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    I'm just posting and letting any debate, discussion, etc. go how it will...


    Meditation changes temperatures: Mind controls body in extreme experiments
    By William J. Cromie
    Issue: Apr. 18, 2002

    In a monastery in northern India, thinly clad Tibetan monks sat quietly in a room where the temperature was a chilly 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a yoga technique known as g Tum-mo, they entered a state of deep meditation. Other monks soaked 3-by-6-foot sheets in cold water (49 degrees) and placed them over the meditators' shoulders. For untrained people, such frigid wrappings would produce uncontrolled shivering.

    If body temperatures continue to drop under these conditions, death can result. But it was not long before steam began rising from the sheets. As a result of body heat produced by the monks during meditation, the sheets dried in about an hour.

    Attendants removed the sheets, then covered the meditators with a second chilled, wet wrapping. Each monk was required to dry three sheets over a period of several hours.

    Why would anyone do this? Herbert Benson, who has been studying g Tum-mo for 20 years, answers that "Buddhists feel the reality we live in is not the ultimate one. There's another reality we can tap into that's unaffected by our emotions, by our everyday world. Buddhists believe this state of mind can be achieved by doing good for others and by meditation. The heat they generate during the process is just a by-product of g Tum-mo meditation."

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    Mind Over Body

    I think this is a very interesting study. There seems to be no scientific explanation for raising the body temperature in this way, especially as we know it was their intention to do so.

    More research into this topic is needed, as the implications for health and well being for this kind of phenomenon surely are profound.

    Kerry Needs

    Whole Science
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