Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Alpha State - Part 4

The Alpha State
People in the Alpha get little or no sleep. On the average 2 to 3 hour intervals twice a day or power naps all throughout the day. To quote Mr. Manny Pangilinan the Chairman of Philippine Long Distance Company (PLDT) in the Philippines, “Sleeping is for wimps.” Why? Our mind or brain is always awake. It is only our physical body that rests. In fact our mind dreams for if it shuts down we die as a result. We live in a world wherein the accepted norm is 8 hours sleep, but not individuals in the Alpha state. They are so busy with what they are doing, creating start-ups, innovating this and inventing that they seem possessed and have no time to sleep.
         What is our perception of sleep? Sleep is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored.” The key word here is “the body”. During Alpha the body takes the back seat. In other words “Mind over matter”. How many stories have we seen of almost superhuman feats in sports -- people who have gone against all odds to achieve the unachievable. Take for example Lance Armstrong the 7 time winner of the Tour de France. He was diagnosed with brain cancer yet he was able to achieve the impossible conquer the Tour de France 7 times. When his doctors told him he would not race again he did not believe them and instead let his mind take over. Not only did he win seven times, he even cured himself of cancer that was killing him. Such is the power of the mind. Others term it as placebo effect.
        In my opinion, our mind or brain can cure all diseases if we have all the necessary tools to do such. If we lack the necessary vitamins, constantly bombarded by stress and never eat the right foods or get the necessary exercise then we will get sick and cannot cure ourselves.

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