I will forever remember the entwining of heart, mind, and body that day.
I was at work, and we had a whole room full of patients exercising, and the TVs were on as usual. Then the announcement came of the initial plane crashing into the World Trade Center.
The patient's blood pressures and heart rates shot up to levels that made it unsafe to exercise. It was a powerful display of the physical manifestations of the stress response that all too often our heart patients ignore, but were literally recorded on paper that day. After all, that stress response is partly what brought many of them to us in the first place.
Never doubt the body's physical ability to respond to the feelings in your heart and the thoughts in your head. You can read about it in self-help, peruse research, and study the chemistry. But when you actually see it happening, see it in their eyes, and palpate it in their hearts, you understand how real it is.
Praying for peace today.
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