Did you know that your physical posture affects your biochemistry? Did you know that every person is genetically predisposed to adopt a physical posture according to mood or feeling?
Social psychologist Amy Cuddy explains that when a blind person experiences a victory they immediately throw arms in the air even though they have never seen, or been taught the behavior.
Our bodies genetically and chemically are designed to follow the reactions of the mind. For example, the exhilaration of triumph causes tiny electrical synapses in the brain that trigger lightning fast genetic activity which direct our nervous system to release hormones that change our biochemistry.
The connection between thought, mood, and body is so profound that researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Scripps Research Institute suspected that mood may ultimately affect our longevity. Depression and anxiety were visible in genetic activity that may cause premature aging.
The question on everyone's mind is, can a change of attitude and posture change genetically controlled biochemistry. In other words, if you feel anxious, or depressed, can you change your biochemistry by purposefully changing your attitude and posture to a more positive model.
Dr. Amy Cuddy discovered that it is possible to change your chemistry by simply changing your posture and visualizing yourself like a different person.
She noted that testosterone, a power hormone produced by both men and women, is more predominant in people who are confident, take more risks, and have the ability to think more abstractly. The situation is remarkably different with people who are timid, shy, or anxious. They tend to have lower levels of the power hormone, but higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
To test the concept Dr. Cuddy gathered students and instructed them to either physically stand in a high-power pose, such standing with hands on hips and feet shoulder width apart, or a low-power pose such as slouching forward with hands between the legs while sitting for 2-minutes.
This test revealed that practicing high-powered poses increases testosterone by an average of 20%, while low power poses decreases testosterone by 10%. The results for cortisol changes were just as impressive. High-power poses decreases cortisol by 25%, while low-power poses increases cortisol by 15%. So two minutes is enough to trigger a dramatic biochemical effect in your body, one that supports calmness, assertiveness, and clarity of mind.
Lower levels of testosterone and a higher level of cortisol promote feelings of insecurity and a stress-reactive personalty. Amy Cuddy concluded that power posing in front of a mirror while mentally or verbally mentioning positive self-affirmations for two minutes fundamentally changes who you are from thought to body. Her report shows that people who practice power pose minutes before job interviews and other social events were voted as people with the best presence. In a blind test, they were perceived to be the most enthusiastic, passionate, confident, authentic, comfortable, and captivating.
Now imagine taking a few minutes each day to meditate your stress away and power-posing throughout the day. Most people don't realize how simple an easy it is to transform mind and body. The bio mechanical systems within you is the stuff of superheroes. So why not start today.
After your daily meditation is over go over to a large mirror and stand with hands on hips and feet shoulder width apart, Look at yourself and mentally think as a superhero empowered by God. Go over how God divinely inspires you to do things most people can't for two minutes. The go out and conquer your day.