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Anybody Can Do the Splits: Mind Over Matter - George Pransky

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Friday, February 21, 2014

A trusted physical therapist once told me that anybody under a general anesthesia can do the splits and other body contortions usually restricted to yogis. You can take an anesthetized person’s body and twist it any which way you want even though that person might normally not even be able to touch their toes. 
The discrepancy between the conscious person’s flexibility and the anesthetized person’s flexibility illustrates to me the power of thought. The anesthesia simply takes the limitations of conscious thought off the table and lets the natural thought processes inform the body. This discrepancy also reminded me of what little understanding we have about how thought limits us as it poses as "reality". It had previously seemed certain to me that the flexibility limitations of my body had to do with past body abuses, the anatomy of my muscles, and, of course, genetics. I would add to that list the nature of my exercise program and the fact of my aging. My last choice would have been my thoughts, until I was told the startling fact that the original flexibility of my body is still there, but for my...
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