Does such a question warrant an intelligent debate? How can an asthmatic question their medical diagnosis and compare it with a psychological diagnosis? Are the two interchangeable?
I hope by my conclusion you will understand my position, and mind set. Have I lost my mind? hopefully not but; I have noticed several similarities which I would like to explore; please feel free to comment below. I would like to be clear, I am not emphasising a preference to one the other condition.
In the last two weeks I have been admitted in two hospitals, two respiratory wards and seen several asthmatic patients.
Take a minute to take part in an experiment I used to entertain me whilst in hospital. Whilst talking with someone, keep touching your face, the person you’re engaging with will soon copy your movements and touch the exact same place on their face. This works for any part of the body and doesn’t require conversation, the same results can be found with just eye contact.
This made me think…If someone believes that there is something on their body, when they can see or know there is nothing there then why do they still react?
In a similar way, when I hear someone wheezing why I do start to feel the symptoms? I found myself struggling with my symptoms when seeing others suffering. I also found relief when they were receiving medication.
So, if the physical effects of someone had a definite reaction on me what else could the mind be capable of?
As a Hindu from a religious family meditation has always been a part of ritual and a tool to use against daily struggles. Have I conjured images of orange robes, long hair incense sticks and chanting? Well; much like most religions society and time have diluted its practises.
I adapt my meditation to fit into my daily routine; for example, I have a 30 minute drive into work, this presents me with the ideal time to concentrate on my breathing, practise the actions of inhaling through my nose and exhaling out the mouth, holding my breathe and altering the depth and speed of my breathe. This is my definition of meditation.
To explore further one thinks about the power of the mind. What is a positive and strong willed mind capable of?
I noticed whilst in hospital, patients that had a positive mind set on their condition and the position they were in seemed to progress further through their treatment and get discharged sooner then the patients who resigned to beds and stayed asleep for the whole day, and not recognising improvements in their health.
I suppose what has lead me to this ‘junction’ is the fact that due to medical interventions having a reducing effect I have become prone to searching for another solutions and seeking help in places I have previously overlooked when all is well.
I hope you enjoyed this alternative look to health, I would like to read your comments and views on this topic.
Next week I will write about my first treatment at the Brompton.
Take a breathe,