidulata Mishra February 20, 2019 at 11:14 am

    The placibo effect shows but there is a strong connetion between the state of mind and body reaction that is the impact of thoughts on health.

  • Reply APARNA SHARMA February 23, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Swamiji a excellent example. The connection between mind and body!!

  • Reply Padmini Nag March 8, 2019 at 11:40 am

    the Placibo can be renamed by remembered wellness.

  • Reply Puspanjali panda March 8, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    How throne effect proves that it was the thinking of the workers that they produced more.

  • Reply Fakir Mohan Behera March 9, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Swami ji presents us with many facts, some scientific studies to relate the connection between mental and physical health

  • Reply Sushanta Kumar Mohanty March 9, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Remembered wellness is an important tool to keep our mind healthy.

  • Reply Hina Patel March 12, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    What a excellent answer about mind and body connection by Swami Mukundananda. Radhey Radhey !!

  • Reply Tripti Golwalkar March 14, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Great explanation of mind-body connection..Radhey Radhey

  • Reply Harish Rangacharya-Personal March 16, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Mind has all subtle senses. Just as external situations disturb the mind the reverse is also true.

  • Reply Shena Roy March 18, 2019 at 4:10 am

    Loved the lecture!!!!!!

  • Reply Meena Goyal March 27, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you Swamiji for explaining this mysterious thing, connection of body and mind. I really needed to listen to it. Thank you so much?????

  • Reply Kasturi Deshmukh April 1, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Swamiji has simplified and explained so beautifully the mind body connection. Thank you Swamiji.

  • Reply Preeti Malhotra April 2, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Ever wonder about the mind-body connection? Watch this amazing video to learn more!

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  • Reply Fab Doc April 23, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Care about workers

  • Reply Leela Thain June 2, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Very good explanation Swamiji.
    Thank you.

  • Reply Smita Mehta June 13, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Swamiji beautifully says that positive and noble thoughts elevate our thinking and behavior which in turn results in good physical and mental health. Thank you, Swamiji!

  • Reply Jayesh Patel October 13, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    In this video Swamiji shows the connection between Mind-Body and our Health with wonderful examples.

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