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Fascinating article over at the NYT this morning. As Eastern philosophy has posited for years (and science is increasingly corroborating), our thoughts really do create our realities, even in these ostensibly flesh-and-blood bodies that we call home. In recent studies,
Researchers at the University of Aberdeen found that when people were asked to engage in a bit of mental time travel, and to recall past events or imagine future ones, participants’ bodies subliminally acted out the metaphors embedded in how we commonly conceptualized the flow of time.

As they thought about years gone by, participants leaned slightly backward, while in fantasizing about the future, they listed to the fore. The deviations were not exactly Tower of Pisa leanings, amounting to some two or three millimeters’ shift one way or the other. Nevertheless, the directionality was clear and consistent.
Read the piece for more on the subtle nuances of the ways in which our bodies' movements complement our minds' intentions. Not rocket science to anyone with an interest in somatics, but some intriguing evidence, nonetheless.


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