Exercise 102 Tactile Temperature Determination

In "Exercise -- Body Temperature Control," you learned how to raise or lower your body temperature. In this exercise, you will learn how to determine temperatures. In the James Bond movie, "You Only Live Twice," Bond sipped a glass of saki and determined it was correctly heated to the proper temperature of 98.4°F.

As an exercise, heat a cup of tea or coffee and put a floating thermometer in it. After a few minutes and while looking at the immersed thermometer's temperature, taste the drink and determine for yourself what that temperature feels like. Two minutes later, do the same thing, each time keeping the thermometer in the cup and acknowledging to yourself what the temperature feels like in the mouth. Do this for several days, and then determine what the temperature is without looking first at the thermometer. How did you do?

Now heat some water and pour it into a cup. With your fingers, test the water's temperature over a span of several minutes and check each time with a thermometer. Are you improving? Next, carry a thermometer with you during the day and by using your tactile awareness, determine what the temperature is at odd points during the day. Using a barometer, determine the air pressure in the same way. Indians and old woodsmen sometimes perceive these subtle differences and determine stormy weather ahead of time.

One researcher claims that 30% of the general population is notably weather-sensitive in some way. When the barometer drops, your body cells must lose water to adjust to changing atmospheric pressure. Because of arthritis, rheumatism or some old bone injury, inflamed or stiff body areas do not depressurize fast enough and pain is felt. Some people feel headaches or other pains debarking from a de-pressurized jet in mountainous airports for similar reasons.

To help your body cells adjust faster and avoid the pain, thrust your conscious awareness into the painful area. As you learned in "Exercise -- Electromagnetic Field Awareness," just thinking of one of your hands increases the blood volume in that hand. Focused thought to other areas of the body can bring about an increased blood volume in those areas as well. The increased blood flow will allow your body to adjust to changing barometric pressures more smoothly.

What do these exercises do for your brain? People are inundated with stimuli all day long, but fail to acknowledge the differences. Perception is blunted, instead of finely tuned. Consciously acknowledging and evaluating stimuli allows your cortical neurons to grow with more dendritic spines, thereby making associative patterns and synaptic contacts between neurons more functional. A neuron that doesn't get used is more likely to succumb to the continual dying process that goes on with your brain cells every day.

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